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Examining roll forming machinery, tooling, and lubrication

June 13, 2002

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Given the problems in your roll forming operation aren't attributable to material, you may want to look into machinery setup and especially your lubrication situation to uncover the real culprit.

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A case study in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma

June 12, 2002

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You never know who in your company might be a diamond in the rough, waiting to shine. Giving everyone in your company the opportunity to take risks and learn from their mistakes is the best investment an employer can make.

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Using benchmarking for bend deductions

May 30, 2002

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Benchmarking is a very good idea for your operation ... just make sure your benchmarks are your own.

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Designing a safe, highly productive system

May 30, 2002

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The best way to make sure that machine operators can do their jobs effectively with proper safeguarding is to desgin machine systems around those safety devices in the first place.

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Cleaning metal parts

May 30, 2002

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This article describes the characteristics of perchloroethylene and suitable applications.

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Bumping up large-radius bends

May 30, 2002

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The step-bending method can be a good way to achieve large radii without having to spend huge sums of money on special tooling.

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Giving your press a lift

May 30, 2002

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This article outlines how operational changes, planning, and combinations and adaptations of existing technologies are upgrading quick die change. Die standardization and new technologies, such as mechanical die lifters, box-style lifters rolling bolsters and programmable logic controllers, is making quick die change more efficient and cost effective.

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Improving stamping production end to end

May 30, 2002

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Exploring the benefits of welding coils in roll forming and progressive stamping operations. Welding coils can reduce scrap, downtime, and tooling damage. A variety of coil end joiners are described, such as portable, stationary, single-and double-cut, fully automatic, and semiautomatic.

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Terrorist attacks inspire Washington welder

May 30, 2002

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John Jackson is a welder in Lacey, Wash. who has started The Spirit of America Foundation with a group of people. He established the foundation so that memorials to honor those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Robotic welding systems

Now's the time to AUTOMATE

May 30, 2002

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This article outlines some of the challenges fabricators are facing and how robotics and automation equipmentmakers are trying to address these challenges. Also addressed are different equipment and technological advancements and other factors affecting welding automation.

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Multiblanking line

What's new with multiblanking lines?

May 30, 2002

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Multiblanking lines are used to produce small, accurately shaped blanks directly from large coils. Modern lines can process many different types of material over a range of thicknesses, while still allowing quick changeovers and minimal maintenance. New technology is available in several key areas that limit the capacity of a typical multiblanking line, which include leveling, slitting, feeding, shearing, and stacking.

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Unattended operation of CO2laser process systems

May 18, 2002

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This article discusses the history of lasers and material handling equipment with relation to unattended operation. It specifically examines material load/unload devices, sheet separation and detection devices, the auto-focus laser lens, raw material storage and retrieval systems, automatic part sorting systems, problem notification systems, cut control devices, and nozzle cleaning equipment.

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Rapid evolution, not revolution

May 16, 2002

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Changes are taking place in stamping operations in the appliance industry, with more on the way. And the science of stamping is improving significantly as a result. In this article, appliance industry executives express their opinions of the state of this technology.

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Using punching and forming plates

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses using punching and forming plates within a stamping press as an alternative to tube bending and end forming machinery.

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Steel bending machine

Bending hot 'n' cold

May 16, 2002

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The two basic types of structurals are load-bearing and architectural; the two bending methods are cold and induction. Understanding bending criteria is the key in determining which bending method is best for the application at hand.

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