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Don't throw away your profit margin

April 6, 2004

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Grinding applications can be divided into three broad categories, especially with regard to tube and pipe:Welding preparation and heavy metal removalMetal fabrication and constructionLight metal removal, finishing and sharpeningAbrasives for grinders come in many grains, shapes, and product designs...

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Personality + Protection

April 6, 2004

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Being expected to wear more than one hat at work these days is commonplace??but not more than one welding helmet.

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Next-generation synthetic forming fluids

April 6, 2004

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Successful metal forming, stamping, and deep drawing depend on three basic elements: the metal substrate, tooling, and lubrication.

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Sizing up servo presses

April 6, 2004

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Servo-powered presses will not replace all flywheel mechanical presses. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the stamping application.

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Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 4

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fourth episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about customers and the time line of money.

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Stamping tools for UHSS get tougher

April 6, 2004

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The automotive industry wants to develop cars that are lighter, stronger, and less costly to manufacture. One way it can achieve these goals is to construct body panels, suspension components, structural members, and frames using ultrahigh-strength steels (UHSS). Increasing an automotive part's...

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A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

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A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

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New bends in the roll

April 6, 2004

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As more commercial buildings are designed with larger open spaces, the beam spans grow longer, and the beams must be bigger and heavier. This requires ever-larger section bending rolls to accommodate this demand. In addition, the trend toward the use of higher strength steels has taxed the capabilities of plate roll bending equipment. These changes and other emerging demands have driven the trend toward the use of CNCs, inline material handling, and larger angle bending rolls.

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Competing in the global arena

March 25, 2004

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Less than 40 seconds to go. The home team is down by 2 points. Tension grows as the clock counts down. The players and referees dart back and forth, and the action never slows. This isn't some staid, gentlemanly game like chess or golf. This is a full-contact sport, a sport in which the difference...

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Obesity—a problem for workers and employers

March 25, 2004

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Unless you have sworn off all media forms—which you haven't if you're reading this—you know that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. It ranks No. 2, second only to smoking, as the leading cause of U.S. deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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Building the perfect tool cabinet

March 25, 2004

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Have you ever wondered about the best way to store your press brake tooling? An expensive part of your press brake operation, tooling is damaged enough just by daily wear and tear and accidents. You don't want to damage it further by storing it improperly.

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Order for earthquake resistance in the court

March 25, 2004

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New construction abounds all over the U.S., and Seattle is not immune to this trend. In 2002 an open-looking courthouse was completed, rising 387 feet above the city skyline.

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Part feature developments in hydroforming products

March 25, 2004

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Tube hydroforming technology continues to develop in ways that improve part utility, economy, or process robustness. Auto parts that have recently been produced by hydroforming include roof rails, radiator enclosures, a front-end structural module, and roof rails.

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Developments in hydroforming

March 25, 2004

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Commentary from the people interviewed at the International Conference on Hydroforming (Oct. 2003) indicate that trends include an increasing interest in forming aluminum and other lightweight materials; more use of tailored tubes; and that sheet hydroforming is expected to grow faster than tube hydroforming.

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