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Breathing easier

August 8, 2002

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Welding smoke and fumes can be dangerous, but there are several types of equipment designed to clean the air welders breathe. Capturing airborne pollutants at the welding source is the most effective technique available. Common designs include source capture arms, portable source capture air cleaners, downdraft or sidedraft tables, and smoke extraction systems. Other air purification devices include ambiant air capture systems and breathing masks and respirators.

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Things every press brake operator should know

August 8, 2002

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Giving operators the know-how they need to produce parts efficiently and cost-effectively can be as easy as 1-2-3-4.

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Repair Brazing: Fixing Faulty Jobs and worn-out components

July 26, 2002

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Brazing has myriad uses for shop repairs. Knowing what seperates a proper brazing job from a poop one can save you alot of headaches and produce some slick results in the process.

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Take a break and learn to unwind

July 25, 2002

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The decoiling equipment you choose can make a difference down the line in pressroom operations. Here are some basic guidelines on coil cradles, pallet decoilers, and mandrel reels to make that decision easier.

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Creating finger tooling for three-axis transfer presses

July 25, 2002

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Designing finger tooling that will work effectively with a transfer press die is now easier with the advent of modular, off-the-shelf finger tooling components. Through computer-aided design, stampers can minimize trail-and-error adjustments and reconfigure finger tools or modify die components to make part transfer possible.

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Camber-free slitting for successful stamping

July 25, 2002

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For large volume parts runs, problems such as misfeeds, off-center hits and inadequate transfer webbing can cause slitting-induced strip camber. The production of camber-free slitting requires proper material selection, tooling, techniques and inspection practices.

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Estimating your cutting costs

July 25, 2002

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In comparing cutting costs associated with precision plasma, punch-plasma, and laser cutting, it's important to account for labor costs, operating costs, and depreciation. All three of these processes have benefits and drawbacks cost-wise, depending on how they're deployed.

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Embracing change

July 25, 2002

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Automakers are constantly trying to improve automotive designs, making vehicles lighter and stronger, using thinner materials, and redesigning points of strength for better crash resistance. At the same time, welding equipmentmakers who serve the industry are focusing on this quest for quality by developing the equipment to weld hydroformed parts, aluminum, and coated materials: critical components that affect how vehicles are made today.

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Wheel finishing machine

Reinventing the wheel - Chrome plater develops automated wheel polishing process

July 25, 2002

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Kuntz Electroplating, a Kitchener, Ontario-based independent OEM chrome-plating supplier of automotive wheels and bumpers, the management watched as hundreds of its workers manually polished its wheels. Because this made it difficult for the company to find, train, and retain the workers it needed, it decided to develop its own automated process for wheel finishing.

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Some 'near-jig' ideas

July 25, 2002

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In-process sampling and between-process checks can prevent problems at the production stage. Although using an inspection jig can be costly, some testing approaches that are not as rigorous as using an inspection jig are: stacking and blocking a sheared batch in order to scan the batch for variations; weighing castings; touring a customer's facility; and doing small batch inspections.

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Ornamental iron fence

Building a business: Minnesota couple learns how to market residential, custom iron art

July 25, 2002

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Del and Sally Halling started a business together, selling the custom residential iron art they create. Through their process, they found that much marketing and research was needed before they could be successful.

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Harmony Atlas Sculpture

Peace Plaza's unique art symbolizes universal hope

July 25, 2002

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If a mark of a great work of art is the degree to which it mirrors the artist's personality, then Lee Sido's latest public sculpture might be a masterpiece.

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rick walsh metal sculpture

It happens 'under the hood'

July 12, 2002

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Rick Walsh isn't your typical artisan, nor are his works typical welding pieces. But his personal evolution as both an artist and a welder illustrate the innovation and persistence of any successful welding operation.

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Say 'no!' to burrs, dimples

July 11, 2002

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As tube mill speeds increase, tube end cut quality suffers. Meanwhile, customer requirements for end cut quality continually increase. Tube producers are turning to dedimpling and deburring machines to enhance tube cut quality and improve worker safety.

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Technology modernizes CMMs

July 11, 2002

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Coordinate measuring machines have progressed since their inception in the 1970s.

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