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Dealing with difficult people

May 4, 2004

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Have you ever felt frustrated or irritated with a co-worker, subordinate, or boss? We've all had the occasional run-in with someone at work. Periodic disagreements, misunderstandings, and faulty communication can lead to frustration. But have you ever met that uniqueperson who causes you extreme frustration every timeyou come in contact with him or her?

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Working safely in busy times

May 4, 2004

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It may be premature to say that manufacturing has turned the economic corner to recovery, but signs at the end of first-quarter 2004 look promising. Overall, nonfarm payrolls increased by over 500,000 in the first quarter, according to recent U.S. Labor Department reports, and factory payrolls in...

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How to be successful in small business

May 4, 2004

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In November 2002 Greg Lamm was laid off from his full-time welding job.One month later he started his own microwelding business.This year he plans to purchase a laser.So how did he do it?It started with one phone call, then two, and then more phone calls from mold or tool and die shops in the...

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Troubleshooting OCTG threading: Part II

May 4, 2004

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Read Part I Editor's Note: This article, Part II of a two-part series on tube and pipe threading, explores troubleshooting related to threading cutting, insert shape, chip breaker geometry, coatings, and coolants. An examination of the cutting tools used on the finishing floor to...

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Metallurgical aspects of tube production

May 4, 2004

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Small-diameter tubing plays a crucial role in many markets, including aerospace, nuclear, medical, and industrial. From coronary stents to hydraulic aircraft controls, each application has unique requirements. To meet the requirements of customers in these industries, well-designed processing steps and adequate control are critical.

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Keeping stainless steels stainless

May 4, 2004

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Stainless steels are inherently resistant to surface attack in mildly corrosive environments. However, when corrosion does occur, it can result in the formation of pits on the surface or within crevices of the part. Why does this situation develop, and what can be done to prevent catastrophic failure?

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Saving time and reducing waste with quick die change

May 4, 2004

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Quick die change is not just a way of setting up dies; it's a mindset for the elimination of waste.

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Eliminating slug pulling during piercing operations

May 4, 2004

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Author's Note: Before I get into the meat of this article, I would like to let my readers know how much I appreciate their loyalty to STAMPING Journal® and the Die Science column.STAMPING Journalnow is published monthly, and I am delighted to announce that I will be writing the Die Science...

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Sizing up pallet decoilers

May 4, 2004

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The primary reason for purchasing a decoiler is to increase production. By correctly sizing the machine for your needs, you can increase production and the bottom line.

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Using Monitoring Systems to Improve Stamping 'Batting Average'

May 4, 2004

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What do baseball players, weather forecasters, and typical stamping plants have in common? Most are less than 60 percent effective.

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Pursuing a plate-cutting saw

May 4, 2004

Metal Cutting Service, City of Industry (Los Angeles), Calif., specializes in sawing metals. President David Viel explained the company's strategy: "We do not buy or sell anything, we just add value to others' products." Although it does very little advertising, the 26-employee company has customers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, even though the cost to ship material can be substantial.

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10 burning questions you asked about the steel price meltdown

May 4, 2004

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December came, and the Section 201 tariffs went out under the tide of global and World Trade Organization (WTO) pressure. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, material price increases hit the metals industry like a tidal wave that made the tariff increases look like gently lapping wading waves. "The Perfect Storm," it's been called.

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Entry arch and gates based on history use modern technologies

April 6, 2004

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The Santa Ysabel Ranch entry arch and gates, Paso Robles, Calif.Creating an entry gate for a new housing development doesn't sound like such a tough assignment until you toss in historical references as design constraints. Using the lore and symbolism of the Chumash Indian tribe that once settled...

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Machine-guarding problems—one company's solution

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: Safety expert Cheryl Henderson is a member of the FMA/CNA Safety Committee. Watch for other committee-authored articles in upcoming issues of thefabricator.com.What would it take to have press guards in place, adjusted, secure, and working properly every day, through every part...

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Titanium—You can weld it!

April 6, 2004

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"Titanium need not be all that hard to weld!"The American Welding Society (AWS)1said it, and I agree. Well-done titanium welds look like frozen mercury: shiny and reflective. A couple of basic factors make titanium different from other metals. These unique characteristics, and a lack of...

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