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Stainless Steel Workshop: Storing and reconditioning filler metals

April 6, 2015

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For years fabricators have questioned the need for properly storing opened containers of electrodes in a controlled environment. The cost of holding ovens, as well as the discipline required to use them, has had fabricators second-guessing the benefits of such a practice. Regardless of the type of...

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Plasma cutting torches: the long and short of it

April 2, 2015

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Plasma cutting torches have come a long way from the first-generation squared-off, clunky hunks of plastic that looked like a child’s toy hammer. Today’s high-tech torches come in various models for different applications.

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4 ways to a better laser-cut edge

April 2, 2015

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Edge quality in laser cutting has improved significantly over the decades, and many of those improvements come from four areas: better materials, nozzles, process control, and beam quality.

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Improving the performance of transfer dies

April 1, 2015

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The use of high-strength work materials has dramatically increased the performance requirements on the stamping and forming tools. The selection of the proper tool steel grade at each transfer die station plays a large role in optimizing productivity. The tooling’s performance may be enhanced further with the addition of a coating.

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Cliché lawn art, be gone

April 1, 2015

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Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.

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Continuous improvement, from the first quote to the final shipment

April 1, 2015

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Burlington, Ky.-based Skilcraft LLC has changed a lot in the past decade. It has moved away from the traditional job shop model toward comprehensive contract fabrication. And it got there by scrutinizing every step of the manufacturing process, from quoting to shipping.

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Minimum versus recommended inside bend radius

April 1, 2015

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A material’s minimum inside bend radius shows the smallest radius that’s physically possible in an air bend, though your machines and tooling may not be able to handle the tonnage. The recommended inside bend radius, such as those found on bend allowance charts for air bends, shows you what’s optimal in typical applications

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Improving deposition rates with submerged arc welding

March 26, 2015

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Understanding the submerged arc welding process, and the overall equipment needs, and selecting the proper wire and flux combination for the application can help an operation realize its full potential.

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Fabricating for the win

March 26, 2015

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What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.

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WorldAutoSteel Guidelines for AHSS shed light on lightweighting

March 25, 2015

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Advanced high-strength steels are made differently in the steel mill, and they need to be processed differently in part manufacturing. WorldAutoSteel released forming and welding guidelines intended to help the users of these products work through the differences.

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Gauging welding’s success

March 25, 2015

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In recent years Ashcroft’s Connecticut plant has changed significantly. It’s an operation transitioning from batch-style production to lean part flow, and a new, flexible welding cell has helped the manufacturer prepare for future improvements.

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How clean is the air in your manufacturing facility?

March 24, 2015

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Metalworking facilities have to meet basic federal requirements for indoor air quality, but some companies may choose to go beyond that to create a work environment that encourages employee engagement and higher productivity.

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Stainless Steel Workshop: Weldability of ferritic stainless steels

March 23, 2015

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Q: What filler wires are best-suited for welding ferritic stainless steel? A: Automotive exhaust systemand component manufacturers such as ArvinMeritor, Benteler, Faurecia, and Delphi have welded ferritic stainless steel for years. Their choice of filler metal, either a 409 or a 439, provided a...

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Stainless Steel Workshop: Stainless steel production certification

March 23, 2015

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There continues to be confusion in the marketplace about the conformance standard fr the various classifications of stainless steel products. The American Welding Society establishes guidelines to which manufacturers must conform depending on the specification. However, within the specification,...

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Stainless Steel Workshop: Ferritic stainless steels

March 20, 2015

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Q: What are the advantages of ferritic stainless steels? A: When a fabrication requires corrosion resistance and high performance, your foremost concern is its affordability. One metal that can meet this demand is ferritic stainless steel. Grades include AISI type 409, 11CfCb, 430, 436, 439, and...

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