Cutting and Weld Prep Articles

A good weld starts with good preparation. This is the place to find information on equipment for beveling, deburring, grinding, and sanding.

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Weld fixturing from virtual to reality

May 11, 2009

A Florida job shop saved on material costs by integrating modular fixturing set up in SolidWorks. The CAD-friendly system allowed the company to define the fixture and the completed weldment before it hit the shot floor.

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A briefing on portable milling tools:

February 24, 2009

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By following eight simple rules regarding material removal, lubrication, and tips for general use, you can be sure that you are operating your portable milling tool correctly.

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Fixturing on display

November 6, 2007

Satisfying the demand for highly variable order quantities, a fabricator of custom point of purchase displays innovated an efficicient robotic GMAW workcell suitable for producing as many as 10,000 parts or as few as 10 parts while also accommodating manual welding.

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Smooth landing for new airport terminal roof fabrication project

September 11, 2007

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The new Indianapolis International Airport terminal is one of the first airport buildings to be designed, fabricated, and built to survive the type of attack inflicted on the World Trade Center on Sept.11, 2001. The heart of the new terminal is designed to be a circular space—a civic plaza dominated by its great, arched roof. Fabricating the specialty sloping barrel joists, serpentine structural trusses, and torpedo columns for the curvilinear rolling roof presented unique challenges.

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Choose the right industrial marker for your next job

August 8, 2007

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On any welding job, the right tools are essential for precision, efficiency and safety, and selecting the right marking tool is a key decision that is sometimes overlooked.LA-CO®/Markal® provides the welding trade with durable options for high performance industrial markers, ensuring the...

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The many faces of plasma cutting

May 8, 2007

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Manual and mechanized plasma cutting systems serve different purposes and require different equipment to perform well. It is up to the user to decide which system is best-suited for the application. This article provides a detailed introduction to both systems, their capabilities, and which applications they are tailored for.

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Material separation anxiety

November 7, 2006

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Material separation with a band saw machine is the beginning of most fabrication and many manufacturing operations, but it doesn't have to cause headaches with the proper preventive maintenance.

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How to perform tack welding successfully

April 11, 2006

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Tack welding, a necessary preliminary step in many welding projects, must be performed correctly to achieve optimal results from the final weld and to minimize part defects. Quality is as important in tack welding as it is in the final weld. This article describes proper tack welding conditions.

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Productivity: From pipe dream to reality

March 7, 2006

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As pipe fabricators continue to employ more modern welding processes, they also should consider the role that end preparation plays in productivity. Cutting and clamping methods are two areas to study when it comes to pipe fabrication efficiency.

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Plasma cutting with a robot

March 7, 2006

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Robotic plasma arc cutting can make cutting and weld preparation operations more flexible once you know which equipment, controls, and shielding gas will work best for your application.

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Advanced materials require advanced knowledge

November 8, 2005

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Given the range of advanced high-strength steels to be introduced into automotive bodies over the next decade, automakers must recognize the implication of non-traditional resistance spot weld failure modes.

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Just say no to rework

November 8, 2005

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Most imperfections related to band sawing that cause rework can be avoided by following proper band sawing techniques and strategies including preventive maintenance, choosing the proper band saw blade, and using less fluid.

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Details on Domex 700 MC

November 8, 2005

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Domex 700 MC, an extra-high-strength HSLA steel, can use milling and thermal cutting to prepare a joint for welding and most common fusion welding methods to joint it -- but a few specifics regarding filler metal are important to know before welding this steel.

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Get your schedule in order

September 13, 2005

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The quality of resistance-welded components depends on the weld schedule, which comprises several machine settings. Although many resistance welding machine and electrode suppliers offer standard weld schedules for common metal combination, special weld schedules often are necessary to address increased use of special metals, joint combinations, coatings, and weld-through sealants and adhesives.

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Time and money

July 12, 2005

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To choose the best tubular electrode, you should consider some basic factors relevant to any welding application: base metal, gas, weld size, and joint position requirements.

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