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Substance abuse in the workplace—Part 1

March 27, 2003

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Editor's Note: Part 2of this series outlined preventing and dealing with the problem.Substance abuse and the workplace are a lethal mix that can raise costs, reduce profits, and lead to serious injuries and fatalities. The most recent numbers from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug...

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Escape the 'Silent Killer'

March 27, 2003

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It was just a 20-minute welding job in a basement boiler-room, but it left the plumber feeling lightheaded and nauseated and gave him a headache that lasted until the next morning.

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Will a robotic laser system cut it?

March 27, 2003

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Although robotic laser cutting systems have advanced over the years, you should know exactly what one can do before you decide if it's right for you. To find out whether you should choose robotics to laser-cut your parts, you first must consider several factors, starting with what is in a system.

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An Introduction to metal-cored wire

March 27, 2003

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Metal-cored wire is a tubular electrode that consists of a metal sheath and a core of various powdered materials, primarily iron. The core of metal-cored wire contributes almost entirely to the deposited weld metal.

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Fill 'er Up

March 27, 2003

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Hydroforming is gaining ground in the manufacture of many automotive components,such as pillars, frame rails, and engine cradles. Automakers are finding hydroforming advantageous for forming many smaller parts also. The process is useful for manufacturing an automobile fuel filler tube, which is the expanded portion of a fuel filler assembly where a fuel nozzle is inserted.

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Specifying the sulfur content of 316L stainless steel for orbital welding

March 27, 2003

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The widespread use of autogenous (fusion) orbital gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) in the high-purity semiconductor and biopharmaceutical industries, combined with modern steel refining technology, has made it both desirable and practical to supply type 316L stainless steel with a restricted range of elemental sulfur.

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The basics of roll form tooling design

March 27, 2003

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You can successfully roll-form a profile more than one way. In fact, many roll form designers take different approaches to design and development. Also, because the roll forming process has a seeming limitless capacity to produce complex profiles with just as many variables, many roll form designs are one-of-a-kind; therefore, theory can go only so far.

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The art of laser cutting

March 27, 2003

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Laser cutting continues to grow in popularity with sheet metal fabricators. With developments in speed, cutting quality, and manufacturing economy in laser cutting, today's manufacturers have more options than ever before from which to choose the optimal manufacturing method for their specific applications.

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Designing tooling economically

March 13, 2003

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With the tooling trade in its current challenging economic situation, some tool companies are being forced out of business, losing money, or entering into highly competitive markets.

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The Age of Cautious Optimism

March 13, 2003

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When it comes to the economy, cautious optimism is as good as it gets.

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Dealing with worker injuries

March 13, 2003

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This perception that keeping an employee working increases the probability that the employee will return to full duty quickly leads to some really creative efforts that focus on keeping the employee at work and keeping the numbers low.

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Software for abrasive water jet machines

March 13, 2003

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Software plays a key role in abrasive jet machining. Infact, it is only through software that precision abrasive jet machining truly is possible. Some of the most significant advancements in the industry have been in software.

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There are welders, and there are dobbers

March 13, 2003

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I once worked for an ironworker general foreman named Wheeler. He was a great guy to work for because he was good with the men, and he knew his stuff. When he told you something was to be done, you knew there was a good reason for it, and that he had thought it out carefully. That's what it's all about in the field, knowing your stuff.

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Psychology for the tool room

March 13, 2003

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As a consultant for the sheet metal stamping industry, I have had the opportunity to visit numerous stamping plants, die shops, and engineering facilities. One comment I often hear during these adventures is how arrogant or "know-it-all" some of the toolmakers or engineers are.

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Die designs for wide bends

March 13, 2003

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If you're a die designer, a standard precision progressive die can present countless challenges for you. Some of these dies have to produce thin slots, small holes, or tricky coins.

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