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Interaction of chemicals used in forming and fabricating

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how chemicals tend to react with one another and how each type of lubricant and coolant commonly used during steel processing tends to behave is a boon when you're trying to fabricate products properly.

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Installing and maintaining coil cradles and reels

October 11, 2001

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The installation procedures that can help to prolong the life of coil cradles and reels are outlined in this article. Specific steps to maintain cradles and reels are also included.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Whose business is safety? Everybody's

October 11, 2001

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What sort of safety measures needed in your shop depends somewhat on your equipment, but making your press brake a safe piece of equipment is largely a matter of old-fashioned common sense.

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The importance of the n value in sheet forming

October 11, 2001

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Strain hardening is represented by the exponent n in the flow stress equation, which approximates the relation between true stress and true strain during plastic deformation of a metal. The constant n plays a crucial role in sheet metal forming, and this brief article describes its effects.

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Welding specialty metals safely

October 11, 2001

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This article outlines dangers of fume exposure to welders using exotic or specialty metals. The author offers a three-tiered approach to protecting the welder from fumes.

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Inspecting for and correcting coil reel damage

October 11, 2001

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Written in a question-and-answer format, this article offers tips for inspecting and correcting damage to coil reels. Descriptions of several tests are offered, including arbor or reel runout, lost motion, final indicator, and segments straightness tests. Frequently encountered problems such as coilers that break constantly, telescoping coils, and marred material are also addressed.

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Correcting shape problems in flat-rolled coil

October 11, 2001

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Various shape defects can be encountered in flat-rolled ferrous and nonferrous strip. Knowing their mechanics and origins and how to correct them can be very useful in times of need.

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Die design for double bending

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how steel tends to react when it is bent in a single operation can help you do the job right the first time.

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Reviewing forming, expansion, and bending applications for welded tube

September 18, 2001

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Tube used in production processes that form a part by expanding or bending the tube

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Working safely with metalworking fluids

September 17, 2001

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This article examines the hazards associated with metalworking fluids. Health effects, including skin and respiratory disorders and cancer, are addressed. A look at engineering and administrative controls that can be implemented to ensure the safe use of metalworking fluids is included.

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Welding exhaust system components

September 17, 2001

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In the field of automobile exhaust systems, such components as manifolds, pipes, catalytic converters, and mufflers are joined either by the car manufacturer or by a subcontractor to form a subassembly ready for attachment.

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Monitoring laser beam performance

September 17, 2001

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This article discusses online laser beam monitoring and its alternatives, with emphasis on beam quality and focusability.

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Incorporating available technology into die design: Tools of the trade are evolving

September 17, 2001

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Designing progressive dies has increasingly become a high-tech process. The more able an operation is to use computer technology, the more able it is to use the latest advances in the field in its own designs.

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Designing large die sections with reparability in mind

September 17, 2001

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The article explains how EDM has been used to simplify die making as well as some design considerations for minimizing deflection during production.

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Examining tube mill roll tooling, setup, and maintenance

September 17, 2001

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In today's competitive market, two of the most important considerations for high-quality production are proper roll tooling setup and mill alignment.

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