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The regrind process for tube mill tooling

June 13, 2006 | By Chris Miller

Although most tube and pipe producers don't get too involved in the regrind process, it is crucial—reconditioning roll tooling can extend its useful life by 15 or 20 times. The regrind process reduces the producer's overall out-of-pocket tooling expenses, while helping to ensure the tooling continues to produce a consistent-quality product at the required speeds. A better understanding of the process, especially familiarity with the types of flaws that reconditioning can and cannot resolve, can go a long way toward a better working relationship between a tube and pipe producer and its regrind contractor.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 7

June 13, 2006 | By John DiGiacomo, Jim Kleckner

Once you're ready to write your proposal, you must know all about the three basic types of solicitations and how to write your proposal based on what type of solicitation you're working with.

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Examining the finer points of 6010, 6011, and 7018

June 13, 2006 | By Marty Rice

Knowing which rods tend to do what in the field can save you time and make for better results when the job is through.

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Right on schedule

June 12, 2006 | By Dan Davis

QC Metal Fabricators of Elkhart, Ind., witnessed improved scheduling and shipping with the implementation of new job shop management software.

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Microwelding: Then and now

May 15, 2006 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Like the molds he repairs, Five Star Tool Welding owner Joe Canfield finds that the welding equipment he uses at his company is getting smaller and smaller. Over the years GTAW equipment has evolved to better meet the needs of its tool and die welding users.

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Troubleshooting Guide for Cleaners

May 15, 2006 | By Mike Pelham

Rust, wear, and dirt cost tube fabricators and producers millions of dollars annually, and they can be the bane of tube processes. Analyzing the criteria for selecting the lubricant, cleaner, and rust preventative can help provide maximum protection.

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Draw forming, Part I

May 9, 2006 | By Edmund Herman

Draw forming is one of the net shape processes, and, as a result, many of the technology advances in the general field of manufacturing have not been as beneficial to draw forming as one would expect. All too often, such advancements as lean manufacturing, statistical process control, just-in-time, and six sigma, have not resulted in benefits for draw forming.

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Structured sheet metal - Part I

May 9, 2006 | By Michael Mirtsch, Ajay Yadav

Increasing sheet metal component rigidity while reducing weight can be achieved by substituting steel with aluminum, magnesium, or titanium alloys; advanced high-strength steel (AHSS); or 3-D structured sheet metal.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 9

May 9, 2006 | By John DiGiacomo, Jim Kleckner

Once you have your contract and have delivered product on time and within specifications, it's time to find out how to get paid in a timely fashion.

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Die Science: Defining material specifications

May 9, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

The root cause of splitting problems in deep-drawn parts often is that the process is not designed and engineered to accept the full range of mechanical properties within the ASTM specifications.

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Race to be green

May 9, 2006 | By Bernard Swiecki

Automakers are racing to introduce green technologies. Toyota is the leader in hybrid sales and plans to introduce two new models even though it will continue to lose money in the short and medium term. Instead of trying to outsell Toyota, GM has introduced flexible-fuel vehicles that run on E-85, an ethanol and gasoline mix.

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Managing success

May 9, 2006

The increasing disparity between upper management pay and blue-collar wages is creating a downward spiral that only can negatively affect our economy.

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Hitting pay dirt -- in pipe

May 9, 2006 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Fabricating and repairing pipe in the oil-rich tar sands of Alberta, Canada, is an enormous, ongoing project that requires specialized equipment to meet a variety of challenges. John Page is a consultant in Canada who has been working on several of these projects and has learned what's needed to get the jobs done.

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Choosing a gouging method

May 9, 2006 | By Robert Fernicola

Plasma gouging and air carbon-arc gouging have their advantages and disadvantages. The most distinct differences are in cost, fume production, and necessary postcutting operations.

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Achieving quality global manufacturing networks

May 9, 2006 | By Jane Biddle, Jim Brown

This article is adapted from a report analyzing the results of a manufacturers' survey. It discusses the common quality challenges all manufacturers and explains what best-in-class manufacturers are doing with quality control to set themselves apart from the competition.

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