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Cutting structural steel to length; The sheer facts of shear tooling and processes

February 28, 2002

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This article discusses the tooling and shearing processes used for cutting structural steel elements. It mentions the materials and heat-treating processes used to manufacture the knives (tooling) and two different shearing processes - - single-cut and double-cut. It also discusses the challenges presented by structural items that do not have uniform profiles, such as channels and I-beams.

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What to look for in end-of-arm tooling

February 28, 2002

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Many factors affect the real cost of clamps used in end-of-arm tooling. Their original price is important, but other factors have a major effect on production. Four of the most important are delivery, flexibility, durability, and useful life.

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Steering toward aluminum Trends in the automotive industry

February 28, 2002

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Advances in the use of aluminum for cars and trucks could pave the way for greater use of the metal in the future.

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Comparing flash and butt welding

February 28, 2002

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This discussion explains the basic differences between the flash and butt welding processes and discusses their use of AC or DC secondary currents with single-phase or three-phase primary input power.

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Emotional thrills

February 28, 2002

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When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it is supposed to be fun and will last only a frew minutes. The job shop you're working in isn't supposed to be anything like a rollercoaster ride.

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Mr. Roboto: Welding fundamentals for managers

February 28, 2002

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This article is the first in a series that addresses the fundamentals of robotic welding. The author discusses the basic process parameters in robotic welding, how those parameters affect weld quality and productivity, and how they can be optimized to make a robotic welding installation as profitable as possible.

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How to Improve Your Welds: Helpful hints for GMAW

February 19, 2002

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A guide to the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. The benefits of the process include its high deposition rate, efficient use of filler matel, elimination of slag and flux removal, and the reduction of smoke and fumes.

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High-speed feeding techniques

February 19, 2002

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Gripper or roll-type feeds operate on the principle of feeding force, which is a product of the coefficient of friction between the grippers or feed rolls and the material being fed. Reviewing each force as a factor of the feeding equipment or feeding conditions helps in evaluating the feeding process.

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Protecting your eyes in industrial environments

February 14, 2002

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This article reviews the OSHA and ANSI standards for using safety spectacles in the workplace, describes scratch-resistance and anti-fog coatings, describes safety spectacle protection from ultraviolet and infrared radiation, and provides tips for choosing and using safety glasses.

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Principles of welding productivity

February 14, 2002

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Do you doubt the merits of daily record keeping to improve welding reliability, standardize welding procedures, avoid excessive costs, and increase productivity? Read on. You won't any longer.

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Achieving cost-effective environmental compliance

February 14, 2002

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Environmental regulations are becoming more complex, leading many manufacturers to outsource regulatory compliance. This doesn’t absolve the manufacturer of responsibility, so understanding the integral components—waste generator classification, waste minimization, and safety training—is critical to establishing a compliance strategy.

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Inspection Connection: Radiographic and ultrasonic weld inspection

February 14, 2002

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This article outlines the differences in radiographic and ultrasonic weld inspection, the two most common methods if nondestructive testing. It gives an overview of both methods, including how they are used.

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Cash in on lean manufacturing

February 14, 2002

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TRUMPF, Freudenberg-NOK, and Aero Gear Inc. share their experiences with lean manufacturing here and present the benefits and challenges of implementing it in the machine tool-making, automotive supply, and job shop environments.

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Will just-in-time become just-in-case?

February 14, 2002

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Terrorist attcks on U.S. soil have given domestic manufactuers cause to rethink the entire process of keeping inventory and metting customer demands.

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An industry perspective

February 14, 2002

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On the positive side, job shops continue to be innovative and improve productivity; materials and software are improving; entry-level positions normally can be filled.

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