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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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Trouble in Motown

February 14, 2002

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Detroit's Big Three have big problems ahead if they can't figure out a way to profit in a time of booming sales, let alone downturns such as the one looming this year.

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The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002

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Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Using flowformed titanium alloy seamless tubes in production

February 14, 2002

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Lots of strength, lots of uses: Ti-6AL-4V, combined with the flowforming process can make sense for a wealth of industrial and consumer applications.

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The importance of lasing gas purity

February 14, 2002

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Here's some food for thought on lasing gases: How are they created? What are their potential impurities? Which impurities and how much of them are of concern? What lasing gases should be used? How do you protect yoiur high-quality lasing gases from contamination? Giving these items some attention could save you some trouble down the road.

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Power-and-free conveyors provide critical path through the manufacturing course

February 14, 2002

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This article describes how power-and-free conveyors are used in manufacturing. It outlines new themes in conveyor design, systems design, control systems, and simulation software.

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Around the World: China drives toward world auto market

February 14, 2002

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A look at projections for China's automotive market and recent activity by companies investing in that market are worth your time. Technology is a key factor to that investment, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of it.

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Learning lessons from the past

February 14, 2002

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For several years my work as a press brake consultant has taken me into many different fabricating shops. My job is to seek out problems and try to find solutions that make press brakes more productive. I have encountered many different situations, and I thought perhaps sharing some of the problems...

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