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Recovering from press overload: Protection systems help to sense overload and minimize machine, tool damage

September 4, 2001

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This article discusses what hydraulic overload protection system is and gives a brief description of the three main types.

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Presenting coil to a tube mill

September 4, 2001

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Tubemakers looking to improve operations at the front of the mill should consider factors such as coil preparation before feeding it into the tube mill—end joining, removal of overthickness, burr up/down condition, and accumulation.

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Putting a spark into cutting productivity

September 4, 2001

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There are many ways to cut sheet, plate, tubing, and structural shapes, ranging from a hand hacksaw to power shears and lasers.

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Exploring complementary cutting methods

September 4, 2001

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The various cutting methods available to fabrication shops today can be both a little daunting and very beneficial. Choice is good--learn how to make the most of the diversity all your choices offer to you.

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Maintaining an RF tube and pipe welding generator

September 4, 2001

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This article separates the RF generator into seven major subassemblies and then gives tips for finding and preventing problems in each subassembly.

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Accumulating strip before the mill

September 4, 2001

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Figure 1:Strip can be stored in a deep pit, where it will hang in a loop.In simple terms, a strip processing line consists of a device to hold a supply coil of strip and a device to perform an operation to convert the flat coiled strip into a product.In tube mill operations, a supply coil is...

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Skiving strip edges for tube and pipe producing

September 4, 2001

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Edge treatment of coil strip before it enters a tube and pipe mill, called skiving, is a rapidly advancing technology. Improving the coil edge before it is welded helps increase the quality of the seam join and helps prevent rejected tube or pipe.

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Robotic arc welding gets smart in real time

September 4, 2001

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Whether you're dealing with low part counts or wild welding variables or the challenges of just-in-time production, monitoring software can help smooth your operation.

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Stamp of Approval: Full-court press safety: How to maintain an effective safety program end to end

August 23, 2001

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If you want a safe press operation, look beyond the machinery. Don't be surprised to find the keys to a good safety program well outside the confines of the pressroom.

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GMAW vs. FCAW for beginners: Choose the best process for your small operation

August 16, 2001

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There are several pros and cons to using the gas metal arc welding process versus the flux cored arc welding process in compact applications.

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One person's trash is another person's ... seahorse?

August 16, 2001

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Washington artist Dan Klennert and his quest to renew the spirit of old scrap metal in new sculptures is distinctive, to say the least. He welds uses the shielded metal arc welding process and creates dinosaurs, horses, fish, giraffes, and almost anything else he sets his mind on.

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Do your tubes seam good enough? Using eddy current testing to make sure

August 16, 2001

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Eddy current testing offers several features that makers of welded tube may find to their liking—in particular, high throughput speeds and sensitive flaw detection.

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Flatness in coil processing operations: New turns in the leveling process

August 16, 2001

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Most flat-rolled coil processing operations use some sort of roller leveling technology. Operations people understand what these machines can do to improve the quality of the product they produce. In the competitive marketplace, customers demand and get more that just flat sheets or slit coils.

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In search of the perfect bend

August 16, 2001

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Press brake manufacturers have made tremendous advances in the art of machine design and manufacturing.

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Getting the most for your money: 12 financial tips for welding professionals

August 16, 2001

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These include the importance of contributing to an individual retirement account, retirement programs for the self-employed, tax-exempt investments, $10,000/year gift tax exclusions, charitable contributions, how much money you should keep in checking and savings accounts, liquidity, and diversified portfolios.

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