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Taking a look at performance appraisals

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes an affirmation of a positive working relationship.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Exploring the roll forming process

March 28, 2002

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If trying to improve your roll forming operation, look at the four M's -- machine, materials, manpower, and method. Those four areas hold the key to whatever may ail you.

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Is Your Welding Lean?

March 26, 2002

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Want know how lean manufacturing principles relate to your welding operation? You have to look further than just what is happening in the welding cell.

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End of the paper trail: Arizona tube fabricator takes electronic path to productivity

March 14, 2002

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Tube Specialties of Tempe, Ariz., wanted to get off the paper trail to streamline its production, accounting and inventory processes. This article looks at the reasons for the change, obstacles to the change and its benefits.

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Beating the welder shortage, recession blues

March 14, 2002

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Seven OEMs of welding torches and guns talk about fabricator challenges and how they see gun and torch technology changing to help them in the future. Some challenges fabricators face are a skilled welder shortage, an economic recession, and welder safety.

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The basics of eye and face protection for welders

March 14, 2002

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To ensure workplace health and safety, both employees and employers need to recognize hazards and prevent accidents.

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Shock reduction methods for hydraulic presses

March 14, 2002

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Ever wonder how to determine and fix shock on hydraulic pressing operations? The author offers an explanation on how to step a press, reduce blank shock, and eliminate up-stroke shock.

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Galling reduction through die surface treatment

March 14, 2002

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This brief article describes how tool galling occurs in stamping and describes results of tests on how TiCN, Hard-Cr, and CrCN were used on sample parts to help reduce galling.

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Taking the pain out of paint - Finishing—Part 1

March 14, 2002

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This article highlights two of the accepted industry specifications, which are provided by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). It covers many of the more salient topics, point by point, and explains them in detail.

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Predicting failure in hydroforming prevent aluminum tubes: Strain variables require sophisticated analysis

March 14, 2002

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This article discusses an approach to predicting failure in hydroforming prebent aluminum tubes. While strains are well researched for stamping sheet, this type of knowledge is lacking for hydroforming tubular components. Because the strains are different—prebent hydroformed tubular parts experience stress in the axial direction during bending, then in the circumferential direction during hydroforming—new methods for predicting failures are necessary. Researching these methods adds to the knowledge base of hydroforming, helping the technology gain further acceptance in manfacturing.

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That's the Deal - Sales strategies—Part 2

March 14, 2002

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There are a lot of things you can do to cope with slow times. Stop hanging your head, and take a look at some of them right here.

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Determining flow stress of tubes

March 14, 2002

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This article discusses tests that are used to evaluate flow stress in tube and why the uniaxial test is not suitable for this application. It discusses a bulge test, which stresses the tube biaxially, including tooling, software, and analysis tools for evaluating stresses.

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Will your weld hold up? Discovering and preventing incomplete fusion

March 14, 2002

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This article examines the common weld defect known as incomplete fusion. It takes an in-depth look at the causes of this problem, how it is detected, and how to prevent it.

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Maintaining a coil feed line for optimum production

March 14, 2002

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Looking for maintenance guidelines for coil feed lines? Find them here, in checklist terms, for coil cars, reels,straighteners, threading tables, and feeds.

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