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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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Hydroforming provides Rx for medical pumps

January 10, 2002

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This article relates how a Florida-based company used hydroforming to produce titanium housings for implantable pumps for a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.

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Practicing safe oxyfuel cutting

January 10, 2002

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This article provides tips for safe oxyfuel cutting and welding. It offers specific practices for using cylinder valves, regulators, hoses, tips, and torches.

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Sawing structural and architectural tubing

December 13, 2001

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This article examines common fabrication processes for structural and architectural tube. It specifically focuses on cutting, sawing, miter cutting, bundle sawing, and cambering.

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Punching tips

December 13, 2001

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The author discusses what not to do to manage slug ejection. He mentions several tooling maintenance errors that he has made over the years, as well as what machine operators can do if they want to experience slug ejection difficulties. He concludes by stating that the easiest solution to slug management is to keep the tooling in good condition and to use the correct die clearance for the material.

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Bending tube with an all-electric machine

December 13, 2001

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This article discusses the ins and outs of all-electric tube bending machines, discussing the challenges, performance characteristics, and typical options of all-electric benders.

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When sparks fly ...

December 13, 2001

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This article combines examples of fires caused by inadequate protection from welding with information on heat-resistant textiles and how they can be used to provide that protection.

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The basics of uncoiling

December 13, 2001

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A review of the basic components of a coil handling system which covers servo drive roll feeds, cradles and reels, straighteners and combination units.

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Pairing a servo feed with a pull-through straightener

December 13, 2001

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This article explores the possibility that servo feeds can be used with pull-through straighteners as opposed to a conventional feed line that uses a powered straightener. Using the servo-PTS (pull-through straightener) can save money on equipment and material. The only limitation may be marking the material so noncosmetic applications are recommended.

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It's all about precision, craftsmanship

December 13, 2001

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A case study looking at how Superior Joining Technologies Inc. got into the microwelding business, the welding equipment they use, how the meet customer requirements, and how they use a solid foundation in welding to keep up with today's stringent requirements.

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Hydraulic workholding from scratch

December 13, 2001

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Hydraulic clamps are used in place of manual or toggle clamps to hold the workpiece or tool in place during stamping. This article examines the four steps that comprise the selection and installation of a hydraulic workholding system: cylinder selection, cylinder force and stroke, power source selection, and system connection.

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Radiographic and ultrasonic weld inspection

December 13, 2001

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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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Punch Die Stripper

Keeping pace with today's punching requirements

December 13, 2001

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This article provides the basics on how the punch, die, and stripper work; how to perform material thickness calculations on various materials; how different applications affect punching quality; how fully guided tooling counters lateral forces; and how metallurgy, coatings, and maintenance affect tooling.

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Cutting through the obstacles

December 11, 2001

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Of all the materials that can be cut on industrial band saw machines, structural steels—such as pipe and tubing, plate, angle and channel iron, and I beams—are all among the most common and challenging.

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