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Case study: CO2 Lasers in job shops

December 12, 2002

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Wrayco Industries Inc., Stow, Ohio, a 20-year-old family-owned precision fabricating shop, produces steel fabricated fuel tanks, hydraulic reservoirs, and fenders for a leading heavy construction equipment manufacturer. The company employs 102 and has more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

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Testing new waters Down Under

December 12, 2002

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Capitalizing on the latest laser and information sharing technology, theAustralian auto industry is working to achieve critical mass within itsdomestic market and to take advantage of the opportunities offered bye-commerce.

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Piping in productivity

November 21, 2002

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Using orbital welding equipment led to productivity gains in one of the nation's first fusion-welded underground pipelines.

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Weighing Your Options

November 21, 2002

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Not all coil handling equipment is created equal. At first glance, conventional coil lines and straighteners-feeders seem to perform the same task, but when they are examined throoughly, these units are very different.

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The ROI for Quick Die Change

November 21, 2002

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Quick die change equipment is a capital investment, and i competes for funds with other capital investments. Therefore, it's critical to understand the benefits of implementing quick die change.

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Save money when ordering bends

November 21, 2002

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Bending tube and pipe has become increasingly popular throughout the metal fabrication industry. Bending inherently saves money over other fabrication methods, such as the cutting and welding of standard fittings or the use of cast elbows. However, fabricators can reduce costs further by following simple procedures while designing or ordering bends.

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Working in a welder's wonderland

November 21, 2002

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A good welder is a lazy welder, according to Greg Lamm -- but when he says lazy, hemeans comfortable. His microwelding workstation has been set up with ergonomics inmind.

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Reducing Negative Tonnage

November 21, 2002

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Over time negative tonnage can cause significant press and die damage. Understanding the factors that influence the amount of negative tonnage can help you control it.

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The fire of creation

November 21, 2002

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Quaint hobby or growing craft? Read on and decide.

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Secrets of Using GTAW for Tools and Dies

November 17, 2002

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Tool and die welding can be a very lucrative service for a fab shop. However, tool and die welders are about as rare as brain surgeons because of a general lack of knowledge about the process and because of the extra expense it brings to a shop. This article offers a basic understanding of what's needed to add this service to your fab shop.

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Equipping Your Press With the Right Tonnage Monitor

November 15, 2002

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This article explains why it's useful to monitor press tonnage, the types of tonnage monitors available, the choices for mounting load sensors, calibrating a monitor, and options available for tonnage monitors.

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Merging research with manufacturing

November 7, 2002

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To thrive in competitive markets, manufacturers must innovate. Innovation often relies on research. However, most manufacturing firms lack the financial and human resources necessary to conduct research that leads to innovation.

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Lubes and the new materials: It's a different game

November 7, 2002

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Changes taking place in tube and pipe producing and fabricating may require you to review your lubrication strategies. One of these changes is the increased use of aluminum, aluminized steel, and stainless steel tubing.

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Fanning production rates

November 7, 2002

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Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part III in the December issue will address how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

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Focusing on tube cutting lasers

November 7, 2002

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State-of-the-art laser technology for cutting metal tubes includes capabilities for cutoff, beveling, and cutting an infinite variety of shapes such as holes, slots, and notches. In this article, manufacturers of laser cutting equipment discuss the state of advancements such as automated loading and unloading of parts; simplified programming; automatedinspection of finished parts; and lights-out operation.

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