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Know your bending basics—Part II

July 26, 2001

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When trying to make a good 90 degree bend with sheet metal, there's more than on way home. Just make sure your method can accommodate improvisation.

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How to avoid getting burned by hot work

July 26, 2001

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Maintaining a safe work environment in facilities in which hot work, such as welding, is done can be easier said than done. Measures such as preventive safety, safety zones, and fire watches can keep employees safe and worker's comp time down

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Choosing the right shielding gas and supply system for GMAW

July 26, 2001

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Selecting the right shielding gasses for your welding operation can mean the difference between mediocre production rates and peak efficiency.

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Analyzing shear features

July 26, 2001

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Understanding shears is a matter of understanding shear features, including design and drive systems. This article offers information about evaluating shears and includes a list of 20 enhancements and explains each of them.

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Achieving faster, more efficient tube mill changeovers

July 26, 2001

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Tube mill changeovers involved more than just tooling. Fast changeovers require control over many variables (entry equipment, side pass stands, and so on). Above all, two factors are critical in fast, consistent setups: regular maintenance of the mill and tooling, and reliance on written procedures.

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Magnetic pulse welding for tubular applications: Discovering new technology for welding conductive materials

July 26, 2001

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A review of how magnetic pulse welding works, in what applications it can be used, and what considerations users must take to perform it properly.

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Examining the GTAW environment

July 12, 2001

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The author outlines basic components of a welding booth suitable for GTAW, and offers possible solutions to a decline in availability of the thoriated tungsten used in a GTAW electrode. He also offers ideas for providing a clean air supply for the GTAW operator.

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Examining press feeding options: Considerations that determine a feed's effectiveness

July 12, 2001

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Press- and servo-driven roll feeds and gripper feeds are almost as common to the stamping industry as sheet metal and dies. Knowing how to use them effectively may not be so common.

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Steel industry anything but status quo: Next generation of distributors set to lead wave of change

July 12, 2001

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As the market demands change, the steel distribution industry will take up the gauntlet and change with the times. Contrary to some speculation, the steel manufacturing industry is neither going away nor reluctant to embrace the innovations necessary to survive.

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Proper guarding protects workers: Six steps to focusing on your employees' needs

July 12, 2001

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When people think of machine guarding, usually they think of devices to protect people from the moving parts on machinery.

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The growing use of orbital tube welding

July 12, 2001

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Although orbital tube welding has been used in aerospace, semiconductor, and other high-purity applications for a long time, general industrial markets just now are beginning to view it as a viable and economical option for joining stainless steel tubing.

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Hydroforming on a budget

July 12, 2001

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You can use several strategies for starting a hydroforming operation on a limited budget. Review your alternatives for selecting a press, fluid intensification system, and developing the tooling necessary for your operation before you take the plunge.

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Turning up the power

July 12, 2001

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The most common power levels ranged between 1,500 and 2,000 watts. However, a statistical survey conducted by the AMT Laser System Product Group indicates a steady increase during the last 12 months of installations for high-power 3,000- to 4,000-watt laser systems and a decline in sales of lasers with power levels less than 2,000 watts.

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Listening to the loud messages Editor's Picks -- Work Force Development Web Sites

July 12, 2001

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One of the loudest messages of the day was that managers, presidents, and owners need to ask the employees actually doing the work for their suggestions on how things should be done. And then listen.

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Laser welding of stainless pressure tubes

July 12, 2001

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Not all laser welded tubes are created equal. Know what to look for in the final product to ensure that you're buying quality and not just an imposter.

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