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How important is sheet and plate steel flatness?

March 14, 2002

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This article examines flatness of steel, discussing the outcome of combining temper passing and leveling in the same line. It also provides the outcomes of experimentation on steel that has been leveled, temper passed, and both. Furthermore, it gives a few real world examples of who is using this process and what they are saying about it.

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Getting the most from your deep-drawn material

March 14, 2002

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Learning how to get every bit of flow out of your metal while minimizing scrap -- doesn't that sound like a good idea?

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The challenges of laser cutting: Overcoming some common obstacles

March 13, 2002

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Lasers can be used to process expensive alloys as well as traditional materials such as stainless steel. However, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of laser processing is the key to determining whether or not a laser is the right choice for cutting.

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Setting standards for beverage production

February 28, 2002

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The pitfalls of building a beverage processing facility can be many. Poor welds involving tubing, fittings, and valves provide opportunities for bacteria to grow, creating health concerns and the potential for ruined product. Orbital welding -- which provides higher-quality, consistent welds compared to manual welding -- helps to reduce these concerns.

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Taking a closer look at welding robotics and automation

February 28, 2002

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Robotics and automation are on the rise in welding, especially as the need for welders remains. This article discusses the future of robotics and automation in welding: improvements expected to be necessary, e-commerce concerns, and higher customer demands.

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The process of contoured tubing manufacturing

February 28, 2002

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This article discusses the importance of new technology in the roll forming industry, especially in welded contoured tubing. The author discusses the process of welding contoured tubing all the way through to the end product.

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Cutting structural steel to length; The sheer facts of shear tooling and processes

February 28, 2002

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This article discusses the tooling and shearing processes used for cutting structural steel elements. It mentions the materials and heat-treating processes used to manufacture the knives (tooling) and two different shearing processes - - single-cut and double-cut. It also discusses the challenges presented by structural items that do not have uniform profiles, such as channels and I-beams.

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What to look for in end-of-arm tooling

February 28, 2002

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Many factors affect the real cost of clamps used in end-of-arm tooling. Their original price is important, but other factors have a major effect on production. Four of the most important are delivery, flexibility, durability, and useful life.

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Steering toward aluminum Trends in the automotive industry

February 28, 2002

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Advances in the use of aluminum for cars and trucks could pave the way for greater use of the metal in the future.

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Comparing flash and butt welding

February 28, 2002

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This discussion explains the basic differences between the flash and butt welding processes and discusses their use of AC or DC secondary currents with single-phase or three-phase primary input power.

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Emotional thrills

February 28, 2002

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When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it is supposed to be fun and will last only a frew minutes. The job shop you're working in isn't supposed to be anything like a rollercoaster ride.

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Mr. Roboto: Welding fundamentals for managers

February 28, 2002

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This article is the first in a series that addresses the fundamentals of robotic welding. The author discusses the basic process parameters in robotic welding, how those parameters affect weld quality and productivity, and how they can be optimized to make a robotic welding installation as profitable as possible.

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How to Improve Your Welds: Helpful hints for GMAW

February 19, 2002

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A guide to the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. The benefits of the process include its high deposition rate, efficient use of filler matel, elimination of slag and flux removal, and the reduction of smoke and fumes.

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High-speed feeding techniques

February 19, 2002

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Gripper or roll-type feeds operate on the principle of feeding force, which is a product of the coefficient of friction between the grippers or feed rolls and the material being fed. Reviewing each force as a factor of the feeding equipment or feeding conditions helps in evaluating the feeding process.

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Protecting your eyes in industrial environments

February 14, 2002

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This article reviews the OSHA and ANSI standards for using safety spectacles in the workplace, describes scratch-resistance and anti-fog coatings, describes safety spectacle protection from ultraviolet and infrared radiation, and provides tips for choosing and using safety glasses.

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