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Using proper press brake setup procedures

August 29, 2002

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Think about it: If your setup is off, the rest of your press brake operation will soon follow. Take the time to do your setup right, and you won't be doing it a second time.

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Automating for the future

August 29, 2002

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If you need to cut production time, you might glean a few tips from a little job shop in Ohio that has made the most of its software.

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Rejoice with the right respirator

August 29, 2002

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Selecting the right respirator for a welder involves examining the processes used, the workplace environment, and the types of base metal and consumables used. This article offers tips for finding the right respirator for your application, preferences, and workplace.

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Car Corner: OEMs sock it to suppliers

August 29, 2002

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The businesses that supply the auto industry with its parts are doing more and more work for less and less of the pie.

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Cut it out: How fabricators use plasma cutters every day

August 29, 2002

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Many fabricators use plasma arc cutting torches every day, either to replace or complement saws, cut-off wheels, snips, and oxyfuel rigs. It can be used in a variety of applications—installing or remvoving HVAC/R equipment, plumbing systems, and industrial equipment; reparing equpment and systems; and cutting shapes consistently.

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No substantiation, no deduction

August 15, 2002

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Fabricators should keep records carefully to avoid disallowed deductions and the ever-escalating amounts that add up until the lack of records, documentation, or supporting information is eventually discovered.

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Understanding coating adhesion

August 15, 2002

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Coatings for tube and pipe can serve as a primer for subsequent painting or they can provide corrosion protection.

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SMAW revisited—You can never know too much

August 8, 2002

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No matter how much you know about SMAW or any other type of welding, you always can learn more.

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Longer slabs, lower costs

August 8, 2002

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Unshored, deep steel decking that spans 20 feet—it's a good concept on paper, but can it serve customers in the real world? At least one engineer is convinced it can, and he's taking his message to the masses.

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Science Nonfiction

August 8, 2002

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Metal cutting lasers continue to evolve at an amazing rate, largely based on the demands of OEMs and job shops, while profit margins shrink because of increased competition and lower pay rates. To help fabricators meet the demands placed on them, laser manufacturers are creating new laser features that help fabricators differentiate themselves, speed up productivity, and get more out of their laser machines.

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Breathing easier

August 8, 2002

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Welding smoke and fumes can be dangerous, but there are several types of equipment designed to clean the air welders breathe. Capturing airborne pollutants at the welding source is the most effective technique available. Common designs include source capture arms, portable source capture air cleaners, downdraft or sidedraft tables, and smoke extraction systems. Other air purification devices include ambiant air capture systems and breathing masks and respirators.

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Things every press brake operator should know

August 8, 2002

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Giving operators the know-how they need to produce parts efficiently and cost-effectively can be as easy as 1-2-3-4.

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Repair Brazing: Fixing Faulty Jobs and worn-out components

July 26, 2002

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Brazing has myriad uses for shop repairs. Knowing what seperates a proper brazing job from a poop one can save you alot of headaches and produce some slick results in the process.

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Take a break and learn to unwind

July 25, 2002

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The decoiling equipment you choose can make a difference down the line in pressroom operations. Here are some basic guidelines on coil cradles, pallet decoilers, and mandrel reels to make that decision easier.

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Creating finger tooling for three-axis transfer presses

July 25, 2002

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Designing finger tooling that will work effectively with a transfer press die is now easier with the advent of modular, off-the-shelf finger tooling components. Through computer-aided design, stampers can minimize trail-and-error adjustments and reconfigure finger tools or modify die components to make part transfer possible.

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