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Four Canadian automotive fabricators and what drives their success

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: In an effort to offer a glimpse into some of the successful fabricating and manufacturing operations in the world, The FABRICATOR® offers this quick look at four Canadian companies.On a busy workday the machine shop at F&P Mfg. Inc., in the village of Tottenham, northwest of...

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Job Burnout—Part 3

August 10, 2004

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This is the last in a series of articles about job burnout. Part Idiscussed the causes. Part IIcovered symptoms and solutions from an individual standpoint. It also included a test to help you determine where you are in terms of burnout.Job burnout is a complicated condition caused most often by...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 7

July 13, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the seventh episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about sales training."Why does it matter whether the sales staff understands this concept of buying a contract? If they are getting orders and the...

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Welding Miniature Devices

July 13, 2004

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Welders have been joining miniature electromechanical devices for industrial and medical applications for more than 30 years. However, it's a subject that hasn't been featured much in papers and technical publications.The history of joining miniature devices goes back to the turn of the century in...

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Job Burnout—Part 2

July 13, 2004

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If the amount of feedback Part I of this series generated is a good barometer, job burnout is a huge problem potentially affecting many workers at all levels. This article will help you determine if you're at risk or suffering from the condition. It also offers suggestions for actions you can...

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In-running nip point hazards

July 13, 2004

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In-running nip points are frequent sites of injuries from machinery. Nip points exist where material enters a gradually narrowing opening, for example, pulling rolls, and the material is strong enough to pull body parts, such as fingers, hands, arms, and hair, into the pinch point.U.S. Department...

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Delta repair welders aim high

July 13, 2004

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Pilots refer to flying experience as "seat time." For the 300-plus certified welders in Delta Air Lines' TechOps division, the term has a similar meaning. Certification is just the first step for them. Qualified GTAW welders here log plenty of seat time.Whether they maintain ground support...

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Where the welders are

July 13, 2004

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Making sense of the skilled labor shortage in the welding industry is like having conversations with five different people simultaneously while trying to walk a tightrope with a vase on your head and juggle at the same time.Several perspectives play prominent roles in this issue, from the welders...

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Man welding with Lincoln Electric power source.

MIG welding—The basics and then some

July 13, 2004

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Whether it's used in the shop, field, or the garage hobby shop, MIG is a great process.

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MIAB welding of thick-walled pipe ends

July 13, 2004

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Various methods are used for welding pipe, including electric shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), and flash end welding.Another efficient process is magnetically impelled arc butt (MIAB) welding. Current technology and equipment allow MIAB welding of pipes with wall...

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Bending and handling tube

July 13, 2004

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Three main types of tube bending equipment are dedicated, CNC, and automated bending cells. Understanding the advantages of each is crucial to deciding which type to purchase.

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Is your bend good enough?

July 13, 2004

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Bending tube or pipe so the finished product conforms to one of two bending standards can help to reduce rejects and improve relations between fabricators and their customers. The standards can facilitate the use of bending terms, and promote an understanding of bending tolerances and acceptable defects before starting a bending project.

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The value of empowerment

July 13, 2004

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Like many automotive stampers, Dowding Industries, an Eaton Rapids, Mich., partsmaker for the heavy truck and automotive...

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Acoustic emission monitoring for stamping presses

July 13, 2004

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Sheet metal forming companies face constantly increasing demands for higher production speeds from their machinery and more complex parts. At the same time customers demand higher standards of quality and stringent price controls, even as production volumes swell.Figure 1If a deviation from...

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Controlling double sheet in stamping operations

July 13, 2004

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Almost everyone has experienced a double-sheet problem. Copiers, printers, and fax machines sometimes feed two sheets, which then jam the machines and have to be removed. While two sheets of paper seldom cause major harm to office equipment, two sheets of metal can cause major damage to tools and...

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