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Pursuing a plate-cutting saw

May 4, 2004

Metal Cutting Service, City of Industry (Los Angeles), Calif., specializes in sawing metals. President David Viel explained the company's strategy: "We do not buy or sell anything, we just add value to others' products." Although it does very little advertising, the 26-employee company has customers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, even though the cost to ship material can be substantial.

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10 burning questions you asked about the steel price meltdown

May 4, 2004

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December came, and the Section 201 tariffs went out under the tide of global and World Trade Organization (WTO) pressure. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, material price increases hit the metals industry like a tidal wave that made the tariff increases look like gently lapping wading waves. "The Perfect Storm," it's been called.

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Entry arch and gates based on history use modern technologies

April 6, 2004

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The Santa Ysabel Ranch entry arch and gates, Paso Robles, Calif.Creating an entry gate for a new housing development doesn't sound like such a tough assignment until you toss in historical references as design constraints. Using the lore and symbolism of the Chumash Indian tribe that once settled...

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Machine-guarding problems—one company's solution

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: Safety expert Cheryl Henderson is a member of the FMA/CNA Safety Committee. Watch for other committee-authored articles in upcoming issues of thefabricator.com.What would it take to have press guards in place, adjusted, secure, and working properly every day, through every part...

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Titanium—You can weld it!

April 6, 2004

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"Titanium need not be all that hard to weld!"The American Welding Society (AWS)1said it, and I agree. Well-done titanium welds look like frozen mercury: shiny and reflective. A couple of basic factors make titanium different from other metals. These unique characteristics, and a lack of...

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Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different types exist, but...

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Pitch notch or not? Factors to consider when designing progressive dies

April 6, 2004

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Figure 1In today's competitive global market, stampers are looking for ways to reduce tooling and stamping cost by any means possible. Pitch notches, often referred to as French notches, are used commonly to prevent overfeeding and mis-hits in progressive dies. More often than not, however, using a...

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Don't throw away your profit margin

April 6, 2004

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Grinding applications can be divided into three broad categories, especially with regard to tube and pipe:Welding preparation and heavy metal removalMetal fabrication and constructionLight metal removal, finishing and sharpeningAbrasives for grinders come in many grains, shapes, and product designs...

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Personality + Protection

April 6, 2004

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Being expected to wear more than one hat at work these days is commonplace??but not more than one welding helmet.

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Next-generation synthetic forming fluids

April 6, 2004

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Successful metal forming, stamping, and deep drawing depend on three basic elements: the metal substrate, tooling, and lubrication.

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Sizing up servo presses

April 6, 2004

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Servo-powered presses will not replace all flywheel mechanical presses. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the stamping application.

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Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 4

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the fourth episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about customers and the time line of money.

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Stamping tools for UHSS get tougher

April 6, 2004

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The automotive industry wants to develop cars that are lighter, stronger, and less costly to manufacture. One way it can achieve these goals is to construct body panels, suspension components, structural members, and frames using ultrahigh-strength steels (UHSS). Increasing an automotive part's...

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A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

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A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

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