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Stamping CEO hopes to strengthen U.S. manufacturing

October 12, 2004

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Using his experience in the manufacturing industry, Don Wainwright plans to help improve the U.S. manufacturing industry through his position as chairman of the Department of Commerce's newly created Manufacturing Council.

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Certifying the quality of your tube and pipe

October 12, 2004

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In a perfect world, quality assurance and certification of materials would not be issues. In the tube and pipe industry, however, flawless raw materials and finished goods are not givens.

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Welding hazards affect nonwelders too

October 12, 2004

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Although a fully clad welder can appear somewhat overdressed, each piece of protective clothing is necessary to ensure personal safety. Welders who shun safety equipment often have scars or health problems as reminders of shortcuts they took.

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Preventing welding-related fires

October 12, 2004

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Before welding, professional and hobbyist welders must be knowledgeable about potential fire hazards and safe practices. They also must examine the work area and adjacent areas, welding equipment, and consumables for hazards and take appropriate measures to ensure safety.

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Skilled workers make new press brake technology even more valuable

September 14, 2004

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This article grew out of an FMA discussion board posting about new press brake controllers and software in which someone asked, "Do I really need all of these bells and whistles?" A profound fact of today's technology-intensive world is that skilled press brake operators are now unnecessary. After...

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Fact, fiction, and the feds

September 14, 2004

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The government is looking for companies like yours: machine shops, fabricators, and other manufacturers, that can provide it with what it needs to fulfill its mission and that of the armed forces. However, many myths stop businesses from thinking about doing business with the government.

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Caring for your contact tips

September 14, 2004

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The contact tip is one of the smallest and relatively inexpensive components in a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) system, but it can cause catastrophic failure and production downtime, highly penalizing productivity.The basic function of the contact tip is to transfer welding current to the consumable...

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Getting your assets in order

September 14, 2004

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A new 4-kilowatt laser just hit the floor. The technician will arrive on Monday to install it. It's your responsibility to make sure the gases arrive. The preinstallation manual was faxed to your local gas supplier, and all is well.Not so fast. Other gas matters can affect cost and efficiency. The...

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A Great Combination

September 14, 2004

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Dwarfed by his largest sculpture to date, artist Gary Beals collaborated with K-zell Metals to create this piece for the University of New Mexico.The stainless steel centerpiece for a grouping of sculptures at the University of New Mexico is a first for its creators for several reasons.First, the...

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Thinking about an equipment upgrade?

September 14, 2004

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Products change, and so do manufacturing methods used to make products. In the tube and pipe industry, however, manufacturing changes have been few and infrequent over the past few decades.

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Lean times call for mean tactics—Part 1

September 14, 2004

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Ron Stange looks back on his 50 years in the tube-bending industry and provides his insight on the one thing tube bender operators must know to be successful: Ironclad rules for successful bending do not exist. Tube bender operators must start with guidelines and incorporate their own experience to be successful.

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Not your average museum—a metal art mecca

September 14, 2004

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Editors Note: Bob Nichols, author of The Fire of Creation, a reader favorite on thefabricator.com, recently toured the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The following account of that tour display only a few of the many items on display at this amazing facility.Closed for exhibit...

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Keep on stamping

September 14, 2004

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To be competitive in a global economy, U.S. stampers must provide defect-free parts, reduce waste, and eliminate downtime while contending with increasing raw material costs and limited availability of some metals. Because stampers have no control over the supply side of the market, they must focus...

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The case for open-book management

September 14, 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.Some companies' financial information is not exclusively in the realm of accountants and top management. Everyone from...

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Winning with Lean

September 14, 2004

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Larry Martin hates the term lean manufacturing."When someone mentions lean manufacturing, it usually conjures up visions of layoffs and a stark, militarylike plant," said Larry Martin, vice president of Utah-based Martin Door Manufacturing Inc.He blames lean manufacturing's bad reputation on...

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