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Cut to the chase

April 15, 2002

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This article outlines some of the benefits, limitations, and applications of plasma arc cutting. It also provides questions to ask when considering the process for your business.

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Flash butt welding of pipe

April 15, 2002

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This article describes the flash-butt welding process as used to weld pipes externally and internally. The authors describe the process, how it's used, how its technology is employed, advances in the process, materials that can be welded, and equipment used.

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Reviewing bottom bending and nested parts

April 15, 2002

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Looking to nest parts tightly, but can't win the battle against the material's natural grain? Take heart—bottom bending could be your key to success.

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Sheet hydroforming in automotive applications

April 15, 2002

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Sheet hydroforming can be used in the automotive industry for forming alloys with low formability and prototype applications, among other handy applications.

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One man's junkyard is another man's challenge

April 15, 2002

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'Junkyard Wars' promotes a positive image for the fabrication and manufacturing environments and has become one of the more popular programs on The Learning Channel. Here's why.

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Getting the cash flowing

April 12, 2002

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Despite generous write-off allowances, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 isn't inciting the type of industrial buying spree politicians had hoped for.

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Batch hot-dip and inline galvanizing

April 11, 2002

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The two most common methods of applying zinc metal to steel handrail tubing are batch hot-dip galvanizing and inline, continuous galvanizing. The batch hot-dip method provides a coating thickness approximately 3 times that of the inline method, and a coating that lasts approximately 3 times as long. However, for indoor applications that do not require more than 500 PSI of bond strength, inline galvanized tube can be cost-effective.

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Performance appraisals are an ongoing process

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback a part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes and affirmation of a positive working relationship instead of a drudgery merely to be tolerated.

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Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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New machines do not a world-class company make

March 28, 2002

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Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.

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Taking a look at performance appraisals

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes an affirmation of a positive working relationship.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Exploring the roll forming process

March 28, 2002

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If trying to improve your roll forming operation, look at the four M's -- machine, materials, manpower, and method. Those four areas hold the key to whatever may ail you.

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Is Your Welding Lean?

March 26, 2002

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Want know how lean manufacturing principles relate to your welding operation? You have to look further than just what is happening in the welding cell.

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End of the paper trail: Arizona tube fabricator takes electronic path to productivity

March 14, 2002

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Tube Specialties of Tempe, Ariz., wanted to get off the paper trail to streamline its production, accounting and inventory processes. This article looks at the reasons for the change, obstacles to the change and its benefits.

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