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Design tips for sheet metal: Bend relief, small holes, hole distortion near bends, and minimum flange widths

October 25, 2001

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The article discusses making small holes and when to use a punch or laser cutter, inside radius measurements and how they differ depending on whether you are coining or air bending on a press brake, and adding bend relief to prevent tearing material.

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Common barricades on the road to lean

October 25, 2001

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The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.

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Cutting tube in a recut operation: How to decide on a method and equipment

October 25, 2001

This piece, which originally appeared in TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal in 1997, explains how to decide whether to cut tubing on the production line or cut it later in a recut operation. Discusses various types of recutting equipment and focuses on the dual-blade shear cutting method.

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Comparing single-cut and dimple-free tube mill cutoffs

October 25, 2001

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This article covers the application of single-cut and dimple-free cutoff shear technologies as they are applied to contemporary high-speed tube mills.

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Hydroforming a new front automotive structure

October 25, 2001

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Hydroforming the parts in a vehicle structure can be of immense benefit on several counts, as a review of a recent project at the author's company can attest.

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To e, or not to e?

October 25, 2001

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The idea was to have e-commerce solve everything. Then the thud of a million dot-coms hitting bottom gave people a new perspective. Are automakers still hip on e-commerce? You'd better believe it.

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Cryogenics—Putting the Freeze on Wear Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions

October 25, 2001

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While cryogenics has been around for awhile, alot of shops don't know how to use the process to their advantage. Knowing a few basics may help your shop turn that around.

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Increasing tube mill welding speed: Examining technology for tube producers

October 25, 2001

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This article reviews processes that were technological advances in tube welding years ago but still have a bearing on how tube producers do their jobs today.

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Sell! Sell! Sell!: Developing a profitable exit strategy for you and your company

October 25, 2001

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Devising a strategy for selling your company that fits within your goals and current market conditions is essential

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Metal stamping and electromagnetic forming: New process improves material formability, reduces wrinkling

October 25, 2001

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This article describes the development of electromagnetic forming (EMF) and how EMF works.

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C-Frame Stamping Presses

Achieving straight-side capabilities in a gap-frame press

October 25, 2001

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Recent changes in tooling technologies, material specifications, part quality requirements, and inventory levels have driven the demand for new developments in the way a mechanical press operates. This article discusses how link motion and bridge-frame structures help stampers. This includes a description of what link motion is and how it works, and how bridge frame presses affect frame deflection.

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Taking the troubles out of tube mill tooling: Preventing and solving some common problems

October 11, 2001

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This article discusses the prevention of problems associated with tube mill tooling, touching on maintaining tooling, as well as troubleshooting common problems that may arise during the tube production process.

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Staying safe during HF welding: A common sense approach to personnel protection

October 11, 2001

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Proper clothing, training, procedures, troubleshooting, preparation, and equipment for HF welding are critical if you want to prevent workplace accidents.

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Building a better business model: Strategic planning basics for automotive stampers to improve profit

October 11, 2001

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Just what is a strategic business model, and how can it be developed and used by an automotive stamping supplier wanting to boost its bottom line?

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Establishing an alloy verification process: SOPs help to prevent material mix-ups

October 11, 2001

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Production or fabrication processes can include dozens of stages to convert raw materials into finished goods. Regardless of the raw material or the finished product, one factor is constant - - most metals look alike.

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