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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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Mastering the tool selection process

October 11, 2001

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Need a tutorial on how to select the proper tube mill tooling for all kinds of jobs? Getting the right tools in place for a particular product can make a world of difference in the final product.

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Remote GTAW of spent fuel canisters: How this process reduces operator exposure to radiation

October 11, 2001

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This off-the-beaten-path article defines a remote GTAW process that allows weld operators to minimize their exposure to radiation when welding spent fuel canisters used to contain nuclear fuel.

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Interaction of chemicals used in forming and fabricating

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how chemicals tend to react with one another and how each type of lubricant and coolant commonly used during steel processing tends to behave is a boon when you're trying to fabricate products properly.

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Installing and maintaining coil cradles and reels

October 11, 2001

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The installation procedures that can help to prolong the life of coil cradles and reels are outlined in this article. Specific steps to maintain cradles and reels are also included.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Whose business is safety? Everybody's

October 11, 2001

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What sort of safety measures needed in your shop depends somewhat on your equipment, but making your press brake a safe piece of equipment is largely a matter of old-fashioned common sense.

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The importance of the n value in sheet forming

October 11, 2001

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Strain hardening is represented by the exponent n in the flow stress equation, which approximates the relation between true stress and true strain during plastic deformation of a metal. The constant n plays a crucial role in sheet metal forming, and this brief article describes its effects.

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Welding specialty metals safely

October 11, 2001

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This article outlines dangers of fume exposure to welders using exotic or specialty metals. The author offers a three-tiered approach to protecting the welder from fumes.

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Inspecting for and correcting coil reel damage

October 11, 2001

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Written in a question-and-answer format, this article offers tips for inspecting and correcting damage to coil reels. Descriptions of several tests are offered, including arbor or reel runout, lost motion, final indicator, and segments straightness tests. Frequently encountered problems such as coilers that break constantly, telescoping coils, and marred material are also addressed.

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Correcting shape problems in flat-rolled coil

October 11, 2001

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Various shape defects can be encountered in flat-rolled ferrous and nonferrous strip. Knowing their mechanics and origins and how to correct them can be very useful in times of need.

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Die design for double bending

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how steel tends to react when it is bent in a single operation can help you do the job right the first time.

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