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Bumping up large-radius bends

May 30, 2002

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The step-bending method can be a good way to achieve large radii without having to spend huge sums of money on special tooling.

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Giving your press a lift

May 30, 2002

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This article outlines how operational changes, planning, and combinations and adaptations of existing technologies are upgrading quick die change. Die standardization and new technologies, such as mechanical die lifters, box-style lifters rolling bolsters and programmable logic controllers, is making quick die change more efficient and cost effective.

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Improving stamping production end to end

May 30, 2002

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Exploring the benefits of welding coils in roll forming and progressive stamping operations. Welding coils can reduce scrap, downtime, and tooling damage. A variety of coil end joiners are described, such as portable, stationary, single-and double-cut, fully automatic, and semiautomatic.

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Terrorist attacks inspire Washington welder

May 30, 2002

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John Jackson is a welder in Lacey, Wash. who has started The Spirit of America Foundation with a group of people. He established the foundation so that memorials to honor those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Robotic welding systems

Now's the time to AUTOMATE

May 30, 2002

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This article outlines some of the challenges fabricators are facing and how robotics and automation equipmentmakers are trying to address these challenges. Also addressed are different equipment and technological advancements and other factors affecting welding automation.

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Multiblanking line

What's new with multiblanking lines?

May 30, 2002

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Multiblanking lines are used to produce small, accurately shaped blanks directly from large coils. Modern lines can process many different types of material over a range of thicknesses, while still allowing quick changeovers and minimal maintenance. New technology is available in several key areas that limit the capacity of a typical multiblanking line, which include leveling, slitting, feeding, shearing, and stacking.

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Unattended operation of CO2laser process systems

May 18, 2002

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This article discusses the history of lasers and material handling equipment with relation to unattended operation. It specifically examines material load/unload devices, sheet separation and detection devices, the auto-focus laser lens, raw material storage and retrieval systems, automatic part sorting systems, problem notification systems, cut control devices, and nozzle cleaning equipment.

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Rapid evolution, not revolution

May 16, 2002

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Changes are taking place in stamping operations in the appliance industry, with more on the way. And the science of stamping is improving significantly as a result. In this article, appliance industry executives express their opinions of the state of this technology.

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Using punching and forming plates

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses using punching and forming plates within a stamping press as an alternative to tube bending and end forming machinery.

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Steel bending machine

Bending hot 'n' cold

May 16, 2002

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The two basic types of structurals are load-bearing and architectural; the two bending methods are cold and induction. Understanding bending criteria is the key in determining which bending method is best for the application at hand.

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Material—Is it always a problem?

May 16, 2002

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If the problem with your roll forming operation lies in your material, here are some tips in getting to the heart of the problem.

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Earthquake shakes joint design, building construction

May 16, 2002

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This article is a case study that outlines how a California contractor retrofit existing buildings in southern California, using new construction codes to prevent further earthquake damage, while staying profitable, expanding, putting more welders in the field, using new welding procedures and consumables, and buying new equipment.

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Establishing quality systems for welding

May 16, 2002

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Welding codes and standards exist for a reason. They provide a framework for welders and shop managers to keep quality a top priority in their work.

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part I

May 16, 2002

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Design flexibility is something that all automotive designers want, but too often they lack a thorough understanding of what that means—what aspects of design flexibility apply to a certain part and their effect on cost. A methodology often is adopted when (or even before) a part development...

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Bending square and rectangular tubing

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses some of the similarities and differences between bending round tube versus square and rectangular tube. Explores the characteristics of square and rectangular sections and the bending challenges associated with these characteristics.

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