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What to know before selecting a manual plasma cutter: Understanding size, power, components, cost

July 26, 2001

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The first plasma arc cutting (PAC) systems, developed in the '60s, were 1,000-amp monsters designed to blast through 6-inch stainless steel.

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Tool design tips for coated stampings

July 26, 2001

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Designers and manufacturers of progressive or stage tooling are faced with a project involving production of metal stampings that will be post-processed with painting, powder coating, or plating operations.

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How one company organized its powder coating process

July 26, 2001

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Learn how Gauthier Industries, a stamper and powder coater, organized its powder coating operation into control points to help regulate quality and efficiency as parts move through the finishing process. Areas discussed include pretreatment, the paint booth, inspection, and tips for efficiency.

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Four factors to consider when purchasing a grinder: You get what you pay for

July 26, 2001

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Cost often is a deciding factor when you purchase a grinder. However, the saying "you get what you pay for" can be true when you're talking about tools. The price tag alone doesn't always reflect some of the more important factors--performance level, cost to operate, and tool life--that make a grinder worth its cost.

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Inline gauge control in welded tube production: Reducing conversion losses

July 26, 2001

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Reducing scrap when converting strip to finished tube is a huge step in bettering your bottom line.

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Bend deduction charts

July 26, 2001

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Quite often I am asked, "Where can I get a bend deduction chart that works, one with valid numbers?" That's a good question.

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Know your bending basics—Part II

July 26, 2001

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When trying to make a good 90 degree bend with sheet metal, there's more than on way home. Just make sure your method can accommodate improvisation.

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How to avoid getting burned by hot work

July 26, 2001

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Maintaining a safe work environment in facilities in which hot work, such as welding, is done can be easier said than done. Measures such as preventive safety, safety zones, and fire watches can keep employees safe and worker's comp time down

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Choosing the right shielding gas and supply system for GMAW

July 26, 2001

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Selecting the right shielding gasses for your welding operation can mean the difference between mediocre production rates and peak efficiency.

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Analyzing shear features

July 26, 2001

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Understanding shears is a matter of understanding shear features, including design and drive systems. This article offers information about evaluating shears and includes a list of 20 enhancements and explains each of them.

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Achieving faster, more efficient tube mill changeovers

July 26, 2001

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Tube mill changeovers involved more than just tooling. Fast changeovers require control over many variables (entry equipment, side pass stands, and so on). Above all, two factors are critical in fast, consistent setups: regular maintenance of the mill and tooling, and reliance on written procedures.

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Magnetic pulse welding for tubular applications: Discovering new technology for welding conductive materials

July 26, 2001

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A review of how magnetic pulse welding works, in what applications it can be used, and what considerations users must take to perform it properly.

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Examining the GTAW environment

July 12, 2001

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The author outlines basic components of a welding booth suitable for GTAW, and offers possible solutions to a decline in availability of the thoriated tungsten used in a GTAW electrode. He also offers ideas for providing a clean air supply for the GTAW operator.

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Examining press feeding options: Considerations that determine a feed's effectiveness

July 12, 2001

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Press- and servo-driven roll feeds and gripper feeds are almost as common to the stamping industry as sheet metal and dies. Knowing how to use them effectively may not be so common.

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Steel industry anything but status quo: Next generation of distributors set to lead wave of change

July 12, 2001

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As the market demands change, the steel distribution industry will take up the gauntlet and change with the times. Contrary to some speculation, the steel manufacturing industry is neither going away nor reluctant to embrace the innovations necessary to survive.

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