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Whale watching: A doctor's love of whales leads to a complex welding project

June 15, 2001

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Metal artist James Berry constructed a large whale display by making healthy use of Gas Metal Arc Welding. Here's how he did it, and why.

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Rising expectations spark new approach to draw die development: Reconciling demands for increased quality at lower costs

June 13, 2001

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A recently formulated approach to draw die development incorporates simultaneous engineering to identify and address potential problems before dies are built.

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Material Handling on Squaring Shears

June 13, 2001

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Proper material handling equipment in front of and in back of utmost importance to your operation. Its impact on operator comfort and safety should not be minimized.

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Transfer die design considerations

June 13, 2001

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A list of basic requirements must be met to begin the design process for a transfer die. You'll probably want to know why transfer dies are used, methods for loading material, the sequence of operations in a transfer press, and the details of manufacturing process before you start.

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Leaping the hurdles to press brake automation

June 12, 2001

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Understanding the obstacles to automating press brakes requires an analysis of the bending process.

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Prepainted Steel Coil

Protecting surface-sensitive materials in coil processing

June 6, 2001

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Using coil processing equipment with surface-sensitive materials in a manner that does not cause damage is of utmost importance to your customers. Make sure you know the ropes before start running the lines.

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Making structural repairs in the field

May 30, 2001

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Planning, gas, rigs, tips, location, and cutting all have significant effects on field welding jobs. Taking these into account may save you a lot of time and trouble when doing repair on structural members.

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An evaluation of two cold pilger die designs

May 30, 2001

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A number of elements contribute to the success and failure of pilgering seamless tube. An analysis of the finished product and consideration of these processes can help a shop choose the right tooling for the process.

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Using plasma arc cutting to clean-cut stainless steel sheet and plate

May 30, 2001

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To clean-cut stainless steel sheet and plate, fabricators first must choose the right CNC cutting equipment and then set the correct process-related variables. Precise machine motion controls, torch-to-material distance control, and the correct plasma and assist gases all are crucial to producing weld-ready plasma-cut edges on all stainless steel thicknesses.

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Dressing for success and other welding safety tips

May 30, 2001

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Whether we are attending a social occasion or dressing for the job, we all give some thought about what we are going to wear.

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Protecting dies against press system faults

May 30, 2001

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The need for die protection has existed ever since the first die was produced. The most elementary form of protection has always been an alert, dependable operator. However, an operator cannot always react to a problem before it damages a die.

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The evolution of coatings with low levels of volatile organic compounds: Where the industry stands in its quest for zero VOC

May 30, 2001

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A lot of advancements have been made in liquid coatings over the past 30 years toward the ultimate goal of zero-volatile-organic-compound paints. Anyone having to meet environmental regulations could benefit from knowing what has been done and what is brewing in the industry.

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Abrasive control factors for mass finishing systems

May 30, 2001

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The article circulates around the different media styles for mass finishing systems, discussing the cost, weight, and ability of each style. The styles discussed are divided into several areas: Random versus preform shapes; ceramic versus plastic; spherical shapes versus angular shapes versus hybrids; and dry finishing options versus wet options.

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Discovering the limits of press brake tooling

May 30, 2001

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One of the most important aspects of press brake forming is tooling selection. What are the tools capable of? What kinds of loads can they withstand?

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In Human Terms—The value of engaging the workforce

May 30, 2001

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Building trust with employees, listening to them, and spending time face-to-face with them helps managers in little critical ways they never may have imagined.

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