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Robotic arc welding gets smart in real time

September 4, 2001

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Whether you're dealing with low part counts or wild welding variables or the challenges of just-in-time production, monitoring software can help smooth your operation.

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Stamp of Approval: Full-court press safety: How to maintain an effective safety program end to end

August 23, 2001

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If you want a safe press operation, look beyond the machinery. Don't be surprised to find the keys to a good safety program well outside the confines of the pressroom.

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GMAW vs. FCAW for beginners: Choose the best process for your small operation

August 16, 2001

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There are several pros and cons to using the gas metal arc welding process versus the flux cored arc welding process in compact applications.

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One person's trash is another person's ... seahorse?

August 16, 2001

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Washington artist Dan Klennert and his quest to renew the spirit of old scrap metal in new sculptures is distinctive, to say the least. He welds uses the shielded metal arc welding process and creates dinosaurs, horses, fish, giraffes, and almost anything else he sets his mind on.

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Do your tubes seam good enough? Using eddy current testing to make sure

August 16, 2001

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Eddy current testing offers several features that makers of welded tube may find to their liking—in particular, high throughput speeds and sensitive flaw detection.

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Flatness in coil processing operations: New turns in the leveling process

August 16, 2001

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Most flat-rolled coil processing operations use some sort of roller leveling technology. Operations people understand what these machines can do to improve the quality of the product they produce. In the competitive marketplace, customers demand and get more that just flat sheets or slit coils.

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In search of the perfect bend

August 16, 2001

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Press brake manufacturers have made tremendous advances in the art of machine design and manufacturing.

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Getting the most for your money: 12 financial tips for welding professionals

August 16, 2001

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These include the importance of contributing to an individual retirement account, retirement programs for the self-employed, tax-exempt investments, $10,000/year gift tax exclusions, charitable contributions, how much money you should keep in checking and savings accounts, liquidity, and diversified portfolios.

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Solving problems on the tube mill

August 16, 2001

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Tube mill operators face a variety of challenges every day in their efforts to produce high-quality tubing in a cost-effective and productive way.

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Sharpening for a longer life

August 16, 2001

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Routine maintenance—grinding, using surface treatments, sharpening ejector pins, and minimizing potential grinding damage—can extend tool life and save you a lot of headaches.

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Safety with press hydraulic systems

August 16, 2001

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What happens when a hydraulic system—pumps, hoses, and fittings—fails—Knowing how to avoid, cope with and clean up the mess to ensure personnel safety and minimize downtime could come in very handy one day.

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Improving in-press transfer preformance with tooling

August 16, 2001

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Using finger tooling and planning ahead of time to minimize costs can benefit your operation ahead more than you think.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Preventing common mistakes on press brakes

August 16, 2001

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Most common mistakes made while operating press brakes can be avoided with a little diligence and awareness of where others have gone astray.

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Hydroforming with end feeding

August 16, 2001

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The list of applications for hydroforming with end feeding is growing all the time. Maybe you should check into how this technology could benefit your operation.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: Mastering the stop 'n' go of your shop's work flow

August 16, 2001

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Mastering the flow of work through your shop is your most important taks if you are attempting Toyota's approach to lean manufacturing.

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