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Getting more punch life

July 13, 2004

Augur Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator that manufactures components for OEMs, punches large stainless-steel sheets for commercial separators. Its punches required sharpening after punching 10 to 15 sheets until it changed to Mate punches made from DuraSteel™ tooling with Maxima® coating and dies made with Mate's Slug Free® design. The new tooling allows the company to exceed 40 sheets between sharpenings and increase press speed by 20 percent.

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Intelligent controls improve automotive robotic welding

Intelligent controls improve automotive robotic welding

July 13, 2004

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The automotive industry worldwide has experienced dramatic changes in the last 10 years. Challenges facing the industry include increasingly stringent safety rules; requirements for dramatic improvement in fuel consumption; and the necessity to maintain or even reduce the vehicle price, even as...

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Laser-gas delivery systems for all applications, including 24/7 operation

July 13, 2004

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When laser gases are used in significant volumes or in an around-the-clock operation, a centralized gas delivery system is a practical necessity. A well-conceived delivery system reduces operating costs, increases productivity, and enhances safety.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 6

June 8, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the sixth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They had been talking about the contract period when doubts were raised about what his sales force was really selling.At just that moment, a line of hikers passed by on their...

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Job Burnout—Part 1

June 8, 2004

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If you are employed, you're lucky to have a job. Perhaps you've heard this, thought it, or both. And it's true. With so many people out of work, it seems almost like biting the hand that feeds you to complain about your work conditions and expect your employer to care.If you're suffering from job...

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Safety makes good business sense

June 8, 2004

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Editor's Note: Charlie McCarthy is a member of the FMA/CNA Safety Committee, an organization devoted to improving safety in the metal manufacturing environment.As a businessperson performing your normal responsibilities, you think about many things during your average workday. The demands relating...

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Sink-making secrets

June 8, 2004

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Figure 1Double drawn stainless steel sinkSink photo courtesy of Polarware.Have you ever looked at a deep-drawn double-bowl sink and wondered how it's made? After all, one deep-drawn shell is right next to the other. Where does the metal come from to achieve the height?Figure 1shows a classic...

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Advanced lubricant technology for high-strength steel

June 8, 2004

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Figure 1As if the recent rise in steel prices weren't enough, now automotive stamping suppliers are faced with the difficult task of getting high-strength steel (HSS) to form parts with tooling designed for mild steel.In an effort to reduce vehicle weight and improve gas mileage, automotive...

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Revving up weld quality

June 8, 2004

Before introducing new resistance welding systems, Ford Motor Company's New Model Product Development Center was cluttered and dark, and it was difficult to work there because of the high number of weld controls and weld guns being used (left). Installing weld controls and associated manual...

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Safeguarding machines with an ergonomic spin

June 8, 2004

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Human factors contain elements of psychology, engineering, statistics, and observation. Safety codes and standards often are written based on some aspect of human factors, and it may be critical to have a full understanding of the human factors behind the code or standard before applying the same concept to other equipment.

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Spraying it right

June 8, 2004

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For coil-fed applications, spray cabinets can be mounted to the feeder to accommodate passline changes.Most stampers understand the need for lubricants, but many apply as little as possible so they don't have to deal with the mess. Others take an opposite approach and flood the tool and...

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Dangerous curves

June 8, 2004

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Provocative lines and innovative materials are the hallmarks of luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Cars Ltd.Jaguar has reaped the benefits of aluminum since 1922, when the company, then known as the Swallow Sidecar Co., designed sidecars out of lightweight aluminum panels. Since then the company has...

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Hydroforming tapered engineered tubes

June 8, 2004

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Hydroforming often results in localized thinning. Using engineered tubes—tubes that have a thicker wall where the tube is most prone to thinning—can result in a stronger finished component.

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Optimizing your hydraulic cutoff press

June 8, 2004

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It is accepted that, because tube production is a highly competitive industry, many tube producers stay up nights thinking of ways to increase output and improve quality with less labor. Three obvious strategies are to increase mill speed, minimize downtime, and eliminate secondary operations...

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Selecting a shielding gas for joining stainless steel

June 8, 2004

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The use of stainless steel has grown significantly over the past decade in North America. As its use has grown, so has the number of different consumables required to join it. Because stainless steels are used in applications that are different from carbon steels, it follows that their welding...

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