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Making solid delivery and storage choices for assist gases in CO2 laser cutting

May 15, 2001

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How you store and deliver assist gases to your laser cutting system is of critical importance to the effectiveness of your whole fabricating operation.

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Overcoming the skilled labor shortage

May 15, 2001

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The labor force of tomorrow needs to embrace manufacturing today if the industry is going to attract and keep the workers it needs in the future.

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Taking advantage of laser welding

May 15, 2001

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The advantages of laser welding are being exploited in myriad applications across the metal fabrication industry.

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Automated tube welding of heat exchangers

April 24, 2001

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Harris Thermal Transfer Products, Newberg, Oregon, is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-code shop that focuses mainly on the production of shell and tube heat exchangers.

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Leaving the lab behind: Australian students move stamping research to the plant

April 24, 2001

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Stamping Technology for Automotive Manufacturing Processes (STAMP) is a novel type of research program developed in Australia. The unique aspect of this program is that research is conducted for industry inside actual companies--a radical departure from traditional research, which typically...

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Selecting the right temporary coating: Choices abound for tube and pipe applications

April 24, 2001

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Tube and pipe manufacturers should consider carefully environmental laws, cost, quality, and the cost of a coating line before deciding on a temporary coating for their products.

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Common threads in workplace safety: How different committees work to ensure the health and safety of their workers

April 24, 2001

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Although various safety committees differ somewhat from plan to plan, they all function as a means to promote workplace health and safety. Different components of a safety plan include responsibilities, activities, and the structure of each company's committee.

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Troubleshooting your stamping operation

April 24, 2001

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A common thread runs through all effective troubleshooting approaches: the skill of observation. Learn to use it to your advantage.

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Examining electric resistance weld nuggets in tube and pipe

April 24, 2001

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An in-depth examination of electric resistance welding nuggets as a quality control step in the manufacturing of high-strength tube and pipe used for pressure applications

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What you don't know about spot welding

April 24, 2001

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Resistance welding equipment has many uses that many people often don't think about. Everyday items that some may not associate with resistance welding owe their very existence to this versatile process.

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Increasing productivity on your cutoff saw

April 24, 2001

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All of the components of a tube cutting job—the workpiece, the blade, the saw, and the cutting fluid included—have to work together optimally to maximize your productivity.

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Predicting the outcomes of laser thermal forming

April 24, 2001

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Applying a laser or any other high-density heat source to the surface of a metal sheet for a short time will distort the metal. If this distortion could be predicted, the laser could be directed so that the sheet metal would form the desired shape. This idea opens up many possibilities, including...

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Exploring upgrades in stamping presses

April 24, 2001

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The years have brought a host of improvements to stamping presses as technology has made presses more efficient, safer, and easier to use.

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Deep drawing irregular sheet components: How cushion systems and die stiffness affect the operation

April 24, 2001

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Innovations in die technology are helping stampers adjust to the many variations that can occur during the stamping process.

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Preparing for aluminum GTAW

April 24, 2001

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There are right ways and wrong ways to set up welding equipment to accommodate the aluminum GTAW process. Welders should know how to troubleshoot this commonly used process and be familiar with how to solve some common welding problems.

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