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Incorporating available technology into die design: Tools of the trade are evolving

September 17, 2001

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Designing progressive dies has increasingly become a high-tech process. The more able an operation is to use computer technology, the more able it is to use the latest advances in the field in its own designs.

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Designing large die sections with reparability in mind

September 17, 2001

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The article explains how EDM has been used to simplify die making as well as some design considerations for minimizing deflection during production.

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Examining tube mill roll tooling, setup, and maintenance

September 17, 2001

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In today's competitive market, two of the most important considerations for high-quality production are proper roll tooling setup and mill alignment.

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Monitoring the quality of welded tube and pipe

September 17, 2001

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An eddy current flaw detection system is suitable for detecting discontinuities in tube and pipe during the production process. Understanding about eddy current system principles and this technology's capabilities and limitations can help tube and pipe producers learn how to use such a system.

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Designing progressive dies

September 17, 2001

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Decisions and compromises must be made when designing progressive dies to produce a part. Knowing ahead of time what this process entails just might help you.

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Making seamless tubing with a floating mandrel mill

September 17, 2001

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Every six seconds, a single, 32-foot length of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) production tubing used in the exploration and production of oil and/or gas is produced. More than 20,000 miles of tubular product a year can be produced using the floating mandrel mill seamless tubular production...

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Fighting springback in profound radius bends

September 17, 2001

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When bending sheet metal, three terms apply to the radius of the bend: sharp, radius, and profound. A sharp bend has a radius less than 63 percent of the material thickness. A radius bend has a radius between 63 percent and 10 times the material thickness. A profound radius exceeds 10 times the material thickness and an entirely new set of rules apply. This article presents those rules.

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Selecting the right materials for roll forming—Part 2

September 13, 2001

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This is the second part of a two-part article. Read Part I. If you examine the mechanical properties of several materials, including carbon steel, alloyed steel, stainless steel, as they relate to roll forming, you'll gain an understanding of the influence of some primary metal processes on roll forming.

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Selecting the right materials for roll forming—Part 1

September 13, 2001

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This is the first part of a two-part article. Read Part II.If you >examine the mechanical properties of several materials, including carbon steel, alloyed steel, stainless steel, as they relate to roll forming, you'll gain an understanding of the influence of some primary metal processes on roll forming.

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Standardizing finger tooling

September 4, 2001

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Modular, adjustable, articulated finger tooling for transfer presses may provide the flexibility you need to increase productivity and efficiency in your stamping operation.

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Changing the way they do business

September 4, 2001

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Dealing with work loads, delivery schedules, and many other responsibilities doesn't leave managers with much time to consider factors that justify equipment improvements.

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Boosting efficiency in solid state welders

September 4, 2001

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This article, reprinted from the January/February 1999 issue of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, is based on excerpts from Thermatool Corp.'s "High Frequency Pipe & Tube Welding Manual."

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Recovering from press overload: Protection systems help to sense overload and minimize machine, tool damage

September 4, 2001

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This article discusses what hydraulic overload protection system is and gives a brief description of the three main types.

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Presenting coil to a tube mill

September 4, 2001

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Tubemakers looking to improve operations at the front of the mill should consider factors such as coil preparation before feeding it into the tube mill—end joining, removal of overthickness, burr up/down condition, and accumulation.

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Putting a spark into cutting productivity

September 4, 2001

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There are many ways to cut sheet, plate, tubing, and structural shapes, ranging from a hand hacksaw to power shears and lasers.

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