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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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Quenching and tempering of welded carbon steel tubulars

July 29, 2001

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The quenching and tempering of tubes include a number of variables that can have a profound effect on the process and the finished product.

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What to know before selecting a manual plasma cutter: Understanding size, power, components, cost

July 26, 2001

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The first plasma arc cutting (PAC) systems, developed in the '60s, were 1,000-amp monsters designed to blast through 6-inch stainless steel.

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Tool design tips for coated stampings

July 26, 2001

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Designers and manufacturers of progressive or stage tooling are faced with a project involving production of metal stampings that will be post-processed with painting, powder coating, or plating operations.

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How one company organized its powder coating process

July 26, 2001

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Learn how Gauthier Industries, a stamper and powder coater, organized its powder coating operation into control points to help regulate quality and efficiency as parts move through the finishing process. Areas discussed include pretreatment, the paint booth, inspection, and tips for efficiency.

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Four factors to consider when purchasing a grinder: You get what you pay for

July 26, 2001

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Cost often is a deciding factor when you purchase a grinder. However, the saying "you get what you pay for" can be true when you're talking about tools. The price tag alone doesn't always reflect some of the more important factors--performance level, cost to operate, and tool life--that make a grinder worth its cost.

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Inline gauge control in welded tube production: Reducing conversion losses

July 26, 2001

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Reducing scrap when converting strip to finished tube is a huge step in bettering your bottom line.

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