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Key design principles for successful deep drawing

May 30, 2001

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Successful deep drawing depends on many factors. Ignoring even one of them during die design and build can prove disastrous.

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Hand Held Plasma Cutter

Using a hand-held plasma cutter

May 30, 2001

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Need to learn some techniques for cutting, piercing, and gouging with a hand-held plasma cutter? Read on for six steps to follow when cutting; information about gouging; and tips on maintenance.

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Mill coolant system design

May 15, 2001

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What kind of coolant system you construct for your tube mill or roll forming operation is just as important as what type of coolant you use.

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Appliance industry takes a shine to powder blank technology

May 15, 2001

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Among European, Pacific Rim, and U.S. appliance makers and other manufacturers with large-scale, appliance-grade finishing requirements, the use of powder blank line coating systems has grown steadily during the past 10 years.

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Know your bending basics—Part I

May 15, 2001

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Knowing how metal bends and what factors come into play during bending—especially wipe bending—can make a positive difference in your stamping operation.

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Optimizing robotic laser cutting of hydroformed tubes

May 15, 2001

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Hydroformed and rectangular cross-section tubes have become popular for new truck and sport utility vehicle (SUV) frames, engine cradles, roof pillars, and suspension members.

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Safety Fundamentals for Today's Industrial Lasers

May 15, 2001

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Addressing laser beam hazards, safety regulations for laser use, and methods to improve laser safety should be foremost in the mind of every laser machine operator.

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Surviving an OSHA inspection

May 15, 2001

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Weathering an inspection by OSHA is a matter of knowing your operation from top to bottom and being prepared for a visit at all times.

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Hydroforming of tubes, extrusions, and sheet

May 15, 2001

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Recent advances at the University of Stuttgart and acfross the industry have opened doors for hydroforming all kinds of materials and shapes.

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Ironworkers and contractors adapt to FCAW trends

May 15, 2001

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Welders who want to become proficient in a technology whose time has come should look into getting certified for flux-cored arc welding.

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Urethane tooling for radius bending on press brakes

May 15, 2001

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What are urethanes? How do they work for radius bending? What is the proper pad type for my application? These are important questions to answer before using urethane tooling for your next job.

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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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