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Survival in a down economy

January 10, 2002

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You can do many things during a downturn to improve your operation for the long haul. Look your business over top to bottom -- you'll find them.

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A Case For Scrap Chopping

January 10, 2002

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This article describes applications for chopping scrap from stamping operations and how to use recycling for cost containment -- as opposed to to profit building -- through more concentrated scrap hauling, better use of floor space, and enhanced employee safety.

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Metals outlook mixed

January 10, 2002

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Steel is looking at some uncertain times, to say the least, but aluminum industry professionals see a little more to smile about if general economic conditions improve.

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Selecting a GTAW power source

January 10, 2002

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The author is an end-user of power sources who shares his knowledge of how to pick a GTAW power source for an application. He considers the application, materials to be welded, power requirements, usage, time constraints, and additional capacity.

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How link motion affects blanking, feeding, and inertia on mechanical presses

January 10, 2002

You can reduce shock and vibration in your press operations by modifying your press's slide motion to more effective absorb the press's force.

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Getting a handle on scrap removal

January 10, 2002

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The ability to efficiently remove scrap from production areas affects the production up time and cost of production. Therefore, scrap removal should be part of the production planning process.

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How material influences bending for hydroforming

January 10, 2002

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The bending characteristics of a tube depend on the material it is made of. Exceeding the allowable limits of this deformation results in unusable parts. The author relates his company's examination and comparison of the bending of two different seamless, extruded tubes: aluminum alloy and steel.

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Press feed options for stampers

January 10, 2002

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The two basic press feed types commonly in use today are roll feeds and gripper feeds. Roll feeds, as the name implies, use rollers to move the material into the tool, while gripper feeds employ gripping clamps and a linear motion to move the strip.

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Selecting the correct shielding gas and gas delivery system

January 10, 2002

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Requirements for selecting shielding gas, filler metal, and welding processes are well- documented to help welders ensure high quality and consistency in their welding applications.

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One more time: Tell me about motivation

January 10, 2002

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Probably no subject in the management world receives more attention but is more elusive than employee motivation.

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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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Hydroforming provides Rx for medical pumps

January 10, 2002

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This article relates how a Florida-based company used hydroforming to produce titanium housings for implantable pumps for a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.

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Practicing safe oxyfuel cutting

January 10, 2002

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This article provides tips for safe oxyfuel cutting and welding. It offers specific practices for using cylinder valves, regulators, hoses, tips, and torches.

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Sawing structural and architectural tubing

December 13, 2001

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This article examines common fabrication processes for structural and architectural tube. It specifically focuses on cutting, sawing, miter cutting, bundle sawing, and cambering.

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