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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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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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