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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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Bend deduction charts

July 26, 2001

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Quite often I am asked, "Where can I get a bend deduction chart that works, one with valid numbers?" That's a good question.

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Know your bending basics—Part II

July 26, 2001

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When trying to make a good 90 degree bend with sheet metal, there's more than on way home. Just make sure your method can accommodate improvisation.

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How to avoid getting burned by hot work

July 26, 2001

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Maintaining a safe work environment in facilities in which hot work, such as welding, is done can be easier said than done. Measures such as preventive safety, safety zones, and fire watches can keep employees safe and worker's comp time down

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Choosing the right shielding gas and supply system for GMAW

July 26, 2001

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Selecting the right shielding gasses for your welding operation can mean the difference between mediocre production rates and peak efficiency.

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Analyzing shear features

July 26, 2001

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Understanding shears is a matter of understanding shear features, including design and drive systems. This article offers information about evaluating shears and includes a list of 20 enhancements and explains each of them.

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