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Gaining control over the shop floor:

February 19, 2001

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The big order is in—now what? After you've reviewed the capacity of your shop and the customer's schedule, help can come from shop floor control software, which gives a business control not only over the manufacturing operations but also the total flow of material into and out of the shop.

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Choosing a Lubricant for Deep Drawing

February 19, 2001

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One of the most common metalworking methods is drawing, which involves forming flat sheet metal into "cup-shaped" parts. If the depth of the formed cup is equal to or greater than the radius of the cup, the process is called deep drawing.Deep drawing involves placing a sheet metal blank over a...

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Die design for flat parts: Achieving perfection in a difficult task

February 19, 2001

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Flatness is one of the most difficult part characteristics to achieve in a conventional stamping die.

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Auto industry demands shape the future of stamping

February 19, 2001

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As the stamping industry heads into a new century, it continues to be driven primarily by the automotive industry.

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Brake Line: Press Brakes and More: Planning to cut corners on safety?

February 19, 2001

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Plainly put, press brake safety is a common sense issue. Most accidents are caused by operator inattentiveness or lack of training. Two major categories of press brake safety are machine setup and operational safety. Along with proper tooling selection, applied tonnages, and installation, you...

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How to avoid the top 10 problems in plasma cutting: Practical tips you can use right now

February 19, 2001

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Attention to detail at the outset can save plasma cutting operators a load of trouble during production.

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Welding aluminum tailored blanks with Nd:YAG lasers for automotive applications

February 19, 2001

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The increased average power at the workpiece delivered by a 4-kilowatt, continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser source can be used for tailored blank welding of aluminum alloys

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Robotic press tending: available equipment and its effects on press productivity

February 19, 2001

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Robots offer an alternative to automatic transfer presses in applications in which parts must be reoriented (tilted, rotated, or flipped) as they are moved between operations. When selecting a robot for press tending, three of the many features to be considered are size, flexibility, and mountion options.

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Designing for successful robotic arc welding automation

February 19, 2001

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For a fabricator to enjoy the benefits afforded by a robotic welding system, the parts to be welded and the system itself must be designed properly.

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Plasma arc welding

Advantages of plasma welding: Often-overlooked PAW offers speed and affordability

February 19, 2001

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Plasma arc welding sometimes offers greater welding speed than gas tungsten arc welding at lower cost than laser beam welding.

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Controlling flow and obtaining stretch in deep draw operations

February 19, 2001

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Addressing the difficulties in obtaining a wrinkle-free stamped part requires a good understanding of metal flow and how it is affected by draw beads

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Maintaining and troubleshooting HF welders: A common-sense approach for vacuum tube and solid-state machines

February 19, 2001

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The basic steps of general preventive maintenance and troubleshooting for both vacuum tube and solid-state high frequency (HF) welders should assist in keeping welders online and producing pipe or tube.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: How to purge weight from your manufacturing operation

February 19, 2001

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All manufacturing operations need to reinvent themselves to compete in today's marketplace. What can you do to change? Try going lean.

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Automating press brakes: Simulation software can boost productivity

February 15, 2001

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When the right technology is available, manufacturing small lot sizes can be a shrewd business strategy. Three developments are bringing automation to press brakes and, as a result, are helping fabricators meet customers' demands for smaller lot sizes.

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Managing innovation in the factory

February 15, 2001

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In many industries, more than three fourths of new products start out as direct requests from customers. How can you find and capitalize on the opportunities hidden in offbeat requests?

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