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Preparing for aluminum GTAW

April 24, 2001

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There are right ways and wrong ways to set up welding equipment to accommodate the aluminum GTAW process. Welders should know how to troubleshoot this commonly used process and be familiar with how to solve some common welding problems.

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What is your facility cut out for? Circular and band saw purchases depend on application requirements

April 24, 2001

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What cutting equipment you buy depends very heavily on what area of industry you are supplying, throughput requirements, and, not least, finances. Don't let preconceived notions prevent you from making the very best possible decision.

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8 ways to keep your shear in top shape

April 10, 2001

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Improving uptime and reducing maintenance when using shears for high production could mean following a few key steps.

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Producing quality ASTM A249 and ASME SA 249 pressure tubes

March 26, 2001

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Details are everything when you're manufacturing stainless steel pipe to exacting specifications.

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Selecting a new press brake

March 23, 2001

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Prospective buyers of press brakes are advised to consider their purchase in terms of its end use, the amount of deflection likely to occur in a give machine, the inside radius of their parts, and several other factors before speding their money.

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Huge possibilities, tiny tools Nanotechnology--the science of small--could change the metals industry in a very big way

March 13, 2001

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Nanotechnology is just beginning to blossom as a practical topic of interest for the manufacturing industry. Just how big an impact will nanomaterials have in our lifetimes? We're sure to find out soon.

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Just what does Covisint mean, anyway?

March 13, 2001

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Covisint aims to be a lot of things to a lot of people in the automotive industry, starting with the industry's largest suppliers and working down through the supply chain.

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Welding Watch - Managing Your Welding Operation: The basics of welding management

March 5, 2001

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Making a welding operation as efficient as possible requires from managers a commitment to understanding every facet of their particular operations and insistence on seeing their strategic plans through.

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The basic elements of tubular hydroforming

March 5, 2001

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Many factors come into play when attempting to execute a production hydroforming operation, among them material selection, friction and lubricants, tube bending and preforming, and equipment. Many companies in the automotive sector are experiencing great success with the process, which can reduce weight, overall costs, and the number of parts per vehicle.

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Increasing stamping press productivity in the appliance industry: Advances in press technology and materials leave their mark

February 19, 2001

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An appliance plant with 80 to 100 presses in opeation is likely to buy new presses regularly. Under these circumstances, it makes good sense to pursue aggressive productivity goals inch by inch through steady advances in such prosaic concerns as machiner ergonomics, prventive maintenance, tooling efficiency, and material quality.

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Shielding gas consumption efficiency-- Part I: Spend a penny, save a dollar

February 19, 2001

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Installing a bulk delivery system in your welding shop is perhaps the best way to save money

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The fundamentals of gas tungsten arc welding: Preparation, consumables, and equipment necessary for the process

February 19, 2001

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Learning the fundamentals of the GTAW process will increase the welder's ability to produce quality weldments. Knowing the correct consumables, equipment, and preweld preparation necessary will help the welder troubleshoot welding problems.

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Joining aluminum with GTAW: Advice for the novice

February 19, 2001

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Aluminum is a real challenge to weld, especially for beginners. A knowledge of the gas tungsten arc welding equipment that is available to do the job as well as required accessories, preparation tips, and proper techniques is a good thing to have before jumping in.

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Cutting die-related costs: Where to look to save money

February 19, 2001

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Demands for cheaper, better, and faster tooling for stampings and the pace of business continue to escalate. This trend is not going to reverse itself.

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