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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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Handling metal stamping wastes: Protecting the environment - - and your business

February 19, 2001

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Metal stamping companies are required to comply with a number of regulations relating to the collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of the wastes they generate. As a result, each company must learn which materials are classfied as hazardous and how to comply with detailed regulations.

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Pressure-sequence and high-pressure hydroforming: Knowing the processes can mean boosting profits

February 19, 2001

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Pressure-sequence hydroforming can form complex parts as well as forming most ductile metals, including high-strength, low-alloy, and stainless steels with sharper corners, thick-walled tube, and other difficult features.

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Band saw cutting of tube and pipe: Tips for blade selection and machine settings

February 19, 2001

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Production quantities of cut tube and pipe can be produced economically with a band saw. However, the choice of which blade to use is very important in maintaining a low cost per cut.

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Effective simulation of hydroforming: Current capabilities and requirements for the future

February 19, 2001

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Simulation is used in the hydroforming process to replace the experimental investigation and tests required in a real tryout process.

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Automating your end forming operation: How to maximize efficiency in the shop

February 19, 2001

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Efficiency, productivity, and quality are focal points for end forming operations, and many manufacturers are looking to automation to improve those dimensions of their businesses.

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Orbital welding for space program applications: Producing welds that withstand the rigors of deep space

February 19, 2001

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Welding applications in the aerospace industries demand high precision, a quality that can be entirely as low as possible. Automatic orbital welding is being used to help meet these requirements.

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Put your money where your mouse is: How to succeed in e-business

February 19, 2001

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To decrease your chance of failure in e-business, focus on the business issues first and the technology issues second.

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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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