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How to set up your press, tooling, workpiece for press-to-press robotic transfers

January 19, 2016

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Setting up for robotic press-to-press transfer systems requires some consideration of distances, bolster height, and stroke length, as well as feed length, die clearance and several other press, tooling and workpiece considerations.

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Metallurgy Matters: Thermal cycles, the HAZ, and the strength of martensite

January 18, 2016

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Last time we looked at how welding heat influences the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of metals strengthened by three typical hardening processes: solid-solution hardening, cold working, and precipitation hardening. That leaves one critical strengthening process to consider: transformation (martensite)...

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Acoustic mapping finds defects on tube, pipe ID

January 14, 2016

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Acoustic microimaging has long been used to find inclusions and voids between two bonded tubes or pipes. A new application for this technology precisely measures the wall thickness along the entire length of a tube or pipe.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Should light curtains stop a press even if it is traveling up?

January 8, 2016

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Q: We have some manual presses set up in a single part load-and-stamp production mode. The press is equipped with light curtains. When the operator activates the press buttons, he has to wait until the tool runs through the entire press cycle before he can reach into the work area. If he tries to...

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R&D Update: Lightweighting in the automotive industry using sheet metal forming, Part 1

January 7, 2016

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The Ohio State University's Center for Precision Forming provides an overview of design considerations and materials used in lightweighting in the automotive industry in the first part of a two-part series.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part I

January 7, 2016

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Although welder training has advanced over the years, the fundamentals remain essentially the same. What should beginning welders be taught first?

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Die Science: How to destroy a die in 7 easy steps (or, how to work every Sunday)

January 7, 2016

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Art Hedrick applies humor to a not-so-funny problem.

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Die Science: How to destroy a press

January 6, 2016

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It’s amazing how many stampers and tool and die shops negate the importance of the press. Shops often “maintain” a press when it stops working. In other words, they repair the press, but they don’t maintain it regularly. I could have just as easily named this article “How to select...

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Building improvement at JCB: A case study in lean manufacturing

January 6, 2016

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The part flow at JCB’s Savannah plant has changed significantly over the past six years. The company redesigned a major product line to meet customer demand while also making part flow much easier to manage.

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Degree or pedigree? That is the question.

January 6, 2016

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Metal artist Stephen Christena left Flint, Michigan, but Flint didn’t leave Christena. He has the eye of an artist, backed up by a degree, but the sturdy, industrial look he favors is testimony to his roots.

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A “digital thread” runs through FABTECH, North America’s largest metal fabrication show

January 6, 2016

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FABTECH broke records again in 2015, drawing more attendees and exhibitors than ever. One theme this year seemed to pervade the event. It relates to what keynote speaker Karen Kerr, director of advanced manufacturing at GE Ventures, called a “digital thread” through the manufacturing supply chain.

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Differentiation in manufacturing: Cadence hits its unique stride

January 4, 2016

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Cadence, Inc. in Staunton, Va., launched with a proprietary technology. But if the company had relied solely on that technology for growth, it wouldn’t be the $100 million, 500-employee, six-location industrial and medical device contract manufacturer it is today.

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How to boost first-pass transfer efficiency in powder coating

January 4, 2016

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Boosting first-pass transfer efficiency should be the goal of any fabricating shop that runs a powder coating line. It prevents material waste and improves final coating quality. The fabricator just needs to stay on top of a few key variables in the powder coating operation to achieve better coating application.

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The impact of lean manufacturing on structural steel fabricating

January 4, 2016

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As fabricators strive to eliminate waste in the modern structural steel facility, the fab shops have taken on a new look. This definitely is not your grandfather's structural steel fabricating.

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Lean manufacturing in metal fabrication: How to jumpstart a stalled improvement effort

January 4, 2016

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Continuous improvement initiatives often lack organizational structure and defined responsibilities. Consultant Dick Kallage describes three components needed to correct these problems and prevent continuous improvement from stalling.

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