Cutting and Weld Prep

A good weld starts with good preparation. This is the place to find information on equipment for beveling, deburring, grinding, and sanding.

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Manual plasma system

The many faces of plasma cutting

May 8, 2007

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Manual and mechanized plasma cutting systems serve different purposes and require different equipment to perform well. It is up to the user to decide which system is best-suited for the application. This article provides a detailed introduction to both systems, their capabilities, and which applications they are tailored for.

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Band saw

Material separation anxiety

November 7, 2006

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Material separation with a band saw machine is the beginning of most fabrication and many manufacturing operations, but it doesn't have to cause headaches with the proper preventive maintenance.

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How to perform tack welding successfully

April 11, 2006

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Tack welding, a necessary preliminary step in many welding projects, must be performed correctly to achieve optimal results from the final weld and to minimize part defects. Quality is as important in tack welding as it is in the final weld. This article describes proper tack welding conditions.

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Productivity: From pipe dream to reality

March 7, 2006

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As pipe fabricators continue to employ more modern welding processes, they also should consider the role that end preparation plays in productivity. Cutting and clamping methods are two areas to study when it comes to pipe fabrication efficiency.

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Plasma cutting with a robot

March 7, 2006

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Robotic plasma arc cutting can make cutting and weld preparation operations more flexible once you know which equipment, controls, and shielding gas will work best for your application.

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New study shows no link between welding and Parkinson's

February 2, 2006

The Welding Information Center today announced that a new epidemiological study published in the February 2006 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicineconcluded that no link exists between...

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Air nozzle provides high-velocity airflow

November 8, 2005

Exair has introduced its Micro Air Nozzle™ that provides blowoff with a directed high-volume, high-velocity airflow.The nozzle projects less than 1 in. past the mounting surface, which allows...

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Advanced materials require advanced knowledge

November 8, 2005

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Given the range of advanced high-strength steels to be introduced into automotive bodies over the next decade, automakers must recognize the implication of non-traditional resistance spot weld failure modes.

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Just say no to rework

November 8, 2005

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Most imperfections related to band sawing that cause rework can be avoided by following proper band sawing techniques and strategies including preventive maintenance, choosing the proper band saw blade, and using less fluid.

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Details on Domex 700 MC

November 8, 2005

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Domex 700 MC, an extra-high-strength HSLA steel, can use milling and thermal cutting to prepare a joint for welding and most common fusion welding methods to joint it -- but a few specifics regarding filler metal are important to know before welding this steel.

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Get your schedule in order

September 13, 2005

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The quality of resistance-welded components depends on the weld schedule, which comprises several machine settings. Although many resistance welding machine and electrode suppliers offer standard weld schedules for common metal combination, special weld schedules often are necessary to address increased use of special metals, joint combinations, coatings, and weld-through sealants and adhesives.

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Time and money

July 12, 2005

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To choose the best tubular electrode, you should consider some basic factors relevant to any welding application: base metal, gas, weld size, and joint position requirements.

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Incorporating beveling economically

April 11, 2005

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While beveling is known as a common procedure used to shape the edges of thick plates or pipes for welding, not everybody knows how to make the process cost-efficient in the overall welding operation.

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Frequently asked questions about hardfacing

March 8, 2005

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This robot is hardfacing an agricultural tool.At first glance, hardfacing can be confusing and troublesome; in reality, it isn't. Understanding some of the basics about hardfacing can go a long way toward instilling confidence in your hardfacing product selection.The following 19 answers to...

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Abrasive brushes fit fineblanking deburring machines

February 8, 2005

Abtex Corp. BRADEX® fiber abrasive brushes are designed to fit most deburring machines.The fineblanking brushes have extra fill density for placing more fibers across the face of the workpiece....

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