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Optoelectronic Guarding

Getting close, bending safe

November 25, 2008

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Press brake operators work under some unique conditions that call for unique considerations in safeguarding.

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ServoPro

Servo helps stamper expand capabilities, hold down costs

November 25, 2008

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Master Mfg. Co. has built a thriving business as a supplier of high-quality small metal stampings and clips to the appliance, automotive, electrical, lighting, and other industry segments using fourslide presses, primarily. The manufacturer decided to increase its capabilities with a press purchase to take on new customer requirements for processes like in-die tapping. Master Mfg. installed an AIDA 150-metric ton NC1 gap frame press equipped with ServoPro to perform in-die tapping on a part for the appliance industry using 0.070 high-carbon steel.

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Waste not, want not

November 25, 2008

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For many bending applications, it is common practice to determine the necessary length of tube, run a few samples, make some minor adjustments, and then start production runs. The problem is that the initial evaluation may have been based on safe, by-the-book estimates and calculations. Re-evaluating a bending project might yield substantial material savings.

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Getting it there yesterday - TheFabricator.com

Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008

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Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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6 Questions about stamping aluminum

November 25, 2008

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Aluminum's unique metallurgical properties make it suitable for multiple applications. Aluminum has very high corrosion resistance, Aluminum's specific weight is 2.7 kilogram/dm3 compared to 7.8 kg/dm3 for steel and 8.8 kg/dm3 for copper, and is thermally and electrically conductive.

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Nobody's favorite word—Layoffs

November 25, 2008

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Mass layoffs are occurring with greater and greater frequency. With proper planning, some may have been avoidable. Some troubled companies may be able to find alternatives to layoffs, and all can take steps to minimize layoff pain for both the displaced workers and those who remain on the job.

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Welding Sparks

Do your welds pass muster?

November 25, 2008

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For a job shop or manufacturer, maintaining weld quality begins with consistent shielding gas in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. Consistently delivering the correct blend ensures proper arc characteristics and weld quality. Mixing technology, supply gas density, and gas usage patterns can affect the on-site gas blending system's ability to deliver a consistent blend.

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Barton Mines releases waterjet parts catalog

November 25, 2008

Barton Mines Company, LLC has announced the publication of a new waterjet parts catalog representing a comprehensive offering of replacement parts for abrasive waterjet equipment. The 40-page catalog...

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Barton Mines expands capacity at HPX™ processing plant

November 25, 2008

Barton Mines Co., Glens Falls, N.Y., a supplier of waterjet abrasives and waterjet replacement parts, has announced the expanded capacity of its HPX™ waterjet abrasive processing facility in...

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Composite Joining

Don't get stuck wondering about composites

November 25, 2008

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Automakers and other manufacturers are interested in utilizing composites more in their manufacturing operations. Composites come with their own set of challenges, and one of the most important challenges is how to join the engineered material to a metal correctly using an adhesive. When joining materials, adhesives evenly distribute loads and reduce labor time.

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Batched Punch Press Parts

Punching on demand

November 25, 2008

Until about a year ago, the staff at King Electrical Mfg. Co. manufactured parts by the thousands without much consideration of the actual demand for those parts. This doesn't happen anymore.

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Image Measuring Tape

Measuring up as a welder

November 25, 2008

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Among the skills employers look for in their welders is the ability to read a tape measure correctly. Surprisingly, not everyone can do so. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares an anecdote from his welding career that illustrates how critical it is for welders to master this skill.

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Serpentine Bender

Serpentine bending in production

November 25, 2008

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Bending serpentine profiles—successive 180-degree bends, which typically are used in refrigeration systems—can be a challenge. By their nature, they tend to cause interference among the various bend dies, and they can be difficult to handle. Good planning in selecting a bender, planning the process, and paying close attention to infeed and outfeed options, can help make a serpentine project successful.

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Manufacturing Dump Bodies

Truckin' along

November 25, 2008

A fabricator of dump truck bodies reduced spatter, improved deposition, and increased productivity when it incorporated in new inverter power sources and weld monitoring software.

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Questions about an automotive bailout

November 20, 2008

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How crazy is the automotive sector in this country? I talked with a co-worker who just purchased a Ford F-150® for about $16,000 after a $14,400 rebate from the automaker. Additionally, he said he heard a Northern Illinois automotive dealer was selling a Chrysler PT Cruiser® for $1 with the...

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