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Revving up weld quality

June 8, 2004

Before introducing new resistance welding systems, Ford Motor Company's New Model Product Development Center was cluttered and dark, and it was difficult to work there because of the high number of weld controls and weld guns being used (left). Installing weld controls and associated manual...

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Safeguarding machines with an ergonomic spin

June 8, 2004

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Human factors contain elements of psychology, engineering, statistics, and observation. Safety codes and standards often are written based on some aspect of human factors, and it may be critical to have a full understanding of the human factors behind the code or standard before applying the same concept to other equipment.

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Spraying it right

June 8, 2004

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For coil-fed applications, spray cabinets can be mounted to the feeder to accommodate passline changes.Most stampers understand the need for lubricants, but many apply as little as possible so they don't have to deal with the mess. Others take an opposite approach and flood the tool and...

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Dangerous curves

June 8, 2004

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Provocative lines and innovative materials are the hallmarks of luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Cars Ltd.Jaguar has reaped the benefits of aluminum since 1922, when the company, then known as the Swallow Sidecar Co., designed sidecars out of lightweight aluminum panels. Since then the company has...

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Hydroforming tapered engineered tubes

June 8, 2004

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Hydroforming often results in localized thinning. Using engineered tubes€--tubes that have a thicker wall where the tube is most prone to thinning--”can result in a stronger finished component.

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Optimizing your hydraulic cutoff press

June 8, 2004

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It is accepted that, because tube production is a highly competitive industry, many tube producers stay up nights thinking of ways to increase output and improve quality with less labor. Three obvious strategies are to increase mill speed, minimize downtime, and eliminate secondary operations...

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Selecting a shielding gas for joining stainless steel

June 8, 2004

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The use of stainless steel has grown significantly over the past decade in North America. As its use has grown, so has the number of different consumables required to join it. Because stainless steels are used in applications that are different from carbon steels, it follows that their welding...

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Pumping up productivity on older press brakes

June 8, 2004

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You may be able to improve press brake productivity and eliminate bottlenecks with more advanced tooling, anti-deflection [crowning] systems, and clamping systems. Such advancements have made it possible to form a larger range of materials and part configurations with fewer tools than before.

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Plasma pleases plenty

June 8, 2004

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Technological developments in lasers are positioning them as an attractive alternative to plasma. But fabricators are still sticking with plasma cutting for many applications where speed and cost-effective operation are concerns.

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Gouging: The other plasma process

June 8, 2004

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Plasma gouging, although not necessarily as well-known as plasma cutting, is one of four methods of gouging that can be used for a variety of industrial applications. Different techniques bring about different results, depending on the application.

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The challenge of robotic welding aluminum

June 8, 2004

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Robotic gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of aluminum alloys has been an industry challenge for many years. Early attempts made to automate this process typically failed. The failure of early automated cells was associated with a lack of process experience or improper equipment selection. This failure...

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May ISM manufacturing report: New orders, production, employment grow; employment index highest since April 1973

June 3, 2004

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in May for the 12th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing Institute...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

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World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

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Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

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AISI: Steel imports up substantially; industry urges import monitoring

May 27, 2004

Based on preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported May 25 that the U. S. imported a total of 2,436,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April (up 0.3 percent...

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