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Die basics 101 starts with eight basic components

August 8, 2006

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A stamping die is a special, one-of-a-kind precision tool that cuts and forms sheet metal into a desired shape or profile. Most dies are constructed of several basic components, including die plates, shoes, die sets, guide pins, bushings, heel blocks, heel plates, screws, dowels, and keys. Dies also need stripper, pressure, and drawing pads, as well as the devices used to secure them—spools, shoulder bolts, keepers, and retainers; and gas, coil, or urethane springs.

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Keep on truckin'

August 8, 2006

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Lack of safe operating procedures and safety rule enforcement, as well as insufficient or inadequate training, lead to tens of thousands of injuries each year. Safe forklift practices through proper use, adequate maintenance, sufficient clearing for travel, and correct load stability are the best way to prevent these injuries.

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Opening the gate to efficiency

August 8, 2006

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Since 1945 family-owned and -operated Tarter Gate has grown in staff and sales as it has changed the design of its products. To keep up with sales, continue growing the company, and absorb as many rising costs as possible — particularly in steel and fuel prices — the company uses custom machines and new technologies to its advantage.

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Feed to registration

August 8, 2006

For applications such as clutch disks, oil seals, oil filters, and other round stampings, feed to registration with scroll-slit material can reduce scrap rates and, in some cases eliminate the need to retool the job.

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Getting hydraulic press problems under control

August 8, 2006

Arco Industries Inc. bought a 15-year-old, 500-ton Tranemo hydraulic punching press with an antiquated control system. For about one-quarter the cost of a new press, Arco was able to rejuvenate an obsolete press by providing it with contemporary levels of control and productivity.

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The formula for successful punching

August 8, 2006

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While the first step in successful punching is to pay close attention to the quality and features of punching tooling, other factors come into play. Punched slugs are clues, and examining them can reveal whether the punch and die clearance is too loose or too tight and whether the machine is properly aligned.

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Die Basics 101: Part IX

August 8, 2006

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Part VIII of this series discussed some of the specific mechanical properties of metals—ductility, elongation percentage, tensile and yield strength, and hardness—and how to derive these properties. This article describes other important mechanical properties, as well as a few behavioral...

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Theme railings can equal higher earnings

August 8, 2006

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With careful planning and proper estimating, fabricating commissioned metal gates and railings can be a lucrative endeavor. This article describes the process for designing, pricing, and creating these unique and often intricate structures based on client preferences. It includes examples of beautiful pieces constructed from copper, flat steel, and iron.

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Warm forming of stainless steels

August 8, 2006

Editor's Note: This article is Part II in a two-part series on warm forming stainless steel. Part II discusses simulation and experimental studies conducted by the ERC/NSM on formability of stainless steel at elevated temperatures. Part I, which appeared in July, discussed the rationale for and...

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Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems

August 8, 2006

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Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems comprise state-of-the-art mainframes, tools, and controllers. This article, Part I of a three-part series, discusses the different types of mainframes, their capabilities, and construction. It describes and includes images of the construction process from start to finish.

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A breath of fresh air

August 8, 2006

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Two standard laser assist gases are oxygen and nitrogen. However, a third gas — shop air — has become a viable alternative.

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ArvinMeritor to establish manufacturing facility in China

August 7, 2006

ArvinMeritor Inc. today announced it will open a new wholly owned operation in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The 300,000 sq. ft. facility initially will manufacture trailer axles and suspensions for...

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Delphi completes New Jersey battery plant sale

August 2, 2006

Delphi Corp. has completed the sale of its New Brunswick, N.J., battery manufacturing facility to Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), effective Aug. 1, 2006. This sale, which includes ownership of the...

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Manzullo: Education key to turning tide in U.S. manufacturing

August 2, 2006

Education is the key to turning the tide in U.S. manufacturing.That's the message Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., spread at a visit to the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), on Aug....

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S&P Equity Research sees continued steel industry consolidation

July 31, 2006

Despite Mittal's acquisition of Arcelor, Standard & Poor's Equity Research Services sees the global steel industry further consolidating over the next several years. These and other findings are...

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