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Saving time and reducing waste with quick die change

May 4, 2004

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Quick die change is not just a way of setting up dies; it's a mindset for the elimination of waste.

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Eliminating slug pulling during piercing operations

May 4, 2004

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Author's Note: Before I get into the meat of this article, I would like to let my readers know how much I appreciate their loyalty to STAMPING Journal® and the Die Science column.STAMPING Journalnow is published monthly, and I am delighted to announce that I will be writing the Die Science...

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Sizing up pallet decoilers

May 4, 2004

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The primary reason for purchasing a decoiler is to increase production. By correctly sizing the machine for your needs, you can increase production and the bottom line.

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Using Monitoring Systems to Improve Stamping 'Batting Average'

May 4, 2004

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What do baseball players, weather forecasters, and typical stamping plants have in common? Most are less than 60 percent effective.

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Pursuing a plate-cutting saw

May 4, 2004

Metal Cutting Service, City of Industry (Los Angeles), Calif., specializes in sawing metals. President David Viel explained the company's strategy: "We do not buy or sell anything, we just add value to others' products." Although it does very little advertising, the 26-employee company has customers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, even though the cost to ship material can be substantial.

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10 burning questions you asked about the steel price meltdown

May 4, 2004

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December came, and the Section 201 tariffs went out under the tide of global and World Trade Organization (WTO) pressure. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, material price increases hit the metals industry like a tidal wave that made the tariff increases look like gently lapping wading waves. "The Perfect Storm," it's been called.

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Working safely in busy times

May 4, 2004

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It may be premature to say that manufacturing has turned the economic corner to recovery, but signs at the end of first-quarter 2004 look promising. Overall, nonfarm payrolls increased by over 500,000 in the first quarter, according to recent U.S. Labor Department reports, and factory payrolls in...

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Air forming and V-die selection

May 4, 2004

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Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are metal forming methods. Air forming, the most common, is a three-point operation. The actual inside radius produced is based on a percentage of the V-die width, regardless of the sharp–radius relationship. Selecting the correct die width can be...

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April ISM Report: PMI at 62.4 percent; new orders, production, employment grow; metal availability, escalating costs still concerns

May 3, 2004

Tempe, Ariz., May 3 – Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April for the 11th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 30th consecutive month, said U.S. supply...

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Snow: First quarter 2004 GDP indicates sustained strength of economic recovery

April 29, 2004

In a statement released April 29, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said the 2004 first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) report "illustrates the sustained strength of the economic recovery."Snow...

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Disks, brushes clean, deburr without damaging underlying surface

April 27, 2004

The Scotch-Brite™ radial bristle disks and brushes from 3M are designed for industrial applications, such as cleaning metal before welding, removing discoloration and sealant, and deburring,...

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U.S. Steel chairman, CEO Thomas J. Usher to retire at end of September

April 27, 2004

United States Steel Corp. chairman and CEO Thomas J. Usher announced April 27 that he has elected to retire as CEO at the end of September. Usher will continue as chairman of the board of directors...

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Judge approves sale of Weirton Steel's assets to ISG

April 23, 2004

A federal bankruptcy court judge has approved Weirton Steel Corp.'s request to sell substantially all of its assets to Cleveland-based International Steel Group (ISG) Inc."Our employees, our other...

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Business Outlook Index hits second straight all-time high. Executives expect hiring increase.

April 19, 2004

According to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook released April 8, the long-awaited recovery in the U.S. manufacturing sector is expected to continue to gain steam...

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U.S. trade deficit shrinks—imports, exports hit record highs

April 14, 2004

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced April 14 that total February exports of $92.4 billion and imports of $134.5 billion...

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