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Applied Manufacturing Technologies acquires K-R Automation

April 15, 2008

Applied Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (AMT), Orion, Mich., a supplier of factory automation design, engineering, and process consulting services, has acquired K-R Automation, Warren, Mich., a panel...

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Stamtec launches new Web site

April 15, 2008

Stamtec, Manchester, Tenn., recently launched a new Web site at www.stamtec.com.The site includes information, features, photos, diagrams, and specifications for the company's mechanical stamping...

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Balluff names business development support specialist

April 15, 2008

Balluff, Florence, Ky., has named Drew Stevens as business development support specialist for metal forming.Stevens, who directs the company's metal forming support programs, has been a journeyman...

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Parkview Metal Products opens facility in Mexico

April 15, 2008

Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, Ill., has opened an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Juarez, Mexico, to help improve service to its stamping, fabrication, and value-added assembly customers in the...

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Will tube and pipe industry have energy to continue expanding?

April 15, 2008

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The current expansion in the tube and pipe industry isn't new, but it bears a close look nonetheless. Understanding the factors that are causing it and how manufacturers are reacting to it provide some guidance to the future of this trend.

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Buy it by the pound, sell it by the foot

April 15, 2008

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If you're a tube or pipe producer, you're probably under constant pressure to cut costs. And you probably know that you can reduce your raw material costs by reducing the coil width, within reason, and the change will have little noticeable impact on the final product's quality. However, this doesn't give you license to make wholesale significant width reductions. In fact, you'd probably be better off developing a comprehensive process optimization program and striving for higher efficiency instead of merely cutting costs.

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Sensors clear the way for high-speed stamping

April 15, 2008

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When you stamp 100 million automotive parts annually, as does Tennessee Stampings LLC, Portland, Tenn., you might accept die collisions as just part of the "traffic statistics." Not so. Before the dies ever hit the high-speed presses, they are properly sensored to prevent downtime, accelerate production.

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Predicting and preventing workplace accidents

April 15, 2008

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Can workplace accidents be predicted and prevented? Aeroglide safety professional Kelly Langdon believes it's not only possible, but that doing so is critical for a company's success. In this article, Langdon explains the three-step process he uses to ensure his company's employees' well-being.

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Modified GMAW for root passes

April 15, 2008

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Many fabrication shops that do a lot of stainless steel tube and pipe welding are in a bit of trouble these days. The problem isn't a lack of work, of course—it's a matter of trying to handle too much work with too few resources (skilled welders). They can ask their fabricators to work harder or faster, but that goes only so far. Can a new technology help them get more output from their existing employee base?

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R&D Update: Lubrication and galling in stamping of galvanized AHSS - Part III

April 15, 2008

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Forming of galvanized AHSS involves higher contact pressures at the tool-workpiece interface compared to forming mild steel. Under these severe interface conditions, improper selection of lubricants, tool materials and tool coatings may result in high scrap rates and galling in stamping production.. Based on SDT results, polymer-based lubricant with EP additives and water-soluble DFL were found to be most effective, Synthetic lubricants showed also reasonably small frictional responses with a PVD coated die in forming GA coated strips.

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Successful Extruding: Part II

April 15, 2008

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Die design and building is a critical part of a successful extrusion process. ironing—vertically squeezing the metal between the punch and the die to increase the surface area—helps refine the extruding process, as does preforming.

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Laser Marking Safety Mecco

The right trace at the right time

April 15, 2008

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You won't find this tale on the DIY cable network, but it's a true story of do-it-yourself success for Ford Motor Co.Despite the sales struggles most North American automakers face, these companies still must move forward with plans to design and produce new models of automobiles. They can't elect...

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Lorain college weld program

Educating beyond the arc

April 15, 2008

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A new grant program promotes education for the welding technician. The program focuses more on welding theory behind the various processes--and less on hands-on training.

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Better tool management, better punching

April 15, 2008

McQuay international develops a strategy to prolong tool life for turret presses.

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Getting creative with punch tooling

April 15, 2008

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Keeping a lean program running takes time, effort, and teamwork. To make the most of lean—that is, to understand all of their options in eliminating waste—companies that do extensive work in punching should keep up with innovation in punching tooling. Two such innovations are tools that tap holes and tools that make tabs for sturdy locking joints.

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