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9 Questions About Annular Cutting

September 13, 2005

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One way to avoid dimpling and deburring while making holes in tube and pipe is use annular cutters. Because annular cutters are hollow, there is no dead-zone resistance to overcome. Knowing how to use an annular cutter and what to watch for can help avoid problems and extend tool wear.

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Bend allowance and springback in air bending

September 13, 2005

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This study illustrated that, when the thickness and stress-strain curve of the sheet material are known, it is possible to predict with acceptable accuracy the bend allowance, springback angle, and punch stroke to obtain the desired final product dimensions.

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Pressing through power failures:

September 13, 2005

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When BMW Dingolfing (Germany) decided to modernize one of its transfer presses, the desired benefits included increased line availability, increased production through the use of an electronic transfer system, and reduced maintenance. However, one of its highest priorities was to minimize or eliminate the risk of production loss caused by interruptions to the power supply.

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No good deed goes unnoticed

September 13, 2005

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Being a good welder often means more than on-the-job performance. Whether it's volunteering to help others or otherwise giving back to one's community, these welders are examples of so many who take their time to give of themselves on the job — and outside the office.

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Shipyard work safety —

September 13, 2005

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Shipyard work is among the most hazardous occupations. Researching possible dangers and following standards and recommended guidelines can reduce injuries and illnesses and prevent OSHA fines.

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Resolving the challenges of welding coated steels

September 13, 2005

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The increased use of coated steels has resulted in an intensified search for solutions to the problems posed by joining these materials. High levels of spatter and welding fume, weld porosity, and poor bead shape are common. These problems lead to increased post-weld cleaning costs, reduced quality, greater rework, and an overall reduction in productivity. The right wire size and type, matched with the most appropriate shielding gas, can substantially improve gas metal arc welding (GMAW) performance on galvanized and coated steels.

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Software brings new intelligence to press brakes

September 13, 2005

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The types of press brake projects that remain in the U.S. tend to be those requiring smaller lot sizes, shorter turnarounds, and more complex shapes than those going offshore. Enter the need for smart press brakes—those with the capability to store and apply process intelligence. Today's shrinking lead times and smaller lot sizes demand more frequent setups, which cut into production hours. Graphical machine controls and offline programming can help maximize operational time by eliminating the time for trial-and-error setup and improving first-part accuracy.

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Plasma Cutting: Then and now

September 13, 2005

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To get a better idea of just how far plasma cutting has coe, let's take a look at where it started and where it's headed.

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DaimlerChrysler donates trucks, supplies to Katrina relief

September 12, 2005

The Chrysler Group and its philanthropic arm, the DaimlerChrysler Corp. Fund, are donating 100 vehicles and supplies to aid the Katrina relief efforts.The 100 Dodge trucks will form a traveling convoy...

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Equipment fails during U.S. Steel blast furnace rebuild

September 12, 2005

United States Steel Corp. reported today that on Saturday, Sept. 10, an incident occurred that may delay the completion of the construction of the No. 14 blast furnace at Gary Works. Multiwheel...

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Whirlpool to aid Katrina victims

September 9, 2005

Whirlpool Corp. today announced that it is donating up to $1 million in cash, products, and services to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Products to be donated include refrigerators, clothes washers,...

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Ford announces executive appointments

September 8, 2005

Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford has announced a series of executive appointments. The appointments, approved Sept. 7 by the Board of Directors, are effective Oct. 1 unless otherwise...

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Steelworkers contribute to Katrina relief

September 7, 2005

The United Steelworkers (USW) has made an initial contribution of $100,000 for relief to the Hurricane Katrina victims.Thousands of Steelworker members live and work in the Gulf area most affected by...

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Ford Motor Co. relief donations top $4 million

September 7, 2005

The Ford Motor Co. today announced that a campaign by its employees and dealers to help the relief efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina has resulted in vehicle donations, money, and...

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American Axle & Manufacturing appoints executives

September 1, 2005

American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM), today announced the following executive appointments effective October 1, 2005:Yogendra N. (Yogen) Rahangdale has been named president and chief operating...

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