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Getting the good ones to stay

March 11, 2011 | By Dan Davis

At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit/6th annual Metal Matters, which just wrapped up late last week, I sat in on a discussion about ways to find good employees. The consensus among the 10 or so fabricators in this breakout session was that they are more than willing to train...

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Coil processing equipment—new or retrofit?

March 11, 2011 | By Jim Ward

If existing coil feeding equipment is functioning, but productivity needs a boost, stampers can achieve measurable gains in their production efficiency through various types of upgrades to their coil handling and feeding equipment, including servo drives, variable speed controls, and operator interfaces.

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Die Science: Attempting to defy the laws of physics, Part I

March 11, 2011 | By Art Hedrick

The forms and positional tolerances called out on product designs often defy the physical abilities of the product's material. Proper product and process design, as well as pressure clamping, can help maintain strict tolerances.

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Who's to blame for the lack of skilled workers?

March 10, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

This month's “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter featured comments from readers who had responded to the February issue's lead item about how difficult it is to find the skilled workers modern manufacturing needs. These comments sparked a flurry of responses that not only addressed how difficult...

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Ironing the wrinkles out of copper tubing

March 10, 2011 | By George Winton

A wiper die is helpful for making wrinkle-free bends. Understanding how one works can help you decide if you need to use one.

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Tube, pipe cutting equipment - Part II

March 10, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Lasers have been in use for industrial purposes for decades, and their capabilities continue to develop. Many machines these days can cut sheet and tubular sections, and fabricators are finding that the laser’s programmability really broadens their capabilities.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: What springs are best for forming HSLA down and drawing up?

March 10, 2011 | By Thomas Vacca

Choosing the right spring for working with HSLA is very important. The author recommends chrome nitrogen springs of well-known brands for proper quality control.

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Pricing sanity returns to the automotive industry

March 10, 2011 | By Bernard Swiecki

Automakers have held the ground on the sales incentives that had eaten away at the industry's profitability for a decade. As a result, many suppliers are reporting positive financial performances, revenue growth, and a return to functioning outside the panic mode of the last two years.

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R&D Update: Hot-stamping boron-alloyed steels for automotive parts

March 10, 2011 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

CPF has conducted experiments using finite element simulation of the hot stamping process. The process can help manufacturers predict such final part properties as thickness, temperature, and hardness distribution.

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Everyone on the same page—electronically

March 10, 2011 | By Tim Heston

E-commerce now involves the full gamut of business communications, from quoting and paying invoices to job tracking. Technology, sources said, has made the supply chain more transparent, accountable, and efficient.

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3-D CAD: Modeling a nest of parts

March 10, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis bypasses CAM software and uses his 3-D software to create a nest of parts.

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EBe servo-electirc panel bender

Automated bending keeps the pieces flowing

March 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Emerson Network Power's Liebert Precision Cooling facility wanted to implement the idea of one-piece flow on its shop floor in Columbus, Ohio, but the only way that was going to happen effectively was with the introduction of an automated bending cell. The company found its answer with an electric panel bender from Prima Finn-Power.

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Processing AHSS with rotary bending technology

March 10, 2011 | By L. Ray Osborne

The increased use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have caused many fabricators to rethink the way they bend metal. AHSS have a relatively high springback associated with it, so much larger overbend angles are generally required. Rotary bending technology is a suitable way to product that overbend angle.

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Days of rage at the pump, in Libya, and in Saudi Arabia

March 9, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Judging by the political developments in Libya and the current price of petroleum, you’d think that Libya was some sort of heavyweight exporter. Last fall West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was trading at less than $85 per barrel on the spot market. Protests in Libya started in February, and...

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TMK IPSCO upgrades facility in Wilder, Ky.

March 9, 2011

Pipe producer TMK IPSCO is making a number of investments at its facility in Wilder, Ky., intended to improve operational efficiency and add value for its oil and gas industry customers. The company's most significant investment in Wilder will be the installation of a thread shop, for which the...

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