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VICON Elite Plasma

Better cuts with plasma

November 7, 2006

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One job led Keller & Son Industrial Contractors Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., to buy a new plasma cutting table in 2001. The need for extra capacity required it to purchase another in 2006. Now the company feels it is in the perfect position to take on all types of metal fabricating jobs.

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Fabricator finds tubular niche

November 7, 2006

Production Cutting Services was founded in 1985 as a machine shop to supply parts to agricultural equipment manufacturers in and around East Moline, Ill. It used saws and CNC machining centers to provide tubular parts, but later realized it needed to add more value. It purchased two lasers from Mazak Optonics Corp. It hasn't abandoned CNC machining, though. It uses the lasers to complement its other processes.

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Joining GMAW and GTAW

November 7, 2006

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One form of hybrid welding combines both GMAW with a GTAW process in a welding torch. An electronic interface unit containing a plasma power supply controls the hybrid process. Research has indicated that such an approach to welding leads to faster welding times, deep penetration, and cleaner welds when compared with conventional GMAW technology.

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10 common quick die change problems

November 7, 2006

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Die changeover is one of the few times when a press isn't making money. Why do some die changeovers take hours? It might be the press, operator, die, material, lift truck, crane, or the tools.

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Is your cold pilger mill maintenance on schedule?

November 7, 2006

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Glen Stapleton relies on his experience in troubleshooting for more than 30 years to discuss the most pressing pilger mill maintenance issues—causes, cures, and tips to prevent breakdowns and get the machines up and running again when they do fail.

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Avian flu pandemic update

November 7, 2006

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Although the potential avian flu pandemic no longer is receiving the vast media coverage it did months ago, it still is a high priority in worldwide health organizations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This article offers an updated look at the threat and the latest information that can help you prepare your business for a possible pandemic.

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Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts

November 7, 2006

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In deep drawing of complex, asymmetrical parts such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, blank holder force (BHF) needs to be controlled locally to regulate the flow of the sheet metal. An MPC blank holder system allows this control by placing individually programmable cushion pins around the blank perimeter, with an appropriate BHF selected at each pin location.

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Designing dies 2-D or 3-D?

November 7, 2006

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Both 2-D and 3-D die design packages have advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed here, but true success lies in the designer's ability, not the software's.

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Arcelor Mittal expects steel prices to stabilize

November 6, 2006

Rueters has reported that Arcelor Mittal expects steel prices to stabilize as global output decelerates, especially in China, management board member Roland Junck said in a results conference call...

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Nucor acquires Verco Mfg. Co. assets

November 3, 2006

Nucor Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Verco Decking Inc., has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Verco Manufacturing Co. for a cash purchase price of...

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Why lean manufacturing is no get-rich-quick program: Part II

November 1, 2006

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Unlike get-rich-quick schemes that promise to double your money in days or weeks, lean manufacturing is an ongoing improvement program that will be in place for as long as your company is in business. Learn about common misconceptions of lean in Part II of this two-part series.

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Metal formers expect downturn during next three months

October 30, 2006

Metal forming companies expect a downturn in business conditions during the next three months, according to the Oct. 1, 2006 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report....

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Timken expands manufacturing presence in India

October 30, 2006

The Timken Co. today announced plans to build a new bearing manufacturing facility in India. The plant, which will be located in Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, will produce a range of...

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U.S. economic growth slows, but outlook good for some sectors

October 27, 2006

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) today announced that the gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter, down from 2.6 in the second quarter, below the 2.1...

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Lincoln Electric, 3M to hold safety workshop at FABTECH/AWS show

October 26, 2006

The Lincoln Electric Co. and 3M Welding are sponsoring a safety seminar at the 2006 FABTECH International/AWS Welding Show in Atlanta. The free workshop, Best Practices for Welding Safely in Today's...

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