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July 8, 2011 | By David Bell
Today's job shops must be prepared to deal with a variety of materials for fabrication and welding. As each material may require a different mixed shielding gas for gas metal arc welding (GMAW), familiarize yourself with these gases and the most efficient supply methods for various applications.
July 8, 2011 | By John Karpus
Precise assist gas delivery is essential in CO2 laser cutting. The resonator is a key component, especially if gas delivery will be uninterrupted for unattended machine operation. Assist gas volume and pressure also must be appropriate for the application to ensure the best results.
July 8, 2011 | By David Veverka
Modern wire-feeding technology can boost welders' performances and overall productivity. If they are working with old feeding equipment, disadvantage
July 8, 2011 | By Douglas Shuda
The fiber laser and plasma systems share similar delivery systems. Neither require any kind of optical alignment between the power source and cutting head. The two thermal cutting processes share many similarities, from an integration standpoint, which is why the two now can be integrated onto a single cutting table.
July 8, 2011 | By Dan Davis
Becky and Michael Miniea purchased processing company that was in dire financial straits in the months after 9/11, and with a commitment offerings and its customers, Specialty Metals Processing is now in a position to survive whatever this economy can throw at it.
July 8, 2011 | By Doug Knapke
Servo transfer modules can help transform unused stamping press capacity into a viable metal forming resource. However, before a stamper can explore this newfound capability, it needs to determine just what type of transfer technology makes sense.
July 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston
Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.
July 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston
This week’s pomp, sparkle, and pyrotechnics celebrated, among other things, Jefferson’s inspirational sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty...
July 5, 2011 | By Drew Locher
Single-minute exchange of dies is a lean manufacturing concept that has grown beyond the world of metal forming. It now stands for any lean exercise that attempts to reduce changeover time to single-digit minutes. In implementing such a program, manufacturing managers need to understand the common pitfalls that plague these efforts.
July 5, 2011 | By Chason Thompson
Heavy plate fabricators drill and mill plate to achieve tight tolerances. But these metal cutting tools exert significant forces on the workpiece vibration, particularly in large workpieces such as plate. When machining in general and especially in large plate, three major factors work together: cutting tool selection, milling strategy, and workpiece setup.
June 30, 2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is getting tough on hazards in the so-called primary metals industries, and this means just about any plant that extracts or refines metals like iron, lead, nickel or tin will face multiple OSHA inspections, wrote LeClairRyan attorney Joseph...
June 30, 2011
Austria-based Fronius International GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of battery charging systems, welding technology, and solar electronics, has announced plans to launch its U.S. headquarters in Portage, Ind., in the third quarter of 2012. Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels and Portage Mayor...
June 29, 2011 | By Vicki Bell
Among the headlines on msnb.com today was one that stood out as some very positive news for manufacturing: 'Manufacturing companies returning to U.S.' The linked article title, “Surging China costs forces some U.S. manufacturing companies back home," had me fist pumping a la Maria Sharapova at...
June 28, 2011 | By Eric Lundin
An Indiana man was arrested June 22 for sending lewd messages to a minor via cell phone. Considering all the recent publicity surrounding former Rep. Anthony Weiner and the photo he broadcast via Twitter, it’s not a big surprise that a man used a phone for such a purpose. However, the story about...
June 28, 2011
Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of metal cutting products, has announced its selection as a 2011 Business of the Year by Business New Hampshire Magazine. The award recognizes businesses for outstanding business and civic contributions. One of nine New Hampshire businesses honored,...