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Die Basics 101: Part X

October 10, 2006

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Cutting is the most severe metalworking process that takes place in a die and shouldn't be taken lightly. Cutting Basics Cutting metal requires great force. For example, it takes approximately 78,000 lbs. of pressure to cut a 10-in.-diameter blank from 0.100-in.-thick mild steel. Consequently,...

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Machine components you can fabricate with an abrasive jet

October 10, 2006

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Many machine components formerly made with conventional machining techniques now can be made easily and cost-effectively with abrasive waterjet cutting. This article discusses some of these components. It also gives examples of abrasive waterjet-produced signs and labels that can be used to enhance your products.

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The evolution of tube hydroforming

October 10, 2006

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The growth in hydroforming use has slowed as tube hydroformers, particularly in the automotive industry, are taking a step back to examine process options in an effort to determine the most efficient, cost-effective process. Some even have reverted to stamping and welding formerly hydroformed parts. This article explains how the industry got to this point and where it's headed.

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Welder health and safety — Who's responsible?

October 10, 2006

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The "Welding Wire" e-newsletter asked subscribers their opinions about who is responsible for ensuring welder health and safety. This article describes the hazards inherent in welding and contains insight from a welding instructor, a business owner, and individuals with personal knowledge of unsafe operations.

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Dry ice blast cleaning process safely removes grease, sludge, sealants, weld slag

October 10, 2006

Cold Jet offers a dry ice blasting system that the manufacturer says is an efficient and environmentally safe process for the removal of excessive grease, sludge, sealants, and weld slag from...

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Weld curtain sets up, breaks down in seconds

October 10, 2006

A&A Mfg.'s new weld curtain sets up and breaks down in seconds and can be transported to new work stations with its roller wheel.When extended, the curtain's maximum height is 72 in. and maximum width...

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Consumables fit various brand GMAW torches

October 10, 2006

Tregaskiss Ltd. offers consumables that fit Lincoln, Bernard, and Tweco GMAW torches.Consumables consist of custom-fitting goosenecks, patented TOUGH LOCK contact tip system, and durable nozzles. The...

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GTAW torch offers penlike control

October 10, 2006

Weldcraft's WP-50 air-cooled GTAW torch is extremely small and offers penlike control in tight quarters and on paper-thin material.The torch is rated at 60 percent duty cycle up to 50 amps and is...

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Switchover manifold allows remote monitoring

October 10, 2006

Harris Products Group has introduced the SG 960 HP fully automatic switchover manifold for use with oxygen, inert, or fuel gases.The manifold features a separate control box, mechanical box, and...

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Aluminum pipe stopping plugs available

October 10, 2006

The Pipestoppers Div. of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd. has launched a range of aluminum pipe stopping plugs.The plugs are available in 1.5-, 2.0-, 2.5-, 3.0-, 3.5-, 4.0-, 4.5-, 5.0-, and 6.0-in....

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Press brake safeguarding system detects obstructions as small as 4 mm

October 10, 2006

Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced the LazerSafe™ LZS-003 safeguarding system for hydraulic press brakes.The system uses two flat bands of 40-mm-wide laser light to monitor the zone...

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Machine cleans odd-shaped workpieces

October 10, 2006

The Wheelabrator Smartline™ Y track spinner hanger machine cleans and prepares odd-shaped workpieces that do not fit in table- or tumble-blasting machines.The self-contained machine includes...

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Safety glasses feature built-in magnification

October 10, 2006

HTP America Inc. offers reader safety glasses with built-in magnification.The safety glasses replace the need for cheaters underneath safety glasses. Workers can wear a single pair of safety glasses...

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Press brake tooling designed for TRUMPF, LVD-style machines

October 10, 2006

Wilson Tool International® has launched its WT press brake tooling for TRUMPF-style and LVD-style press brakes.The line offers 10 standard punch profiles from 120 to 220 mm and 17 different dies...

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Laser marking machine designed as mobile tabletop workstation

October 10, 2006

The VectorMark Workstation 150 from TRUMPF Inc. is a compact and flexible laser marking machine designed as a mobile tabletop workstation.The work area is accessible from three sides and can label a...

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