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Metal formers expect business conditions to improve

January 19, 2007

Metal forming companies expect a substantial improvement in business conditions during the next three months, according to the Jan. 1, 2007, Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business...

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Hot stamping diagram

Hot-stamping boron-alloyed steels for automotive parts - Part II

January 18, 2007

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Compared with cold-formed parts, hot-stamped parts provide better formability at high temperatures and exhibit no springback on the final part.

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High speed laser cutting

A new dimension in lasers

January 17, 2007

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High-speed laser cutting is a recent result of increased laser power and high acceleration motion technology, which have improved cutting speeds. Tilt beam 2D-3D systems allow laser cutting of small 3D parts, bevel cutting on 2D sheet metal and 3D parts, 3D trimming of small deep drawn parts, and processing of holes and cut-outs in hydroformed parts.

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Nucor announces Trinidad facility start-up

January 17, 2007

Nucor Corp. has announced that the heat-up of its direct reduced iron (DRI) facility, Nu-Iron Unlimited, commenced on Dec. 5, 2006, followed by the start-up of DRI production on Dec. 30, 2006. The...

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NAM: Manufacturing poised to outpace overall economy

January 17, 2007

Driven by a 0.7 percent jump in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve reported today that overall industrial production rose 0.4 percent in December. "After three consecutive monthly declines,...

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HRB spot steel prices begin year mixed

January 11, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 8 fell 1.0 percent to $578 per ton, FOB the mill for the 11th drop in a row. The world export HRB price was up...

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Compact torch designed for thin materials, confined spaces

January 9, 2007

For welding thin gauge materials (up to 1/4 in.), Weldcraft offers its 125-amp, air-cooled WP-9 torch series. This series is comprised of the WP-9, WP-9V and WP-9P torches, which are rated at 60...

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Metal adhesive applicator

Joining metal with adhesives

January 9, 2007

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Adhesives offer several advantages that make them an attractive alternative to mechanical fastening or thermal joining, such as welding, soldering, and brazing. Advantages include the following: They can be effective on dissimilar metal substrates with dissimilar melting points; they do not cause distortion, discoloration, or weld worms; holes do not need to be drilled into the material in preparation for fasteners; and they distribute stress load evenly over a broad area.

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Waterjet laser cutting

Achieving precision and diversification with laser and waterjet technologies

January 9, 2007

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Both laser and waterjet cutting systems produce precision parts, and in many applications, either is appropriate. This article, which discusses the benefits and limitations of both technologies, can help you decide which is best-suited for your operation. In some cases, utilizing both can increase manufacturing flexibility and your business capabilities.

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Cutting shear

Solving punch breakage problems - Part II

January 9, 2007

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Cutting shear, or the angle ground into the end of a punch, has a big effect on punch deflection and breakage, as well as press tonnage required. Retainers, which hold the punch to the die shoe, also are important. The backing plates, ball lock punch retainers, and headed styles of punches and retainers all require careful consideration.

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Die handling tools

Choosing the right die handling tools

January 9, 2007

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Many stampers rely on the machines and equipment you already have for moving and changing stamping dies. Using dedicated items such as die carts and shuttle tables can make die change more efficient.

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Is a good attitude all it takes?

January 9, 2007

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This article from reader-favorite author Bob Nichols is a point-of-view piece that questions the popular adage that attitude is all it takes to excel in the business world. Nichols' article, written from a mature manager's perspective, is a good supplement to Understanding and motivating the multigenerational work forcepublished previously on thefabricator.com.

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Sheet metal resistance

Draw forming, Part VI

January 9, 2007

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Energy input at one location in a part during forming is redistributed throughout the part as the forming process advances. The result must be an adequate force transmitted back to the location of target strains and displacements.

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SPC system brings computing mobility to quality departments

January 9, 2007

Zontec Inc.'s Synergy 200, a mobile statistical process control (SPC) system, allows quality department members to move freely about the production facility while performing real-time SPC on a...

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Collision sensor has increased sensitivity

January 9, 2007

The SR-61 collision sensor from ATI Industrial Automation has a lower operating range for increased sensitivity in applications using 3 kW to 5 kW capacity robots and is designed to prevent damage to...

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