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Chrome Moly Welding

The lowdown on low-alloy filler metals

June 17, 2008

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When welding a chromium-molybdenum alloy, selecting the optimal filler wire is critical to the long-term durability of the weld. Fortunately, matching the filler metal to the alloy is no more difficult than it is for matching a filler metal to any other family of alloys. Understanding the chemical and mechanical properties of the materials can go a long way in making strong, corrosion- and creep-resistant welds.

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No time to waste

June 17, 2008

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For the past decade or so, the headline stories have painted a grim picture for the world's economies. The Asian financial crisis (1997) was followed by a free-fall in stock prices (2000) and a recession that stalled many of the world's leading and emerging economies (2001), leaving many to wonder...

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Lubricant application nozzle

10 FAQs about preparing, applying, reclaiming lubricants

June 17, 2008

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Answers to frequently asked questions regarding lubricant preparation, lubricant application, and lubricant reclamation.

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Active leveling control interface

Applying parallelism technology in hydraulic presses

June 17, 2008

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Active leveling control (ALC) counteracts the negative effects of off-center loading; significant breakthrough shock common with high-strength steels (HSS); and reverse shock loading associated with nitrogen springs in dies.

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Traci and Lori Tapani

Accounting for growth in lean manufacturing

June 17, 2008

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Lean manufacturing has a negative, often unexpected, impact on the balance sheet--but those negative effects are short-term.

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Press brake

Setting the stage for press brake productivity

June 17, 2008

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Tooling manufacturers have introduced tooling designed to overcome the longstanding problems associated with staged bending.

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One pipe or two?

June 17, 2008

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The energy sector is hot right now, and so is pipe production. Finding the optimum material for making pipe for this industry is tricky. Low-alloy carbon steels tend to be strong, but lack corrosion resistance. Stainless steels resist corrosion but lack strength. Cladding low-alloy carbon steel with a thin layer of a corrosion-resistant alloy is a suitable process, one that AWS Schaefer has devised for manufacturing such pipes.

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Torsion spring component

Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008

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California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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GMAW

Tips for troubleshooting GMAW consumables

June 17, 2008

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Being able to quickly and accurately identify the source of GMAW consumable problems will save you both money and frustration.

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Laser lens cleaning

The dirt on laser lenses

June 17, 2008

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This roundup of laser lens providers gives tips on extending the life of lenses used in laser cutting.

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Nerdy no longer

June 16, 2008

I fess up. Yes, I"m an overgrown band geek. I played trombone during high school, on through college, and I continue to do so (very badly, actually) in a local community band. Every Thursday, driving into the rehearsal hall parking lot, I see yet another blast from the past, that preferred...

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AIDA-America marks milestones in technology developments

June 16, 2008

Press manufacturer AIDA invests five percent of its annual revenue into research and development. This allows the company to provide continuous improvement initiatives to produce new designs and...

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Presses meet industry requirements for parts production from high-strength materials

June 16, 2008

AIDA's single-press transfer systems and press-to-press transfer lines are designed to provide total solutions for stampers with requirements to produce parts from high strength steel. Use of...

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AIDA names president, managing director of its Western Hemisphere operations

June 16, 2008

AIDA has named Troy Roberts as president and managing director of the Western Hemisphere portion of its global organization. The core of the press builder's custom products group, AIDA Engineering...

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AIDA unveils new Web site

June 16, 2008

AIDA, a mechanical stamping press manufacturer, has unveiled a new website www.aida-america.comdesigned to give stampers a comprehensive resource for metal forming. Streamlined navigation allows...

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