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Advanced materials require advanced knowledge

November 8, 2005

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Given the range of advanced high-strength steels to be introduced into automotive bodies over the next decade, automakers must recognize the implication of non-traditional resistance spot weld failure modes.

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Die maintenance. Die repair.

November 8, 2005

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Unnecessary die repair stems from several basic shortcomings, namely poor die design, setup procedures, tool design, and maintenance techniques.

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Measuring up: Benchmarking your workplace practices

November 8, 2005

Manufacturers that track and address the effectiveness of their workplace practices make recruiting and retaining talent a key part of their strategy—a huge competitive advantage.

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Taking one step at a time

November 8, 2005

Automotive parts manufacturer Pridgeon & Clay was looking for a way to manage the growth it was forecasting. The company decided to buy several robotic welding workcells and modular air filtration systems so it could rearrange the facility's layout and give the company the opportunity to buy one piece of equipment at a time.

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Just say no to rework

November 8, 2005

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Most imperfections related to band sawing that cause rework can be avoided by following proper band sawing techniques and strategies including preventive maintenance, choosing the proper band saw blade, and using less fluid.

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Tube-bend tooling: square-back wiper dies or wiper inserts?

November 8, 2005

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Wiper dies are a fundamental requirement in modern tube bending applications in which tubes are bent at increasingly tight bend radii with increasingly thinner wall thicknesses. The design of the wiper die plays a key role in its performance and durability, as does its manufacturing method and the material from which it has been constructed.

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Growing gains with lasers

November 8, 2005

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Jeff Adams may have taken the nontraditional route in manufacturing by starting out in the laser equipment vendor community, but he has since moved to the job shop side of the industry, using his laser knowledge and expertise to help grow his 12-year-old laser job shop in Libertyville, Ill.

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Details on Domex 700 MC

November 8, 2005

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Domex 700 MC, an extra-high-strength HSLA steel, can use milling and thermal cutting to prepare a joint for welding and most common fusion welding methods to joint it -- but a few specifics regarding filler metal are important to know before welding this steel.

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Knockout punch

November 8, 2005

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The system Sanmina-SCI uses to produce rails for Sun Microsystems' large servers is a key factor in Sanmina-SCI's competitiveness when it comes to processing a large, heavy-gauge, complet part, delivered in large volume on an as-needed basis for computer server systems and other similar applications.

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Okay with tool coating

November 8, 2005

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"Okay Industries, New Britain, Conn., serves diverse market segments including medical, automotive, electronics, defense, and specialty industrial. The stamper produces a roller finger follower for automotive applications. There are 14 stations on the die. The TD process is used on three of them," DeVecchis said. "It has given us better product quality, less scrap, faster throughput, longer die life, and reduced die dressing."

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Getting the needed fixtures

November 8, 2005

Woods Equipment Co. builds a variety of attachments and implements for agricultural, landscape, and construction vehicles. In a search to increase the productivity of its welding efforts amidst an ever-growing product line, the company discovered modular welding tables from Bluco Corp.

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Say ye shibboleth!

November 8, 2005

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Properly trained press brake operators understand the nuances of tapers. Armed with this knowledge and following a five-step process that includes inspecting tooling and materials, precise setup, checking the part, and making necessary adjustments, these skilled workers can complete machine setup and produce quality parts in minimal time.

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Quick die change and the trend toward larger presses

November 8, 2005

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Through the use of such tools as T-tables, die carts, and rolling bolster systems, stamping companies can help increase the uptime of their pressroom operations, increase levels of operational safety, and improve their bottom lines.

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Ask and you shall receive

November 8, 2005

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Miller Welding & Machine isn't a typical job shop for a lot of reasons. This family-owned and -operated company, in business since 1963, employs almost everybody in the Miller family -- and tackled its complete inexperience in finishing by investing in a full powder coating and wet paint line in a new facility to serve its customers, who started demanding finishing services five years ago.

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Reverse engineering

November 8, 2005

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Typically, the idea for a fabricated product evolves into a manufacturing project from a complete set of engineering documents that define the product's scope, function, and limits and express its requirements. However, occasionally the necessary supporting documentation is unavailable and must be reconstructed.

For example, you might want to study an old sunken Roman or Viking vessel to gather information on ancient materials and technology and to understand a past civilization.

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