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AWS announces U.S. Open Weld Trials winner

June 14, 2005

Joel Stanley, representing Northern Penobscot Tech, Region III, Maine, is the official winner of the 2005 U.S. Open Weld Trials held at the American Welding Society's (AWS) 2005 AWS Welding...

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Airgas acquires two welding supply companies

June 14, 2005

Airgas, Radnor, Pa., has acquired the assets and operations of Vancouver Welding Supply Inc. (VWS), based in Vancouver, Wash., and Cumberland Welding & Supply Co. Inc. in Cumberland, Md.Airgas Nor...

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Automatic Feed Co. earns ISO certification

June 14, 2005

Automatic Feed Co. Inc., Napoleon, Ohio, has been granted ISO 9001:2000 certification following a quality management system audit conducted in January by AQSR.

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Metform, Bradbury form strategic alliance

June 14, 2005

Metform Intl. Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., and The Bradbury Group, Moundridge, Kan., have formed a strategic alliance that will give both organizations the ability to share technology; cooperate in...

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NAM urges immediate action on energy bill

June 14, 2005

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released a statement urging its members to tell senators to support the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Senate floor debate and votes on the bill are...

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Mitsubishi completes headquarters renovation

June 14, 2005

Mitsubishi Laser has completed renovation and expansion of MC Machinery's headquarters showroom in Wood Dales, Ill. The showroom is large enough to display the 3015LVPLUS -35CFX, the 3015LVPLUS -40CFX...

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Fortress launches new Web site

June 14, 2005

Fortress Interlocks, Erlanger, Ky., has launched a new Web site designed to deliver product and application information.Each product has its own dedicated page with a general description, construction...

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Wilson Tool launches parts, accessories division

June 14, 2005

Wilson Tool International® has launched its Xtra™ parts and accessories division.Available products include replacement clamp assemblies, turret keys, tooling cabinets, alignment tools, hand...

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Roll-Kraft adds personnel

June 14, 2005

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has appointed Shawn Mitchell to its sales staff and Jeffrey Misley as project manager.Mitchell has many years of experience in the industry and has worked with the company's...

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Die Basics 101: Part II

June 14, 2005

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Figure 1EmbossingAll forming operations deform sheet material by exposing it to tension, compression, or both. Most part defects, such as splits and wrinkles, occur in forming operations. Successful sheet metal forming relies heavily on the metal's mechanical properties. The metal being formed must...

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How sleep deprivation affects work performance

June 14, 2005

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2003 the average U.S. male slept 8.48 hours in a 24-hour period. The average U.S. female slept 8.65 hours. While both averages surpass the recommended eight hours for adults, recent studies indicate that the vast majority of...

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part VIII: Dimensional Stability

June 14, 2005

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Whether they are producing automobiles or hydroforming press parts, designers, manufacturers, and assembly personnel are very concerned about dimensional stability. Surfaces and holes must be located in a specified range and smaller is better. Concern escalates as the drive to improve quality and reduce build tolerances and problems increases.

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Fatigue Failures

June 14, 2005

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Fatigue causes the majority of mechanical element failures in structures and machinery. It is important to understand the causes of the failure and how to prevent or repair it.

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The blades of Don Fogg—a cut above

June 14, 2005

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This 11.375-in. blade was forged from 1095 steel; the habaki* is made from 40 percent shibuichi, gold-plated nickel silver seppa, and Damascus tsuba.*See glossary at the end of the article for swordsmithing terms. Photo courtesy of Don Fogg.What is it about forged and polished steel sharpened to an...

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Reoiling technologies for stampers:

June 14, 2005

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The stamping environment has been host to numerous attempts at process improvements over the past few years—some very successful, others discarded as unappealing lessons learned.

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