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Therapy for data overload

March 2, 2010

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This week The Economist put together a special section about how society is overflowing with data. Reading it, I thought it was irony at its best. What better way to cover our data-overload than with a long, drawn-out story bubbling over with … data. The most obvious example of data-overload is...

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Rolling for wind

March 1, 2010

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Wind tower production requires intensive use of the rolling machine. Because of this, selecting the right rolling machine is paramount.

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Going 3-D: A matter of control

March 1, 2010

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Abrasive waterjet has moved beyond flat plate cutting. Today, the jet can move in Z and tilt to cut complex designs out of thick plate, and even tube and barstock.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part III

March 1, 2010

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Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically

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Why lean manufacturing won't make you rich — Part II

March 1, 2010

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Manufacturers often believe at least one of three common lean manufacturing misconceptions. Knowing about these misconceptions and understanding why they're not true will help set you on a path to incorporating lean tools into your manufacturing structure.

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Beyond low-carbon steel

March 1, 2010

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When welders tackle new materials, weldability should always be on their radar. Certain alloys aren't so kind to the welding gun.

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Heading off health hazards

March 1, 2010

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Each year more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work equating to more than 2,000 eye injuries each day. About 90 percent of which could have been prevented if proper eye protection were used. Safe work practices, along with properly selected and worn PPE can help reduce many of these potential health hazards and help you to make sure you don't become a statistic.

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Upgrading your laser cutting equipment

March 1, 2010

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Upgrading the laser resonator or undertaking full laser cutting renovation represents an alternative to the expensive proposition of purchasing a new laser cutting machine.

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Think before you integrate (robotic welding)

March 1, 2010

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Implementing robotic welding systems for the first time is generally a successful endeavor. However, potential pitfalls and common mistakes can lead to performance issues and increase operational costs. Making yourself aware of these mistakes and the measures you should take to prevent them will contribute to a pleasant transition from labor-intensive, manual processes to the lower-cost, higher-quality automated ones in use today and into the future.

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A GMAW consumables check list

March 1, 2010

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This article looks at contact tips used in GMAW and discusses a few tips to help industry professionals and welding enthusiasts get their money is worth from MIG contact tips while still guaranteeing high quality workmanship.

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Consuming plasma consumables too quickly?

March 1, 2010

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All plasma systems use consumables that have an expected life. In high-use environments the cost of consumables can become considerable over time. Familiarizing yourself with what causes premature consumable wear and how to prevent it can help extend the life of your consumables, and in turn, cut down on the cost of continuous consumable replacement.

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Supply chain collaborates on bending project

March 1, 2010

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Faced with a daunting bending contract and a short timeframe, Rick Williams of Rockford Process Control (RPC) sought cooperation from a tubing supplier, bending machine manufacturer, and a tooling supplier at the beginning of the project. The information exchange enabled RPC and its supply chain partners to develop a process, deliver a bender, and engineer and manufacture tooling without the benefit of tubing samples.

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Waterjet bevel cutting made easy

March 1, 2010

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Improvements in waterjet technology have made bevel cutting with these machines more suitable for a greater number of fabricating shops by simplifying programming and operation and reducing the need for trial-and-error setup.

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Die grinders added to industrial product offerings

March 1, 2010

T.C. Service Co. has introduced a new line of economical die grinders to compliment its industrial products. According to the company, the American-made grinders provide quality performance and...

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Stamtec unveils expanded service network for North America

March 1, 2010

Manchester, Tenn.-based Stamtec, a manufacturer of stamping presses, has certified several long-standing dealer partners as authorized service centers to better serve customers across North America....

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