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Festivus Pole

Festivus poles for the rest of us souls

December 11, 2007

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The Wagner Cos. has staked out its position as the world's foremost producer of Festivus poles. Yes, it's the plain pole that Frank Costanza put up in his living room as a rebuke of Christmas' commercialism in a Seinfeld episode in 1997.

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High powered resonators

Getting into the thick of high-powered lasers

December 11, 2007

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The new high-powered lasers allow fab shops to serve a broader range of custom needs.

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Dissecting defects - Part III

December 11, 2007

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Editor's Note: This article is part of a three-part series. Part I categorizes defect types and discusses the factors that affect formed part quality; Part II covers various destructive and nondestructive tests for evaluating incoming material; and Part III is an introduction to process monitoring systems.

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Choosing between feeding your new stamping line coil or blanks?

December 11, 2007

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Stampers today need to process more grades and types of material than ever before, yet are under relentless pressure to reduce costs. They increasingly rely on systems integrators and equipment suppliers to design and install versatile stamping lines with quick-change capabilities. A notable case was that of a truck frame and chassis components manufacturer. It worked with vendors to develop a line that processes material up to 0.280 in. thick and 72 in. wide, in a range of yield strengths, in three forms – coil, blanks, or sheet.

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Why is it Dieology, not Dieologism?

December 11, 2007

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Successful dieworkers are very methodical and data-driven in the way they approach a problem. They carefully study each problem, determine its root cause, and take both short- and long-term corrective action.

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Die Basics 101: Part XVII

December 11, 2007

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Part XVI of this series wrapped up the discussion of bending in stamping operations. This article focuses on drawing. What Is Drawing? Drawing is a metal forming process in which a product is made by controlling sheet metal flow into a cavity and over a punch. The process of deep drawing means...

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Pumping up the waterjet power

December 11, 2007

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Want to maximize your waterjet's performance? Among the options for doing so are adding horsepower to the pump, by either running at higher pressure, or using a larger or two nozzles. This article discusses the options and provides guidelines to help you decide what's best for your particular operation

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Surveying suitability of resistance welding for roll formed parts

December 11, 2007

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Resistance welding differs from fusion welding in that pressure is applied to the weld until the molten area coalesces, cools, and solidifies. Two resistance welding processes commonly integrated with roll forming are high-frequency welding and rotary spot welding. High-frequency Welding From...

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3-D seam inspection system inspects welded, adhesive, brazed joints

December 11, 2007

Vitronic's 3-D seam inspection system, VIROwsi, inspects welded, adhesive, and brazed joints, using objective test criteria with constant attention and documenting results. It is suitable for weld...

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Run bar for two-hand machine actuation introduced

December 11, 2007

Banner Engineering Corp. has introduced the DUO-TOUCH®l run bar with STB buttons for two-hand machine actuation. The run bar interfaces with DUO-TOUCH SG two-hand control modules, SC22-3 safety...

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Compact paint robot works with 1k, 2k, waterborne paints

December 11, 2007

ABB's IRB 52 paint robot is compact and can be mounted on the floor, inverted, tilted, or on the wall.The robot is suitable for various paint applications, including 1k, 2k, and waterborne paints. The...

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Tracking system for press controller monitors 24-hour production

December 11, 2007

Cieco Inc. has announced that its Automator II press automation controller now comes standard with a basic production tracking system.The feature enables the controller to monitor the last 24 hours of...

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Robotic tube bending cell designed for high-volume applications

December 11, 2007

Unison has developed Uni-vercell, an automated tube bending cell suitable for high-volume applications such as automotive. Available in North America through Horn Machine Tools, the cell is designed...

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Cut level 5 safety sleeve is form-fitting, tear-resistant, launderable

December 11, 2007

North Safety Products says its NorthFlex™ NFDS16 C5 is the industry's first cut level 5 Dyneema® sleeve.The finely knit Dyneema/fiberglass blend vents heat to remain cool and is not bulky....

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Flexible conveyor easily shortened or extended

December 11, 2007

Dorner's 5200 series Qwik conveyor allows users to modify the length and add or remove a curve to adjust to different applications.Suitable for industrial, automation, and packaging applications, the...

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