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Welding austenitic stainless steel

April 10, 2007

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Joining austenitic stainless steel with GTAW can be tricky, but with a little preparation and care, it can be done successfully. The three main factors are having the right amount of heat input, travel speed, and a shielding gas.

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First line of defense

April 10, 2007

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Good welders learn to inspect their own work, but welders are just one part in a long list of variables (and people) involved in ensuring quality welds. Thorough communication of the welding parameters, as well as proper training to carry out the design, can help welders achieve quality work and to reduce the number of rejected welds.

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Developing forming dies Part I

April 10, 2007

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Determining the best die geometry to produce multicontoured formed parts can be difficult. A full understanding of the drawing and stretching process is necessary, as well as a good understanding of all tooling factors to make complex geometries.

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Selling your company?

April 10, 2007

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If you own a midsized company, one valued at $2 million to $250 million, and you're thinking about selling, you should consider hiring a financial adviser to guide you through the process. This is likely to be the biggest and most important business transaction of your career, so finding an adviser who understands you, your business, and your industry is key in negotiating the best price.

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A guide to fabric slitting line tension rolls

April 10, 2007

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Coil processors have several choices in the rolls they use to put tension on the coil. One of these choices is a pair of nonwoven rolls. They act like sponges in that they remove lubricants, dirt, and metal fines from the metal. Understanding how nonwoven rolls are constructed and how they work can help coil processors extend their service life.

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Die Basics 101: Part XIII

April 10, 2007

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Figure 1 Pinch trimming die design Various specialty metal cutting methods are used in stamping operations. Among them are pinch, breakout, and shimmy. Pinch Trimming Pinch trimming is a special method in which the vertical walls of a drawn or stretched vessel are cut by pinching...

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Competing with global sourcing in a 'knowledge economy'

April 10, 2007

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Western companies believe that although India and China are receiving a lot of manufacturing sourcing jobs, they cannot compete with Western skills. However, with developing "knowledge economies" and an openness to change and progress sometimes lacking in Western companies, these countries could easily become top world economies. This article explores how one Indian stamping company had great success implementing a knowledge management system.

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Pipe fabricator saves big time with big bends

April 10, 2007

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Universal Pipe and Steel Supply, Fort Myers, Fla., needed a roll bender with greater capacity to capitalize on the market for larger pipe sections. The company found its answer with a four-roll bender from Bertsch.

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Steel thixoforming

April 10, 2007

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The demand for lightweight, high-strength components is increasing at the expense of traditional steel parts. Emerging technologies, such as steel thixoforming, may help reverse this trend. Thixoformed steel parts are significantly lighter than equally strong parts formed by conventional means.

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R&D Update: Servo press forming applications - Part II

April 10, 2007

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Servo presses are classified into two main types based on their drive systems: direct drives with high-torque, low-speed servomotors, or low-torque, high- speed servomotors.

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Pneumatic wheel allows concentrated grinding

April 10, 2007

Dynabrade Inc. has introduced an inflatable DynaWheel. When fitted with proper abrasive and run at optimum speed, the pneumatic wheel allows concentrated grinding for quicker material removal on...

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End prep tool features chatter-free performance

April 10, 2007

A lightweight welding end prep tool and cutter blades that are capable of performing any angle of prep and facing and boring simultaneously are available from ESCO Tool.The Mongoose MILLHOG® right...

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Saw kit designed for professional tradesmen

April 10, 2007

The M.K. Morse Co. recently introduced a master tradesman AV23M bimetal hole saw kit. Featuring Master Cobalt® bi-metal hole saws, the kit includes a range of popular diameters used by the...

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Device automates material positioning

April 10, 2007

TigerStop's linear positioner is designed to position material quickly and accurately at the touch of a button.The device automates manual processes with computer-controlled accuracy of plusmn; 0.004...

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Auto-darkening welding helmets introduced

April 10, 2007

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced two auto-darkening welding helmet lines—the Pro-Hobby™ Series and Performance Series™. The Performance Series replaces the previous Xli and...

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