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Mitsubishi Laser celebrates 20th anniversary

April 10, 2007

Mitsubishi Laser is celebrating 20 years in the industry. The company introduced its first commercial laser cutting system to the U.S. in 1987.Although the division started with only five full-time...

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TRUMPF names product manager, bending

April 10, 2007

as the new product manager for bending (press brake) products. Simpson is responsible for the company's TruBend product line of precision press brakes, including BendMaster press brake...

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Vari-form acquired by Sun Capital Partners

April 10, 2007

Vari-Form, a producer of hydroformed structural components for the automotive industry, has announced that the company has been acquired from parent-company TI Automotive as a part of the acquisition...

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Hans Weber names regional sales manager

April 10, 2007

Hans Weber Corp., Olathe, Kan., the North American sales and marketing subsidiary for Hans Weber Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Kronach, Germany, has appointed Brian Hilscher as regional sales manager.The...

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Abuse of power in the workplace

April 10, 2007

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Workplace bullying can negatively affect an employee's work performance, home life, and health. Seventy-one percent of bullies are bosses. What constitutes an abusive boss, and what can employees who are abused do to correct their harmful working conditions? This article lists different types of abusive bosses and offers tips for combating the abuse.

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High-speed cutting, end-finishing

April 10, 2007

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Leading Edge Hydraulics improves tube cutting efficiencies with a high-speed cutter, plus integrated end forming for its fluid power tube manufacturing.

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Straining to understand bending?

April 10, 2007

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Before you can hydroform tube, you bend it. Then it springs back. You can compensate by overbending it, but first you have to predict the amount of springback.

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Roll form tooling design for air bending

April 10, 2007

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Several techniques are used commonly to reduce profile distortion when air bending with a roll former. These include small-radius forming, false bending, vertical side rolls, and angle side rolls.

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Coated stamping dies

Tooling coating extends die life, reduces die rework

April 10, 2007

Glacier Vandervell's Bearing Group, a division of Dana, manufactures bearing components—bushings and thrust washers—for the automotive industry. It uses about 40 alloys and encounters many abrasion problems in its stamping operations, especially those involving aluminum. Its die coatings were not satisfactory because the heat used to apply the coatings would cause many of its dies to warp. It switched to FortiPhy™, a coating provided by Phygen Inc., and the tools now warp less and last longer.

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Is metal roofing fabrication right for your shop?

April 10, 2007

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When deciding whether to produce roofing panels, you need to determine your ROI, based on if you can use existing equipment or need new equipment, the required panel appearance; possible line configuration; and material handling options.

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A recycled dream

April 10, 2007

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A Tennessee artist and welder uses scrap metal parts to create one-of-a-kind metal sculptures.

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Joining incompatible materials

April 10, 2007

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Certain metal combinations cannot be joined successfully with fusion welding. Deciding how to join them requires examining options, including potential material substitutions and process possibilities. This article discusses these options and offers a blueprint for the best solution.

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The costs of inefficiency

April 10, 2007

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To stay competitive, companies must be willing to invest both time and money to investigate whether or not their processes are as efficient as they should be. Those who do so can catch inefficiencies early in the process and make appropriate changes, saving money. Those who don't may unknowingly be performing redundant tasks that can add up over time.

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Turning a machine shop into a fabrication shop

April 10, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin traces the history of a machine shop-turned-fabricator. Founded in 1984 as Target Boring, the company changed from a machining shop to a fabrication shop when, in 1994, it purchased its first sheet and plate laser cutting system. Now named Target Laser & Machining Inc., it boasts three lasers for sheet and plate (two 2-D machines and one multiaxis machine) and one for cutting tube.

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U.S. Steel enters spiral welded tubular product agreement

April 4, 2007

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture with POSCO, a Republic of Korea steel producer, and SeAH Steel Corporation (SeAH), a...

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