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Welding's missing link

February 12, 2008

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Several years ago Ken Smith took a long, hard look at the country's welder shortage. The manager of training for Lorain County Community College's welding program in Elyria, Ohio, saw a need to tackle the issue at the source: education.Smith, together with representatives from the...

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GMAW 101: Setting the correct parameters

February 12, 2008

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Are you producing quality weld beads? If not, perhaps your parameters need tweaking. This article presents guidelines that can help you identify which parameters to adjust and how to adjust them. It also offers a good buddy-system tip for achieving correct settings.

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Projection welding for nut and bolt attachment

February 12, 2008

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Projection welding, also known as resistance fastener welding, is the most common method for nut and M- or T-thread bolt welding. This article examines recent experiments with projection welding of those components to various high-strength steel components.

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Getting the most from your cutting punches: Part I

February 12, 2008

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Selecting the right cutting clearance and tool for an application is among the challenges stampers face. Material properties and other factors influence this decision. Following some basic guidelines presented in this article can help you select or design the best tool for your needs.

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Innovative workholding streamlines welding at Vermeer

February 12, 2008

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Lean manufacturing drove equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corp. to organize weld cells for maximum productivity. In each cell, fixtures are placed within the welder's reach, and equipment is placed for optimal ergonomics.

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Specials simplify the complex, speed productivity

February 12, 2008

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Standardized press brake tooling, absolutely necessary for a lean organization, keeps a shop flexible, but at the same time, ignoring specials would be a big mistake. If their slightly longer setup times also lead to a drastic increase in throughput, special tools make good business sense.

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Nothing standard about this fab shop

February 12, 2008

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Rob Marelli left a family-owned metal fabricating company four years ago with the intention of doing things his way. Joined by a loyal group of managers and employees, he's found success at Seconn Fabrication. In the short time the company has been open, it has earned revenues of $9 million. And the company has done this by doing things other metal fabricating competitors aren't.

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Bench grinder safety scale facilitates OSHA, ANSI compliance

February 12, 2008

Danray Products LLC has introduced a bench grinder safety scale designed to check the openings between the grinding wheels and tongues and work rests for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.215, ANSI...

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Electrically heated tempering furnace features air-operated vertical lift door

February 12, 2008

The Grieve Corp.'s No. 837 is a 1,450-degree-F, electrically heated tempering furnace used for preheating prior to welding and for postwelding heat treatments.Measuring 60 in. by 60 in. by 60 in., the...

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Recyclable 900-lb. welding wire drum reduces downtime

February 12, 2008

Hobart Brothers has introduced a 900-lb. recyclable drum for metal-cored welding wire, intended to reduce downtime associated with drum changeovers. According to the manufacturer, the X-Pak drum...

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Press tonnage monitor can be field-configured for two-, four-channel monitoring

February 12, 2008

Toledo Integrated Systems has introduced the PWi PressWatch tonnage monitor, a full-featured monitor for press protection and quality control. The tonnage monitor can be field-configured for two- or...

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Circular saw blade developed for stainless steel

February 12, 2008

The M.K. Morse Co. has developed a new 14-in. Metal Devil circular saw blade for stainless steel.According to the manufacturer, the blade combines optimized tooth geometry, vibration dampening, and...

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Full-brim hard hat deflects falling objects

February 12, 2008

Fibre-Metal SUPEREIGHT® E1 full-brim hard hats from North Safety Products protect workers from rain, falling debris, and UV rays. The crown design deflects falling objects, and an eight-point...

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Respiratory system has long battery life

February 12, 2008

The Clean-Air Flow™ respiratory system from ArcOne® has a long battery life, quick-charging batteries, smart chargers, audible alarms for low battery and clogged filters, a strong blower...

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HEPA after module available for air filtration systems

February 12, 2008

Great Lakes Air Systems offers a HEPA after module for air filtration systems used in plasma and laser cutting applications, as well as in welding applications requiring stringent air quality...

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