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Dangerous curves

June 8, 2004

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Provocative lines and innovative materials are the hallmarks of luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Cars Ltd.Jaguar has reaped the benefits of aluminum since 1922, when the company, then known as the Swallow Sidecar Co., designed sidecars out of lightweight aluminum panels. Since then the company has...

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Hydroforming tapered engineered tubes

June 8, 2004

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Hydroforming often results in localized thinning. Using engineered tubes€--tubes that have a thicker wall where the tube is most prone to thinning--”can result in a stronger finished component.

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Optimizing your hydraulic cutoff press

June 8, 2004

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It is accepted that, because tube production is a highly competitive industry, many tube producers stay up nights thinking of ways to increase output and improve quality with less labor. Three obvious strategies are to increase mill speed, minimize downtime, and eliminate secondary operations...

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Selecting a shielding gas for joining stainless steel

June 8, 2004

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The use of stainless steel has grown significantly over the past decade in North America. As its use has grown, so has the number of different consumables required to join it. Because stainless steels are used in applications that are different from carbon steels, it follows that their welding...

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Pumping up productivity on older press brakes

June 8, 2004

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You may be able to improve press brake productivity and eliminate bottlenecks with more advanced tooling, anti-deflection [crowning] systems, and clamping systems. Such advancements have made it possible to form a larger range of materials and part configurations with fewer tools than before.

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Plasma pleases plenty

June 8, 2004

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Technological developments in lasers are positioning them as an attractive alternative to plasma. But fabricators are still sticking with plasma cutting for many applications where speed and cost-effective operation are concerns.

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Gouging: The other plasma process

June 8, 2004

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Plasma gouging, although not necessarily as well-known as plasma cutting, is one of four methods of gouging that can be used for a variety of industrial applications. Different techniques bring about different results, depending on the application.

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The challenge of robotic welding aluminum

June 8, 2004

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Robotic gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of aluminum alloys has been an industry challenge for many years. Early attempts made to automate this process typically failed. The failure of early automated cells was associated with a lack of process experience or improper equipment selection. This failure...

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May ISM manufacturing report: New orders, production, employment grow; employment index highest since April 1973

June 3, 2004

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in May for the 12th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing Institute...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

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World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

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Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

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AISI: Steel imports up substantially; industry urges import monitoring

May 27, 2004

Based on preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported May 25 that the U. S. imported a total of 2,436,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April (up 0.3 percent...

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U.S. durable goods orders fell 2.9 percent in April; March's gain revised up to 5.7 percent

May 26, 2004

May 26, the U.S. Commerce Department said April's durable goods orders fell 2.9 percent, the largest decrease since a 6.0 percent decline in September 2002. However, March's gain was revised up again...

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Alcoa announces price increase on small diameter drawn seamless tubing

May 24, 2004

Alcoa Engineered Aerospace Products has announced a price increase for soft and hard alloy small diameter (under 0.750-in OD) drawn tube in both round and other than round product forms. Base prices...

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U.S. congresswoman Tubbs Jones says loss of Timken devastating to Ohio

May 21, 2004

May 20, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) joined the Ohio Democratic Delegation to draw attention to what she called President Bush's failed economic policies and how they continue to hurt...

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