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Pipelines to China

December 7, 2004

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Joe Shooshani was smoking a cigarette outside Hall 4 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). He had traveled from Los Angeles where he owns Bobco Metals, a metals service center offering a range of services, including forming, bending, welding, and fabricating. Shooshani was in...

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Forming advanced metals

December 7, 2004

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The demand for lightweight components continues to be a primary driver in the automotive industry.

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Growing interest in a growing market

December 7, 2004

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Although India had a heavily socialist economy for much of the past few decades, the country has experienced remarkable growth since the opening of its economy in the early 1990s.

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Cams, cams, and more cams

December 7, 2004

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How do you choose a store-bought cam for your stamping operation? Hundreds of cam designs are available today from numerous suppliers. Choosing the one that best fits your needs, as well as your budget, sometimes can be very confusing.

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Finding simplicity and efficiency in servo press feeds

December 7, 2004

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Upon their debut in the 1960s, servo press feed systems were hailed as the technology for the future. They were recognized for their productivity advantages, a result of digital setups that quickly dialed in feed length and speed parameters, with controlled acceleration and deceleration rates, job...

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The evolution of automotive stamping

December 7, 2004

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Magna International is an excellent example of a supplier adapting to OEMs' demands for suppliers to increase their capabilities. Magna not only provides parts, but also currently assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee® in Graz, Austria.In August Magna announced plans to open a facility to assemble...

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Regaining flatness in stamped parts

December 7, 2004

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Of all the geometric tolerances that are difficult to achieve, flatness is one of the hardest. Most stampers probably would much rather try to make a complex-shaped, thin, high-strength steel deep-drawn part than hold a small-tolerance part requiring a tight flatness.Achieving part flatness is a...

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Preventive maintenance on sawing equipment

December 7, 2004

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Usually no more than 30 to 60 minutes are needed to do all of the necessary checks and maintenance on band saws. This is a small investment of time in relation to the cost savings that can be attained by maximizing the life of the machine and blade.

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High-performance coating helps stamper fight downtime

December 7, 2004

Depending on the severity of the application, some stamping dies require frequent reconditioning or recoating. However, some coating processes are done at such high temperatures that the dies become distorted and unuseable, requiring further regrinding. Omni Mfg. encountered this problem in stamping a heavy-duty hinge. It then discovered FortiPhy UltraEndurance™ from Phygen Inc., which increased the hit count on its dies from 20,000 to 200,000 between recoatings. The coating is applied at a relatively low temperature, so distortion is not a factor.

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Racing against the clock

December 7, 2004

Prince Industries Inc., a contract manufacturer of CNC machined components, branched out into CNC fabricated components several years ago when it purchased two turret punch presses, a plasma machine, and a laser with manual loading and unloading. These machines were quickly overburdened with the growing workload, so the company sought a more modern laser with automated material handling.

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No job gains in manufacturing for third consecutive month

December 3, 2004

The 112,000 new U.S. jobs created in November included no manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing lost 5,000 jobs in November, the third month in a row of job decline for the sector.In releasing the...

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AK Steel announces carbon steel price increase

December 3, 2004

AK Steel has announced that it will increase base prices for all its carbon, flat-rolled steel products by $50 per ton, effective with shipments on and after Jan. 1. The increase applies to steel...

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Manzullo: Defense industrial base erosion threatens U.S. national security

December 2, 2004

House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) said that the continued erosion of the U.S. manufacturing sector eventually could hinder the U.S.'s ability to protect itself, and steps...

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Lincoln Electric appoints lead director

December 1, 2004

Lincoln Electric Holdings has announced that its board has modified its Corporate Governance Gudelines to provide for the annual appointment of a lead director to serve as a liaison between the...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 12

December 1, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the twelfth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about establishing a continuous improvement program."Continuous improvement," I grumbled. There are excellent books on this topic and I have read a...

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