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Tube talk

October 12, 2007

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I visited MG Products of Elkhart, Ind., on Wednesday and had a chance to chat with Mark George, the company"s founder and president. We talked about his company"s business and how the BLM Adige LT712D laser tube cutter it purchased in 2004 has helped to transform its machine shop into a fabrication...

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Fighting brain drain

October 10, 2007

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For years the term brain drain has been defined as "an emigration of trained and talented individuals (human capital) to other nations or jurisdictions, due to conflicts, lack of opportunity, health hazards where they are living, or other reasons." More recently, the term is being used to describe...

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AIDA expands North American facility

October 10, 2007

AIDA-America Corp, the AIDA Global Group's North American manufacturing facility for mechanical stamping presses, held a special event Oct. 2 to recognize three events. Community business leaders,...

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Stamping with third-generation dry-film lubricants

October 9, 2007

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A third-generation dry-film lubricants consist primarily of blends of various polar and low- to nonpolar plymers with different molecular weights. They are designed to form extremey thin, highly cohesive bonds to the metal surface. This article explains how they differ from previous generations of dry-film lubricants and presents several application examples.

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A new standard in forming bathtubs

October 9, 2007

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The main hurdle to automating American Standard's bathtub forming line in its Salem, Ohio, facility was integrating new material handling tools into the older press line.

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Nitrogen assist gas delivery

Achieving efficiency with occasional high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen use

October 9, 2007

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Several modes of nitrogen assist gas supply exist, but with choice comes the potential of saddling your business with overhead costs that make it difficult to compete. The best approach is to map out a growth strategy, using each option's performance and value, that coincides with monthly nitrogen usage.

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Successful automation isn't automatic

October 9, 2007

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As with so many other ventures in life, successfully implementing a laser automation system rests on one key practice: communication.

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Strategic sourcing for stampers

October 9, 2007

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Material is the largest cost component for stamping companies, but does not receive much management attention. An annual material buy program can help stamping plant managers make substantial cuts in their material costs and other costs associated with the purchasing department.

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Ridin the storm out

Ridin' the storm out

October 9, 2007

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While other automotive suppliers are struggling or going under, Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings established a lean program that merited a regional manufacturs' award and helped them grow 23 percent per year.

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Ridin' the storm out Part III

October 9, 2007

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Automotive Tier II supplier of ride control components Tennessee Stampings installed an 800-ton transfer press to get to get new business from European customers, and expanded its facility to accommodate the new press, as well as a new underground conveyor system.

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Stamping quality defects

Dissecting defects - Part I

October 9, 2007

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Editor's Note: This article is part of a three-part series. Part I categorizes defect types and discusses the factors that affect formed part quality; Part II covers various destructive and nondestructive tests for evaluating incoming material; and Part III is an introduction to process monitoring systems.

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Welding Teacher

Cure for the welder shortage

October 9, 2007

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What can be done to combat the skilled welder shortage? Longtime welding educator and inspector Tina Buchanan has some ideas that require cooperation among educational facilities at all levels, industry, and parents. Among her recommendations are restructuring educational programs, more industry involvement, and parental support of children's career interests.

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Rotary rocker benders

Die Basics 101: Part XVI

October 9, 2007

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Part XV of this series described several bending methods—wipe, coin, relief, pivot, and V. It also discussed springback and how to compensate for it when using these methods. This article focuses on other bending processes. Keep in mind that the key to success is to design the bending process so...

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Proportional mixer designed for single press

October 9, 2007

Industrial Innovations Inc. has added the Pro Mix I to its line of proportional mixers.Designed for manufacturers that mix and distribute lubrication to a single press, the mixer has dual 10-gal....

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High-nickel alloy intended for GTAW, GMAW, submerged arc welding

October 9, 2007

Arcos Industries LLC has introduced the bare-wire and covered-electrode versions of the Arcos 617 high-nickel alloy, used primarily to weld nickel-chromium-molybdenum base material and to join various...

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