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How important is roll forming lubrication compatibility?

September 25, 2003

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At first glance, it doesn't seem that the compatibility of the lubricant used in the roll forming process needs much attention. You'd better look again. It may surprise you that the chemical and physical properties of the roll forming lubricant leave fingerprints in at least six different areas of the operation.

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Budget cuts hit welding hard

September 25, 2003

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Bill Garner is outraged when he hears that Connecticut, where he teaches welding, would rather import welders than keep adult vocational education programs that train the state's own residents."I don't think that the people making this decision understand that welding is used in business today,"...

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Supporting the defense

September 25, 2003

United Defense's motto is Changing the future of defense™. One of its latest missions toward this goal was to introduce a direct diode laser into its Aberdeen, S.D., manufacturing facility.The company designs, develops, and produces combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns, missile launchers,...

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Making the most of hydroforming

September 25, 2003

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Hydroforming has become a competitive metal forming method and has succeeded in many applications because of its weight- and cost-saving attributes, elimination of joining operations, and ability to offer part design for confined spaces.

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The wrinkle-wiper for tube bends

September 25, 2003

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A wiper die is a piece of tooling used in tube bending that helps keep the bend from wrinkling. While there are many reasons and ways to use a wiper die in a tube bending maching, you should also know what types are available, their differences, and how to choose the right one for your application.

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Pour me a mandrel

September 25, 2003

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To reduce weight and cost for all types of products, design engineers often specify tubes and pipes with thinner walls instead of the previously used heavier-walled tubes and pipes. Shorter tube or pipe lengths also achieve the same objectives, but usually they require sharper or more complex bends. These designs make the tube bender's task more difficult.

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Stamping 101

September 25, 2003

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To promote real-world stamping training, the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) wanted to create a resource whereby stampers could receive a consistent, recognized, hands-on education on the industry's most current equipment.

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Choosing the proper steel to minimize abrasive adhesive tool wear

September 25, 2003

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The most disruptive type of failure in any tooling application is when the tool cracks. To prevent this type of failure in cold-work applications, it's important to select the correct steel.

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Hydraulic presses make their mark

September 25, 2003

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Just like hydraulics technology itself, the market for presses based on it is fluid and dynamic. And for the first time in a while, the tide may be turning in favor of its practitioners.As many manufacturers report prosperity and strong prospects for it in the near future, the hydraulic press...

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Agriculture equipment manufacturer cultivates productivity improvements with laser technology

September 25, 2003

Bourgault Industries specializes in seeding and tillage equipment, and other agricultural products including sprayers, grain carts, and heavy harrows. The company performs all fabrication involved in manufacturing the equipment from sheet or plate to finished product. It examined its operating costs and found that setup times in several parts factored significantly in the overall cost of the part.

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Roll formers look for a win

September 25, 2003

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Many systems enable users to download a DXF drawing directly into the roll forming line's computer.Not everyone can be the New York Yankees, or even the roll forming version—especially in today's economic climate.It would be nice, though. The Bronx Bombers have used a fat wallet and keen scouting...

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Protecting yourself from gases and fumes

September 25, 2003

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Welding gases, fumes, and smoke can cause both short-term and long-term health hazards for welders. Presented here are 10 ways to help ensure welders are kept safe.

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The Gates: remembering 9-11

September 10, 2003

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Two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, most people's lives have returned to some degree of normalcy, but what happened on that day will never be forgotten. For one metal sculptor, remembering has become a crusade to create from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center a lasting memorial of the tragic event and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Exposure to metalworking fluids

September 10, 2003

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In 1993, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take emergency regulatory action to protect workers from the risks of occupational cancers and respiratory illnesses due to exposure to metalworking fluids (MWFs). Bureaucratic wheels turn slowly.

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John Henry's last challenge or a Rube Goldberg device?

September 10, 2003

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Picking the right press brake has never been an easy task and it continues to get harder all the time. New hydraulic systems offer unbelievable control and sophisticated hydraulic valving that were unimaginable just a few short years ago.

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