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Measure it, graph it, control it

October 9, 2007

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Statistical process control (SPC) often is used to reduce the number of manufacturing defects. However, it has other uses also. It can serve to increase productivity and therefore improve a company's profitability. Statistical tools and Pareto diagrams can help you to track manufacturing problems and put you on the trail to finding their causes.

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Orbitally welded stainless steel

Orbital welding of stainless steel pipe for water systems

October 9, 2007

Needing to provide a product line with standard, repeatable, and interchangeable components, American Water Technology, a manufacturer of water treatment systems, integrated stainless steel tubing and orbital welding.

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Programmable lubricant application accelerates stamper's die changes

October 9, 2007

Red Rock Stamping, Chandler, AZ, airbag and seatbelt components manufacturer, looked for ways to improve its die change processes to handle the anticipated business volume increases. A lot of cleanup had been required around the machines as a result of the lubrication system. By installing a new fluid application system by UNIST, the stamper gained more control over the spray volumes and locations and reduced die change times. Fluid disposal was eliminated as well.

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Clean straightening head

For flawless cosmetic finish, start at the head

October 9, 2007

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Stamping cosmetic parts in coil feed lines can be challenging. Cleaning the coil feeding head properly can eliminate waste or scrapped parts caused by debris and contamination.

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Retrofit Rxfor automaker's aging press

October 9, 2007

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An automotive OEM's 4,000-ton transfer press produces parts with difficult draws, such as pickup door panels, in the 1,600-ton first station. Facing problems finding obsolete parts for repair and also considering crucial performance requirements in that first drawing operation, the automaker had Schuler Inc. upgrade the press with a modular hydraulic bed cushion.

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Deteriorating Bridge

Rebuilding the infrastructure
Skilled workers must be trained now

October 9, 2007

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Recent news, such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse, confirms that the nation's aging infrastructure needs an overhaul. New materials will help make bridges and other structures stronger, but finding the work force to build them won't be an easy task. The state of West Virginia is launching an initiative that may speed up worker training.

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Fabricating: Employment or enjoyment?

October 9, 2007

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Robert Warnett didn't take many vocational classes in school, never spent much time reading about welding or fabricating, and never had a job in a shop. However, he made quite a few friends in the fabricating industry and made a hobby out of fabricating. Being a hands-on type of guy, he has capitalized on the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years to do something that many people only dream about doing. He builds custom motorcycles.

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Sub-assembly parts

New lube gives the slip to stamper's slips, trips, and falls

October 9, 2007

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KI USA, a division of KI Japan, stamps and produces sub-assembly parts for Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and other "transplant" automotive OEMs. The stamper wanted to improve plant safety by reducing incidents of slips and falls. Petroleum-based stamping lubricants that had been used created a slippery environment at the press and other sites. Changing the stamping lubricant system to a synthetic lubricant from MS Fluid Technologies not only improved plant safety and appearance, it produced cost savings and reduced the plant's impact upon the environment.

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Adhesive Galling

Finding, addressing the root cause of die galling failures

October 9, 2007

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There is no best tool steel type, coating, or way of keeping the punches from breaking. The best solution for each of these problems can be found by collecting specific data with respect to why each of the problems occurs

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San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Dealing with Mother Nature's wrath

October 9, 2007

Protecting a two-mile-long, 10-lane bridge from earthquake damage is not an easy task. Replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge requires the talent and time of numerous design firms and fabricators and tens of thousands of workers. One of the more interesting fabrication...

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The evolution of scanners for remote welding applications

October 9, 2007

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Remote laser welding operations, many of which rely on a laser scanner to deflect the beam to the weld area, require high-beam-quality lasers. Years ago this meant that they were used only with high-power CO2 lasers. As the beam quality of Nd:YAG, disk, and fiber-optic lasers have improved, these lasers also have become suitable for remote welding, allowing the scanners to be smaller and faster.

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Road trip

October 3, 2007

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in North-metro Atlanta. Not a cloud in the sky. Pleasant temperatures. A perfect day for a road trip to visit a company that will be profiled in an upcoming article on thefabricator.com.I printed out directions from Google Maps, climbed in my Jeep (the one that metal...

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TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada

October 3, 2007

Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture.AFM, under the...

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Another trade milestone

October 2, 2007

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I received a press release recently about the U.S."s trade deficit relative to China. It announced that during the George W. Bush years the total merchandise deficit has exceeded $1 trillion.Now that"s a stunning statistic. Not to sidestep this bit of data or downplay the importance of it, but it...

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Flow International ranked in Deloitte's Fast 50 Program

October 1, 2007

Flow International Corp., a developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology, has been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program for Washington State, a ranking of the...

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