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Laser cutting with less labor and less hassle

June 12, 2007

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Can a four-man job shop keep up with the demands of its manufacturing customers? IMS, Shakopee, Minn., will make you think about that and give you reason to question other practices going on in your job shop.

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Vertical integration broadens company's horizons

June 12, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin visited Industrial Hard Chrome, a chrome plater that provides chrome-plated components for hydraulically powered equipment such as graders and backhoes. He traces the company's development from a plater that provided its services to the paper and pulp industry four decades ago to a plater and OEM with its own product line today.

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Recent developments in abrasive jet software

June 12, 2007

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Software is an integral part of a waterjet cutting system. Advances in controller software compensate for common jet cutting errors, such as lag, striations, taper, and kerf; offer improvements in cutting functions; and reduce the time it takes to produce parts

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Don't underestimate India

June 12, 2007

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TPA recently hosted a tour of eight tube and pipe producers and fabricators throughout India. Although the country is not advanced, this tour and a recent report by Goldman Sachs reveal where it stands and where it is likely to go in the near future. Its capabilities are modernizing and Goldman Sachs expects its economy to overtake the U.S. economy by 2050.

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Flexibility in the press shop

June 12, 2007

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To stay competitive, stampers must be prepared to run a variety of dies, many of which have been designed to run on customized and complex OEM equipment. In addition, stamping concepts tend to differ among the automotive OEMs. For the tier stamper, flexibility is key to surviving these fiercely competitive times.

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Tube fabricator, machine tool builder automates to accelerate

June 12, 2007

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Stealth Manufacturing Inc., Savage, Minn., is a tube fabricator, and machine tool builder that automated its tube punching, laser cutting, and material handling to improve the efficiency of manufacturing its gas heater tubes and other tubular products.

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Evaluating film lubricants for stamping

June 12, 2007

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The ERC/NSM conducted extensive deep-drawing tests to evaluate various dry film lubricants for several companies. Compared with other commonly used friction tests such as draw bead and twist compression tests, deep drawing emulates realistic friction conditions that exist in stamping operations in terms of the pressure and forming speed interface .

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Developing forming dies Part III

June 12, 2007

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Editor's Note: This is third installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Sawing? Cool it.

June 12, 2007

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Nearly every metal sawing operation can become more cost-effective with a properly mixed and maintained sawing coolant. Proper use of sawing coolant improves cutting rates by balancing the combination of cooling and lubrication of the blade. Quality coolant improves the cut finish and can extend blade life by as much as 20 percent.

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Welding ASTM A514 or A514M-05 steel?

June 12, 2007

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As manufacturers strive for lower costs and greater efficiencies, they tend to substitute high-strength materials for standard materials. One such high-strength material is ASTM A514/514M-05. Although it is not difficult to weld, joining it successfully requires paying close attention to the preheat temperature, interpass temperature, and filler metal.

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Bend process monitoring—small changes lead to big results

June 12, 2007

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Conventional quality control in tube bending operations usually means detecting the number of links on a tube bending mandrel. When such a system detects that a mandrel link is missing, it shuts down the system so personnel can discard the last bent tube and replace the mandrel. Unfortunately, the broken mandrel link usually is a symptom of a larger problem—one that may have produced poor-quality parts long before the mandrel broke.Another method, process variation monitoring, measures the tension on the mandrel and alerts the equipment operator when the tension changes. This lets the manufacturing personnel know that a problem is developing while it is still small and manageable.

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Protective welding sleeve introduced

June 12, 2007

Torch Wear® has introduced its X-Treme welding sleeve, featuring a three-layer design to provide protection.Applications for the sleeve include carbon-arc, sub-arc, spray-arc, and heavy-arc...

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Covered electrode welds nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloys

June 12, 2007

Arcos Industries LLC offers Arcos 1N12, a high-nickel covered electrode used to weld nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloys to themselves and to steel. It is also suitable for welding 5 and 9 percent...

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Press brake software facilitates part design, importation

June 12, 2007

SigmaTEK Systems LLC has added press brake software to its NC programming software lineup.With the software, a user can design a part from scratch or import it from any CAD software. The process then...

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Die protection module has up to 32 sensor inputs

June 12, 2007

Cieco Inc. now offers up to 32 sensor inputs for the die protection module of the Automator II press controller, twice as many as previously supplied. Each sensor can be programmed individually.Each...

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