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Six Sigma methodology to improve ship and boat welding

August 10, 2004

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Nowhere in manufacturing is the axiom "Do the job right the first time" more true than in a shipyard's welding operation. The welding process must be optimized for high productivity, yet maintain quality levels required by stringent welding standards. Even using the most fine-tuned process, a...

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Tips for welding preparation

August 10, 2004

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The increasing use of advanced equipment and applications (such as orbital welding for high-purity systems) requires better weld preparation. A thorough understanding of equipment, tool bits, and materials—including advanced alloys—helps to achieve better end prep.

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Preventive maintenance for hydraulic presses

August 10, 2004

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Ask 10 stampers what preventive maintenance is, and you'll probably get 10 different answers.Why? Because not all presses require the same maintenance.To keep all of your shop's equipment in good working condition, try developing and implementing a written routine preventive maintenance schedule.An...

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Tackling cutting and piercing problems in stamping operations

August 10, 2004

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Figure 1Poor cutting section designCutting problems, such as die sections breaking, slugs jamming and pulling, and burrs, are common stamping challenges. Many of these problems are caused by poor die design. Others are caused by poor maintenance techniques, improper setup, and poor scrap...

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Miter sawing adds eye appeal to structural steel

August 10, 2004

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As a structural steel fabricator, you may have operated a miter saw. The fact is, however, in many other shops the miter feature has rarely been used because, traditionally, most steel buildings—from the skyscraper to the humble warehouse—have been designed without miter cuts. Beam ends...

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Lean on it

August 10, 2004

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Mike Wriglesworth of W.W. Metal Fab, Milwaukie, Ore., is a convert. Lean manufacturing is his new religion.At least, that's what he and the 85 employees practice at work. With the encouragement and financial backing of one of its largest customers, truckmaker Freightliner LLC, and the Oregon...

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How to reduce press brake setup times

August 10, 2004

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Over the past several years the sheet metal fabrication industry has witnessed a number of technological advancements in both machines and tooling. Machines are now capable of punching, cutting, and bending faster and more accurately than previously imaginable.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 8

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the eighth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about communication among operator, machine, and management—the "work unit."I started to answer his question about how a piece of equipment...

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Job Burnout—Part 3

August 10, 2004

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This is the last in a series of articles about job burnout. Part Idiscussed the causes. Part IIcovered symptoms and solutions from an individual standpoint. It also included a test to help you determine where you are in terms of burnout.Job burnout is a complicated condition caused most often by...

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Four Canadian automotive fabricators and what drives their success

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: In an effort to offer a glimpse into some of the successful fabricating and manufacturing operations in the world, The FABRICATOR® offers this quick look at four Canadian companies.On a busy workday the machine shop at F&P Mfg. Inc., in the village of Tottenham, northwest of...

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Boosting band saw blade life

August 10, 2004

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Because intermittent cutting can be hard on blades, you should find ways to increase blade productivity for your environment. Several guidelines, such as selecting the right blade tooth size, breaking in the blades, and choosing the right blade for the job are ways to help improve the productivity of your band saw blade.

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U.S. manufacturing grows 14th consecutive month

August 6, 2004

U.S. economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in July for the 14th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 33rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in...

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ISG to expand Cleveland Works' operations

August 5, 2004

The board of directors of International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) has approved the company's Cleveland Works' expansion. The company will add an automotive-quality hot dip galvanizing line by converting...

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Small manufacturers overlooked in latest versions of tax relief bill

July 29, 2004

In an effort to fix legislation concerning export tax breaks that were ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the House and Senate have passed new versions of the bill. The new versions,...

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Mass layoffs, initial benefit claims down; manufacturing's shares lowest since June 1995

July 26, 2004

In June 2004, employers took 1,379 mass layoff actions, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of...

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