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Aluminum pipe pioneer streamlines tube mill welding

October 10, 2006

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When Hastings Irrigation Pipe Co., a manufacturer of aluminum pipe, needed to replace its decades-old welding power supplies, it looked for units that could weld a variety of thicknesses at fast welding speeds. What it found were power supplies that allowed the company to run its mills faster and save money in several ways.

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Transfer technology

October 10, 2006

Venest Industries, an automotive parts supplier based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, needed an automated transfer system that could be parked away from the machine bed during progressive operations and die changes, so that new dies could be delivered to the press via an overhead crane.

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Die Basics 101

October 10, 2006

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Editor's Note: "Die Basics 101" is a 17-part article.

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French tube fabricator meets volume increase with orbital welding

October 10, 2006

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CMI Enterprise is a 107-person fabricating shop located in the scenic region of Saint Sylvain D'Anjou, France, serving the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and chemical industries. CMI began experiencing growing pains. For the process equipment and heat exchanger projects, CMI selected orbital welding equipment from Polysoude [U.S. division is Astro Arc Polysoude Inc.]. to increase productivity rates. A welder can make more welds per day because the weld presents a regular geometry without overlay, and requires no secondary operations, such as grinding or cleaning.

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Flushing out four-letter words: rust, dirt, and wear - TheFabricator

Flushing out four-letter words: rust, dirt, and wear (Part I)

October 10, 2006

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Rust, wear, and dirt cost tube fabricators and producers millions of dollars annually, and they can be the bane of tube processes. Analyzing the criteria for selecting the lubricant, cleaner, and rust preventative can help provide maximum protection.

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ESAB North America appoints president

October 9, 2006

ESAB Welding & Cutting products has announced that Del Tanner, chairman and CEO of Anderson Group Inc. (AGI) has assumed the role and responsibilities of president of ESAB North America in addition...

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Ryerson acquires Lancaster Steel

October 5, 2006

Ryerson Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Inc. has acquired Lancaster Steel Service Co. Inc., a metals service center company based in upstate New York....

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Major automotive companies ask ITC to end steel duties

October 5, 2006

In an unprecedented move underscoring their serious concern over access to competitively priced steel, the six largest automobile companies with manufacturing facilities in the United States today...

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AK Steel announces November electrical, stainless surcharges

October 4, 2006

AK Steel has advised its customers that a $190 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in November 2006. November 2006 surcharges for the stainless steel...

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FABTECH/AWS show organizers to hold drawing for NASCAR tickets

October 4, 2006

The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show organizers—Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA); Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); and American Welding Society...

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Setting up progressive dies - Part I

October 3, 2006

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Editor's Note: "Setting Up Progressive Dies" is a two-part article. Part I discusses press and die cleanness, die alignment, clamping procedures, and preliminary shut height calibration. Part II discusses the process for getting metal into the die, setting the pitch, feed release, and other factors...

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Bystronic announces North American appointments

October 3, 2006

Bystronic has announced several new appointments to its Strategic Management Team.James Johnson has been named vice president, sales and is responsible for all sales and distribution activities within...

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Warm forming magnesium, aluminum tubes

October 3, 2006

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Research shows that in forming lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium alloys, the formability increases as the temperature increases, especially in the range from 200 degrees C to 300 degrees C (392 degrees F to 572 degrees F).1-5 The Center for Precision Forming (CPF, formerly...

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Entering a new phase in weld inspection

October 3, 2006

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Reliable and consistent weld inspection is a significant part of any weld quality assurance program. One type of weld inspection used over the last several decades employs ultrasonics.

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Aluminum Workshop: The best filler wire for welding 6061-T6 aluminum

October 3, 2006

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Q: Which filler wire is best for welding 6061-T6 aluminum, 5356 or 4043?A: Both are acceptable for welding 6061-T6, but each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the application.An aluminum alloy containing 5 percent magnesium, 5356 generally is stronger and more ductile than 4043. But...

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