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Wilson Tool honored as Manufacturer of the Year

April 18, 2007

Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, Minn., an independent tooling manufacturer for sheet metal fabrication, has been named Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance. The award is given...

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MG Systems & Welding appoints president, CEO

April 16, 2007

MG Systems & Welding Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis., has appointed Gary Norville as president and CEO.Norville has more than 34 years' experience in the cutting, welding, and gas industries. With more...

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ESAB, ABB enter welding automation agreement

April 12, 2007

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has signed an agreement with the Robotics Division of ABB Inc. to develop and market robotic welding packages and systems jointly.The agreement allows the two companies...

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Fuchs Lubricants receives innovation award

April 11, 2007

Fuchs Lubricants Co. was awarded the Precision Metalforming Association's Next Gen Innovation Award for the "Best New Materials" at the 2007 Metalform tradeshow in Chicago.Fuchs was recognized for the...

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HRB spot steel domestic prices strong; world export price slips

April 11, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for April 9 rose 1.3 percent to $630 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the fifth consecutive rise. The world export HRB...

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Roll Forming

Roll forming high-strength materials

April 10, 2007

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The use of high-strength materials is growing, and roll forming engineers and tooling designers who want to form this material successfully need to arm themselves with knowledge about these materials, their capabilities, and the limitations. Knowledge gained from press brake bending operations is useful in predicting how these metals will form on a roll forming line.

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Reducing scrap, inventory costs with coil optimization software

April 10, 2007

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Coil optimization software is a valuable tool that fabricators can use to attack the problems of high scrap and high inventory. It offers the ability to quickly and easily make sound decisions regarding the purchase and use of master coil sizes. By using computers and specialized optimization algorithms, fabricators can minimize manual selection of coil sizes.

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Neckpiece in silver and black pearls

Turning passion into profit

April 10, 2007

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Recent SCAD graduate David Creamer creates beautiful, unique jewelry, including pieces inspired by objects many might find anything but inspirational. This article discusses Creamer's views on materials and describes the process he used to create a provocative bracelet that represents societal elements.

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Hand spinning lathe

A new spin on metal forming

April 10, 2007

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Glenn Metalcraft Inc. started out as a tool and die shop in Minneapolis in 1947. Today it is an $8-million-a-year contract manufacturer that has created a niche in spin-forming circular and conical components up to 0.750 in. thick. Glenn has found a high-volume niche, producing wheels, brakes, and other components, using a process that traditionally was used almost exclusively for prototype and low-volume work.

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Welding austenitic stainless steel

April 10, 2007

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Joining austenitic stainless steel with GTAW can be tricky, but with a little preparation and care, it can be done successfully. The three main factors are having the right amount of heat input, travel speed, and a shielding gas.

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Bad weld image

First line of defense

April 10, 2007

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Good welders learn to inspect their own work, but welders are just one part in a long list of variables (and people) involved in ensuring quality welds. Thorough communication of the welding parameters, as well as proper training to carry out the design, can help welders achieve quality work and to reduce the number of rejected welds.

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Developing forming dies Part I

April 10, 2007

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Determining the best die geometry to produce multicontoured formed parts can be difficult. A full understanding of the drawing and stretching process is necessary, as well as a good understanding of all tooling factors to make complex geometries.

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Selling your company?

April 10, 2007

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If you own a midsized company, one valued at $2 million to $250 million, and you're thinking about selling, you should consider hiring a financial adviser to guide you through the process. This is likely to be the biggest and most important business transaction of your career, so finding an adviser who understands you, your business, and your industry is key in negotiating the best price.

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A guide to fabric slitting line tension rolls

April 10, 2007

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Coil processors have several choices in the rolls they use to put tension on the coil. One of these choices is a pair of nonwoven rolls. They act like sponges in that they remove lubricants, dirt, and metal fines from the metal. Understanding how nonwoven rolls are constructed and how they work can help coil processors extend their service life.

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Die Basics 101: Part XIII

April 10, 2007

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Figure 1 Pinch trimming die design Various specialty metal cutting methods are used in stamping operations. Among them are pinch, breakout, and shimmy. Pinch Trimming Pinch trimming is a special method in which the vertical walls of a drawn or stretched vessel are cut by pinching...

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