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Lockheed Martin team constructing new combat ship

February 8, 2005

The Lockheed Martin team cut steel for the U.S.'s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) early this month, marking the start of fabrication at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. The team will deliver the...

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Aluminum USA 2005 to stress innovation

February 8, 2005

The biennial Aluminum USA 2005 Show and Conference will take place at Chicago's McCormick Place Complex on March 7–:10, 2005, under the theme "World-Beating Manufacturing Through Aluminum...

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part VII: Holes

February 8, 2005

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When making holes in hydroformed parts, fabricators have many choices—milling, drilling, laser cutting, plasma cutting, flow drilling, post-piercing, and hydropiercing.

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Solving pierce punch breaking and chipping problems

February 8, 2005

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Figure 1Having a pierce or perforating punch chip, or worse yet break, can cause severe die damage. It also can result in nonconforming parts because of burrs or undersize holes. Broken punch pieces can fall into the die and crush pads, as well as forming and cutting sections. This article...

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Keeping employees well and health care costs down

February 8, 2005

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Health care costs have skyrocketed. While the medical community, insurance companies, and politicians address the issue, each group jockeying for the position that best serves their interests, employers are having to make serious decisions about whether they can continue to provide employee...

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Safety faux pas

February 8, 2005

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Figure 1 No Triggering Device Protection In the more than 25 years that I've been in the precision sheet metal trade, I have seen many examples of safety faux pas. Most were mistakes and oversights committed because of inattentiveness, lack of training, and inexperience. However,...

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Sensors help stamper get firmer foothold in motorcycle part fabrication

February 8, 2005

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When stamper Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, Wis., ventured upon an opportunity to produce a unique and challenging project for one of its customers, a well-known U.S. motorcycle manufacturer, the company jumped on it and put the pedal to the metal. The road to success, however, would...

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Manufacturing more efficiently south of the border

February 8, 2005

Manufacturing requires reliability and service, as John Deere Mexico found out when it researched an upgrade for manufacturing equipment. The company invested in a punch-laser combination machine and a press brake to help become a just-in-time manufacturer.

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10 frequently asked GTAW questions

February 8, 2005

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Experienced welders know that without the right information, it's easy to sacrifice quality, lose time, and generally become frustrated with gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). And while there is merit in learning by trial and error, if you want to move toward precision GTAW, getting answers to 10...

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FMA goes to China

February 8, 2005

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Two weeks after the first FMA China Tour group returned to the U.S., news broke that IBM had entered into talks to sell its PC business to China's largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo. That news came as no surprise to tour participants.

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Platform consolidation gradually erodes supplier business

February 8, 2005

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The Big Three are in the midst of a decades long process— platform consolidation. While it will make them more cost-competitive with the Japanese automakers, it also will take away business from tooling and stamping suppliers.

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The real issues behind hydraulic press upgrades:

February 8, 2005

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Upgrading any piece of machinery can produce anxious headaches. Often we cause our own headaches by failing truly to justify the reasons to upgrade, choosing instead simply to answer the question, "Can we afford to spend the money?"Answering that question is really easy. Either the money's...

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Japanese steel industry welcomes end to dumping case

February 7, 2005

"The Japanese steel industry is gratified that the U.S. steel industry has chosen not to appeal the decision of the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) uupholding the March 2000 determination of...

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Fuel cell useful links

February 7, 2005

Here are some sources for manufacturing projects related to alternative energies:1. Hydrogen Fuel CellFuelCell Energy Co. - www.fce.com/site/products/manufacturing.htmlUnited Technologies - www.utcpower.comElectroChem, Inc. - www.fuelcell.comGas Technology Institute - www.gastechnology.orgATI...

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Manufacturing employment declined in January

February 4, 2005

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 146,000 in January and the unemployment rate decreased to 5.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Job growth...

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