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Straining to understand bending?

April 10, 2007

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Before you can hydroform tube, you bend it. Then it springs back. You can compensate by overbending it, but first you have to predict the amount of springback.

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Roll form tooling design for air bending

April 10, 2007

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Several techniques are used commonly to reduce profile distortion when air bending with a roll former. These include small-radius forming, false bending, vertical side rolls, and angle side rolls.

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Coated stamping dies

Tooling coating extends die life, reduces die rework

April 10, 2007

Glacier Vandervell's Bearing Group, a division of Dana, manufactures bearing components—bushings and thrust washers—for the automotive industry. It uses about 40 alloys and encounters many abrasion problems in its stamping operations, especially those involving aluminum. Its die coatings were not satisfactory because the heat used to apply the coatings would cause many of its dies to warp. It switched to FortiPhy™, a coating provided by Phygen Inc., and the tools now warp less and last longer.

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Is metal roofing fabrication right for your shop?

April 10, 2007

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When deciding whether to produce roofing panels, you need to determine your ROI, based on if you can use existing equipment or need new equipment, the required panel appearance; possible line configuration; and material handling options.

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A recycled dream

April 10, 2007

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A Tennessee artist and welder uses scrap metal parts to create one-of-a-kind metal sculptures.

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Joining incompatible materials

April 10, 2007

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Certain metal combinations cannot be joined successfully with fusion welding. Deciding how to join them requires examining options, including potential material substitutions and process possibilities. This article discusses these options and offers a blueprint for the best solution.

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The costs of inefficiency

April 10, 2007

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To stay competitive, companies must be willing to invest both time and money to investigate whether or not their processes are as efficient as they should be. Those who do so can catch inefficiencies early in the process and make appropriate changes, saving money. Those who don't may unknowingly be performing redundant tasks that can add up over time.

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Turning a machine shop into a fabrication shop

April 10, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin traces the history of a machine shop-turned-fabricator. Founded in 1984 as Target Boring, the company changed from a machining shop to a fabrication shop when, in 1994, it purchased its first sheet and plate laser cutting system. Now named Target Laser & Machining Inc., it boasts three lasers for sheet and plate (two 2-D machines and one multiaxis machine) and one for cutting tube.

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U.S. Steel enters spiral welded tubular product agreement

April 4, 2007

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture with POSCO, a Republic of Korea steel producer, and SeAH Steel Corporation (SeAH), a...

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U.S. Steel to acquire Lone Star Technologies

March 29, 2007

United States Steel Corp. and Lone Star Technologies Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which U. S. Steel will acquire Lone Star, a manufacturer of welded...

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Schuler and Mller Weingarten to merge

March 29, 2007

Schuler AG has announced that it is taking over Mller Weingarten AG and merging the two firms. Mller Weingarten management will play a supportive and constructive role in this process.In the first...

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HRB spot steel price rise continues mixed

March 28, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for March 26 rose 1.8 percent to $622 per ton, FOB the mill for the fourth consecutive rise. The world export HRB price...

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TRUMPF receives innovation prize

March 22, 2007

TRUMPF Inc. has received a Connecticut Quality Improvement Award silver level Innovation Prize. The award recognizes the company for its SYNCHRO production of the TruLaser 2025, an blend of laser...

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Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel announces raw materials surcharge

March 21, 2007

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. has announced that, effective April 1, 2007, it will institute a $53 per ton raw materials surcharge on orders scheduled for April shipment."The continued volatility of...

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Metal forming companies expect slight downturn

March 20, 2007

Metal forming companies expect a slight downturn in business conditions during the next three months, according to the March 1, 2007, Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions...

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