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If you don't measure it, you can't improve it

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

At Impulse Manufacturing, operators double as quality assurance personnel. The company tracks efficiency and quality via an innovative Web-based shop-management system. The company's mantra: If you don't measure it, you can't improve it.

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How to make grinding safer and more productive

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

When it comes to grinding, a more productive worker is often a safer worker, if given the right tools and training.

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Noting advances in powder coating

April 1, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Customers are asking their metal fabricating suppliers to assume more production responsibilities as they look to reduce the size their vendor bases. As a result, more fabricators are becoming involved in powder coating, either doing it themselves or coordinating the finishing process with a nearby custom coater. Of course, metal fabricators are first and foremost in the business of cutting, forming, and joining metal, but they still need to stay on top of the latest developments in powder coating.

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Welding thin with GMAW

April 1, 2010 | By Wesley Doneth

A unique method of metal transfer allows gas metal arc welding to tackle thin-gauge and cosmetically sensitive workpieces.

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Pulsed GTAW for stainless steel

April 1, 2010 | By Kirk Webb, Mark Kadlec, Brad Hemmert

Some welders swear that stainless steel warps if you just look at it wrong. This is an exaggeration, but it does reflect the metal's low rate of thermal conductivity, which causes the input heat to remain localized; localized heating and cooling promotes distortion. Adding more heat doesn't...

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Selecting the right mandrel and wiper

April 1, 2010 | By William Q. Tingley III

Tube bender operators could rely on complex mathematical formulas and rules of thumb, but it’s much quicker to use a tooling chart. This sort of chart lists the two main bending criteria, D of bend and wall factor, on the X and Y axis, respectively. However, these charts have just two axes, and usually are based on bending mild steel to 180 degrees. Tube bending comprises many more variables, materials, and bend angles. Knowing how to make adjustments to compensate for additional factors is critical for successful bending.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part IV

April 1, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

When it comes to providing exact details for the bill of materials for a 3-D design job, columnist Gerald Davis provides some pointers to help speed up the project.

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ERP and the cloud

April 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

The concepts of cloud computing, or software as a service (SaaS), show their mettle at one automotive metal stamper. The stamper is in the middle of a growth spurt, and is proof that companies can find success in the changing automotive market.

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A safer way to bend bar stock in a press brake

April 1, 2010 | By Daniel Vogt

The lack of communication about metal fabricating practices and formal documentation of those processes is a real shame. Metal fabricators may be engaging in shop floor practices that just don't make sense from an efficiency and safety standpoint, and they may not be willing to change if allowed to use these processes over an extended period of time. Metal fabricating he was left alone on the shop floor and how that led him to develop a better way to bend bar stock in a press brake

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Toyota's failure to communicate-a lesson for us all

March 31, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Cousin Roy called last night. We chatted about family, weather, and work — the usual topics of conversation. Roy's two brothers died last year, a few months apart — very sad news. Roy works for a Toyota dealership in Kentucky. More sad news. Or maybe not. Roy said that he's sold 25 cars this...

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Retaining heads upgraded

March 30, 2010

Tregaskiss has upgraded the design of its TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads. At no additional cost to its customers, the TOUGH LOCK Retaining Heads now feature the company's dual taper technology—a second rear taper between the gooseneck and the contact tip. This design further improves electrical...

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GMAW guns enhanced with new look, more flexibility

March 30, 2010

Tregaskiss has brought a new look and more flexibility to its line of TGX™ Semi-Automatic GMAW Guns—at no additional charge. Designed for light- to medium-duty welding applications, the following TGX guns are available: XL 400 amp, XL300 amp, XS 300 amp, XS 260 amp, and XS 180 amp....

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Metal wire offers high-impact strength at low temperatures

March 30, 2010

As a complement to its Fabshield® XLR-8™ all-position welding wire, Hobart Brothers now offers the Fabshield XLNT-6™ self-shielded flux-cored wire for flat and horizontal welding applications that require impact toughness properties. Designed for use on structural steel weldments...

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Metal-cored welding wire designed for high-volume robotic welding applications

March 30, 2010

Hobart Brothers has developed a metal-cored welding wire designed to maximize performance and increase productivity on high-volume robotic welding applications, especially those for heavy equipment manufacturing. The new Matrix&trade wire from the company's Tri-Mark® brand is a proprietarily...

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Flex-neck torches offer improved joint access

March 30, 2010

To help provide better joint access, Weldcraft offers several GTAW torches with flex-neck designs. The company's WP-9, WP-17 and WP-26 Series of air-cooled torches all feature an optional 'F' or flex-neck model (e.g. WP-17F) for welding applications with limited joint access and/or difficult joint...

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