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Rotary punching revisited

August 6, 2009

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New ways to increase production, reduce labor costs, and maximize floor space may be found by revisiting a 50-year old technology—rotary punching. Many part features and patterns can be punched and formed using pull-through rotary units at up to 300 feet per minute(FPM) in materials as thick as 1/16 inch. In addition, cam technology allows rotary punching and forming of material thicknesses up to 0.105 in. (12 gauge). Servo drives empower line speeds as fast as 650 (FPM).

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What have you done for us lately?

August 5, 2009

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Manufacturers are mad as Hades and speaking out about what they believe to be the lack of support from the Obama Administration.Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), said he has yet to see "anything remotely resembling a policy" from...

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Manufacturing technology producers greet recent economic news with cautious optimism

August 5, 2009

According to a statement issued Aug. 4 by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), manufacturing technology suppliers reacted with cautious optimism over reports that Ford posted the first...

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Troubleshooting OCTG threading: Part I

August 5, 2009

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High production threading of tube and pipe for use by the petroleum industry is accomplished using either mechanically actuated or digitally controlled, carbide tooled machines. The most effective way to deal with residual stress is to full body anneal each tube prior to machining; however, this may not be economically possible. One alternative is to limit the amount of energy that the tube is subjected to during machining. An examination of the cutting tools that are used to produce threaded product will reveal how the shape of the insert may affect the deformation of the tube.

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Employee training, renovations ready Chicago Assembly Plant for new Ford Taurus production

August 4, 2009

Ford Motor Co. is celebrating production of the all-new 2010 ford Taurus in the historic Chicago Assembly Plant, which has been retooled to build the sedan. Ford invested more than $130 million in the...

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Tooling producer updates, automates processes

August 4, 2009

Situation Addison Machine Engineering, a manufacturer of tube and pipe mills and tooling, found itself struggling to retain new customers and satisfy existing ones. Although the company was long on experience and embraced current technologies, the company had difficulty in expanding its market...

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ISM: New orders, production growing; employment, inventories contracting

August 3, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in July for the 18th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the third consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives...

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Die Science: 'Bad' steel — the ultimate scapegoat

August 1, 2009

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It seems like every time there is a problem making a good part, the steel is blamed. Often the root problem is the process used to cut and form the steel — the combination of the die, the press, and the lubricant.

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Saying 'yes' when others can't

August 1, 2009

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IMEC, a small job shop in southwest Missouri, invests in automation not necessarily to increase capacity, but to increase flexibility.

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Stick welding: Tips for top performance

August 1, 2009

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A beginning stick welder can produce better welds by paying attention to the five basic elements to establish a good, consistent technique: current setting, length of the arc, angle of electrode,manipulation of electrode, and speed of travel.

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Beginning the lean manufacturing journey

August 1, 2009

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LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.

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KO'ing keystrokes

August 1, 2009

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A transformer manufacturer completely automates folding machine programming.

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To think 'in tube'

August 1, 2009

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A tube laser spurs a shop to think about design and metal fabrication in a new way.

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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009

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Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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Bending nonround tubing

August 1, 2009

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While bending round tube and pipe involves many variables and challenges, the difficulties in bending nonround shapes are more numerous and complicated. Among the most common shapes are square, rectangular, and oval (elliptical and flat-sided). None react to the bending force in the same way that round shapes do, so understanding how the material reacts is the first step in learning about bending nonrounds.

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