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Measuring Lubricants' Impact on Metal Formability

February 27, 2003

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Today more than ever, the metal forming industry is economically challenged. Everyone is scrambling to find new ways to lower process costs without sacrificing quality. In the case of metal formability, a lot is at stake. With metal prices and operating overhead continuing to rise, any downtime or wasted material significantly impacts the bottom line.

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CPR for your old CNC bender

February 27, 2003

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In the 1980s, when CNC machinery evolved, tube fabricators made the transition from manually forming each part to allowing a machine to form the parts unassisted. Now in the age of Windows®-based computers and brushless electric servo drives, these machines can seem like relics. But don't take them to the scrap heap just yet.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 3

February 27, 2003

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You've done some deep soul-searching and have a good understanding of why you're unhappy with your job. Now it's time to take charge of your future, to improve your work life and the quality of your life in general.

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Designing a stamping press for safety

February 27, 2003

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The design of every machine, no matter how simple or complex, requires attention to operator safety

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 4

February 13, 2003

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The best way to eliminate defects in coil shape is to buy prime material. What you get out of any leveler, flattener, or tension leveler is affected by the flatness of the material you put into it.

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Forget the ides of March, beware the forklift

February 13, 2003

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Each year in the U.S. nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents. Workers who operate or work near forklifts may be struck or crushed by the machine or the load being lifted. Most fatalities occur when a forklift that has overturned or fallen from a loading dock crushes a worker.

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How air forming works

February 13, 2003

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Air forming began its rise in popularity during the mid- to late 1970s, becoming the most prevalent method of forming on a press brake.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 2

February 13, 2003

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Something's very wrong. You approach each workday with dread. The ringing of the alarm clock is joined by your groans as you realize that you're heading out for another day on the job. You live for quitting time on Friday and begin the transition to depression mode on Sunday afternoon.

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Why use sheet hydroforming dies?

February 13, 2003

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Most automobile manufacturers have looked for alternatives to the steel traditionally used in car production; hence, the introduction of high-strength steel.

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Aluminum stands tall as a structural metal—Part 2

February 13, 2003

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Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part article. Part I covers the properties, characteristics, and applications of aluminum as a structural metal. Part II explores the use of structural aluminum in the design of the U.S. Botanic Garden's conservatory in Washington, D.C.

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Controlling the costs of conflict

January 16, 2003

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Success in business depends on several issues, a key one being cost control. Yet many business people are oblivious to the negative impact that the costs of conflict can have on their bottom line. Many even think that they need not be concerned about conflict costs because, for instance, they don't have to deal with unionized labor.

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Tier 1 supplier turns auto industry requirement into opportunity

January 16, 2003

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With 50 years of metal stamping expertise under its belt, Speciality Stampings LLC, Adel, Ga., has established itself as a first-, second-, and third-tier supplier to the automotive industry. The manufacturer, QS-9000- and ISO 9002-certified, specializes in metal stamping, roll forming, assembly, and powder painting.

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KNOWLEDGE: The key to welding productivity?

January 16, 2003

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In the year 2000 manufacturing, construction, and mining industries had $34.1 billion worth of welding-related expenses. At the same time more than a half million people in the U.S. had welding-related jobs -- and that's not counting self-employed and nonproduction welders.

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Combating tool wear with coating

January 16, 2003

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Modern toolmaking methods and materials have reduced production time, cost, and headaches significantly over the last 20 years. But the rapid pace of the tooling revolution, coupled with extremely complex manufacturing technology, has left many people confused and misinformed.

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Instant Lube: The basics of automatic lubricating systems for overhead conveyors

January 16, 2003

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Less than half of the overhead conveyors stampers use have automatic lubrication systems.

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