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A closer look at self-piercing riveting

June 13, 2006

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Self-piercing riviting, an alternative sheet joining method, is being used more to join aluminum sheets. The finite element method can be employed to study the SPR process and joints, perhaps even leading to the elimination of physical testing of these mechanical joints.

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Cutting right to the point

June 13, 2006

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Experience and education are allowing metal fabricators to become more familiar with circular saw blades and the saw designed to run them. Choosing and applying the correct blade, along with proper maintenance, can provide an efficient method for a metal cutting operation.

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Implementing Press Automation

June 13, 2006

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To compete in a global market, all stampers need adapt their manufacturing processes. By mixing automation with electronic controls, job shops can increase output and exceed past manufacturing goals.

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What associations really do

June 13, 2006

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Ever wonder why associations exist—what purposes they serve and why people join them? This article explains just what an association is, traces the history of associations, and describes how these organizations benefit members and the general public.

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Poor Boy Blacksmith

June 13, 2006

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Generations ago blacksmiths served long apprenticeships and acquired the knowledge to make their own tools. Today blacksmithing often is pursued by untrained hobbyists who need economical tools. This article is about a seasoned blacksmith who uses his skills to make tools and then markets them using the latest technology.

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Fabricator puts the brake on bend inconsistency

June 13, 2006

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Well-known for agriculture, Nebraska also has a strong manufacturing base. OEMs include Kawasaki, Husqvarna, Eaton, Thermo King, Claas, and Case New Holland. Standard Iron & Wire, a Minnesota-based fabricator, opened a manufacturing facility in Grand Island, Neb., to take advantage of this fertile manufacturing environment. Chief among its concerns was finding a press brake that would produce accurate, consistent parts. It purchased two LVD press brakes with the company's adaptive bending technology.

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Job diversity through a waterjet

June 13, 2006

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Pacific Metal Cutting of Placentia, Calif., wasn't struggling when it bought its first waterjet in May 2004. After two years of waterjet ownership and the addition of a second table, the metal cutter is struggling to keep up with new business.

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Structured sheet metal

June 13, 2006

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Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a two-part series discussing structured sheet metal and different structuring processes. Part I compares various structuring processes. This column was prepared by Michael Mirtsch and Ajay Yadav of the Engineering Research Center for Net Shape...

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The regrind process for tube mill tooling

June 13, 2006

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Although most tube and pipe producers don't get too involved in the regrind process, it is crucial—reconditioning roll tooling can extend its useful life by 15 or 20 times. The regrind process reduces the producer's overall out-of-pocket tooling expenses, while helping to ensure the tooling continues to produce a consistent-quality product at the required speeds. A better understanding of the process, especially familiarity with the types of flaws that reconditioning can and cannot resolve, can go a long way toward a better working relationship between a tube and pipe producer and its regrind contractor.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 7

June 13, 2006

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Once you're ready to write your proposal, you must know all about the three basic types of solicitations and how to write your proposal based on what type of solicitation you're working with.

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Examining the finer points of 6010, 6011, and 7018

June 13, 2006

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Knowing which rods tend to do what in the field can save you time and make for better results when the job is through.

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Arcelor board votes to reject Mittal Steel's revised offer

June 12, 2006

Arcelor Board of Directors met June 11 and unanimously decided to reject Mittal Steel's current revised offer. The board also recommended that shareholders support the proposed merger with Severstal...

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Right on schedule

June 12, 2006

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QC Metal Fabricators of Elkhart, Ind., witnessed improved scheduling and shipping with the implementation of new job shop management software.

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Delphi, GM, UAW reach labor agreement

June 10, 2006

Delphi Corp. has announced significant progress in its discussions with the UAW and General Motors Corp., including a Supplemental Agreement with the UAW expanding existing retirement incentives and...

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Olympic Steel completes Tinsley Group – PS&W acquisition

June 5, 2006

Olympic Steel, Inc., a national steel service center, reported today that on June 2, 2006, it completed the purchase of Tinsley Group - PS&W, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Eliza Tinsley Group PLC,...

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