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Protecting dies against press system faults

May 30, 2001

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The need for die protection has existed ever since the first die was produced. The most elementary form of protection has always been an alert, dependable operator. However, an operator cannot always react to a problem before it damages a die.

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The evolution of coatings with low levels of volatile organic compounds: Where the industry stands in its quest for zero VOC

May 30, 2001

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A lot of advancements have been made in liquid coatings over the past 30 years toward the ultimate goal of zero-volatile-organic-compound paints. Anyone having to meet environmental regulations could benefit from knowing what has been done and what is brewing in the industry.

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Abrasive control factors for mass finishing systems

May 30, 2001

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The article circulates around the different media styles for mass finishing systems, discussing the cost, weight, and ability of each style. The styles discussed are divided into several areas: Random versus preform shapes; ceramic versus plastic; spherical shapes versus angular shapes versus hybrids; and dry finishing options versus wet options.

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Discovering the limits of press brake tooling

May 30, 2001

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One of the most important aspects of press brake forming is tooling selection. What are the tools capable of? What kinds of loads can they withstand?

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In Human Terms—The value of engaging the workforce

May 30, 2001

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Building trust with employees, listening to them, and spending time face-to-face with them helps managers in little critical ways they never may have imagined.

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Skelp edge preparation for manufacturing ERW pipe

May 30, 2001

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Preparing the edge of a metal strip properly before it enters an electric resistance welding tube mill makes a huge difference in the quality of the final product. Make sure your prep methods match your quality requirements.

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Exploring the welded tube making process: The basics for fabricators

May 30, 2001

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This article is aimed not at tube producers, but at fabricators of tubing, to provide an overview of the process.

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Minimizing knife deflections in coil slitting

May 30, 2001

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When it is time to buy new rotary knives for your steel service center company, you must consider several things. Typically, you will ask several manufacturers of rotary knives for quotes based on:The type of material being slit.The gauge range of the material being slit.The size of the knives...

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Key design principles for successful deep drawing

May 30, 2001

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Successful deep drawing depends on many factors. Ignoring even one of them during die design and build can prove disastrous.

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Hand Held Plasma Cutter

Using a hand-held plasma cutter

May 30, 2001

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Need to learn some techniques for cutting, piercing, and gouging with a hand-held plasma cutter? Read on for six steps to follow when cutting; information about gouging; and tips on maintenance.

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Mill coolant system design

May 15, 2001

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What kind of coolant system you construct for your tube mill or roll forming operation is just as important as what type of coolant you use.

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Appliance industry takes a shine to powder blank technology

May 15, 2001

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Among European, Pacific Rim, and U.S. appliance makers and other manufacturers with large-scale, appliance-grade finishing requirements, the use of powder blank line coating systems has grown steadily during the past 10 years.

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Know your bending basics—Part I

May 15, 2001

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Knowing how metal bends and what factors come into play during bending—especially wipe bending—can make a positive difference in your stamping operation.

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Optimizing robotic laser cutting of hydroformed tubes

May 15, 2001

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Hydroformed and rectangular cross-section tubes have become popular for new truck and sport utility vehicle (SUV) frames, engine cradles, roof pillars, and suspension members.

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Safety Fundamentals for Today's Industrial Lasers

May 15, 2001

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Addressing laser beam hazards, safety regulations for laser use, and methods to improve laser safety should be foremost in the mind of every laser machine operator.

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