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Getting the cash flowing

April 12, 2002

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Despite generous write-off allowances, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 isn't inciting the type of industrial buying spree politicians had hoped for.

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Batch hot-dip and inline galvanizing

April 11, 2002

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The two most common methods of applying zinc metal to steel handrail tubing are batch hot-dip galvanizing and inline, continuous galvanizing. The batch hot-dip method provides a coating thickness approximately 3 times that of the inline method, and a coating that lasts approximately 3 times as long. However, for indoor applications that do not require more than 500 PSI of bond strength, inline galvanized tube can be cost-effective.

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Performance appraisals are an ongoing process

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback a part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes and affirmation of a positive working relationship instead of a drudgery merely to be tolerated.

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Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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New machines do not a world-class company make

March 28, 2002

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Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.

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Taking a look at performance appraisals

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes an affirmation of a positive working relationship.

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Build it or buy it?

March 28, 2002

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This article discusses the ins and outs of choosing a workable IT system for fabricators. It begins with the "envisioning phase" and works through analysis, development, and customization of systems.

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Exploring the roll forming process

March 28, 2002

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If trying to improve your roll forming operation, look at the four M's -- machine, materials, manpower, and method. Those four areas hold the key to whatever may ail you.

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Is Your Welding Lean?

March 26, 2002

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Want know how lean manufacturing principles relate to your welding operation? You have to look further than just what is happening in the welding cell.

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End of the paper trail: Arizona tube fabricator takes electronic path to productivity

March 14, 2002

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Tube Specialties of Tempe, Ariz., wanted to get off the paper trail to streamline its production, accounting and inventory processes. This article looks at the reasons for the change, obstacles to the change and its benefits.

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Beating the welder shortage, recession blues

March 14, 2002

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Seven OEMs of welding torches and guns talk about fabricator challenges and how they see gun and torch technology changing to help them in the future. Some challenges fabricators face are a skilled welder shortage, an economic recession, and welder safety.

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The basics of eye and face protection for welders

March 14, 2002

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To ensure workplace health and safety, both employees and employers need to recognize hazards and prevent accidents.

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Shock reduction methods for hydraulic presses

March 14, 2002

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Ever wonder how to determine and fix shock on hydraulic pressing operations? The author offers an explanation on how to step a press, reduce blank shock, and eliminate up-stroke shock.

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Galling reduction through die surface treatment

March 14, 2002

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This brief article describes how tool galling occurs in stamping and describes results of tests on how TiCN, Hard-Cr, and CrCN were used on sample parts to help reduce galling.

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Taking the pain out of paint - Finishing—Part 1

March 14, 2002

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This article highlights two of the accepted industry specifications, which are provided by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). It covers many of the more salient topics, point by point, and explains them in detail.

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