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Hot spots for U.S. metal fabricated exports

July 10, 2003

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Increased global competition for customers on their home turf has driven U.S. metal fabricators to throw their nets wider to international markets. With this in mind, fabricators should look at the lists of the countries purchasing the most U.S. metal fabricated tools, machinery, products, and partially assembled goods as a road map to export opportunities.

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Six dangerous misconceptions about crane safety

July 10, 2003

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Knowing how cranes should be used, and how they should not be used, is critical to crane safety. Overload, side pull, limit switches, secondary braking devices, using the reverse direction for speed control, and daily inspections are surrounded by myth and mystery in the workplace.

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Fabricating technology advancements drive new plate finishing trends

July 10, 2003

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The same industry forces of nature—globalization, economic conditions, quality demands, and safety and environmental regulations—that are pressuring metal fabricators to do more, better, and faster with less are blowing no less forcefully on finishing fabricators.

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Managers are not necessarily leaders

June 26, 2003

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Often we are told that leadership is the key to the success of any business or organization. What is leadership? Is it the same as management? And what separates would-be or so-so leaders from world-class leaders?

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The end of the (welding) world as we know it?

June 26, 2003

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The end of manufacturing is near for the state of Connecticut, some fear.

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Making the workplace safe for Spanish-speaking employees

June 26, 2003

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Modifying your safety program to address the needs of your Spanish-speaking employees can create a much safer work environment. Here's how one company achieved that goal.

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Selecting a table for abrasive jet machining

June 26, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is the third in a series intended to help a prospective user evaluate abrasive jet machinery. The first article, Buying an abrasive jet machine, compared the abrasive jet process with other cutting processes. The second article, Software for abrasive waterjet machining,...

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Phases, structures, and the influences of temperature

June 26, 2003

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When you heat or cool a piece of metal to a specific temperature, that metal goes through what's called a phase change, in which its crystal structure changes. Sometimes the change is obvious. For example, when a piece of metal melts, it goes through a phase change when the crystal structure breaks down and the metal goes from solid to liquid. When it solidifies it's also a phase change, as the structure re-forms from liquid to solid.

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Taking an integrated build approach to stamping tool tryout

June 26, 2003

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Market pressures to reduce tooling costs are pressing the tool and die industry to seek lower-cost tooling solutions. This column discusses different build approaches and the merits of an integrated build for trying out stamping dies (and molds) as part of the manufacturing validation process.

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The Bold in Arches

June 26, 2003

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The phrase "obstructed view" is probably most connected with older sports stadiums. For example, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, depending on where your seat is, watching Sammy Sosa in action in right field might be replaced by a view of a rusting steel girder.

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Tooling tricks of the trade

June 26, 2003

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Just make it work!" they scream. "I don't care how Just make it work!"As a tooling professional (whether you are a tool- and diemaker, engineer, press operator, or any other member of the team responsible for operating and maintaining that die), you quickly find that "making it work" is...

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Laser-integrated robotics for assembly

June 26, 2003

In recent years laser welding has advanced into many different industries, from automotive to electronics. With lasers, it is possible to weld at high speeds with great efficiency. Once unthinkable applications and processes are now being developed into working systems.

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Press brakes: the quest for a happy ending

June 26, 2003

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Screen some press brake owners and manufacturers these days, and it's like they're all reading from the same script:

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The little-known life of the scarfing tool

June 26, 2003

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Who cares about scarfing tools? There are more important things in life. When the beauty pageant contestant is asked what problem she would like to solve, she's more likely to answer "I'd like to establish world peace" than "I wish I could find ways to help scarfing tools last longer."

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Making hands-free straight, saddle, and miter cuts

June 26, 2003

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Rovanco Piping Systems Inc. designs and fabricates piping systems for applications such as water (hot and cold), steam, and jet fuel. It sells fabricated pipe—typically with straight or miter end cuts—up to 36 inches in diameter. It provides preinsulated, high-temperature, low-temperature, and containment systems.

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