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Titanium—You can weld it!

April 6, 2004

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"Titanium need not be all that hard to weld!"The American Welding Society (AWS)1said it, and I agree. Well-done titanium welds look like frozen mercury: shiny and reflective. A couple of basic factors make titanium different from other metals. These unique characteristics, and a lack of...

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Don't throw away your profit margin

April 6, 2004

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Grinding applications can be divided into three broad categories, especially with regard to tube and pipe:Welding preparation and heavy metal removalMetal fabrication and constructionLight metal removal, finishing and sharpeningAbrasives for grinders come in many grains, shapes, and product designs...

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Personality + Protection

April 6, 2004

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Being expected to wear more than one hat at work these days is commonplace??but not more than one welding helmet.

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Next-generation synthetic forming fluids

April 6, 2004

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Successful metal forming, stamping, and deep drawing depend on three basic elements: the metal substrate, tooling, and lubrication.

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Sizing up servo presses

April 6, 2004

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Servo-powered presses will not replace all flywheel mechanical presses. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the stamping application.

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Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

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Stamping tools for UHSS get tougher

April 6, 2004

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The automotive industry wants to develop cars that are lighter, stronger, and less costly to manufacture. One way it can achieve these goals is to construct body panels, suspension components, structural members, and frames using ultrahigh-strength steels (UHSS). Increasing an automotive part's...

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A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

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A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

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New bends in the roll

April 6, 2004

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As more commercial buildings are designed with larger open spaces, the beam spans grow longer, and the beams must be bigger and heavier. This requires ever-larger section bending rolls to accommodate this demand. In addition, the trend toward the use of higher strength steels has taxed the capabilities of plate roll bending equipment. These changes and other emerging demands have driven the trend toward the use of CNCs, inline material handling, and larger angle bending rolls.

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Pitch notch or not? Factors to consider when designing progressive dies

April 6, 2004

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Figure 1In today's competitive global market, stampers are looking for ways to reduce tooling and stamping cost by any means possible. Pitch notches, often referred to as French notches, are used commonly to prevent overfeeding and mis-hits in progressive dies. More often than not, however, using a...

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Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different types exist, but...

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Entry arch and gates based on history use modern technologies

April 6, 2004

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The Santa Ysabel Ranch entry arch and gates, Paso Robles, Calif.Creating an entry gate for a new housing development doesn't sound like such a tough assignment until you toss in historical references as design constraints. Using the lore and symbolism of the Chumash Indian tribe that once settled...

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Machine-guarding problems—one company's solution

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: Safety expert Cheryl Henderson is a member of the FMA/CNA Safety Committee. Watch for other committee-authored articles in upcoming issues of thefabricator.com.What would it take to have press guards in place, adjusted, secure, and working properly every day, through every part...

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House passes legislation to beef up SBA loan program, create 500,000 jobs

April 2, 2004

On March 31, the U.S. House unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to enhance the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) loan guarantee program, allowing lenders to provide larger loans to...

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Obesity—a problem for workers and employers

March 25, 2004

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Unless you have sworn off all media forms—which you haven't if you're reading this—you know that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. It ranks No. 2, second only to smoking, as the leading cause of U.S. deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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