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Understanding low-alloy steel

September 1, 2009 | By Keith Packard

Alloys comprise 1 to 5 percent of a particular steels content and are added to provide the steel with a specific attribute. Knowing the type of low-alloy steel you have will help you to choose the right filler metal and achieve good weld quality.

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Looking to improve weld seams?

September 1, 2009 | By Dr. Yehuda Baskin

Most tube and pipe producers weld the seam as it is—without additives or fillers—and risk the problems associated with oxidation. A specially formulated brazing flux, in liquid or paste form, dissolves and removes oxides, prevents re-oxidation, and helps transfer weld heat to the seam.

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Robotic pipe welding with a human touch

September 1, 2009 | By Carl Heinrich

Automation has emerged as an alternative to manual welding, but these robotic and fixed automation technologies tend to work for specific applications, rather than general pipe fabricating. Automation coupled with the flexibility of a human operator during the welding process, however, represents a new alternative for those companies looking to squeeze more productivity out of the pipe fabricating process.

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Fabricating with a digital foundation

September 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

An architectural metal fabricator takes a building-information modeling (BIM) approach, using enhanced computer modeling to streamline operations.

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Die not in the mix for tool shop

September 1, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Nortool Precision Machining and Tool has turned to a 3-D CAD/CAM package for both design and NC and has found that it is delivering quicker and more accurate bids, while simultaneously improving the quality of tool- and diemaking.

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10 steps to successful value stream mapping

September 1, 2009 | By Chris Hoff

Value stream mapping is an invaluable tool used to identify waste in day-to-day operations. Fortunately smaller companies can follow 10 specific steps to prepare for and achieve value stream mapping.

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SMAW: A welder's guide - Advice and troubleshooting tips for beginners

September 1, 2009

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

September 1, 2009

Like all manufacturers, Woodsage Industries is always on the lookout for a better way to manufacture the many components it produces for OEMs. It recently devised a way to make one-piece external muffler shells for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

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Small studs, big impact

September 1, 2009 | By Chris Hsu, Terry Sterling, Doug Phillips

Stud welding, an often-overlooked process, can have a significant effect on the life-cycle cost of a product.

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ISM: Manufacturing sector grew in August—first growth in 19 months

September 1, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, following 18 consecutive months of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the fourth consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.The report was issued today by...

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Getting the SPA treatment

September 1, 2009

You may think your gas welding and fabrication operation is on track, but what you may not see could hurt you in the long run. Performing a safety and performance audit will help you evaluate the safety and efficiency of your operations, minimize liability, and help ensure compliance with local state fire and safety requirements.

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Shaping profits with a mandrel extractor

September 1, 2009

Using a mandrel is helpful for maintaining a tubes profile when bending. Without a mandrel, bending forces tend to distort and flatten tubular workpieces.

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Learning to adapt

September 1, 2009

Production Cutting Services opened for business in 1985 as a service

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Preparing for GMAW, back to basics: All about setup

September 1, 2009 | By Todd Bridigum

  Of all the welding processes, gas metal arc welding is the easiest to learn. However, setting up a GMAW system isn't quite so straightforward. The wire feed process is all about setup, really, and improper setup can lead to some major problems. If machine settings are incorrect, the welder...

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Unique brake setup streamlines thick plate bending

September 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A heavy-equipment OEM's forming department develops a unique tooling setup for bending extremely thick, high-strength plate--designed for one application and one application only.

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