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Rapid evolution, not revolution

May 16, 2002

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Changes are taking place in stamping operations in the appliance industry, with more on the way. And the science of stamping is improving significantly as a result. In this article, appliance industry executives express their opinions of the state of this technology.

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Using punching and forming plates

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses using punching and forming plates within a stamping press as an alternative to tube bending and end forming machinery.

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Bending hot 'n' cold

May 16, 2002

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The two basic types of structurals are load-bearing and architectural; the two bending methods are cold and induction. Understanding bending criteria is the key in determining which bending method is best for the application at hand.

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Material—Is it always a problem?

May 16, 2002

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If the problem with your roll forming operation lies in your material, here are some tips in getting to the heart of the problem.

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Earthquake shakes joint design, building construction

May 16, 2002

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This article is a case study that outlines how a California contractor retrofit existing buildings in southern California, using new construction codes to prevent further earthquake damage, while staying profitable, expanding, putting more welders in the field, using new welding procedures and consumables, and buying new equipment.

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Establishing quality systems for welding

May 16, 2002

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Welding codes and standards exist for a reason. They provide a framework for welders and shop managers to keep quality a top priority in their work.

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part I

May 16, 2002

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Design flexibility is something that all automotive designers want, but too often they lack a thorough understanding of what that means—what aspects of design flexibility apply to a certain part and their effect on cost. A methodology often is adopted when (or even before) a part development...

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Bending square and rectangular tubing

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses some of the similarities and differences between bending round tube versus square and rectangular tube. Explores the characteristics of square and rectangular sections and the bending challenges associated with these characteristics.

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A primer on titanium tube and pipe

May 16, 2002

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This article discusses titanium—how it is processed; the types and grades of pure titanium and alloys that are available; and applications for titanium tube and pipe. Discusses manufacturing and testing titanium tube and pipe to ASTM standards for specific applications.

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Using the tandem welding process to your advantage

April 24, 2002

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Tandem welding power source technology now is able to meet the demands of many applicants for which welders many not expect it to be useful.

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Getting a handle on robotic tube, pipe automation

April 15, 2002

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The requirements and parameters of automated handling of tubular products are worth a second look, especially if you want to do the job well.

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End forming of square and rectangular tubing

April 15, 2002

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End formed tubes are used increasingly in industries as diverse as automotive, furniture, appliance, sporting goods, construction equipment, and temporary buildings. With recent developments in new forming techniques to produce accurate, finished parts at high volumes without scrap, end formed parts are replacing some conventionally machined components.

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Structural Steel Painting

Taking the pain out of paint - Finishing—Part 2

April 15, 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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Targeting gas cylinders to improve safety, reduce costs

April 15, 2002

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This article tells the story of a specialty chemical company and how it handles cylinder-gas challenges.

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Abrasive waterjet cut part

H2Olsen: Buying an abrasive jet machine. Is the process right for you?

April 15, 2002

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Abrasive waterjet cutting may or may not be right for your particular application; but, knowing all you can about the process and its pros and cons can help you make that decision better.

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