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Die Science: 'Bad' steel — the ultimate scapegoat

August 1, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

It seems like every time there is a problem making a good part, the steel is blamed. Often the root problem is the process used to cut and form the steel — the combination of the die, the press, and the lubricant.

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Saying 'yes' when others can't

August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

IMEC, a small job shop in southwest Missouri, invests in automation not necessarily to increase capacity, but to increase flexibility.

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Stick welding: Tips for top performance

August 1, 2009 | By Brad Hemmert

A beginning stick welder can produce better welds by paying attention to the five basic elements to establish a good, consistent technique: current setting, length of the arc, angle of electrode,manipulation of electrode, and speed of travel.

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Beginning the lean manufacturing journey

August 1, 2009 | By Dan Davis

LAI International, Scottsdale, Ariz., is a precision manufacturer that supplies specialized parts to many of the most-demanding OEMs in the world. Even with that success, the company realized there was still room to improve. As a result, it embarked on a lean journey and is seeing immediate results.

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KO'ing keystrokes

August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A transformer manufacturer completely automates folding machine programming.

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To think 'in tube'

August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A tube laser spurs a shop to think about design and metal fabrication in a new way.

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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009 | By Bill Morgan

Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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Bending nonround tubing

August 1, 2009 | By Bob Want

While bending round tube and pipe involves many variables and challenges, the difficulties in bending nonround shapes are more numerous and complicated. Among the most common shapes are square, rectangular, and oval (elliptical and flat-sided). None react to the bending force in the same way that round shapes do, so understanding how the material reacts is the first step in learning about bending nonrounds.

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How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three

August 1, 2009 | By Bernard Swiecki

With GM and Chrysler both undergoing bankruptcy restructuring procedures, the North American automotive industry of late 2009 and beyond will be forever different from that which preceded it.The Detroit Three that emerge from this crisis will be smaller but infinitely more focused. GM has...

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Warm forming aluminum magnesium components

August 1, 2009 | By Patrick Cain

Warm forming, or forming material heated in the 200-degree-C to 500-degree-C range, offers dramatic improvement in forming properties over room temperature forming for many aluminum or magnesium alloys—without exotic heat sources or tooling.

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Let us know you're a winner

July 30, 2009 | By Dan Davis

I talked with a metal fabricator this week that installed a precision punch press with a six-station tapping unit about four years ago. The turret punch has been working hard the past several years, but the company finally has gotten around to working with the tapping unit. It"s incredible how big...

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Enhanced CAD/CAM nesting software facilitates use of irregular-shaped sheets, plates

July 30, 2009

Striker Systems, a sheet metal manufacturing software developer, has announced the release of STRIKER 2010 Sheet Metal CAD/CAM & Nesting.Driven by customer input, STRIKER 2010 offers many enhancements to existing features and introduces new technology. A significant advancement is further...

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'I wanna shake his hand'

July 29, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

The metal fabricating industry is made up of highly skilled, hard-working individuals who are passionate about their work and proud of what they create. But every now and then, along comes a slacker who does a half-backside job and creates all kinds of problems. Such is the case with the Northrop...

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Timken signs agreement to sell Needle Roller Bearings business

July 29, 2009

The Timken Company today announced it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of its Needle Roller Bearings business, which primarily serves customers in the automotive original-equipment sector, to Japan's JTEKT Corporation in a cash transaction. The agreement is subject to customary regulatory...

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HRB prices up—Markets converge

July 29, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for July 27 surged 6.5 percent to $492 per ton for the seventh consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 5.4 percent to $507 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot...

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