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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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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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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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Buying a used forklift—wisely

April 15, 2002

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When purchasing a used forklift truck carefully look at maintenance records, give the vehicle a thorough inspection, and a test drive. The article features an in-depth inspection checklist.

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Cut to the chase

April 15, 2002

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This article outlines some of the benefits, limitations, and applications of plasma arc cutting. It also provides questions to ask when considering the process for your business.

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Flash butt welding of pipe

April 15, 2002

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This article describes the flash-butt welding process as used to weld pipes externally and internally. The authors describe the process, how it's used, how its technology is employed, advances in the process, materials that can be welded, and equipment used.

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Reviewing bottom bending and nested parts

April 15, 2002

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Looking to nest parts tightly, but can't win the battle against the material's natural grain? Take heart—bottom bending could be your key to success.

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Sheet hydroforming in automotive applications

April 15, 2002

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Sheet hydroforming can be used in the automotive industry for forming alloys with low formability and prototype applications, among other handy applications.

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One man's junkyard is another man's challenge

April 15, 2002

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'Junkyard Wars' promotes a positive image for the fabrication and manufacturing environments and has become one of the more popular programs on The Learning Channel. Here's why.

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Getting the cash flowing

April 12, 2002

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Despite generous write-off allowances, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 isn't inciting the type of industrial buying spree politicians had hoped for.

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Batch hot-dip and inline galvanizing

April 11, 2002

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The two most common methods of applying zinc metal to steel handrail tubing are batch hot-dip galvanizing and inline, continuous galvanizing. The batch hot-dip method provides a coating thickness approximately 3 times that of the inline method, and a coating that lasts approximately 3 times as long. However, for indoor applications that do not require more than 500 PSI of bond strength, inline galvanized tube can be cost-effective.

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Performance appraisals are an ongoing process

March 28, 2002

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If you make continuous feedback a part of your managerial style, the annual performance appraisal becomes and affirmation of a positive working relationship instead of a drudgery merely to be tolerated.

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Organizational planning

March 28, 2002

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The author discusses the importance of eliminating duplicated responsibilities, even in small job shops. The effectiveness of a company is improved when each person is responsible for specific tasks.

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