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How link motion affects blanking, feeding, and inertia on mechanical presses

January 10, 2002

You can reduce shock and vibration in your press operations by modifying your press's slide motion to more effective absorb the press's force.

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Getting a handle on scrap removal

January 10, 2002

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The ability to efficiently remove scrap from production areas affects the production up time and cost of production. Therefore, scrap removal should be part of the production planning process.

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How material influences bending for hydroforming

January 10, 2002

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The bending characteristics of a tube depend on the material it is made of. Exceeding the allowable limits of this deformation results in unusable parts. The author relates his company's examination and comparison of the bending of two different seamless, extruded tubes: aluminum alloy and steel.

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Press feed options for stampers

January 10, 2002

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The two basic press feed types commonly in use today are roll feeds and gripper feeds. Roll feeds, as the name implies, use rollers to move the material into the tool, while gripper feeds employ gripping clamps and a linear motion to move the strip.

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Selecting the correct shielding gas and gas delivery system

January 10, 2002

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Requirements for selecting shielding gas, filler metal, and welding processes are well- documented to help welders ensure high quality and consistency in their welding applications.

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One more time: Tell me about motivation

January 10, 2002

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Probably no subject in the management world receives more attention but is more elusive than employee motivation.

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Consolidation talk picks up speed

January 10, 2002

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As No. 4 steelmaker LTV prepares to liquidate, the integrated steel industry's heavy hitters are finally taking a serious look at consolidation

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What now? Every facet of steel industry watches, waits as change sweeps in

January 10, 2002

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There's no telling just what the steel industry will look like even in the next few months as the federal government mulls its options for protecting a domestic steel industry suffering through perhaps its most threatening slump ever.

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Hydroforming provides Rx for medical pumps

January 10, 2002

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This article relates how a Florida-based company used hydroforming to produce titanium housings for implantable pumps for a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.

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Practicing safe oxyfuel cutting

January 10, 2002

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This article provides tips for safe oxyfuel cutting and welding. It offers specific practices for using cylinder valves, regulators, hoses, tips, and torches.

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Sawing structural and architectural tubing

December 13, 2001

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This article examines common fabrication processes for structural and architectural tube. It specifically focuses on cutting, sawing, miter cutting, bundle sawing, and cambering.

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Punching tips

December 13, 2001

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The author discusses what not to do to manage slug ejection. He mentions several tooling maintenance errors that he has made over the years, as well as what machine operators can do if they want to experience slug ejection difficulties. He concludes by stating that the easiest solution to slug management is to keep the tooling in good condition and to use the correct die clearance for the material.

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Bending tube with an all-electric machine

December 13, 2001

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This article discusses the ins and outs of all-electric tube bending machines, discussing the challenges, performance characteristics, and typical options of all-electric benders.

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When sparks fly ...

December 13, 2001

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This article combines examples of fires caused by inadequate protection from welding with information on heat-resistant textiles and how they can be used to provide that protection.

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The basics of uncoiling

December 13, 2001

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A review of the basic components of a coil handling system which covers servo drive roll feeds, cradles and reels, straighteners and combination units.

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