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Design rules for forming aluminum stampings—Part 2

February 2, 2002

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Figure 1:Addendum types enable or improve the stamping of a sheet metal part. A draw wall, for example, connects the trim line and the punch opening line.Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of the Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing (ERC/ NSM), The Ohio State...

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Surviving cost-cutting pressures from OEMs

February 1, 2002

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This article provides examples of automotive suppliers and other metalworking suppliers who are facing strict cost containment requirements, and explains possible benefits of using gainsharing to motivate employees to generate ideas for efficiency.

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Warm forming of aluminum alloys

January 31, 2002

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Federal government and U.S. automakers to develop technologies for a newgeneration of vehicles to triple fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance, affordability, or safety.

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Using mandrels for bending tube

January 31, 2002

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This article discusses bending with mandrels. It illustrates six major types of mandrel and the most appropriate use for each. It also describes common bending problems and the most likely solutions.

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Forming high-strength materials

January 31, 2002

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Various shape defects can be encountered in flat-rolled ferrous and nonferrous strip. Knowing their mechanics and origins and how to correct them can be very useful in times of need.

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Press Brakes and (much) More

January 31, 2002

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The flow of product through you shop is a key issue in determining your prosperity as a business. Drawing a little insight from the Chinese concept of feng shui might help you achieve the kind of flow you're looking for.

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Plan ahead

January 24, 2002

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Technological advances have influenced the welding industry heavily. Computerized equipment, precision robotics, positioning devices, and new and refined welding processes have given new tools to welding engineers, technicians, and craftsman welders.

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The HOW, WHAT, and WHY of liquid impact forming

January 24, 2002

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Liquid impact forming, a patented process developed by Greenville Tool & Die Co., Greenville, Mich., uses a conventional stamping press with a liquid medium to manufacture parts that otherwise would require hydroforming.

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Tube and pipe cutting techniques; advantages and limitations

January 24, 2002

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Many factors are involved in choosing a particular method or technology for cutting tube or pipe.

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A dream come true

January 24, 2002

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By the time he was 12, John Rubino was on a quest: He wanted to weld sculptures.

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Hydroforming gains ground in Germany

January 24, 2002

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This article examines hydroforming in Germany, focusing on the advancement of the technology. It specifically discusses growing automotive uses, a new type of hydroforming press, material quality requirements, cost factors, new testing methods, and simulation software.

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What welding inspectors should know about welding codes and standards

January 24, 2002

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Many aspects of welded component design and fabrication are governed by documents known as codes and standards.

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Survival in a down economy

January 10, 2002

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You can do many things during a downturn to improve your operation for the long haul. Look your business over top to bottom -- you'll find them.

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A Case For Scrap Chopping

January 10, 2002

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This article describes applications for chopping scrap from stamping operations and how to use recycling for cost containment -- as opposed to to profit building -- through more concentrated scrap hauling, better use of floor space, and enhanced employee safety.

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Metals outlook mixed

January 10, 2002

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Steel is looking at some uncertain times, to say the least, but aluminum industry professionals see a little more to smile about if general economic conditions improve.

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