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Lean and Mean

April 6, 2004

The metal stamping industry is facing many challenges, such as increased raw material prices, pressure from automotive industry OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 customers to cut costs, and increased competition from low-cost offshore stampers.

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Stamping tools for UHSS get tougher

April 6, 2004

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The automotive industry wants to develop cars that are lighter, stronger, and less costly to manufacture. One way it can achieve these goals is to construct body panels, suspension components, structural members, and frames using ultrahigh-strength steels (UHSS). Increasing an automotive part's...

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A most excellent fabricator

April 6, 2004

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A South Louisiana fabricator believes success in his fabricating endeavors involves a pride in workmanship, a passion in the craft, and perseverance in being the best. After 11 building expansions, Don Begneaud can say he has found a winning business philosophy.

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New bends in the roll

April 6, 2004

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As more commercial buildings are designed with larger open spaces, the beam spans grow longer, and the beams must be bigger and heavier. This requires ever-larger section bending rolls to accommodate this demand. In addition, the trend toward the use of higher strength steels has taxed the capabilities of plate roll bending equipment. These changes and other emerging demands have driven the trend toward the use of CNCs, inline material handling, and larger angle bending rolls.

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Pitch notch or not? Factors to consider when designing progressive dies

April 6, 2004

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Figure 1In today's competitive global market, stampers are looking for ways to reduce tooling and stamping cost by any means possible. Pitch notches, often referred to as French notches, are used commonly to prevent overfeeding and mis-hits in progressive dies. More often than not, however, using a...

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Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different types exist, but...

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Entry arch and gates based on history use modern technologies

April 6, 2004

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The Santa Ysabel Ranch entry arch and gates, Paso Robles, Calif.Creating an entry gate for a new housing development doesn't sound like such a tough assignment until you toss in historical references as design constraints. Using the lore and symbolism of the Chumash Indian tribe that once settled...

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Machine-guarding problems—one company's solution

April 6, 2004

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Editor's Note: Safety expert Cheryl Henderson is a member of the FMA/CNA Safety Committee. Watch for other committee-authored articles in upcoming issues of thefabricator.com.What would it take to have press guards in place, adjusted, secure, and working properly every day, through every part...

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House passes legislation to beef up SBA loan program, create 500,000 jobs

April 2, 2004

On March 31, the U.S. House unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to enhance the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) loan guarantee program, allowing lenders to provide larger loans to...

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Competing in the global arena

March 25, 2004

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Less than 40 seconds to go. The home team is down by 2 points. Tension grows as the clock counts down. The players and referees dart back and forth, and the action never slows. This isn't some staid, gentlemanly game like chess or golf. This is a full-contact sport, a sport in which the difference...

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Obesity—a problem for workers and employers

March 25, 2004

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Unless you have sworn off all media forms—which you haven't if you're reading this—you know that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. It ranks No. 2, second only to smoking, as the leading cause of U.S. deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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Manzullo offers potential solutions to surging steel, metal prices

March 25, 2004

At a March 25 Small Business Committee hearing, U.S. representative and committee chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) offered several potential remedies to help reduce the recent surges in steel and metal...

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Building the perfect tool cabinet

March 25, 2004

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Have you ever wondered about the best way to store your press brake tooling? An expensive part of your press brake operation, tooling is damaged enough just by daily wear and tear and accidents. You don't want to damage it further by storing it improperly.

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Order for earthquake resistance in the court

March 25, 2004

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New construction abounds all over the U.S., and Seattle is not immune to this trend. In 2002 an open-looking courthouse was completed, rising 387 feet above the city skyline.

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Part feature developments in hydroforming products

March 25, 2004

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Tube hydroforming technology continues to develop in ways that improve part utility, economy, or process robustness. Auto parts that have recently been produced by hydroforming include roof rails, radiator enclosures, a front-end structural module, and roof rails.

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