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Sick at Work?

May 15, 2003

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All employees have days at work when they don't feel well. Usually these days are intermittent and can be attributed to a cold or other illness or job-related stress.

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SMAW Basics—How much do you know?

May 15, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article covers basic SMAW questions and answers. Preceding the SMAW section is the author's opinion about the importance of retaining federal funding for vocational programs. If you would like to express an opinion about this topic, please feel free to do so. What...

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Overcoming organizational paralysis

May 15, 2003

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Paralysis – what a horrible thought. What if you found yourself in a situation in which you had partial or complete loss of motion and sensation in your body?

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Mediating commercial conflict

May 15, 2003

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This article explores some of the aspects of a commercial mediation I performed some years ago. The identities of the participants and the facts of the case have been changed to preserve the participants' privacy and the confidentiality inherent in mediation cases. This case was selected because of the intense emotional feelings that surrounded what should have been a straightforward and rather simple business arrangement. So often it seems that the feelings, emotions, and egos of the participants in a conflict can mean more than the dollars or tangible value involved.

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Riding on the cusp of something great

May 15, 2003

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Kevin Robb's sculptures seem to defy gravity, arrest time, encroach space. Each sculpture is a moment freeze-framed; each element seems to be impossibly suspended.

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Finding the best splice for your light-duty conveyor

May 15, 2003

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One way to increase your stamping operation's productivity is to get all the uptime you can from the belt conveyors that carry materials, parts, and finished and packaged products throughout your plant. As moving, wearing equipment, conveyors naturally demand a certain amount of downtime for maintenance and parts replacement. However, keeping those events as infrequent and brief as possible is what uptime is all about.

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Solving the mysteries of the fin pass—Part 2

May 15, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is the second part of a two-part series about fin passes. Part I discusses their location, what they do, and how they do it. Part II focuses on troubleshooting.

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Inspecting welds on complex tube forms

May 15, 2003

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Eddy current has long been used for inspecting straight seamless or welded tubing. New developments allow the use of this technology to inspect complex tube forms as well.

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Producing holes in tubing

May 15, 2003

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Need to put a hole in a tube? This article provides an overview of tube punching and tube piercing, exploring the different variations of each method and comparing the two methods on cost, safety, and flexibility.

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Reviving the past

May 15, 2003

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When he looked at the outside of his building, Bellingham, Wash., YMCA Director Dave Harding realized he faced a challenge.The original Bellingham, Wash., YMCA building.The YMCA's main downtown facility was located in an early-1900s, four-story building. In recent years the interior had been...

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Brazing copper tubing

May 15, 2003

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Torch brazing copper tubing is one of the most common–but widely misunderstood–joining processes. It's possible to make sound joints that are just as strong as the copper tube, easier to braze, and less expensive to produce. But first you have to know basic brazing concepts, including joint design, filler metal behavior, and metallurgy.

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Examining slit coil handling and packaging

May 15, 2003

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While it is common knowledge that slit coil handling and packaging often limit the productivity of even the most modern, high–speed coil slitting line, coil processors generally spend too little time examining the effectiveness of these operations.

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Employees value workplace health and wellness programs

April 24, 2003

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Sixty percent of respondents to a recent survey consider health and wellness programs a viable incentive to stay at their current jobs. But it must be the right program, one that addresses the employees' concerns.

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Tube Hydroforming Design Flexibility—Part III

April 24, 2003

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The last article in this series noted that variable periphery design, or cross-section expansion, often is thought to be the most important aspect of tube hydroforming design flexibility. Expansion in the hydroforming die commonly is assumed to be the most efficient and most effective method,...

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Siege planning or strategic planning

April 24, 2003

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"Globalization isn't news," said Lawrence J. Kendzior, a partner at Gleeson Sklar Sawyers & Cumpata LLP (GSSC), a privately held accounting firm that focuses on what it calls "middle-market manufacturers." "The news is that it's suddenly impacting companies that have never before been affected."

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