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Maximizing your ironworker's potential

March 25, 2004

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Ironworkers perform many functions that allow fabricators to simplify difficult tasks. No matter which type of ironworker you have, you probably have found yourself saying, "I don't know how I ever got along without my ironworker."

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Worn out roll forming tooling and no drawings?

March 25, 2004

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You may have found yourself saying, "I need to make an engineering change to my roll form tooling, but I don't have the roll tooling designs or drawings." When you are faced with this situation you will have to start at the beginning, basically, and reverse-engineer the complete set of roll form tooling.

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Developments in hydroforming

March 25, 2004

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Commentary from the people interviewed at the International Conference on Hydroforming (Oct. 2003) indicate that trends include an increasing interest in forming aluminum and other lightweight materials; more use of tailored tubes; and that sheet hydroforming is expected to grow faster than tube hydroforming.

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Weekly U.S. jobless claims at three-year low

March 18, 2004

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show that first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits dropped by 6,000 from the previous week to 336,000 in the week ended March 13. This...

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Implementing open-book management

March 11, 2004

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Today global competitors are literally willing to work for food. U.S. workers want a car, a home, and a college education for their kids in addition to their meals. Reducing pay and eliminating benefits is not an answer for anything but a lower standard of living. The challenge is not reducing compensation but rather dramatically improving productivity. Making owners out of employees is the ticket to that productivity. Open Book Management is a philosophy—a value system.

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Welding fume health hazards

March 11, 2004

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According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than 400,000 U.S. men and women are employed in welding and related occupations. Some studies suggest that these workers are at risk of serious respiratory, neurological, and reproductive effects. More and better data is needed to assess the risks.

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Offshore outsourcing—an economic and political issue

March 11, 2004

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Listening to the current economic rhetoric, much of which contains formulaic doublespeak and political posturing, has led me to a couple of clichd observations. In terms of talk—which is not quite as cheap in an election year, when the stakes are higher—you ain't seen nothing yet. Political candidates and pundits will state, interpret, attack, defend, and regurgitate past actions and campaign promises ad nauseam from now until the November election.

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Gear up for welding

March 11, 2004

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I'm sitting here at this computer realizing how much I hate sitting here at this computer. I'm just not a sit-in-a-chair type of guy. I tried it once between jobs. I interviewed for an inside sales position for a company that sold welding supplies. I'll be danged if they didn't hire me, even...

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Flying high with orbital welding

March 11, 2004

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Orbital welding first was developed in the late 1960s by a group of engineers from McDonnell Douglas to join aerospace tubes. These engineers were aware of the problems associated with producing repeatable welds for their critical applications.

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New Features in Coil-to-Coil Slitters

March 11, 2004

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Years ago it was customary for coil processors to have dedicated slitting lines for specific materials and gauges. Today's larger, stronger, and thinner-gauge coils, however, require service centers to be able to process many materials and gauges on the same machine.

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Venturing Into the World of 3-D Die Design

March 11, 2004

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2-D, or not 2-D; that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to venture out into a brisk, bold, new world of 3-D or to stick with old, reliable methods in 2-D.

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Low-tech system mechanizes pipe welding: Backing device allows GMAW on open root

March 11, 2004

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Welding technology has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Although skilled welders always will be needed in manufacturing, mechanical welding devices can provide improvements over manual welding in terms of repeatability and throughput.

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Goin' Global

March 11, 2004

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The U.S. is considered to be the best consumer market in the world. However, competition for this market has increased as more and more countries have cast their rods in the U.S consumer pool.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 3

March 11, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the third episode in a mountaintop dialog that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about cash flow and the time line of money.I continued watching the beavers as they worked on their good dam. I realized the poetic similarity between...

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US. DOC Offers Export Assistance

March 11, 2004

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Editor's Note: This article—a companion piece to Goin' Global, which appeared in the March 2004 issue of The FABRICATOR® magazine and is reprinted on thefabricator.com—lists some of the export assistance available from the U.S. Department of Commerce.Market ResearchCountry...

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