Selected articles from March 2009 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Getting comfortable and attaining a clear view of the arc can make gas metal arc welding a lot easier.
It's more important than ever for your employees—particularly entry-level personnel—to learn to use measurement tools to their full potential.
For the right application, magnetic die clamping can add significant flexibility to a stamping operation, eliminate physical clamps, and simplify maintenance.
Among the tools in the 3-D CAD toolkit—extrudes, revolves, sweeps, and lofts—the first two can be used to create identical parts, but they don't work the same way. Depending on which process you choose, the time the computer needs to model and rebuild the part can vary substantially.
Polyurethane film, inserts, pads, and bottom dies can help prevent marring and, in some cases, allow the die to take on a variety of materials and gauges, including perforated metal and diamond tread plate.
Time spent on extensive weld prep easily can eliminate any gains made from faster plasma cutting. Put another way, it doesn't matter how fast a plasma cuts if the resulting cut face can't be welded efficiently.
Although tough times are upon us, an economic downturn doesn't have to put all plans on hold. If you own a middle-market company (one that has a transaction price between $5 million and $250 million) and you are interested in selling it, a slumping economy is no reason to hesitate. In fact, putting your company on the market during a slowdown can have several benefits.
A recent study analyzed wire feed practices, tested variables, and took initial steps at developing a scientific knowledge base that ultimately could take the trial and error out of wire feed setup.
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