Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2002

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Selected articles from the July/August 2002 issue available online:

Plasma Cutting Lead

Cut it out

December 14, 2008

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With a plasma cutter and grinder, you can unleash your inner artist and create unique metal art. In words and images, this article describes how to select the equipment, create a template, set up the work area, make your cuts, and finish the project.

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Robert Toll Out of Focus Sculpture

Steel Fiction

September 4, 2002

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Metal sculptor Robert Toll's transition from economist to recognized artist has been as startling and fiction-like as is his featured sculpture in the film, "Pulp Fiction." He is most noted for his sinewy, life-size figurative pieces. He uses oxyaceytlene to heat and bend steel rod, then welds the pieces together.

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Get the most out of your laser

August 29, 2002

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To be competitive in today's market, a laser user must be sure that equipment is operating at an optimum level. Maintaining your gas source and gas distribution system, installing properly sized pipe, and choosing the right gas supply system are some practical steps to take that can help develop the right gas supply system for a laser.

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welding respirator

Rejoice with the right respirator

August 29, 2002

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Selecting the right respirator for a welder involves examining the processes used, the workplace environment, and the types of base metal and consumables used. This article offers tips for finding the right respirator for your application, preferences, and workplace.

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Plasma arc cutting torche

Cut it out: How fabricators use plasma cutters every day

August 29, 2002

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Many fabricators use plasma arc cutting torches every day, either to replace or complement saws, cut-off wheels, snips, and oxyfuel rigs. It can be used in a variety of applications—installing or remvoving HVAC/R equipment, plumbing systems, and industrial equipment; reparing equpment and systems; and cutting shapes consistently.

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Estimating your cutting costs

July 25, 2002

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In comparing cutting costs associated with precision plasma, punch-plasma, and laser cutting, it's important to account for labor costs, operating costs, and depreciation. All three of these processes have benefits and drawbacks cost-wise, depending on how they're deployed.

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Embracing change

July 25, 2002

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Automakers are constantly trying to improve automotive designs, making vehicles lighter and stronger, using thinner materials, and redesigning points of strength for better crash resistance. At the same time, welding equipmentmakers who serve the industry are focusing on this quest for quality by developing the equipment to weld hydroformed parts, aluminum, and coated materials: critical components that affect how vehicles are made today.

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Wheel finishing machine

Reinventing the wheel - Chrome plater develops automated wheel polishing process

July 25, 2002

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Kuntz Electroplating, a Kitchener, Ontario-based independent OEM chrome-plating supplier of automotive wheels and bumpers, the management watched as hundreds of its workers manually polished its wheels. Because this made it difficult for the company to find, train, and retain the workers it needed, it decided to develop its own automated process for wheel finishing.

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