November/December 2001

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Selected articles from the November/December 2001 issue available online:

The basics of uncoiling

December 13, 2001


A review of the basic components of a coil handling system which covers servo drive roll feeds, cradles and reels, straighteners and combination units.

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Automotive assembly line

Preventative maintenance as a way of life

November 29, 2001


The author relates his experience as preventive maintenance (PM) coordinator at a Big 3 automaker. The purpose of preventative maintenance is to gain control of the processes. This begins with data collection on die sets, die failure and material handling damage that will identify weak areas in the stamping process. The author's team began with one set of dies and eventually its PM program was so successful that it was implemented throughout the entire plant.

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