Selected articles from the October 2009 issue available online:

Trimmed Parts

Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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Micro Stamping

10 design laws for tool designers

October 27, 2009

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Tool design shortcuts, oversights, and errors can be costly. Following some fundamental design laws can help you anticipate and prevent possible problems, simplify operation and maintenance, and improve production and quality.

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Wind Turbines

Critical surface preparation

October 13, 2009

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An estimated 68 percent of all coating failures are attributed to poor surface preparation that could have been prevented. By using cleaning technology that can achieve near-white conditions, you can ensure that paint, adhesives, and other coatings achieve maximum quality with less waste.

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Energy Plant Steam Plume

Scrubbing our industry

October 13, 2009

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Today's industrial scrubber technology can help make existing energy companies more environmentally friendly. Fabricators with the right equipment, capacity, knowledge, and opportunity might find a new market in making components for these systems. Find out what it takes.

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