Selected articles from the April 2009 issue available online:

Sheet Metal Stamping 101

December 15, 2009

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Editor's Note: This series presents an overview of metal stamping. Part I focuses on the various careers in the metal stamping industry. Part II discusses stamping materials and equipment. Part III focuses on dies and cutting and Part IV offers more detail about cutting processes. Part V, the final installment, investigates forming methods.

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Automate Inspection System

Automated optimization of weld seams

April 28, 2009

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Automated vision inspection and optimization technology can help streamline manufacturing operations and improve part quality. This technology detects defects in welding seams that often are missed by manual inspection and provides documentation that can be used in researching and resolving product issues.

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Is cast iron just cast iron?

April 28, 2009

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Cast iron comes in many different types with different properties. Not all can be welded, cut, or machined in the same way, and some types are better suited for specific applications than others. This article discusses the most common types and how to use them.

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Sheet metal stamped parts

Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part I

April 14, 2009

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Metalworking professionals who possess diverse proficient skills have an edge in a tight job market. In this first installment in a series, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick presents an overview of the metal stamping industry and describes the various careers available in the sector.

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Tube cutoff system

Flexibility with smart flying shear upgrades

April 14, 2009

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Production flexibility can enable a tube and pipe producer to expand its offerings and customer base and increase its chances of survival in a down economy. One way to achieve this flexibility is to upgrade the operation's flying shear component.

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