Selected articles from the October 2001 issue available online:

Common barricades on the road to lean

October 25, 2001

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The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.

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Hydroforming a new front automotive structure

October 25, 2001

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Hydroforming the parts in a vehicle structure can be of immense benefit on several counts, as a review of a recent project at the author's company can attest.

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To e, or not to e?

October 25, 2001

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The idea was to have e-commerce solve everything. Then the thud of a million dot-coms hitting bottom gave people a new perspective. Are automakers still hip on e-commerce? You'd better believe it.

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Sell! Sell! Sell!: Developing a profitable exit strategy for you and your company

October 25, 2001

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Devising a strategy for selling your company that fits within your goals and current market conditions is essential

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Establishing an alloy verification process: SOPs help to prevent material mix-ups

October 11, 2001

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Production or fabrication processes can include dozens of stages to convert raw materials into finished goods. Regardless of the raw material or the finished product, one factor is constant - - most metals look alike.

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Interaction of chemicals used in forming and fabricating

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how chemicals tend to react with one another and how each type of lubricant and coolant commonly used during steel processing tends to behave is a boon when you're trying to fabricate products properly.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Whose business is safety? Everybody's

October 11, 2001

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What sort of safety measures needed in your shop depends somewhat on your equipment, but making your press brake a safe piece of equipment is largely a matter of old-fashioned common sense.

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Die design for double bending

October 11, 2001

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Knowing how steel tends to react when it is bent in a single operation can help you do the job right the first time.

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