Selected articles from the February 2002 issue available online:

Steering toward aluminum Trends in the automotive industry

February 28, 2002

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Advances in the use of aluminum for cars and trucks could pave the way for greater use of the metal in the future.

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Mr. Roboto: Welding fundamentals for managers

February 28, 2002

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This article is the first in a series that addresses the fundamentals of robotic welding. The author discusses the basic process parameters in robotic welding, how those parameters affect weld quality and productivity, and how they can be optimized to make a robotic welding installation as profitable as possible.

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Will just-in-time become just-in-case?

February 14, 2002

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Terrorist attcks on U.S. soil have given domestic manufactuers cause to rethink the entire process of keeping inventory and metting customer demands.

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Trouble in Motown

February 14, 2002

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Detroit's Big Three have big problems ahead if they can't figure out a way to profit in a time of booming sales, let alone downturns such as the one looming this year.

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The new face of manufacturing on the Net

February 14, 2002

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Making the Internet pay has proven more difficult than a lot of first movers in the metals business made it sound in the late '90s. Thefabricator.com talked to a few people trying to capitalize on the lessons learned from all those no-brainers that turned into no-gainers.

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Using flowformed titanium alloy seamless tubes in production

February 14, 2002

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Lots of strength, lots of uses: Ti-6AL-4V, combined with the flowforming process can make sense for a wealth of industrial and consumer applications.

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Learning lessons from the past

February 14, 2002

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For several years my work as a press brake consultant has taken me into many different fabricating shops. My job is to seek out problems and try to find solutions that make press brakes more productive. I have encountered many different situations, and I thought perhaps sharing some of the problems...

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