Selected articles from the May 2006 issue available online:

Troubleshooting Guide for Cleaners

May 15, 2006

Rust, wear, and dirt cost tube fabricators and producers millions of dollars annually, and they can be the bane of tube processes. Analyzing the criteria for selecting the lubricant, cleaner, and rust preventative can help provide maximum protection.

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Productivity—The human factor

May 9, 2006

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Productivity, an economic bellwether, is predicted to slip from its recent highs in the coming months, largely because of job growth. Companies burned by the recent downturn need to continue to focus on achieving maximum productivity. This article addresses the labor component of productivity and how best to motivate employees to work at high levels.

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Managing success

May 9, 2006

The increasing disparity between upper management pay and blue-collar wages is creating a downward spiral that only can negatively affect our economy.

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Optimizing flow through robotic welding workcells

May 9, 2006

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Robotic welding systems can enhance a company's production and bottom line. However, using these systems requires careful thought and planning, building the right infrastructure, and achieving the right balance between robotic and manual operations. This article presents an overview of one company's successful implementation of robotic welding.

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What you need to know about high-pressure equipment

May 9, 2006

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High-pressure abrasive and waterjet cutting systems have unique properties that must be understood to maximize performance and ensure safety. This article discusses the principles of water compressibility and pressurization, metal fatigue, high-pressure plumbing, seals, valves, and making and installing ultrahigh pressure fittings.

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Emergency response—A critical component of workplace safety

May 9, 2006

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Accidents and injuries can occur in all workplaces. Having a well-thought-out emergency response plan and properly organized and trained team can help minimize trauma and damage. This article discusses one company's emergency response program and gives an example of its effectiveness.

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