Selected articles from the May 2004 issue available online:

Dealing with difficult people

May 4, 2004

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Have you ever felt frustrated or irritated with a co-worker, subordinate, or boss? We've all had the occasional run-in with someone at work. Periodic disagreements, misunderstandings, and faulty communication can lead to frustration. But have you ever met that uniqueperson who causes you extreme frustration every timeyou come in contact with him or her?

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How to be successful in small business

May 4, 2004

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In November 2002 Greg Lamm was laid off from his full-time welding job.One month later he started his own microwelding business.This year he plans to purchase a laser.So how did he do it?It started with one phone call, then two, and then more phone calls from mold or tool and die shops in the...

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Using Monitoring Systems to Improve Stamping 'Batting Average'

May 4, 2004

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What do baseball players, weather forecasters, and typical stamping plants have in common? Most are less than 60 percent effective.

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Working safely in busy times

May 4, 2004

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It may be premature to say that manufacturing has turned the economic corner to recovery, but signs at the end of first-quarter 2004 look promising. Overall, nonfarm payrolls increased by over 500,000 in the first quarter, according to recent U.S. Labor Department reports, and factory payrolls in...

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Air forming and V-die selection

May 4, 2004

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Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are metal forming methods. Air forming, the most common, is a three-point operation. The actual inside radius produced is based on a percentage of the V-die width, regardless of the sharp–radius relationship. Selecting the correct die width can be...

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