Selected articles from the July 2006 issue available online:

Starting a portable GTAW business Part III: Dos and Don'ts

August 8, 2006

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This article is part of a four-part series about establishing a portable GTAW business. It covers the dos and don'ts of business practices, safety, and welding, and includes tips that can help you retain customers and grow your business. Following these practical guidelines can help your business succeed.

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Starting a portable GTAW business Part II: Know your customers

July 11, 2006

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Thinking about starting your own portable GTAW business? This installment in a series about this topic focuses on the potential customer base and the welding repair needs of specific segments. It also offers pricing tips for various jobs.

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Arc welding discontinuities

July 11, 2006

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Welding discontinuities can affect product performance and longevity. Thoroughly understanding the various defects, their causes, severity, and remedies can help ensure high-quality and superior performance. This article presents an overview of welding defects and discusses design strategies to help prevent them.

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Roll forming using spring-loaded top rolls

July 11, 2006

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For certain sheet metal applications, roll forming with spring-loaded top rolls is a practical production method. This article explains the process, describes various machine configurations, and outlines the criteria for suitable applications. It also discusses product requirements that are incompatible with this process.

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21st century stamping material specifications

July 11, 2006

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Advanced technology in the metal stamping industry has rendered obsolete traditional methods of selecting, specifying, and supplying material. Using modern technology to quantify materials can reduce the occurrence of material variation exceeding the die and process capabilities and make die development a much more efficient process.

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