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November-December 2019

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Is any other industry as hot as welding? Take a closer look at how new process technologies, new materials to join and be joined, and rapidly increasing conventional welding process capabilities are all sailing on waves of innovation to meet the demands for greater productivity, higher efficiency, and improved quality for fabricators in general and heavy fabrication, construction, power generation, automotive and transportation, and other applications.

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Misconceptions About Filler Metal Strength

Selecting the proper filler metals for a given welding application can be difficult and confusing. To better understand what impacts filler metal strength, consider these four common misconceptions, along with guidelines to rectify them.

Selecting the proper filler metals for a given welding application can be...

Four Questions About Qualifying Wire and Advanced Wire Processes for the Jobsite

Resisting change is human nature, but change doesn’t have to be difficult. Qualifying different MIG, pulsed MIG or RMD welding procedures and processes for your jobsite is easier than you think – and a smart investment that can significantly improve productivity and save you money.

Resisting change is human nature, but change doesn’t have to be difficult....

Sawing Starts with the Material

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you must understand how material characteristics and sizes affect the cut to achieve the longest band saw blade life and production results.

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you...

The Growing Importance of Direct Part Marking

Traditionally used for fast, error-free traceability of parts in aerospace, medical, automotive and electronics applications, imprinting information directly on parts is ideal for service or recall and assistance in liability and warranty resolution – and it will be needed everywhere as automation and robotics sweep across shop floor operations in Industry 4.0.

Traditionally used for fast, error-free traceability of parts in aerospace, medical, automotive...

Cutting a Path to Profitability

A single carbide saw from HYDMECH can do the work of five conventional band saws, without sacrificing quality.

A single carbide saw from HYDMECH can do the work of five...

Sawing Starts with the Material

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you must understand how material characteristics and sizes affect the cut to achieve the longest band saw blade life and production results.

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you...

Post-Processing: The Achilles Heel of Additive Manufacturing

Surface finishing and other post-processing requirements for AM production applications can run up to 60 percent of the total cost per finished part. Here’s how more capable and connected systems can simplify the overall process chain, provide economically viable parts and improve operational sustainability, cost, and timeliness.

Surface finishing and other post-processing requirements for AM production applications can run...

The Shift to Horizontal Machining

Because HMCs are easier to run unattended, produce a greater number and variety of parts without human intervention, and can offset the cost of training personnel, more shops are investing in them to compete for high-mix, low-volume business in a market where skilled labor is in short supply.

Because HMCs are easier to run unattended, produce a greater number and...

In It for Life

Facing shorter product lifecycles, demands for faster production startups and the need for higher flexibility in machining, more shops are looking for “life partners” who plan and coordinate machine tool installations, deliver faster commissioning and startup, and provide extensive portfolios of remedies, repair and support for the entire service life of the system.

Facing shorter product lifecycles, demands for faster production startups and the need...

What’s Hot in the World of Welding: (Part One)

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher efficiency and improved quality, welding shops are using new equipment, tools and systems to address the skilled labor shortage, connect to the Smart Factory revolution and achieve leaner, more profitable operations.

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher...

What’s Hot in the World of Welding: (Part Two)

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher efficiency and improved quality, welding shops are using new equipment, tools and systems to address the skilled labor shortage, connect to the Smart Factory revolution and achieve leaner, more profitable operations.

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher...

What’s Hot in the World of Welding: (Part Three)

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher efficiency and improved quality, welding shops are using new equipment, tools and systems to address the skilled labor shortage, connect to the Smart Factory revolution and achieve leaner, more profitable operations.

Sailing on waves of innovation to meet demands for greater productivity, higher...

Next Steps in Welding Intelligence

Insight Centerpoint 10 software and the cloud-based ArcAgent for Insight Core system from Miller Electric expand weld data monitoring to new depths for improved productivity.

Insight Centerpoint 10 software and the cloud-based ArcAgent for Insight Core system...

Misconceptions About Filler Metal Strength

Selecting the proper filler metals for a given welding application can be difficult and confusing. To better understand what impacts filler metal strength, consider these four common misconceptions, along with guidelines to rectify them.

Selecting the proper filler metals for a given welding application can be...

Four Questions About Qualifying Wire and Advanced Wire Processes for the Jobsite

Resisting change is human nature, but change doesn’t have to be difficult. Qualifying different MIG, pulsed MIG or RMD welding procedures and processes for your jobsite is easier than you think – and a smart investment that can significantly improve productivity and save you money.

Resisting change is human nature, but change doesn’t have to be difficult....

How Robots Smooth Demand in a Fluctuating Market

Whether a shop is looking to add robots for the first time or an established manufacturer wants to implement extra technology for handling production pitfalls, the use of robotics to catapult momentum, boost production and accelerate ROI can provide a wealth of options for smoothing demand in a fluctuating market.

Whether a shop is looking to add robots for the first time...

Tackle Different Challenges on the Jobsite With a Welder/Generator

Wasted time and lost productivity are enemies in any welding operation, especially in harsh conditions, on large jobsites or in applications where it’s difficult for operators to get to where the work must be done. The right welder/generator system, equipped with advanced technologies, can help complete work faster while also improving quality and safety.

Wasted time and lost productivity are enemies in any welding operation, especially...

Next Steps in Shrink Fit Systems

The Power Clamp Comfort i4.0 shrink fit system from Haimer moves digital connectivity and the communication of tools and machines to new levels for the new world of manufacturing.

The Power Clamp Comfort i4.0 shrink fit system from Haimer moves digital...

Copper-Plated Magnetic Welding Squares Resist Spatter

The sides and edges of durable, long-lasting copper-plated magnetic welding squares from Industrial Magnetics, Inc. stay clean, true, and free from spatter buildup to protect the accuracy of their alignment.

The sides and edges of durable, long-lasting copper-plated magnetic welding squares from Industrial...

How to Improve Pick-and-Place Small Part Handling

The lightweight EGB four-stage mechatronic gripper from SCHUNK swiftly and accurately picks and places even deformation-sensitive parts.

The lightweight EGB four-stage mechatronic gripper from SCHUNK swiftly and accurately picks...

Sawing Starts with the Material

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you must understand how material characteristics and sizes affect the cut to achieve the longest band saw blade life and production results.

All materials present unique cutting issues. For the best sawing results, you...

Tips for Choosing Abrasives for Multipass Welding Applications

Cleaning and grinding multipass welds requires careful abrasive selection that best matches the weld pass and desired outcomes to optimize efficiency, reduce costs and maximize operator safety. Here is a review of the types of abrasives and some best practices to optimize results.

Cleaning and grinding multipass welds requires careful abrasive selection that best matches...

Automated Metrology

Automating measurement lowers operating costs, supports consistent throughput, improves lean manufacturing capabilities and improves product quality. Here are some different levels of metrology automation that might be a fit for your shop.

Automating measurement lowers operating costs, supports consistent throughput, improves lean manufacturing capabilities...

Breakthrough Technology: Handheld LIBS for Fabricators

Almost every major pipeline owner/operator now either uses a portable LIBS device for verifying their materials or requires their non-destructive testing contractors to use it. Almost every major refinery uses one for carbon testing, as do the inspection companies that support their PMI/NDT programs. Here’s why.

Almost every major pipeline owner/operator now either uses a portable LIBS device...
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