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August 8, 2007
Implementing a coil-end joiner
Almost all metal stampers have downtime at the end of a steel coil. The amount of time a line is nonproductive between coils can vary. It's not uncommon for downtime to exceed 20 minutes. On heavy-gauge lines, where a coil's linear footage is... Read more...

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May 8, 2007
Finishing stainless steel tube and pipe efficiently
As the use of stainless steel has expanded into new applications, many tube fabricators are finishing stainless steel for the first time. Some are just experiencing its hard, unforgiving nature, while also discovering how readily it is... Read more...

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July 10, 2003
Fabricating technology advancements drive new plate finishing trends
As cutting, welding, and other fabrication processes evolve and new materials emerge to meet these requirements, finishing processes have had to become a nimble dance partner to the whirlwind of change or get caught up in it. Producing... Read more...

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July 11, 2002
Say 'no!' to burrs, dimples
Tube and pipe producers know two sources of pressure all too well — competitors' relentless progress and customers' uncompromising demands. Tube producers are caught in the middle. To remain competitive, they run their mills at... Read more...

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May 30, 2002
Improving stamping production end to end
Welding coil ends is a common practice in the tube producing, strip processing, roll forming, and stamping industries. Coil end joiners are used most often in tube mills because they run high volumes of coil at fast speeds. When a coil end... Read more...

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September 4, 2001
Accumulating strip before the mill
Figure 1: Strip can be stored in a deep pit, where it will hang in a loop. In simple terms, a strip processing line consists of a device to hold a supply coil of strip and a device to perform an operation to convert the flat coiled... Read more...