FABTECH 365: Automotive Sector Remains Strong
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Automotive Sector Remains Strong

The automotive sector in the United States has been one of the stalwarts of the manufacturing sector. And the manufacturing sector has been one of the key components to economic recovery and growth since the end of the Great Recession in 2009.

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Cutting Clean with 1-micron Laser Optics

The high-brightness 1-micron cutting laser is redefining productivity in metal fabrication. The laser’s good absorption helps it cut faster with less power. It also means that keeping optics clean and dust-free is essential.

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Selecting GMAW Equipment for Comfort and Efficiency

Taking into account the heat, the repetitive motions, and the sometimes cumbersome equipment, gas metal arc welding (GMAW) can take a toll on welding operators in the form of aches, fatigue, and physical and mental stress.

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The War Room Strategy for Stamping Aluminum

Lightweighting, a frequently discussed concept throughout the automotive industry, describes product-design activities that maximize fuel efficiency to meet federal corporate average fuel-economy (CAFÉ) requirements by reducing vehicle mass. One way automakers reduce mass is by using lightweight stampings produced from aluminum alloys.

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What’s in a Burr?

Being in the finishing industry, when I recently began to look for a new car after 16 years, I found myself looking pretty darn closely at the paint finish. The beautiful automotive finishes available today make it tough to decide what color you might want in a new car. Imagine my surprise when I was looking at the finish of one vehicle when I noticed a burr in the rear quarter panel of the passenger side of the car! Everyone seemed surprised that I noticed it. I was surprised that no one else had! I can’t say that we really give enough thoughts to burrs, but it sure caught my attention when car shopping and this recent article describing burrs was extremely timely. Long before the beautiful finishes we appreciate on the end products we enjoy, understanding and removing burrs to give us a nice smooth surface to finish is critical to manufacturing a high quality part. Did you know there are now standards for burrs? Learn how you can identify the different classes of burrs and the removal solution that is right for your product. Be sure to visit the CCAI FINISHING Pavilion where you’ll find an array of exhibitors that can help with deburring.

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FABTECH 2014... On Your Mark, Get Set... GO!

Watch the new show video to see why you and your team need to attend North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

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