Reducing cost of ownership and boosting productivity—these concepts are often at odds on the shop floor, but they don’t have to be. Consider metal finishing. A fabricator charged with postweld cleanup on a metal tube might favor a disc that provides maximum cutting action. The fabricator’s main goal is to remove that excess material buildup and move on to the next tube to continue the cleanup operations. Read on....
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Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:49
David Jescovitch Business Development Manager, Welding & Fabrication Weiler This article first appeared in the April 2015 issue of Fabrication & Metalworking In inter-pass and post-weld surface cleaning applications, the tips of a wire brush wear with normal use, which in turn reduces the cut rate of the brush over time. Because of this it has long been a common practice in the industry to occasionally take the brush off the grinder and flip it over to take... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:48
Comments from Rick Hopkins Sr. Product Manager, Welding & Fabrication Weiler This article with comments from Rick Hopkins first appeared in the May 2015 issue of Canadian Fabricating & Welding Speaking with surface grinding experts, there really is no one abrasive wheel that fits all applications perfectly when it comes to cutting and grinding, however there are products that will deliver the cutting productivity and grinding stability to safely get the job done. These... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:47
Tony Hufford Category Manager, Welding & Fabrication Weiler This article first appeared in the February 2015 issue of Fabricating and Metalworking Surface preparation and cleaning is just one part of the large process of oil and gas pipeline welding, but it’s a step that can have a significant impact on the productivity, quality and efficiency of the job. Proper preparation and cleaning in pipeline welding applications can help extend tool life, benefit operator safety and... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:45
Tony Hufford Category Manager, Welding & Fabrication Weiler This article first appeared in the January 2015 issue of Canadian Fabricating & Welding The 4 1/2-inch grinder is one of the most popular tools used in the surface conditioning market today. While it is the most popular size of small right-angle grinder, welders, welder’s helpers and fabricators who use this tool most frequently pair it with a 4-inch-diameter stringer bead wheel.... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:44
When it comes to using tools such as right-angle grinders, flap discs, die grinders, and cutoff wheels, you should keep in mind some basic tips to help promote safe and proper usage. Raising awareness of basic safety practices and thinking about safety before the job starts—and after the job is complete—can help curb accidents and injuries in the shop. Practicing these basic safety rules when using tools not only contributes to safer conditions for you, it can also contribute to cost savings... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 12:43
Precision product finishing has come a long way from the days when the principal options for burr removal were manual deburring or high-volume tumbling. Both of those options play an important role in helping manufacturers meet their finishing requirements, especially with the variety of equipment and media available to meet most any part requirement. There are, however, a wide variety of deburring techniques and equipment that also enable manufacturers to take advantage of the increased... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:26
HHI Forging, the largest supplier of forged and forged/machined steel components in North America, produces wheel-end, transmission, drivetrain, and steering and suspension components for such transportation industry customers such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Harley-Davidson. HHI has the capacity to do high-, mid- and low-volume production at its nine forging locations, two machining plants and the two other production divisions that fall under the umbrella of HHI... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:21
Interpass and postweld surface cleaning in field applications, such as pipeline welding in an oil patch, sometimes requires out-of-position work in conditions that are less than ideal. A welding operator may have to lie on his back in the mud, for example, to clean an overhead weld between passes. Obviously, field applications can present additional challenges in weld cleaning. New technologies that help improve safety and make it easier for operators in the field to properly use... + continue reading
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:18