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High-Precision Sinker EDM Means Zero Margin for Error

Extremely high-precision sinker-style electrical discharge machining (EDM) is an unforgiving process, and every aspect of it -- from producing electrodes, to workpiece set up, to maintaining consistent machine temperature -- must be as close to perfect as possible. Because when part tolerances run as tight as two microns or less, even the slightest of inaccuracies at any stage are magnified and...

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Engineering & Design

Intelligent Diagnostics Provide Predictive Maintenance for Analyzer Sensors

Today's municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment processes are under continuous pressure to provide 24/7 uptime and excellent-quality product at the lowest possible cost. At the same time, U.S. environmental standards for clean water, water treatment, and water reuse continue to tighten in order to provide the best product possible in terms of water cleanliness, quality, and...

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Fracking Valves and Controls 101

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was first performed experimentally in 1947. Successful commercial operations began in 1949, and since then, fracking has been used for over 2.5 million oil and gas wells around the world. The process originated in the United States and has subsequently grown, with fracking used more than 1 million times in the continental United States. Hydraulic fracturing has...

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The Future of Advanced Automation in Precision Machining

As manufacturers push for tighter tolerances, smaller components, and faster turnaround, advanced automation continues to have widespread applications in an increasing number of industries. Automation not only increases part repeatability in micro and ultra-precision machining processes, it significantly reduces the labor required to produce a part. Eliminating labor costs reduces per-piece...

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AMT Viewpoint: The Future Is Looking Up!

With the November USMTO data just released, the end of 2014 looks to be finishing better than expected, and the harbingers of future good tidings are knocking on the door of 2014. Manufacturing technology orders for November were up 1 percent from October, and year-to-date orders were down 8 percent from the first 11 months of 2012. All indications are that December will be strong enough to keep...

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November Machinery Orders Inch Up, but Cutting Tool Consumption Plummets

U.S. manufacturing technology orders in November totaled $437.79 million, an uptick of 0.6 percent from October, while the month's cutting tool consumption was down 16.6 percent. The data were reported by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology through its U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report and the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) it jointly publishes with the United...

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Engineering & Design

Stopping Corrosion in Boiler Tube Bundles

Corrosion in the boiler system is a phenomenon that continuously costs industry billions of dollars per year and leads to reduced performance from steam generating systems. Also known as stress corrosion cracking, boiler tube corrosion is caused by a number of different factors. Finding a solution to the problem depends on identifying the specific corrosion mechanism and applying effective...

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Custom Manufacturing

Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining

[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from the Makino white paper "Model Development for Cutting Optimization in High-Performance Titanium Machining." It has been shortened for length and scope. To read the full white paper with complete details of Makino's modeling process, click on the link at the end of this article.] Titanium alloys have been widely used in the aerospace, biomedical and...

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Case Study: On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Replaces Gaseous Chlorine in Water Disinfection

The city of Gastonia, N.C., water treatment plant was constructed in 1922 near what is now the center of the city. Gastonia, a city of 70,000 residents, is located 20 miles west of Charlotte in the state's southern Piedmont region. Its 25.2-mgd water treatment facility uses a traditional disinfection/coagulation/ flocculation/ sedimentation/filtration process to treat surface water drawn from...

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Engineering & Design

To Our Readers: Happy Holidays from ThomasNet News

Season's Greetings, Loyal Readers: The holidays are a time to consider all that we're thankful for, and you are on our list. You drove a tremendous 2013 for ThomasNet News with your Fluid & Gas Flow Journal readership, sharing of our articles, and feedback on our content. We want to keep this momentum going. In 2014, you will see a more streamlined and improved ThomasNet News that will ensure you...

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