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  • Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys

    Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys

    • April 1, 2020

    Featuring the atomic number 30, zinc is a bluish-silver metal that’s somewhat brittle at room temperature. While most people recognize zinc as an essential mineral — it boots the immune system and regulates metabolism — it’s also used in the production of many alloys. Brass, for instance, is an alloy consisting primarily of copper and

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  • Will Covid-19 Kill Kanban?

    Will Covid-19 Kill Kanban?

    • March 30, 2020

    Most Americans are not familiar with the business model that delivers their groceries. In fact, “supermarkets” were the source for most of the good practices that have evolved into “just in time manufacturing”. The term “Kanban” evolved from grocery stores to also define the process by which manufacturers only bought components “as needed” or “just

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  • The Pros and Cons of Die Casting

    The Pros and Cons of Die Casting

    • March 27, 2020

    From cylinder heads and engine blocks to garden furniture and bicycle frames, die casting is used to create a wide variety of products. It involves the use of pressurized molten metal to fill a mold cavity. The raw metal is heated, after which it’s forced into a mold cavity. After the molten metal has cooled

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  • The Unique Benefits of Magnetic Pulse Welding

    The Unique Benefits of Magnetic Pulse Welding

    • March 27, 2020

    Welding is a fabrication process that’s used to join two or more workpieces. It’s typically performed using a device, known as a welder, that heats the respective workpieces, thereby fusing them together at the surface. Magnetic pulse welding, however, uses a different mechanism to join workpieces. Rather than heat, it uses magnetism. It’s a unique

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  • What Is a Mechanical Joint?

    What Is a Mechanical Joint?

    • March 26, 2020

    Joints are found in all types of machines, produces and workpieces. When two or more surfaces are joined together, they form a joint. There are several different types of joints, however, one of which is a mechanical joint. Some mechanical joints are temporary, whereas others are permanent. Regardless, they are commonly found in industrial machines

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  • What Is Strand Casting in Manufacturing?

    • March 25, 2020

    Manufacturing companies often rely on molds and die to create custom-sized and -shaped objects out of raw metal. Known as casting, it’s used in the production of countless consumer and business products. There are several types of casting used in the manufacturing industry, though, one of which is strand casting. So, what is strand casting

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