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"Wear It's At"

Volume 1 Issue 2

Wednesday, May 26, 1999


"WEAR.....ITS AT" A Clad Technologies Inc. Publication

Volume 1 Issue 2 Monday, April 26, 1999

Dear Subscribers and Friends; I just want to thank all the new subscribers to "Wear It's At" for joining us. These past few weeks have seen the list triple in size.

In This Issue

1. Quotes of the Day
2. Wear Technology - "Clues For Evaluating Wear Mechanisms "
3. Welding Tips - "How To Deal With Wire Feeding Problems"
4. PIM - "How To Organize Your Tasks"
5. Marketing - "Tag Your Company or Product"
6. "Grillin"

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1. Quotes of the Day

"The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes." * Marcel Proust

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." * Anais Nin

That's good food for thought. Very often I find myself rediscovering something I took for granted. When we see with new eyes, that's usually a signal that we have changed somehow inside. And when we change inside, the outside looks so much different. Have you ever known someone who has had a close brush with death, a heart attack or something? They have a whole new outlook on life, their surroundings, and their environment.

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2. Wear Technology "Clues For Evaluating Wear Mechanisms "

It has been said that 80% of all wear is abrasive in nature. From my experience it appears to be pretty accurate. This would lead to a rather simple solution to solving wear problems, since the cause is usually abrasive. Wish it were that easy. But then again, some of us wouldn't have jobs if it were that easy. Allow me to take some liberties here and requote that statement. "80% of all wear is PREDOMINATELY abrasive in nature". Notice the catchword "PREDOMINATELY". It has been my experience that most wear is a combination of wear mechanisms which may include one or more of the following: * Corrosion * Erosion * Metal to Metal or Adhesive Wear * Impact * Galling * Thermal Fatigue * Abrasive Wear It is the "Other" wear mechanisms in combination with abrasive wear that cause all the problems. It is only until the other mechanisms are recognized that a successful solution to the wear problem can be achieved. The identification process can be very difficult because of the subtle nature of the "Other" mechanisms. Impact, for example is often undetected or underrated. Think for a moment about water dripping from a rock crevice onto a rock ledge. Doesn't appear that would create any impact at all, but it is the major wear factor from the rock ledges viewpoint. Huge gullies are formed in this manner. Some forms of Erosion for example, can be caused by minute gas bubbles bursting and causing impact on a metal surface. This can result in extensive damage. Actually the list of "Other" wear mechanisms goes on. The point here is that, when evaluating a wear problem, look for the not so obvious. Look for the subtle mechanisms that might be at work. Don't be too hasty to make a judgement. If a wear problem has been persistent despite numerous attempts to solve it, its solution usually lies in the subtle wear mechanism that no one else has been able to detect. **************************************************************************** *********************************

3. Welding Technology "How To Deal With Wire Feeding Problems"

Ever been perplexed by a wave of MIG welding problems? Porosity, lack of fusion, stubbing just to list a few of the maladies. Almost everyone has experienced these problems. We blame the wire manufacturer. We blame the Distributor. We blame the Welders. We blame a lot of things except the real culprit. And who is the real culprit???? None other than WIRE FEEDING.. I'm sure you have all heard the comments like "We haven't change a thing .... We have been welding like this forever .... Must be the wire ... Call the wire manufacturer." Sound familiar? I'm sure we have all been there at one time or another. In a majority of cases, welding problems that come in waves like this are often related to wire feeding problems. Yes, even when solid wires are being used. Cored wires in particular suffer from these problems. The next time you are having problems as described above take note of the following:

Liner Cleanliness. Liners often get clogged over a period of time. This results from either the fill falling out, wire lubricant rubbing off on the liner, or infrequent change outs of the liner. If the fill is falling out, you may have sharp bends in the gun assembly or the wire is being bent coming out of a payoff pack. In some rare cases, the wire lubricant packs inside the liner. You should probably consult with the wire manufacturer at this point. Quite often it is advantageous to put a cleaning pad ahead of the feeder just to prevent excess lubricant from entering the liner. I would suggest this practice especially if you are feeding an automatic operation. Steel Wool or Scotch Brite pads work great.

Wire Stacking: What is wire stacking? Well, in many cases an oversize liner is chosen for a gun assembly with the intent to make things loosey goosey on the inside of the liner. The practice is well intended, but the outcome can be disastrous. Stacking occurs in these assemblies when a particularly soft wire has room to bend inside the liner itself and not conform to the liner curvature. To avoid this problem, choose the liner with an inside diameter at slightly larger than the wire diameter, leaving very little room for stacking. .010" to .015" clearance if you can get it. Generally the gun manufacturer has appropriate liners for various size wires. Their recommendation should be followed for best results. It is usually when we try going outside these guidelines that we get into trouble.

The last thing we want to look at is gun assembly length. Often the longest gun assembly length is chosen to cover all aspects of welding positions and fabrications. While this is a good idea, occasionally the long length assemblies, i.e. longer than 15 ft. result in feeding problems. It's just too long and too much resistance.

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4. PIM (Personal Information Management) "How To Organize Your Tasks"

I have found this little trick to be a great organizer. I treat all major tasks as WORK ORDERS. I have a numbering system and naming nomenclature that tells me what the subject is and who it is for. Even if it's for me. I keep a stack of manila folders numbered in sequence in my desk. Whenever I have a project or task, it gets a number and a file of it's own. All related tasks for that Work Order also get numbers, but in this case they get an extension number. For example, I recently attended the 99 American Welding Society Conference in St. Louis. As soon as I knew I was going, I assigned it a Work Order Number (#1109). I selected the folder, entered into a database (Microsoft Outlook) in my computer and filed all pertinent information in the folder. Sub tasks under this topic such as securing airline tickets, securing hotel accommodations, registration and To-Do notes all received extension numbers such as 1109.1 Airline Tickets, 1109.2 Hotel Reservations and 1109.3 Appointments, etc. I use Microsoft Outlook for my PIM. Each task or Work Order comes up on my calendar and I can quickly deal with the topic and check it off as it is completed. Incidentally, all the sub tasks do not receive folders. They are filed in the main 1109 folder. From that point on, all charges, notes, and other data are referenced to that Work Order number. IT'S ALL IN ONE PLACE. And for me, it's conveniently located on my computer for search and find. If it sounds like a lot of work to keep up with, consider all the work that goes into finding lost tickets, scattered paperwork, etc. if no system was used at all. It's an easy habit to form and certainly a great time saver.

If you have a PIM tip that you would like to share, please send it to me.

5. Marketing "Tag Your Company or Product"

Studies show that people do relate to "tags". What is a tag? It's a catchy little saying that says something about your company or product that hangs in the customers mind. For example; Coke has "Drink Coke". Visa Card has "Everywhere You Want To Be". Sherwin Williams Paints has "Covering The World". Whether you're a mega giant corporation or a one man/woman show, it pays to use a tag. Be creative, get some help if needed. Write down everything that comes to mind and work with it. Clad Technologies uses "Conquering Wear .... Everywhere". It took me well over 10 hours and many trips to online dictionaries to come up with this. It allows me so much latitude to express so many things. Keep a look out on my Web Site for these examples. The big corporations do it because they know that it pays. Most have spent a great deal of money on consumer psychology and they know how to use it. I know, you are probably saying that it doesn't pertain to my business. Believe me, the consumer doesn't change thought processes when he or she reads the Visa ad and then your ad. He/she reacts the same. Try it. It can be great fun besides being monetarily rewarding. Incidentally, if you can somehow include your company name in the "tag", you're that much ahead of the game.

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6. "Grillin"

The vast majority of my audience is male. And it is us males who seem to get the job of barbecuing or grilling. I myself enjoy it. I can't do much in the kitchen except play the radio, but I think I'm pretty handy on the Grill. Summer is approaching and that usually spells "Grillin". I've decided to pass along some Grillin Recipes that I thought you might enjoy and try out. Mind you, I haven't tried a lot of these, but I would appreciate any feedback. Also, if you have a favorite that you would like to pass on, please submit it to me Just a word or the ladies; this section is not intended for just the gents. The ladies are more than invited to contribute. After all many ladies are great behind the grill.


1 cup fresh orange juice 1 cup fresh lime juice 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup canola oil 2 red onions, quartered and each quarter cut in half 1 orange peeled and sectioned 1 lemon peeled and sectioned 1 lime peeled and sectioned 2 tablespoons chopped chives 1/4 cup cilantro 2 pounds red snapper, cut into 1-inch cubes 16 long wooden skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours 2 mangoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

In a large bowl, combine the juices, oil, onions, citrus fruits, chives and cilantro. Add the snapper, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Using two skewers thread pieces of snapper, alternating with onion, citrus sections and mangoes. Preheat grill. Grill on each side for 1 minute. (to obtain grill marks and slightly heat through)


**************************************************************************** *********************** I'll be in touch throughout the following month. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Bob Miller

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