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Power Swaging is the title of Corbin's Technical Bulletins, Volume IV, (Cat.No. TB-4), the print version of the TB-4-E E-Book. Now Corbin has published a new, updated version of TB-4-E on CD-ROM, with information about press design, die pressures, tables and formulae, and specific instructions for setting up and operating the Corbin Hydro-press and Hydro Junior power press.

The CD-ROM contains two formats, Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and standard HTML. The PDF file can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5.0 is provided on the CD-ROM with a self-installing program for Windows operating system). The HTML version can be viewed or printed with your web browser. The appendix at the end of the book contains a few more illustrations in the PDF version but otherwise the two have the same text.

Also included on the CD-ROM are close-up color photographs of the interior and top panel (controls) for the Hydro-press, Hydro Junior, and of the Mega-Mite hand press and the Hydro-Mite bench model hydraulic power press. They are in JPG, GIF and TIF formats, and may be viewed with the slide show viewer provided.

The CD-ROM has an auto-start file that opens a CD Menu screen. The menu has clearly indicated choices to install the Acrobat Reader, open the book in HTML format, open the book in PDF (Acrobat) format, view the images with the built-in slide show, or e-mail Corbin with any questions.

The slide show option brings up a short vertical "film strip" with the first few pictures on it. A menu at the top lets you run the slide show, and provides additional help. The slide show can be run automatically, either one-time through or in a continuous loop, or it can be run forward and backward one image at a time by clicking the arrow icons.

The slide show is contained in one executable file, which can be used to display other images simply by copying it to any folder that has images on it. The Acrobat Reader software is used by the IRS and other agencies to display and print their tax forms and instructions, and is not limited to reading only this book. All Corbin e-books are available in PDF format.

The chapters in TB-4-E are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Design of Power Swaging Systems
  3. Swaging Pressures
  4. Lead Wire Production
  5. CHP-1 Hydro-PressTM Set-Up
  6. CHP-1 Hydro-PressTM Pressure Control
  7. CHP-1 Hydro-PressTM Operation
  8. Power Jacket-Making
  9. Power Bullet Swaging
  10. Power Swaging Business Tips
  11. Production Volume
  12. Tables and Formulae

The information covers more than just the mechanics and physics of power swaging. It also discusses business planning and information based on comparisons of automatic high speed production and lower volume custom work, drawing bullet jackets, extruding lead wire, and provides tables for maximum safe die pressures, ram thrust, and conversion of oil pressure to internal die pressure for a wide range of calibers. Recommended companion software is the DC-DIES die pressure calculator CD-ROM, and the DC-LEAD extrusion and powder metal calculator CD-ROM.