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Does outsourcing HR make sense?

November 10, 2014

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Outsourcing helps to keep shop floors busy all over the world, but the philosophy also might be feasible for some front-office activities, too, such as human resources. In fact, given the constant changes associated with employment law and the challenges of hiring workers, companies need good HR input, and outsourcing is a quick way to achieve that.

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Aluminum Workshop: Differentiating between residue and oxide on your aluminum wire

November 10, 2014

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Q: I think I have a problem with the 5356 aluminum wire I am using for gas metal arc welding (GMAW). If I take a clean white cloth, wrap it around a length of the wire, and rub it vigorously, I get a pretty big black mark on the cloth. I think the wire is dirty. The company that sold it to me says...

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Felling Trailers announces personnel changes

November 10, 2014

Felling Trailers Inc., Sauk Centre, Minn., has announced three changes to its staff. Nathan Uphus, who was an inside trailer sales coordinator, now is Southeast territory manager. He joined the company in the final assembly department 16 years ago. Former Trailer Parts Sales Coordinator Jake...

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Webinars address fabrication efficiency

November 10, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a Cincinnati-based provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing process automation, will present two webinars in November. They are designed for shop owners, fabricators, programmers, machine operators, and production managers. “Fab Shop Automation: A single software...

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Using power tools effectively

November 10, 2014

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Following basic safety practices when using power tools contributes to safer conditions for the machine or tool operator and provides cost savings for the fabrication shop through improved productivity and extended consumable life

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Toolholder features integrated transmission

November 10, 2014

Emuge Corp. has introduced the SPEEDSYNCHRO® toolholder, which features an integrated transmission of 1-to-4.412 for optimizing thread production on CNC machines with synchronous spindles. The integrated transmission is combined with Softsynchro® minimum-length compensation to work with high...

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Piecing together the continuous improvement puzzle

November 10, 2014

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Various improvement initiatives related to 5S, part flow, communication, management structure, and planning led to a stark change at Miller Welding & Machine Co., a contract fabricator in western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, everything just clicked.

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Arc Welding 101: Don't spare the rod—Electrode storage myths

November 10, 2014

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Welders often ask me, “Can I dry welding rods in my oven if they have gotten wet?” and “Can I put 7018 welding rods in my freezer for a certain amount of time if they are old?” The 7018 electrode is a low-hydrogen rod, which means it doesn’t tolerate moisture in its flux. If you’ve...

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Welding lathe features open naming convention for part welding parameter storage

November 10, 2014

Mavrix Welding Automation Inc. has launched a new line of horizontal and vertical welding lathes featuring PLC-based controls. The straightforward terminology of the PLC helps reduce the learning curve so that operators are ready to weld in minutes. With adaptive spindle speed compensation,...

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Flow launches parts ordering site

November 7, 2014

Kent, Wash.-based Flow Intl. Corp., a developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, has launched www.flowparts.com for online parts ordering. The new site allows visitors to search by keyword, system, or product. They can create saved machine...

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R&B Machining launches new website

November 7, 2014

R&B Machining Inc., Wilmington, Ohio, has launched a new website at www.rbmachining.net promoting its tube bending and forming products and services. The new website offers a comprehensive view of the company’s latest developments in tube end forming machines, as well as tooling used in the...

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JDSU, Amada collaborate on development of direct-diode laser to cut metal

November 7, 2014

JDSU, Milpitas, Calif., a developer of technologies for the optical-networking market, has collaborated with Amada, a manufacturer of metal fabricating tools, to develop a new direct-diode laser that provides up to 2 kW of output power. The laser has been integrated into Amada’s new ExC sheet...

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Diamond T Manufacturing Inc. launches new website

November 7, 2014

Greenville, Ga.-based Diamond T Manufacturing Inc.™, a manufacturer of specialty architectural features, has announced a new website at www.diamondtmanufacturing.com. It features the company’s custom-fabricated and -finished ornamental products for the commercial construction...

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Burr Oak Tool marks 70th anniversary, opens new building

November 7, 2014

Burr Oak Tool Inc. is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2014. The firm was founded in 1944 in Burr Oak, Mich., as a provider of tools, dies, and fixtures to local companies. Today the company, now located in Sturgis, Mich., designs customized production machinery for the heat transfer and tube...

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Aluminum Workshop: Sizing up processes, power source capabilities for aluminum welding

November 7, 2014

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Q: I have a small shop at my home and would like to add a piece of welding equipment to increase my capabilities to weld aluminum. But, I’m confused. I don’t know whether to buy a gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) machine or a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine. Any suggestions? A: In general,...

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