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Arc Welding 101: WPS & PQR for dummies

January 30, 2017 | By Paul Cameron

Paul Cameron explains the important elements of developing a WPS or PQR for weld inspecting.

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Lean manufacturing and a tale of two sandboxes

January 30, 2017 | By Gary Conner, Logan O’Hara

Change can cause an emotional roller coaster. One often-missed component of continuous improvement is empathizing with those who must change what they do every day. Without empathy, understanding, and describing what the change means for the whole organization, emotions can run high.

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Deere employees increase volunteer hours by more than 50 percent

January 30, 2017

In 2016 employees of Deere & Co., based in Moline, Ill., increased by more than 50 percent the number of volunteer hours they recorded in service to community organizations worldwide, totaling nearly 158,000 hours in the year compared to approximately 104,500 in 2015.During the year, the company...

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Aluminum Workshop: Choosing a filler to repair 356.0-T6 casting

January 30, 2017 | By Frank Armao

A reader wanting to make a repair to a 356.0-T6 aluminum cylinder gets Frank's advice on what filler metal to use.

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Fives to deliver straightening machine to Meyer Turku

January 30, 2017

Fives, based in Paris, has announced it will design and deliver a fully automated and motorized Bronx 13-roll straightening machine to Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku. The machine, which will be installed and commissioned in summer 2017, will process bulb sections up to 8.66 in. wide. These...

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A new way to automate sheet metal bending

January 30, 2017 | By Tim Heston

At Minneapolis-based Atlas Manufacturing, a collaborative robot has taken over the mundane task of forming long runs of simple parts.

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Wildeck receives Most Valuable Supplier Award from MHEDA

January 30, 2017

Waukesha, Wis.-based material handling equipment and safety products manufacturer Wildeck Inc. has earned the 2017 Most Valuable Supplier (MVS) Award from the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA). According to MHEDA, this newly initiated award recognizes companies that have...

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Fabricating a new sales approach

January 30, 2017 | By Dan Davis

More job shops are looking to formalize their sales efforts, and that often means eschewing contract sales reps and hiring a full-time employee to go out and chase business.

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Press brake bending basics: Tooling choice when forming aluminum

January 30, 2017 | By Steve Benson

When choosing tools to bend aluminum, as always, you need to consider the naturally floated radius as well as where the bend turns sharp. You also may consider forming certain aluminum grades in the annealed condition.

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A trophy fit for Titletown

January 27, 2017 | By Amanda Carlson

A Wisconsin metal fabricator created a 10-ft. replica of the Lombardi Trophy and mounted it in the yard outside of its Green Bay-based tailgate house. Why? Because Packer freedom is a way of life.

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Managing the three legs of the custom metal fabrication stool

January 27, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Technology has become the ticket to entry for metal fabrication. But when a fabricator buys a new machine, it doesn’t stay secret for long. So what really sets a company apart from its competitors? Past speakers at FMA events give some insights.

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Athader S.L. to provide two slitting lines to Nova Steel

January 27, 2017

Athader S.L., based in Renteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain, a company within The Bradbury Group, has announced it will install two ultrahigh-strength slitting lines that handle coils weighing up to 80,000 lbs. at Nova Steel.A line with a slitting capability of 0.375 by 74 in. will be installed at the...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design changes involve changes to CAD hierarchy

January 27, 2017 | By Gerald Davis

To assist with smooth transitions during design changes, columnist Gerald Davis shows a work flow for changing a part into an assembly.

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Toyota creates 400 jobs in Indiana

January 27, 2017

Toyota Indiana has announced plans to add 400 jobs at the plant in Princeton, investing $600 million in retooling, new equipment, and advanced technologies to meet demand for the Highlander® midsize SUV. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will add 40,000 Highlanders annually. The...

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UniCarriers Americas adds Rapidparts as supplier

January 27, 2017

Marengo, Ill.-based material handling equipment maker UniCarriers Americas Corp. has strengthened the DURA-LIFT® all-makes offerings provided to its dealer network by adding Rapidparts as a parts supplier.Dealers now will have access to thousands of new all-makes replacement parts supplied from...

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