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3-D CAD on the grill, Part VI - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part VI

June 8, 2010

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Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis reminds CAD designers that it is a good practice to test parametric links as the design progresses.

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Which cable carrier is right for your application?

June 7, 2010

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Carrier systems designed to protect your machinery’s cables and hoses can help prevent damage and improve your processes. Which of the many available systems is right for your operation?

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Sensor film reveals distribution, magnitude of pressure between two contacting surfaces - TheFabricator

Sensor film reveals distribution, magnitude of pressure between two contacting surfaces

June 7, 2010

Sensor Products Inc. offers Pressurex® pressure-indicating sensor film. It reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting surfaces. According to the company,...

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What's NEXt? Growth - TheFabricator

What's NEXt? Growth

June 1, 2010

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NEX Solutions experiences double-digit growth during the worst economic climate in a generation. How did managers and employees achieve such performance? By adding value.

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Structural adhesives designed to withstand stress from shock, impact, vibration

June 1, 2010

3M's Scotch-Weld toughened epoxy and acrylic adhesives provide long-term structural reliability under high stress from shock, impact, and vibration. High shear and peel strength enables the adhesives...

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Beckmann Volmer to invest $10 million in Arkansas plant

June 1, 2010

Beckmann Volmer has announced plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in Osceola, Ark., spending $10 million and employing 300 people. The German company makes major steel components for wind...

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ISM May ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories contracting

June 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 13th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the...

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The Wisconsin Family Robinson - TheFabricator

The Wisconsin Family Robinson

May 28, 2010

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Anyone that works for Robinson Metal Inc. learns the business from the ground up. This approach has served it well as the De Pere, Wis., company has grown to become one of the largest fabricating job shops in the U.S.

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FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign - TheFabricator

FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign

May 24, 2010

A public relations program created and conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., and its public relations firm, L.C. Williams & Associates, Chicago, has...

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Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area - TheFabricator

Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area

May 24, 2010

The Pivot 180 from Big Ass Fans is the company's first oscillating fan engineered to mount on a column and cover an area equivalent to four tennis courts. The 6-ft.-dia. fan, suitable for tight spaces...

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Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop - TheFabricator

Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop

May 17, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 709.1 clamping pads with threaded stems. The RoHS-compliant, metric-sized clamping pads have a body made of case-hardened steel with a black phosphate finish. The...

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Andy J. Egan receives Elite designation from MBPA

May 17, 2010

Andy J. Egan Co., a mechanical contractor and fabricator in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and...

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HRB price surge stalls: U.S. up 0.5%; Western Europe flat; World down 0.3%; China down 1.2%

May 12, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for May 10 was up 0.5 percent to $776 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eleventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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The impossible dream

May 11, 2010

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From the CAD operator's point of view, he can use several tricks for sheet metal modeling that can keep the design in the realm of can-do manufacturing—the land where the tooling and metal processing technologies are commonly available.

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OSHA establishes severe violator program, increased penalties

May 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., in an effort to address urgent safety and health problems facing Americans in the workplace, is...

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