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Hypertherm, Lincoln Electric discuss no-layoff business model on NPR

November 5, 2009

Metal fabricating industry suppliers Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., and Cleveland, Ohio-based Lincoln Electric, were featured today on a National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast discussing companies that...

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L.B. Foster, Lally Pipe & Tube joint venture to manufacture precision pipe couplings

November 5, 2009

L.B. Foster Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., has announced a newly formed joint venture between three partners, Kentucky-based Lally Pipe & Tube, L.B. Foster, and industry veteran, Jim Legg. Together, the three...

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GoIndustry DoveBid, GE Healthcare announce strategic collaboration

November 4, 2009

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, has announced a strategic collaboration with GoIndustry DoveBid (GoIDB). The partnership enhances GE Healthcare's asset disposal capabilities and...

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Drafting useful drawings

November 3, 2009

No matter what drafting standards you adhereto, a CAD jockey should always strive todeliver information in the best and mostcomplete format to the manufacturing floor.

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Manufacturing activity grows for third consecutive month; growth rate highest since April 2006

November 2, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the sixth consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in...

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NAM disappointed by House health care bill

October 29, 2009

In response to the release of the House of Representatives Affordable Health Care for America Act today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler issued the following...

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HRB prices split: China, Western Europe up; U.S., World down

October 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 26 surged 5.7 percent to $430 per ton after four consecutive declines. The Western European HRB price rose 1.0 percent to...

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Trimmed Parts

Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009


Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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Survey shows improving business conditions—pickup in hiring, capital spending—over next six months

October 26, 2009

The October 26, 2009, National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Industry Survey report, based on responses of 78 NABE members to a survey conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, 2009 about...

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Federal Reserve survey sees housing, manufacturing improving

October 21, 2009

A Federal Reserve Beige Book survey released today found that housing and manufacturing are driving the early stages of the economic recovery.According to the survey, "many sectors" have either...

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Resistance welding system enhanced with electrically operated linear servo actuators for improved weld pressure control

October 20, 2009

T.J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., now offers a resistance welding system with electrically operated linear servo actuators designed to eliminate problems associated with pneumatic systems.The...

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Otis wins contract for Seoul development

October 20, 2009

Farmington, Conn.-based Otis Elevator Co. has been awarded a contract from AIG Korean Real Estate Development YH to provide 125 elevators, escalators, and moving walkways for Internationa Finance...

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Metal forming companies expect leveling in business conditions, incoming orders during fourth quarter

October 19, 2009

According to the October 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a leveling in business conditions and incoming orders during the final...

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Mound Technologies wins $1.5 million contract from Army National Guard

October 15, 2009

Heartland Inc., a diversified company with businesses in steel warehousing and fabrication and petroleum retail and wholesale operations, today announced that Mound Technologies, Springboro, Ohio, its...

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Workholding system's captured screw, dowel assemblies allow quick installation

October 13, 2009

Stevens Eng. Inc. and Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. have introduced the Unilock starter kit workholding system. The kit allows users to plug the components immediately into their production cell...

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