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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part III

August 25, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick focuses on die basics, including die materials and rudimentary maintenance. He also explains the cutting process and what happens to metal when you cut it with a stamping die.

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Faith in the face of a recession - TheFabricator

Faith in the face of a recession

August 25, 2009

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Leadership isn't for the faint-hearted, particularly in stressful times such as a recession. You can learn to manage your attitudes and behaviors to help you and your organization more effectively weather the storm and emerge even stronger.

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Manufacturing executives report signs of improving economy in new poll

August 24, 2009

Optimism about the economy is beginning to permeate among the ranks of recession-wracked manufacturers, according to a new poll conducted by the co-sponsors of the upcoming FABTECH® International...

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Metal forming companies expect spike in business conditions in next three months

August 20, 2009

According to the August 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies predict a spike in business conditions during the next three months. ...

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LAI recognized by Inc. 5000 for third consecutive year

August 15, 2009

LAI International Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has announced that it has been named for the third consecutive...

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Ford increasing North American production

August 13, 2009

Ford Motor Company today announced it is increasing North American production in the third and fourth quarters to respond to growing demand for new Ford products and to ensure dealers are well stocked...

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Foot switch for variable-speed motor drives meets IP56 specs

August 11, 2009

The Linemaster Hercules potentiometer foot switch was designed for use with variable-speed motor drives and is available in select 2-W linear values. It features a cast-iron housing, and most models...

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Magnetic fanners handle sheets up to 1/8 in. thick stacked 14 in. high

August 11, 2009

Eriez® Hi-Powr permanent magnetic sheet fanners separate and fan light- or heavy-gauge steel to eliminate doubles when feeding material to presses, brakes, and shears.The sheet fanners do not pry...

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Necking machine designed for aerosol and beverage can makers

August 11, 2009

Hinterkopf offers metal can manufacturing systems with high-precision necking machines manufactured by Schuler.The N40V integrated system is designed for the aerosol and beverage can markets. The...

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Tool offers alternative to replacing entire die in parting applications

August 11, 2009

Wilson Tool's Dura-Die parting tool with replaceable die inserts offers punch press fabricators an alternative to replacing the entire die in parting applications.The replaceable inserts are...

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Bar code tool management program tracks equipment, inventory, maintenance

August 11, 2009

Dynamic Systems Inc. has released a tool and equipment manager program based on bar code technology. Basic Tool Manager is designed for manufacturers who want to track equipment inventory and...

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GKN Aerospace adds tube bending machines for complex parts

August 11, 2009

GKN Aerospace has installed Unison all-electric, combined left- and right-hand bending machines at its wing component operation in Filton, U.K. The machines are used to fabricate highly precise,...

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D&S Mfg. provides scholarshiops for girls' engineering program

August 11, 2009

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has presented scholarships for the STEPS for Girls summer program to two local students from Black River Falls Middle School. Jessa Ammann and Kyleigh Nandory were...

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FABTECH 2009 poised to provide solutions when recovery begins

August 11, 2009

Many economists are predicting that the recession will end and the economy will begin to rebound by the end of 2009. Scheduled for the middle of the fourth quarter, the FABTECH® International &...

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U.S. productivity gain largest since third quarter 2003

August 11, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor today reported preliminary productivity data—as measured by output per hour of all persons—for the second quarter of 2009....

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