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Worthington Industries announces layoffs, facility closings

October 27, 2008

Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington Industries has announced that it is reducing its workforce by nearly 300 through a combination of plant closings and layoffs. The facilities to be closed are: in...

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Manufacturers ready to buy despite market woes

October 24, 2008

In contrast to the grim financial news from New York and around the world, an unprecedented number of attendees filled the halls on opening day at the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show,...

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HRB prices plunge 8 to 24 percent

October 20, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 13 plummeted 23.5 percent to $458 per ton for the second consecutive drop. The world export HRB price dropped 11.1 percent to $799 per...

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CCAT initiative wins national award

October 16, 2008

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has received an award for Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Improvement from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI).The SSTI...

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Metal forming companies anticipating business decline

October 15, 2008

According to the October 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a severe deterioration in business conditions during the next three...

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Japanese metal fabrication

Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008

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Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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Air-purifying respirator constructed for near custom fit

October 14, 2008

Gateway Safety's PeakFit® is a NIOSH-approved, N95 air-purifying respirator. The construction of the respirator produces a near custom fit and helps enhance user comfort and safety, the...

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Adjustable air amplifier has no impellers, moving parts

October 14, 2008

Exair's 3-in. adjustable air amplifier moves high volumes of air to cool, vent, exhaust, and dry. The airflow can be adjusted from a blast to a breeze to match application requirements. There are no...

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Reconditioning system for welding gas cylinders removes contaminants

October 14, 2008

Viking Blast & Wash Systems' welding gas cylinder reconditioning system, the GC440, removes rust, enamel paint, and other surface contaminants from gas cylinders ranging in size from 12 in. dia. to...

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Vacuum lifter operable from any overhead hoist

October 14, 2008

Anver Corp. manufactures a compact, air-powered vacuum lifter that can be operated from any overhead hoist and features an adjustable pad attachment for lifting and installing heavy parts.The VPFL4...

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Portable weld curtain sets up, breaks down in seconds

October 14, 2008

A & A Mfg. has released a new portable weld curtain. The curtain sets up and breaks down in seconds, according to the company, and can be transported to new workstations with its roller wheels.When...

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Custom work platform designed for loading flatbed trailers

October 14, 2008

LPI® Lift Systems has introduced a large custom work platform used for loading flatbed trailers. The platform provides a fall prevention system and work area for staging the packing materials used...

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Phosphate-free acid pickle cleans inorganic soils from metal

October 14, 2008

Henkel Corp. has introduced an industrial-strength, phosphate-free acid pickle, Bonderite® Deoxidine® 216™, designed to clean inorganic soils off of metal surfaces.Formulated to...

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Industrial chairs ergonomically designed for welders

October 14, 2008

Synetik Design Inc. has developed a line of ergonomic seating products for welders.The company's patented Stag4 and Flex chairs are designed to provide a safe, comfortable position while kneeling.

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Cleaning nozzles uniformly cover 252-degree spherical pattern

October 14, 2008

BEX® SN4922 Clean-In-Place nozzles have a hole design that helps create solid streams that uniformly cover a 252-degree spherical pattern around the entire nozzle. The nozzles can distribute...

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