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Get the most from your quoting software

June 7, 2011

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Even a modern quoting software package is no guarantee that all job estimates will be done consistently and correctly. But tips, such as investigating the software's full capabilities and establishing master routing templates, can help the software meet those high expectations.

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LAI International wins Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council

June 3, 2011

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, won a Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council. The company was recognized as Outstanding Small-to-Medium Manufacturer of the Year at the AMC's...

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Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag - TheFabricator.com

Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag

June 3, 2011

In addition to removing mild steel and aluminum slag, TRUMPF's new TruTool TSC 100 removes stainless steel slag. The slat cleaner can be used on flatbed laser machines with an output of up to 7 kW. It removes slag from the sides of the slats as well as in spaces between and right up to the...

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GRT-Mars changes name

June 3, 2011

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced its name change to Mars Intl. Inc. The company continues to operate in its current structure, and all contact information remains the same. The company has changed its domain name and Web site address to www.marsint.com, but the old e-mail and site...

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Pleated bags for baghouses help lower energy costs - TheFabricator.com

Pleated bags for baghouses help lower energy costs

June 3, 2011

Apel Intl. Inc. has introduced the patented Pulse-Jet™ pleated bag to help lower energy costs and increase baghouse efficiencies. Serving as an alternative to fabric bags and cages, the pleated bag features top- and bottom-load designs, two to three times the filter life, 99.99 percent...

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Getting in tune with tube

June 2, 2011

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Custom guitar-maker Gordon Branch started making guitars from wood, the traditional material, about 25 years ago. He went in a different direction when he created a design based on an aluminum billet, relying on the metal’s acoustic characteristics for a unique sound. Recently he decided to try combining an aluminum billet with aluminum tubing, with stunning results.

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Adventures in titanium—3 questions about repairing titanium eyeglasses by welding

June 2, 2011

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Nguyen needs his titanium eyeglasses repaired and wants some expert advice about how this can best be achieved. The answers to his questions about the process provide valuable insight into some aspects of welding titanium.

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Modest job growth to continue in manufacturing in June

June 2, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will continue to add jobs in June, but the pace of payroll growth remains insufficient to drive unemployment rates down significantly, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey...

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The FAB 40: Back to business

June 2, 2011

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The FAB 40 listing for 2011 indicates that metal fabricators are gearing up to cope with an expanding manufacturing economy.

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ISM May ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity growth slows

June 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued June 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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CNC prototyping system designed for auto, motorcycle shop in-house fabrication

May 31, 2011

Torchmate's 2x2 CNC prototyping system brings computer-automated, repeatable prototyping functions to auto and motorcycle shops for in-house fabrication. In addition to its main function of prototyping suspension components, engine mounts, and other metal parts and accessories, the machine...

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Yamaha moves ATV production to U.S.

May 31, 2011

Yamaha Motor Corp., Cypress, Calif., and Yamaha Motor Mfg. Corp. of America (YMMC) have announced that production of new ATV models has been moved from overseas facilities to Yamaha's Newnan, Ga., factory. The company has invested more than $250 million in the factory in the past 10 years. This is...

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Metal Sales Mfg. expands Denver location

May 31, 2011

Metal Sales Mfg. Corp., Louisville, Ky., has added 36,000 sq. ft. to its Denver facility. The location, the largest of 20 nationwide, now has a total of 132,000 sq. ft. and employs 80 full-time workers serving Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho,...

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HRB prices down worldwide

May 26, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 23 slipped 0.3 percent to $634 per ton after rising four consecutive times. The World export HRB price slipped 0.5 percent to $728 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising two weeks ago. The Western European HRB price fell...

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U.S. durable goods orders post biggest decline in six months

May 25, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased $7.1 billion or 3.6 percent to $189.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This is the largest decline recorded in six months. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.4 percent March increase. Excluding...

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