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Donaldson Co. offers new white paper on controlling hexavalent chromium

December 16, 2008

A new technical article entitled "Hexavalent Chromium: What You Need to Know," authored by Donaldson Co. Inc., Minneapolis, has been released for industrial manufacturers involved in welding,...

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Myriad Proprietary Design Languages

Lost in translation

December 15, 2008

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Metrology managers are pushing industry to standardize, so that all digital inspection devices can, in essence, speak the same language.

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HRB price direction continues mixed

December 10, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™U.S. HRB spot price for Dec. 8 dropped 11.8 percent to $614 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the ninth consecutive decline. The world export HRB price dropped 9.2 percent...

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Precision CAD assembly

The real world of 3-D CAD assemblies

December 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes the benefits of working with 3-D CAD assemblies.

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Strips of nitinol

Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008

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Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.

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Fuel Storage Tanks

Getting the weld right the first time

November 25, 2008

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When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.

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Getting it there yesterday - TheFabricator.com

Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008

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Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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Nobody's favorite word—Layoffs

November 25, 2008

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Mass layoffs are occurring with greater and greater frequency. With proper planning, some may have been avoidable. Some troubled companies may be able to find alternatives to layoffs, and all can take steps to minimize layoff pain for both the displaced workers and those who remain on the job.

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Metal formers expect business deterioration to continue

November 20, 2008

According to the November 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to continue to deteriorate during the next three...

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The price of green: Stewardship and prosperity

November 11, 2008

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Time spent researching green cleaning products and determining what's right for your operation is time well spent. Approach your green initiative as a new business venture. Be wary of greenwashed products and make smart decisions. Both the planet and your bottom line will thank you.

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Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX

Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008

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Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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Differential-pressure control panels for cartridge dust collectors introduced

November 11, 2008

United Air Specialists (UAS) has introduced two new digital pulse cleaning control panels to monitor differential pressure on its line of cartridge dust collectors. The digital pressure control (DPC)...

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Precision leveler provides shape correction on boron-clad material

November 11, 2008

B&K, a division of Formtek-Maine, has produced a 3.5 series precision parts leveler for a customer in Canada. The machine provides shape correction on boron-clad material coming off the rolling mill...

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Lifting magnets require minimal operating maintenance

November 11, 2008

SafeHold® RPL series permanent lifting magnets from Eriez® can lift and transfer steel and iron without slings, hooks, or cables, and without marring the surface. The magnets require minimal...

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Heavy-duty permanent sweeper magnet available in various strengths

November 11, 2008

Storch Magnetics manufactures the Magnetic Road Sweeper that uses either a permanent magnet or an electromagnet for vehicle-mounted applications to sweep industrial or commercial floors, work sites,...

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