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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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Seconn Fabrication earns Sustainability Award

May 23, 2011

Seconn Fabrication, Waterford, Conn., has been awarded the Sustainability Award from Legrand |Ortronics. According to Nitin Raj Sharma, director of strategic sourcing at Legrand |Ortronics, the company "was pleased to find a supplier [Seconn Fabrication] that took the initiative prior to being...

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Cleaner, degreaser has blend of biodegradable detergents formulated for industrial applications - TheFabricator.com

Cleaner, degreaser has blend of biodegradable detergents formulated for industrial applications

May 23, 2011

Mean Green® industrial-strength cleaner and degreaser from CR Brands Inc. has a blend of biodegradable detergents formulated for industrial applications. The product dissolves grease and grime quickly and lifts stains off all surfaces without environmentally harmful solvents. It is suitable...

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TG Mfg. acquires AIM Industries

May 23, 2011

TG Mfg., Grand Rapids, Mich., a division of Tiger Industrial Systems, has acquired AIM Industries in Grand Haven, Mich. AIM Industries, a provider of metal stamping, CNC machining, robotic welding, and tooling, is housed in a 41,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility. TG Mfg.'s plans to integrate its...

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QuikCut announces expansion plans

May 23, 2011

Steel fabricating company QuikCut has announced a planned expansion of its Fort Wayne, Ind., facility. The $345,000 expansion will include new equipment for fabrication, sandblasting, and painting, as well as general building improvements. The company expects to add 25 employees....

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Oberg Industries expands industrial welding services

May 23, 2011

Oberg Industries, a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies in Freeport, Pa., has expanded its welding support services to complement its metalworking operations that include metal stamping, tooling, machining, and grinding. The company has formed a strategic alliance with...

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Raster-to-vector conversion software updated with new tools - TheFabricator.com

Raster-to-vector conversion software updated with new tools

May 23, 2011

Arbor Image Corp. has released the latest version of Cutting Shop raster-to-vector conversion software for fabrication and artistic design applications. The software takes an original scanned-in paper drawing or digitized photograph and converts it from pixels to lines and arcs. This latest...

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