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Metalfab: All that glitters is metal

April 11, 2006

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Lights. Camera. Fabricate?! You get home from work after fabricating all day, kick back with a cool one, and turn on the tube just to see more metal fabrication, on-screen, as entertainment. If it's not "American Chopper" or "Monster Garage," it's "Biker Build-Off," "Monster House" or "American Hot Rod." What's the fascination with fabrication? Do shows like these put a new spin on the image of metal forming and fabricating? Have they inspired younger generations to consider metal fabricating as a profession? Why have TV producers zoned in on these types of shows?

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How to get a handle on your inventory

April 11, 2006

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Well-managed companies have taken aggressive steps to reduce "at-rest" inventory by revamping their supply chains to support smaller, more frequent shipments. Industry sources have reported that some of the best performing stamping companies are turning inventory 28 times annually.

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Desiccant dryer removes water, vapor, oil aerosols, dirt

March 7, 2006

Motor Guard Corp. has introduced the DD-1008 mini desiccant dryer.The dryer is a disposable, inline, point-of-use filter that features a color-change indicator when replacement is necessary.Attached...

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Metalform Nashville focuses on Southern manufacturing

March 7, 2006

As part of its new exhibit strategy , The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is offering scaled-down regional shows, which will be held in even-numbered years. A larger show will return to the Chicago area in odd-numbered years.

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Working toward Six Sigma success

March 7, 2006

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Successful implementation of Six Sigma requires support from management, good planning, and undertaking of projects to move Six Sigma forward.

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The China-dominated manufacturing environment

March 7, 2006

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All manufacturers have to realize that what is going on in China will affect them in some way, no matter how small their business is. Protectionist policies from the U.S. government aren't on the horizon to help. Business owners and managers are negligent if they do not make an effort to understand the economic changes caused by China's movement to a market economy in some detail and then use that understanding to evaluate and likely modify their companies' business plans.

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Editorial Advisory Board Roundtable

March 7, 2006

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The FABRICATOR invited the members of its Editorial Advisory Board together to discuss the state of skilled labor in North America and what the future looks like for tomorrow's fabricating and forming employees and employers.

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Are you preparing for the worker skills gap?

March 7, 2006

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The skilled labor shortage many manufacturers already are experiencing is being joined by a skills gap as the aging work force retires and fewer young people pursue technical training. Manufacturers need to act now to cultivate and grow the future work force and bridge the gap.

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Leak detectors cool water in resistance welding cells

February 7, 2006

Rocon LLC's DeltaPoint™ series leak detectors cool water in resistance welding cells. The nonmechanical instruments provide flow comparisons, detect tip loss, and monitor flow temperature in...

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Safety limit switch available in various configurations

February 7, 2006

The SL (Safety Lock) series of interlock switches from Scientific Technologies Inc. includes a large selection of actuator configurations with plastic or die-cast housings.A rotatable head provides...

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Hazmat training program available

February 7, 2006

The Hazmat Training Made Easier For All Employeesprogram from J.J. Keller & Associates helps companies conduct required general awareness hazmat training and address function-specific and safety...

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Nanofiber cartridge filters submicron dust at MERV 13

February 7, 2006

Ultra-Web® nanofiber cartridge filters from Donaldson® Torit® filter submicron dust at MERV 13 efficiency levels.According to the manufacturer, the filter reduces emissions by 40 percent...

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Cleaning system uses most distillable cleaning solvents

February 7, 2006

Tiyoda Serec Corp. offers airless vacuum solvent cleaning systems that use almost any distillable cleaning solvent. They have onboard solvent filtration and distillation capabilities, and the vacuum's...

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Tonnage monitor aids press protection, quality control

February 7, 2006

The PWi PressWatch production monitor from Toledo Integrated Systems is a full-featured tonnaged monitor for press protection and quality control.The monitor has a reverse tonnage display, storage for...

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The big squeeze

February 7, 2006

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Three companies dominating the market is a distant memory as Japanese and European automakers' market shares steadily increase. The Big Three has evolved into the New 6 that includes Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler. Suppliers tied to the Big Three will have to make a negative adjustment to remain profitable.

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