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Manufacturing activity declines for third consecutive month

November 3, 2008

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in October for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy concluded 83 consecutive months of growth, said U.S. supply executives...

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the importance of delivering a clear illustration and how it can make an impact on the final fabricated product.

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HRB prices drop 4 to 12 percent

October 30, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™world export HRB price for Oct. 27 dropped 12.1 percent to $702 per ton, FOB the port of export for the sixth consecutive decline. The Chinese HRB ex-works price dropped...

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Durable goods orders post largest gain in three months

October 29, 2008

U.S. factory orders for durable goods rose 0.8 percent in September, the largest gain in three months. The gain is attributed to a surge in demand for airplanes and autos, according to data from the...

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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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