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Teen race car driver promotes manufacturing careers

February 24, 2009

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Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.

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Shickle Corp Employees

'We are all Shickels'

February 10, 2009

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Shickel Corp., Bridgewater, Va., has a very diversified customer base, a strong manufacturing tradition, and a commitment to exposing youngsters to the exciting world of manufacturing. For all those reasons, this 70-year-old company is the recipient of The FABRICATOR's 2009 Industry Award.

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Survival—Are factors other than the economy dragging down your operation?

February 10, 2009

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Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.

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Dimensioning in a 3-D CAD system

February 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.

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Mining lucrative medical device prospects

January 27, 2009

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The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.

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Global Economic Crisis

'It's the economy, stupid'

January 13, 2009

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The annual "Fabricating Update" survey of metal fabricators about their main business concerns revealed that the economy, which edged out steel prices as the industry's leading concern in 2008, now outranks all other concerns by a huge margin. This latest survey also polled readers of "Stamping News Brief" and "Tube Talk" for an even greater sampling of the metal manufacturing industry.

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We're all in this together: Fighting negativity

January 13, 2009

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Even in the best of times, negativity can rear its ugly head and create problems in the workplace. In today's turbulent economic climate, fighting negativity may seem an almost impossible task. However, it's more important now than ever to keep negativity at bay. This article explains why.

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EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming

January 13, 2009

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EuroBLECH is a celebration more than anything. Most of the booths have plenty of tables and, usually, a bar for customers, distributors, business partners, and friends to swing by, chat, have a drink, and talk about life both in and out of the industry. In fact, unlike shows in North America, a visitor will find materials suppliers—the folks that make the metal sheet, plate, and tube—among the exhibitors. Everyone comes together for this global event.

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Sketching in a 3-D CAD System

January 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes different approaches to sketching in a 3-D environment.

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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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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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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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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

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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