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Rapid Creek Cutters—The second time around

February 24, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

At a time when companies are thinning the worker ranks, many people may be thinking about going into business for themselves. Pat Burrington, the owner of Rapid Creek Cutters, has worked for others and for himself. He recommends the latter.

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Teen race car driver promotes manufacturing careers

February 24, 2009 | By Traci Tapani

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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Art Hedrick

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Kate Bachman

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Marty Rice

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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Gerald Davis

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

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Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Tim Heston

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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