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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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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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Nobody's favorite word—Layoffs

November 25, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

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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The price of green: Stewardship and prosperity

November 11, 2008 | By Simon Wainwright

Time spent researching green cleaning products and determining what's right for your operation is time well spent. Approach your green initiative as a new business venture. Be wary of greenwashed products and make smart decisions. Both the planet and your bottom line will thank you.

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Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

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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Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008 | By Tim Heston

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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Growing season: Fabricating for agriculture

October 14, 2008 | By Tim Heston

FSI Fabrication makes products that help farmers quickly and accurately transport feed, grain, and other material.

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Thinking inside the box

October 1, 2008 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis delves into why top-down design might be useful when modeling a metal fabrication in 3-D CAD.

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