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Tough choices

September 3, 2008

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It's been a rough couple of weeks in the Bell household. While we normally have difficulty finding anything we care to watch among the gazillion stations available on satellite TV, for the past two weeks, we've found ourselves having to choose between watching the political conventions or...

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Arc welding robot has dresspack routed inside upper arm

September 3, 2008

ABB's IRB 1600ID (integrated dressing), robot has its dresspack routed inside the robot's upper arm, which makes it suitable for arc welding.The dresspack carries all the media necessary for arc...

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The people who made the levees hold

September 2, 2008

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The levees held.At least at this writing. Absorbing the news stories last night and this morning, I saw that most people held cautious optimism. We"re not out of the woods yet, but Gustav was no Katrina, and New Orleans did not turn into a giant, murky cesspool as it did three years ago. As...

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3-D CAD strengthens customer bond

September 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis asks his fabricating readers if they know what it truly takes to keep up a fully functioning 3-D CAD software system.

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Xiris names Kent Corp. as sales agent

September 1, 2008

Xiris Automation Inc. has announced that Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, is the exclusive North American sales agent for the Zume product family. Scheduled for launch in October, Zume is an optical...

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Don't judge that book so quickly

August 28, 2008

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Colleagues and I were out to lunch this week with some welding educators from Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, Ill. We were discussing their recent activities and goals for the program; we were mining them for story ideas and ways we could better serve our welding readers.The educators...

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HRB prices plummet 3 to 7 percent

August 28, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for August 25 plunged 7.4 percent to $636 per ton, for the third consecutive drop. The World export HRB price plunged 6.6 percent to $1,006 per...

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More than a dollar sign

August 27, 2008

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Listen up, fabricators. Looking for a new product to fabricate? One that capitalizes on the "green" movement and, therefore, stands a decent chance of finding a market? Then look to the sidewalks of New York City.Ignore any pigeon droppings and trash bags awaiting pickup. Focus instead on some...

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Plasma cutting system improves electrode life, cutting quality

August 27, 2008

Kaliburn has announced the expansion of its Spirit product line to include 150a and 200a models. The new systems—one a 150-amp model, the other a 200-amp—are automated high-definition...

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Commercial aircraft fuels jump in July durable goods orders

August 27, 2008

Led by a much larger-than-expected increase in the demand for commercial aircraft, July's orders for big-ticket manufactured goods saw a second consecutive strong monthly performance.The U.S. Commerce...

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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AHSS Stamping Simulation Software

AHSS stamping simulation: All things being (not) equal

August 26, 2008

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Given complete and accurate material data, software should have no trouble simulating the stamping of advanced high strength steel.

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5S—The foundation for lean and safe

August 26, 2008

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Lean, a popular term in manufacturing, most often is associated with organizing and eliminating waste on the shop floor. However, lean is also very effective in the office environment. Having a lean operation across the board improves efficiency, productivity, and safety. This article discusses the benefits of 5S and how to implement it.

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Hiring, vacancies, recruiting difficulty down sharply

August 26, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey for September indicates that similar to last month, the labor market will remain soft and will be much weaker than it...

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