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What CNC programmers wish you knew

March 1, 2008

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State-of-the-art CNC programming systems speed the first stage of CNC programming by allowing the programmer to import CAD models to define the geometry of the part. That's just the first part, however. To really speed up the design phase, CAD programmers should keep several tips in mind.

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Can changing a tire lead to a change in support for U.S. manufacturing?

February 28, 2008

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You know John Ratzenberger from his role of as Cliff in the television show Cheers. Today he's not only the host of John Ratzenberger's Made in America on the Travel Channel, but also an advocate for supporting the manufacturing base in the U.S. He"s been fighting the good fight by...

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FMA Foundation announces new scholarship program

February 28, 2008

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation has established 10 new scholarships of $500 each for students seeking careers in manufacturing. The new "GO-Brennan" Scholarships are tied...

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Location, location, location

February 27, 2008

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Among the featured stories on my Internet home page today was one that listed the best and worst states in the U.S. for finding jobs. This article appeared on the same day that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest mass layoff statistics. According to the BLS, the number of...

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Smaller parts make a stable whole

February 26, 2008

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When people think of manufacturing, they think of George's story. After working 30 years, the 59-year-old mechanical engineer was laid off in 2001 from a tube fabrication company. Earlier this week, the Homer Glen, Ill., resident, who didn't want his last name used, spoke to The Herald...

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2008 Fabricating Update Graph

Economy edges out other concerns

February 26, 2008

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The fourth annual Fabricating Update subscriber survey revealed that anxiety about the U.S. economy outranks other metal manufacturing industry concerns, including steel prices, the No. 1 concern the previous three years. Beating steel prices by a nose was the skilled-labor shortage. Find out what metal manufacturers think of these and other concerns.

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Leading indicators show labor market will be soft in March

February 26, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE(®) survey shows that employment expectations for March 2008 are down sharply in both the manufacturing and service sectors,...

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Brennan Palmiter with his car

Go! Brennan

February 26, 2008

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Who can inspire a young person to pursue a welding career better than a peer who welds? How about a peer who also is a stock car driver? Racer and welder Brennan Palmiter has teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce more young people to manufacturing careers.

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Steel price boom a bust for fabricators

February 22, 2008

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Based on anecdotal evidence after talking with fabricators and some internal surveys we"ve done, fabricators are more than worried about rising steel prices. Unfortunately, every indication is that this upward trend in pricing isn"t going to disappear any time soon.The Steel Index reported that for...

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Rogue satellite

February 20, 2008

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When watching your satellite TV or talking on your cell phone, do you ever think about all the satellites that circle the earth? Do you ever wonder how many there are? Which country has the most? What would happen if they began to fall back to earth?To tell the truth, I never gave it much thought,...

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Two realities in manufacturing

February 19, 2008

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Ever since we emerged from the recession earlier this decade, I feel I've been living in two economic realities in manufacturing: One where economic expansion returned and another where the recession never really left.The presidential candidates know the second reality, judging by their stump...

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A tale of two Mexicos

February 15, 2008

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I"ve seen two different versions of Mexico over the last three weeks, and in some ways the two worlds are not as different as you might think when it comes to metal fabricating.While at WeldMex in Mexico City last week, I learned that Mexican fabricators are coming around to newer, more...

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Leaving Arizona

February 14, 2008

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Illegal immigration is among the top issues in the 2008 presidential election. The candidates have stated their plans for stemming the tide of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. and dealing with the large numbers currently residing in the country. Arizona has passed a law to address the...

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HRB spot steel prices continue to rise

February 14, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the western European hot-rolled band (HRB) price for Feb. 11 erupted 8.0 percent to $770 per ton,, ex-works, after slipping two weeks ago (on a Euro basis, it...

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Gerdau Ameristeel announces agreement to acquire Century Steel

February 13, 2008

Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. has announced that Pacific Coast Steel(PCS), a majority owned Gerdau Ameristeel joint venture, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the assets of Century Steel,...

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