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Head of her class

March 7, 2006

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At a time when it's becoming more and more difficult to find skilled workers, it's encouraging to read about people like 18-year-old Jessica Jelinski who are studying and pursuing careers in metalworking. Jelinski is putting her welding training to good use winning competitions and working on interesting projects.

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Straightening mistakes

March 7, 2006

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As a consultant to the industry, the author has had the opportunity to discuss coil straightening and leveling with many people. In this article, he reviews 12 common misconceptions he has heard from those people.

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Stamping complex parts

March 7, 2006

By adding sophisticated hydraulic deep-draw press technology, Tools Inc. was able to greatly enhance its in-house forming and production capabilities.

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Anodizing aluminum

March 7, 2006

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Manufacturing deep-drawn aluminum containers requires various fabrication steps and provides many opportunities to pollute. Anomatic Corp. provides an overview of its fabricating and finishing steps and describes its efforts at environmentally responsible manufacturing.

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Plasma cutting with a robot

March 7, 2006

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Robotic plasma arc cutting can make cutting and weld preparation operations more flexible once you know which equipment, controls, and shielding gas will work best for your application.

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A new way to weld sheet metal

March 7, 2006

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Nu-Way Industries Inc., Des Plaines, Ill., learned that remote laser welding demonstrates impressive advantages over traditional resistance and arc welding for its applications.

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Taking the danger out of bottom bending

March 7, 2006

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It is all too easy to ruin a tool or upset a ram if bottom bending is done incorrectly, which is why many manufacturers do not recommend bottom bending when using their equipment or tooling. Understanding V-die selection and the effects of your decisions should be first and foremost in any bending operation, including bottom bending.

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Guidelines for tungsten electrodes

March 7, 2006

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Choosing one of the six commonly available tungsten electrodes is a crucial first step in successful gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). In addition, tip preparation is critical. The electrode choices are pure tungsten, 2 percent thoriated, 2 percent ceriated, 1.5 percent lanthanated, zirconiated, and rare earth. The end preparations are balled, pointed, and truncated.

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A tale of two welders

March 7, 2006

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George Bright and David Anthony were two welders with the same goal: to upgrade their GTAW system. Learn about their experiences and gain some insight into what you need to know to upgrade from an air-cooled to a water-cooled GTAW system.

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Factory orders fell sharply in January

March 6, 2006

New orders for manufactured goods in January, down following three consecutive monthly increases, decreased $18.9 billion or 4.5 percent to $398.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today....

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U. S. Steel announces management change at Fairfield Works

March 2, 2006

United States Steel Corp. has announced that Merle Stein has been appointed general manager of Fairfield Works, effective March 1, replacing Robert Cary, who elected to retire following 41 years of...

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AK Steel to increase prices for stainless steel products

March 2, 2006

AK Steel has announced that it is increasing transaction prices for all cold-rolled and hot-rolled stainless steel sheet, strip, tubular-quality, and continuous mill plate products by approximately 3...

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AK Steel, AEIF fail to reach Middletown plant agreement

March 1, 2006

AK Steel Corp. said today that, despite its good faith negotiating efforts, the company and the AEIF, the independent union at its Middletown Works, did not reach agreement on a new contract covering...

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Manufacturing job growth stronger than one year ago

February 28, 2006

Overall U.S. employment growth was strong in February for the manufacturing sector as employers filled open positions. Manufacturing growth is stronger than this time last year, and data indicates...

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Tower Automotive provides restructuring update

February 27, 2006

Tower Automotive today announced two developments in its ongoing restructuring efforts: a tentative agreement with its Milwaukee unions and plans to move forward with decision bargaining regarding the...

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