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Senate nixes minimum-wage increase

June 21, 2006

Reuters has reported that the U.S. Senate today defeated a proposal pushed by Democrats that would have given some of the lowest-paid hourly workers a wage boost for the first time in nearly a...

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U. S. Steel opens training center

June 20, 2006

Fairfield Works of United States Steel Corp. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of a new Maintenance Training Center. The Center occupies 11,000 square feet in the...

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WCI names vice president-operations

June 19, 2006

WCI Steel Inc. announced today that Michael T. Adams has been named vice president-operations, effective today.Adams has more than 22 years of steel industry experience, serving in managerial and...

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AK Steel announces stainless sheet price increase

June 19, 2006

AK Steel said today that it is increasing transaction prices for all hot-rolled and cold-rolled stainless steel sheet and strip products, tubular-quality products, and continuous mill plate products...

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Draw forming, Part II

June 16, 2006

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In draw forming, measurement and quantification are essential to ensuring part quality for the customer. However, the product requirements and the product input variables have different metrics and different conceptual meanings, which seems to defy direct engineering. Three processing variables can be adjusted during production to ensure the part is formed correctly.

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Chrysler Group plant to launch third shift

June 15, 2006

The Chrysler Group today announced that manufacturing operations at its Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant will be expanded to include a third work shift beginning in Third Quarter 2006. The new shift...

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AK Steel, UAW to begin Butler Works contract talks

June 14, 2006

AK Steel and the United Autoworkers (UAW) Local 3303, which represents about 1,400 production, service, and maintenance workers at the company's Butler (PA) Plant, announced today they will begin...

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Nucor to construct new galvanizing facility in Alabama

June 14, 2006

Nucor Corp. announced today that it plans to construct its fourth sheet steel galvanizing facility. The facility will be located at the company's existing sheet mill in Decatur, Ala. Annual capacity...

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Fabricator puts the brake on bend inconsistency

June 13, 2006

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Well-known for agriculture, Nebraska also has a strong manufacturing base. OEMs include Kawasaki, Husqvarna, Eaton, Thermo King, Claas, and Case New Holland. Standard Iron & Wire, a Minnesota-based fabricator, opened a manufacturing facility in Grand Island, Neb., to take advantage of this fertile manufacturing environment. Chief among its concerns was finding a press brake that would produce accurate, consistent parts. It purchased two LVD press brakes with the company's adaptive bending technology.

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The regrind process for tube mill tooling - Part II

June 13, 2006

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Although most tube and pipe producers don't get too involved in the regrind process, it is crucial—reconditioning roll tooling can extend its useful life by 15 or 20 times. The regrind process reduces the producer's overall out-of-pocket tooling expenses, while helping to ensure the tooling continues to produce a consistent-quality product at the required speeds. A better understanding of the process, especially familiarity with the types of flaws that reconditioning can and cannot resolve, can go a long way toward a better working relationship between a tube and pipe producer and its regrind contractor.

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Structured sheet metal - Part II

June 13, 2006

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Vault-structured sheet metal undergoes very little strain hardening during structuring, so it can be deformed further into shapes such as cans, containers, washing machine drums, thin-walled detector tubes, heat exchangers, and light reflectors.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 10

June 13, 2006

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Although the last step in the bidding process is to submit your bid, your final step in working with the government is never to give up and to apply what you learned throughout the process to every government job opportunity.

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Evaluating dry film lubricants for automotive applications Part II

June 13, 2006

The ironing test developed at the ERC/NSM reproduces production conditions of contact pressure up to 94 kilopounds per square inch (KSI) and temperatures up to 300 degrees F to quantitatively evaluate lubricant performance.

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Evaluating dry film lubricants for automotive applications Part I

June 13, 2006

In recent studies, dry-film lubricants have been shown to give better lubrication conditions compared to oil-based liquid lubricants. This factor, as well as savings in the amount of lubricant used, has helped increase the use of dry-film lubricants in the automotive industry for forming of aluminum and high-strength steel stamped parts.

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Keyswitch module enhances safety gate switches

June 13, 2006

Fortress Interlocks has introduced an option pod with keyswitch for its amGard modular safety gate switches, which helps to ensure that an operator can enter a hazardous area only when it is safe.The...

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