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Pareto and the job shop

February 15, 2011

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After 10 years and two recessions, Vilfredo Pareto’s principle has had a rocky history with the job shop. The Italian economist discovered that roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. In business, this has come to mean that 20 percent of customers provide companies...

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Electric motorcycles? Yes please!

February 14, 2011

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In my previous blog entry, I made some comparisons between several gasoline-powered and alternative-fuel vehicles: Two passenger cars (a Toyota Prius® and a Toyota Camry®), two exotic sports cars (a Tesla Roadster Sport and a Lotus Evora), and two motorcycles (a model S from Zero Motorcycles and...

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Sustainability could improve national security

February 14, 2011

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If you don't receive the Business Intelligence Brief from Chris Kuehl, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association's economist, you should sign up. You can do that here. The Feb. 14 edition included a written piece by Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby from the U.S. Marine Corps. His opinions are...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 85 percent in 2010

February 14, 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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Battle on the retail front

February 11, 2011

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I was looking at the January 2011 issue of Metal Center News recently and noticed a story, "Distributors Dabble in Retail." It discussed five steel service centers that had opened up retail fronts to move metal. The motivations for opening retail locations, either at the actual warehouse sites, or...

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Kyle and the welding instructor

February 9, 2011

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Note from Vicki Bell: This post, written by welding instructor Marty Rice, honors his students, particularly those who have served in the Armed Forces, and illustrates the special bond between teacher and student. One of the worst things a teacher can hear is the death of a student. I've lost them...

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Bipartisan House caucus to focus on strengthening mfg, helping put Americans back to work

February 9, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) have renewed their mission to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and help employers put Americans back to work by re-establishing the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. Co-chairs Manzullo and Ryan, who co-founded the...

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Fabricators doing what matters

February 8, 2011

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I smile when I read articles like this. Kapco Inc., a Wisconsin metal fabricator and stamper, didn’t get noticed nationally because it expanded its metal fabrication capability during the past decade; because it continued to grow throughout the worst of the recession; or because the firm...

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What if you could significantly improve hole quality without operator intervention 5-20-10

Date: May 20, 2010

Sponsored by Hypertherm Inc.

Length: 60:00

Hypertherm invites you to learn how True Hole™ technology significantly improves plasma hole quality – without the need for operator intervention.

Small business optimism sees modest increase; now at three-year high

February 8, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism rose 1.5 points in January, a modest increase, opening the new year with a reading of 94.1, the highest level since December 2007 when the recession started. According to the NFIB, the slight overall uptick in...

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Illinois Reshoring Initiative launches response to President Obama's call to create jobs

February 8, 2011

In his Jan 25, 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama focused on the need to create jobs, especially manufacturing and technical jobs, and the challenge of doing so in an increasingly competitive world. Responding to the address, the Illinois Reshoring Initiative has announced its program...

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Made in USA

The repatriation of U.S. manufacturing: The case for bringing business home

February 7, 2011

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Some manufacturing work formerly outsourced to other countries is beginning to return to the U.S. What’s behind this shift, and how can fabricators best position themselves to acquire some of this repatriated work?

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Press brake designed to eliminate bending axis misalignment

February 7, 2011

LA G has introduced the GBS internationally patented press brake. The press brake has an extremely rigid structure to help eliminate bending axis misalignment and the need for a deflection compensation system. The top beam is fixed to side frames that slide on eight linear guides. This eliminates...

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Weld cleaning brushes feature dual-hex nuts to eliminate need for guard removal - TheFabricator.com

Weld cleaning brushes feature dual-hex nuts to eliminate need for guard removal

February 7, 2011

Weiler has introduced the DUALLY™ stringer-bead brush. It features a new dual-hex nut that helps eliminate interference issues that might otherwise force users to remove the guards from their angle grinders. The patent-pending design features a nut with a hex on each side of the wheel...

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Genesis Systems Group establishes robotic welding scholarship

February 7, 2011

Robotic workcell integrator Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, Iowa, has announced a new scholarship resulting from an agreement among Genesis Systems Group LLC, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Engineering Program, and Scott County Schools. The Andy Zinn-Genesis Systems Group scholarship is...

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