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Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit

December 2, 2010

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Hi-Tech Industries of New York invests heavily in automation, including a new laser cutting center and robotic press brake--large investments unusual for a typical job shop. But this is no typical job shop.

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Fabricating to the drumbeat - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating to the drumbeat

December 2, 2010

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A central Ohio job shop uses a mix of improvement methodologies-- including the theory of constraints--to reduce lead-times from weeks to days.

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Snow mean feat - TheFabricator.com

Snow mean feat

December 2, 2010

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Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have modern manufactured materials come into the picture. These days lengths of bent and welded tube, usually aluminum, make up the frame. Although the market is crowded, Jake Thamm and Tamara Laug thought they could build a better snowshoe and founded a new company in 1997.

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Are jobs coming or going?

December 1, 2010

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September 23, 2010, Caterpillar broke ground for a new hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility in Victoria, Texas. Production is anticipated to begin in mid-2010, and once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 500 people and triple the company’s U.S.-based excavator...

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AK Steel announces price increase for carbon steel products

December 1, 2010

AK Steel announced Nov. 30 that it is increasing current spot market base prices for all carbon flat-rolled steel products effective immediately with new orders. Base prices for carbon-flat-rolled products are increasing by $40 per ton. The company said that the price increase is in response to...

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Two realities of economic recovery

November 30, 2010

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After more than a year looking, my neighbor finally landed a job. He previously worked as a construction manager, which is undoubtedly why it took him so long to find work again. His new job isn’t in construction but instead is related to supply chain management. He sells software that helps...

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GM to add 1,000 engineering and development jobs in Michigan

November 30, 2010

General Motors has announced that it will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet...

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Ryerson announces new Iowa plate processing center

November 30, 2010

Ryerson Inc., a processor and distributor of metals in North America and China has announced that it is opening a plate processing center in Eldridge, Iowa. The 175,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin operations in July 2011. The processing capabilities include laser cutting, plasma and...

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A flair for coatings - TheFabricator.com

A flair for coatings

November 30, 2010

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Cost, convenience, and cosmetics. These were the major concerns facing NRG Systems, Hinesburg, Vt., when the company decided to do something about the dies in its flaring machine. The company manufactures wind assessment equipment for the wind energy industry, including the...

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Trans FX Inc

November 29, 2010

Trans FX Inc. 2361 Eastman Ave. Oxnard, CA 93030 www.transfx.com rbordonaro@transfx.com By Amber L. Cleveland OPENED: May 1993 WHY:Trans FX's founders were involved in implementing emerging technologies while working at General Motors' California Advanced...

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Practical Welding Television wins Digital Azbee Award

November 29, 2010

FMA Communications Inc. has announced that Practical Welding Television has won a Silver Digital Azbee Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Webisode four of Practical Welding TV, "Learn Better GTAW Practices," won a Silver Award in the Step-by-Step/How-To video...

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Press brake features high-speed ram positioning - TheFabricator.com

Press brake features high-speed ram positioning

November 29, 2010

Bystronic's enhanced version of the Xpert press brake incorporates a high-speed ram-positioning system for reduced bending cycle times. The positioning system can reduce bend cycle times by 15 to 35 percent in reaching approach speeds of up to 600 IPM and bending speeds up to 47 IPM without...

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Production series fiber laser cutting system introduced - TheFabricator.com

Production series fiber laser cutting system introduced

November 29, 2010

The BySprint Fiber 3015 from Bystronic is a high-power fiber laser cutting machine based on the BySprint Pro platform and the concept ByVention fiber laser machine. The machine is the company's first production series model of a laser cutting system that employs fiber-laser technology. Equipped...

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Abrasive waterjet cutting system available in two models, including a modular, expandable design - TheFabricator.com

Abrasive waterjet cutting system available in two models, including a modular, expandable design

November 29, 2010

Bystronic offers the Byjet Classic abrasive waterjet cutting system in the Classic 3015 (5 by 10 ft.) model or in the Classic L (10 by 32 ft.) model. The base frame of the Classic L model is a modular construction that can be expanded in 6.5-ft. increments based on the end user's needs. All...

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Gap Partners expands in Georgia

November 29, 2010

Gap Partners Inc., Clayton, Ga., and the Development Authority of Rabun County have finalized a deal in which Gap Partners will use more than 26,000 sq. ft. of space with the option for an additional 65,000 sq. ft. at the new Rabun Business Park. The action enables Gap Partners to undertake a major...

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