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Turning the brights on the automotive industry - TheFabricator.com

Turning the brights on the automotive industry

April 27, 2012 | By Bernard Swiecki

2012 has the markings of a transitional year for the automotive industry. If the sales and efficiency gains achieved by the industry, which began in 2009, can be sustained, there is ample reason to believe that salad days lie ahead of automakers, suppliers, and dealers alike.

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How to obtain stamping equipment financing - TheFabricator.com

How to obtain stamping equipment financing

April 27, 2012 | By Justin Masterman

Capital expenditures are necessary for any successful manufacturing business. Stamping is no exception. Here are four easy ways for you to be well-prepared to apply for a loan to finance an unexpected (or planned) new equipment purchase.

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Your press is talking. Are you listening? - TheFabricator.com

Your press is talking. Are you listening?

April 27, 2012 | By David Klemm

All machines have a story to tell. Are you listening? Just like a person wo has a cold, the voice of a machine changes when it is "sick." Most times, if you listen, the machine will tell you whatís wrong.

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Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails - TheFabricator.com

Nail stamper seeks tooling tough as nails

April 27, 2012

Powernail, a Zurich, Ill.-based manufacturer of hardwood flooring nails stamps 1 billion of these L-cleats and E-cleats from flat 0.062 steel annually. The company was looking to improve the lifespan of the high-speed stamping dies his company uses to stamp the hardware. The company purchased die sets made of tungsten carbide, which improves the strength and wear resistance. Since then, Powernailís dies last four times longer than they had, tooling changes are less frequent, and it produceshigher-quality nails.

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New tools pick up material handling pace - TheFabricator.com

New tools pick up material handling pace

April 27, 2012 | By Peter Stephan

A variety of robotic tooling advances support technologies for moving parts through presses while increasing tooling changeover flexibility, reducing die set risks, creating efficiencies, and protecting against part damage.

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How long has this been going on?

April 26, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

How long have we been talking about a welder shortage? If you type "welder shortage" with the quotation marks in thefabricator.com's search box, you will retrieve a list of 367 articles; without the quotation marks, the list grows to 619.  The very first article in both searches, "Feeling the...

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High Steel Service Center installs stretcher leveling line - TheFabricator.com

High Steel Service Center installs stretcher leveling line

April 26, 2012

High Steel Service Center LLC has added a 0.500- by 72-in. Red Bud Industries cut-to-length line at its Lancaster, Pa., facility. The line includes an adjustable SUREGRIP™ stretcher leveling system. The stretcher frames can be adjusted automatically to a multiple of the part length to...

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Super Steel makes leadership change - TheFabricator.com

Super Steel makes leadership change

April 26, 2012

Super Steel LLC, a Milwaukee contract manufacturer serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has appointed Brad Nennig as chief financial officer. In his new role, he is responsible for the company's accounting functions and internal financial...

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Osborn announces new branding for unified identity

April 26, 2012

Osborn, a Cleveland-based producer of surface treatment and finishing tools, has announced a new brand identity. The branding was developed to unify the company's multiple divisions and create a focused, strategic approach in the marketplace. The new brand identity encompasses the company's...

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Eriez launches website section devoted to environmentally friendly products

April 26, 2012

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has added a new section to its website that is devoted to its Eco-Certified program and products. Demonstrating its commitment to a better, cleaner environment, the company developed the Eco-Certification designation for a variety of its magnetic separation and recycling...

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Quick-change tooling enables tube benders to be reconfigured in minutes

April 26, 2012

Unison has launched a quick-change tooling system that speeds tooling changes on its all-electric tube bending machines. Available from Horn Machine Tools, the system covers all of the tooling components on the machine and includes bar code identification to verify the changeover process. On a...

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Nesting software, controller updated

April 26, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l has announced the simultaneous launch of updates to its two flagship products: Jetcam Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software for sheet metal and composite users, and the Premium version of Jetcam Order Controller (JOC), which provides remote ordering, geometry creation, and...

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Cotton buffing wheel produces high mirror finish on metals - TheFabricator.com

Cotton buffing wheel produces high mirror finish on metals

April 26, 2012

CS Unitec has introduced the CS 2410 cotton buffing wheel. Designed for use with polishing compounds, pastes, and rouges, the wheel produces a bright, high-mirror finish on stainless steel and other nonferrous metals. The wheel, made of cotton yarn, measures 3.5 in. dia. by 4 in. wide. It is...

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The risks and rewards of genetic engineering

April 25, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

It could be a dream come true or the latest scene in a long nightmare. Dow AgroSciences has developed a genetically engineered corn, named Enlist, to withstand herbicides containing 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The chemical was developed with the intention of helping to increase crop...

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World export and Western Europe HRB prices up slightly; flat in China, down in U.S.

April 25, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for April 23 increased 0.9 percent to $651 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price increased 0.1 percent to $681 per ton (on a Euro basis, it was down 0.2 percent), ex-works, after...

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