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AWS Job Fair to help connect welders, employers

August 21, 2006

The American Welding Society (AWS) has announced that it will host its second national job fair to allow employers to meet one-on-one and possibly recruit from a pool of more than 9,000 welding...

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Welding innovations earn Fronius "Technology of the Year Award"

August 21, 2006

Fronius has received the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Technology of the Year Award, which is bestowed upon a company that has introduced an innovative technology into the market that is expected to bring...

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Why settle for good enough?

August 20, 2006

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A survey reviewed the operations of 24 steel pipe and tube manufacturers. Only a minority of these showed signs of having well-run, efficient operations, as measured by on-time shipments, minimal inventory and work-in-progress, employee turnover, internal rework rates, and most importantly, profitability. In fact, a good number of steel pipe and tube producers in this sample barely reach the average. Interviews with presidents of some companies found that inertia was a common characteristic among the low margin companies. Good enough was good enough.

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The ups and downs of employee communication

August 20, 2006

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Author's Note: This article is a supplement to "Why settle for good enough?" which appeared in the December 2002 issue of TPJ-The Tube & Pipe Journal, page 42. "Why settle for good enough" was based on a study of 24 Midwestern tube and pipe fabricators and reviewed why some where highly profitable...

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Tailoring incentives to employees' needs

August 20, 2006

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An appeal to business owners to look past bonuses to a new way of structuring incentives for their employees

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Charitable auction to feature custom-built motorcycle

August 11, 2006

Medalist Laserfab Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., is building a custom motorcycle for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) Foundation's charitable auction, which will help the Foundation...

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Bystronic receives Global Excellence award

August 9, 2006

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, presented Bystronic with the 2006 Global Excellence in Customer Value Leadership of the Year Award in the laser cutting tools industry at last...

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AK Steel announces electrical, stainless steel surcharges

August 9, 2006

AK Steel has advised its customers that a $270 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in September 2006. September 2006 surcharges for the company's...

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Starting a portable GTAW business Part III: Dos and Don'ts

August 8, 2006

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This article is part of a four-part series about establishing a portable GTAW business. It covers the dos and don'ts of business practices, safety, and welding, and includes tips that can help you retain customers and grow your business. Following these practical guidelines can help your business succeed.

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Draw forming, Part III

August 8, 2006

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The connections between product conditions and product input variables for draw forming must be made through the intermediary transformation characteristics: plastic strains and displacements. So all product requirements must be redefined as the changes (or transformations) required of those two characteristics.

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Warm forming of stainless steels - Part II

August 8, 2006

The ERC/NSM conducted experiments using round cup tooling to determine the influence of temperature on the limiting draw ratio -- the largest draw ratio of the blank-to-cup diameter that can be drawn successfully.

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Modern flying shear tube cutoff systems - Part II

August 8, 2006

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This article, Part II of a two-part series, discusses the different types of die set accelerators found in flying shear tube cutoff systems. It presents an overview of earlier accelerator technologies still in use today—cam link, assisted lift target, and air/oil units. It also discusses three common closed-loop die set accelerators that represent newer technology—hydraulic servo valve, servomotor belt, and servomotor rack and pinion.

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Pierce units are self-equalizing

August 8, 2006

Aries Eng. Co. Inc. offers the HyperPierce® self-equalizing press unit for high-production piercing and assembly. It incorporates HyperCyl® hydrapneumatic drive units.The press unit operates...

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Air press suitable for manual, semiautomatic assembly

August 8, 2006

AIM Joraco has introduced a direct air press to complement its Toggle-Aire® pneumatic presses for assembling bushings, posts, inserts, and fasteners.The air press features a straight pneumatic...

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Control platform allows safety, standard control function integration

August 8, 2006

The PSSuniversal from Pilz Automation Safety L.P. allows safety and standard control functions, such as the enable principle and block switching, to be combined within one system without feedback. It...

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