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Americans support work force, see government policies as disadvantageous for manufacturing

September 13, 2010

Americans expressed faith in the country's work force but voiced concerns that government policies may be putting the manufacturing sector at a disadvantage and dissuading Americans from pursuing production jobs, according to a new Labor Day survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute....

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Midrange press brake series available in 35- to 50-ton machines - TheFabricator.com

Midrange press brake series available in 35- to 50-ton machines

September 13, 2010

LVD Strippit now offers 35- to 50-ton configurations of its PPEC series of midrange press brakes. The machines achieve bending speeds up to 47 IPM. The Energy Reduction System (ERS) feature helps reduce the cost of operation by offering energy savings of up to 30 percent over comparable designs,...

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Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments - TheFabricator.com

Mobile welding robot configured for large weldments

September 13, 2010

The configuration of Servo-Robot’s MWR-350™ mobile welding robot allows it to be brought directly onto large weldments. Typical applications include shipbuilding, earthmoving equipment, large tanks and vessels, and construction. The robot is equipped with a laser sensing system with...

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Inspecting NDE - TheFabricator.com

Inspecting NDE

September 13, 2010

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When it comes to nondestructive methods for evaluating welds, familiarization with each technique will help you better identify the best means to detect weld defects.

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Welding the fast and narrow - TheFabricator.com

Welding the fast and narrow

September 13, 2010

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Advancements in SAW concentrate on faster deposition rates and narrow-groove welding. And today's controls, power supplies, and consumables are meeting industry's demand for process efficiency.

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The small world of welding large fixtures - TheFabricator.com

The small world of welding large fixtures

September 13, 2010

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Every welder is likely familiar with fabricating a fixture for a job, but only a select few work on fixtures for very large weldments. Those unfamiliar with large fixture-making may be surprised to learn about

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The evolution of cable carriers

September 13, 2010

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Cable carriers have come a long way since the introduction of the first carrier in the 1950s. No longer made solely of steel, modern-day carriers span greater distances and protect cables, hoses, and machinery in many industries, including metal fabricating and green energy.

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Top OSHA violations increase; stricter enforcement program launched

September 13, 2010

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OSHA has announced that the top 10 violations for 2009 increased almost 30 percent over the same time period in 2008. It also has implemented more aggressive targeted enforcement and higher penalties.

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Ace Metal Crafts one of four plants to be featured in the Largest Laser Tour in America

September 12, 2010

Stainless steel fabricator Ace Metal Crafts, Franklin Park, Ill., is one of four Chicago-area plants to be featured in the Largest Laser Tour in America. The tour is part of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.®'s (FMA) first LaserFab Conference to showcase the latest technologies...

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Manufacturing: Not the dirty ol' job we thought

September 10, 2010

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People may have a much higher opinion of manufacturing jobs than previously thought. I received the second annual "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute in my e-mail inbox last week, and the results were enlightening. In a survey of 1,055...

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USW files trade case to preserve clean, green manufacturing jobs in America

September 10, 2010

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has filed a comprehensive trade case under Section 301 of the trade law identifying a broad array of Chinese policies and practices that threaten the future of America's alternative and renewable energy sector. The case alleges that China has utilized hundreds of...

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ArvinMeritor's ProTec High Mobility Independent Suspensions to be equipped on BAE Systems' Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle

September 10, 2010

ArvinMeritor, Inc. has announced that its Meritor ProTec™ High Mobility Independent Suspensions (HMIS) will be standard on BAE Systems' Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), providing advanced force protection, mobility and ride quality. Initial production deliveries to BAE Systems will begin in...

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Cold sawing turned inside out - TheFabricator.com

Cold sawing turned inside out

September 10, 2010

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Cold sawing, widely used for cutting tubes, pipes, bars, and profiles for decades, has evolved steadily over time through advances in materials, coolants, coatings, tooth forms, and cemented carbides. However, new tube, pipe, bar, and profile materials are harder to cut than conventional materials, so some factors such as sawing speed and noise haven't improved much. A new machine and blade design has the potential to help fabricators substantially.

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Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit - TheFabricator.com

Tier stamper improves mechanical press productivity with transfer retrofit

September 10, 2010

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A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing considerable maintenance costs and lost production. The stamper retrofitted the Verson transfer stamping press with a Schuler Automation AT series tri-axis transfer. This resulted in a 10- to 40-percent improvement in cycle times.

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Buyer, beware!

September 9, 2010

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A colleague recently sent around some photos of the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago. If you saw these photos too, you probably recall seeing the glass-bottomed ledge. If you’d like an unobstructed view of Chicago from 1,353 feet up, this is for you.  The photos...

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