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Bystronic names western Canada representative

January 9, 2012

Bystronic Inc., Elgin, Ill., has named Akhurst Machinery Co. as its distributor in western Canada, providing local sales and technical support. Bystronic is a manufacturer of press brakes, precision lasers, waterjet machinery, and automation and material handling systems....

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LA-CO appoints new president

January 9, 2012

LA-CO® Industries Inc./Markal Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill., a provider of specialty plumbing and HVAC chemicals, has named George Bowman as president, succeeding John Hardin, who has retired. Bowman's responsibilities include collaborating with customers to develop product innovations;...

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New River Gorge Bridge

Building bridges

January 9, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Some fabricators and educators are fascinated by bridges. Bridges come in many different types, and diverse materials are used to build them.

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Lessons learned lead to big bounce back

January 9, 2012 | By Dan Davis

A&E Custom Manufacturing was on the ropes financially in the early 1990s, but the lessons learned during that struggle helped to put it in a position to rebound strongly after the downturn of 2009. In fact, they have been steadily rebuilding the business since the second quarter of 2009 and haven't looked back.

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Introducing solid-state laser technology

January 9, 2012 | By Tom Bailey

Although the solid-state laser is considered new in metal cutting processes, the first laser demonstration in a laboratory in 1960 was a solid-state laser. CO2 lasers turned out to be more practical for cutting metals, but solid-state lasers are making headway. Understanding laser equipment and the physics involved in generating a laser beam helps to explain the capability differences between CO2 and solid-state lasers.

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How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts

January 9, 2012 | By Tom Litwiller

Metal stampers that produce to print aren't positioning themselves for a prosperous future. They are providing a simple function—one that most shops can provide easily. Today stampers need to offer up expertise along with metal forming capabilities. They need to be able to recognize an opportunity where they can influence product design so that development and manufacturing costs can be minimized. They need to prove their value to customers so that the customer is reluctant to go looking for more value from another competitor. Eagle Wings Industries Inc., Rantoul, Ill., has some ideas on how to do just that.

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Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow -

Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow

January 6, 2012 | By Shawn Schultz , Doug Wood

CAM software have made it easier and more affordable for job shops to increase efficiency and productivity without sacrificing quality. Staged bending combined with offline programming offers strategies for reducing downtime, improving part flow, and controlling costs.

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Why beam delivery matters -

Why beam delivery matters

January 6, 2012

The most powerful laser in the world can’t work without an effective, finely tuned beam delivery system. Its design hinges on the application, but a few basic elements lay the groundwork. Together they provide myriad options to find the most effective way to carry and shape the beam on its way from the laser source to the workpiece.

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Industry flocks to FABTECH -

Industry flocks to FABTECH

January 6, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Despite economic uncertainties heading into 2012, the metal fabrication industry came out in full force at November’s FABTECH show. More than 35,000 walked the show floor, which featured more than a half million square feet of exhibit space.

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What makes a stamper stand out?

January 6, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Enjoying consistent growth is not something that many stamping operations can claim over the last three years, but Waukesha Metal Products is not a typical metal forming company. It is relying on servo press technology and its talented workforce to stand out amongst its peers.

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Calling all welding educators

January 5, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals have always struck me as being loyal to their industry and proud of the work that they do.  But it’s the welding educators who have left an impression because of the lengths they are willing to go to for their students and their programs. Many times the role of...

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Nucor announces plan to close Nuconsteel

January 5, 2012

Nucor Corp. announced today that it will exit the business of fabricating light gauge steel framing and therefore will close its Nuconsteel division. Nuconsteel has operations in Denton, Texas, and Dallas, Georgia. Nucor entered the residential and commercial light gauge steel framing business in...

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LINE survey: Hiring rate will fall again in January in manufacturing and services

January 5, 2012

In January, for the third consecutive month, hiring activity will decrease and job cuts will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January...

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'My story: How I became a welder'

January 4, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

If you're like me, you're interested in people's stories. We all have them, and typically they are more interesting than we might think.  FMA Communications' editorial department—the department in which I work—got together last month to brainstorm all things related to our print and...

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United Performance Metals earns nonconventional machining NADCAP approval

January 4, 2012

The laser cutting facility installed early in 2011 at United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, recently was audited and certified in accordance with the requirements of the National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). NADCAP is an accreditation organization that...

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