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Manufacturers ready to buy despite market woes

October 24, 2008

In contrast to the grim financial news from New York and around the world, an unprecedented number of attendees filled the halls on opening day at the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show,...

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Being like Joe

October 22, 2008

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It isn't every day that guys like Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher make the news, but it does seem that in any presidential election year, a regular guy or soccer mom is dragged into the national spotlight as the quintessential make-or-break voter. How a candidate's proposed policy affects...

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The orders keep coming

October 21, 2008

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Jerry Sadler didn"t look like the news from Wall Street really bothered him. Walking the aisles at the FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show earlier this month, the quality manager at Ameron International had other things on his mind, like customer orders that have been placed through...

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HRB prices plunge 8 to 24 percent

October 20, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 13 plummeted 23.5 percent to $458 per ton for the second consecutive drop. The world export HRB price dropped 11.1 percent to $799 per...

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Are you ready for a metal fabricating consultation?

October 17, 2008

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I spent yesterday at the grand opening ceremonies for Amada"s newest North American Solution Center in Schaumburg, Ill. It is a very impressive facility that contained the prerequisite meeting rooms, training areas, and demonstration area. It also has a System-Up Area, where all custom-designed...

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CCAT initiative wins national award

October 16, 2008

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has received an award for Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Improvement from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI).The SSTI...

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The new 5S

October 15, 2008

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At last week's FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show with METALFORM in Las Vegas, I walked the show floor, which I'm proud to say I survived. Anyone who attended the show knows what I mean. The show was huge and the aisles were long. The first day, it also was crowded with record...

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Bystronic showcases Beyeler Xpert press brake at FABTECH

October 15, 2008

At the Las Vegas FABTECH/AWS/Metalform trade show, Bystronic showcased the 10,000th Beyeler Xpert press brake, a system that offers users simplified repetition accuracy. The Beyeler Xpert comes...

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Metal forming companies anticipating business decline

October 15, 2008

According to the October 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a severe deterioration in business conditions during the next three...

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How fabricating can change the world

October 14, 2008

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Two machines sitting on a porch facing New Hampshire"s Merrimack River may well change the world. And at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show last week, I got a glimpse of them. Dean Kamen showed a picture of the two little machines during his keynote Oct. 7. They didn"t look like...

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Adaptive Bending Laser Sensing

Reasons for a press brake upgrade

October 14, 2008

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Modern press brakes add intelligence to the machine control and bring programming offline.

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Roll gap Setting Diagram

Reducing setup time in strip leveling

October 14, 2008

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Equations help leveler operators significantly reduce the traditional trial and error during setup.

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Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

October 14, 2008

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Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone's creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding.

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Robotic welder

Don't be marginalized

October 14, 2008

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Peripheral equipment for robotic welding can help maximize the effectiveness of an automated workcell and protect the investment from costly damages. Understanding peripheral equipment is the first step in getting the most out of a robotic workcell.

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Sherry Moser Icicle Necklace

Mining her talent

October 14, 2008

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Imagine growing up thinking you really have no artistic ability and then taking a class that rekindles childhood interests and blows that belief sky high. Such was the case for jewelry-maker Sherry Moser, whose unique and beautiful creations pay homage to her upbringing and her deep love of her surroundings.

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