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Waiting for metal prices to fall

July 25, 2008

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When I say everyone is worried about rising material prices, it"s not that far of a stretch.A summer survey of 72 senior-level manufacturing company owners and managers revealed that 93 percent of them consider rising material prices to be the No. 1 cost pressure facing the industry. That"s up from...

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Design to fabrication: All in a weekend's work

July 24, 2008

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Two-tenths of a second is all it took.In fact, that was more than enough time savings to trigger the 240 employees at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) into action. The high-profile NASCAR® racing team, based in Cornelius, N.C., just north of Charlotte, works fast. Earlier this month they found that...

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Which direction this election?

July 17, 2008

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Jim Zawacki, chairman of metal stamping manufacturer GR Spring & Stamping in Grand Rapids, Mich., finds himself in an awkward position this election. He"s donated $1,000 to the campaign of John McCain and plans to vote for the Republican candidate for president, but he"s not a big fan of his stance...

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Getting work from the New Domestics

July 15, 2008

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Stampers can take some steps to position themselves for work from automotive "transplants." In some cases, it's just a matter of being there--literally--locating in proximity. It's important to adhere to the unique requirements for material, practices.

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The road to Jamestown: A white-collar dropout fabricates his legacy project

July 15, 2008

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Few people are lucky enough to turn their hobbies and passions into a satisfying and lucrative career. Even fewer have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy of historical proportions. One individual working under a canopy at historic Jamestown is doing both. Bravo, Bob Williams.

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6 keys to laser welding

July 15, 2008

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When considering the keys to success of any laser welding manufacturing system, technical perfection isn't enough. Many variables are involved in successful laser welding. Knowing the technical as well as the leadership and managerial aspects will help ensure that the process is being maximized in your shop.

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Safety in jet cutting

July 15, 2008

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Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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A new look at lift trucks

July 15, 2008

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California is on the leading edge of environmental protectionism, and because it is such a large industrial market, the state's environmental regulations are influencing what metal fabricators might be drivng in their facilities.

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Forming AHSS: Playing by new rules

July 15, 2008

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Advanced high strength steels spur stampers to think about metal forming in new ways.

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Preventing torch fires in welding and cutting operations

July 15, 2008

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Welding and cutting, which accounts for 1 percent of structure fires and 4 percent of nonhousehold property damage, is the most dangerous type of hot work, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Companies that weld and cut should take specific steps to increase safety and minimize the risk of torch fires. Hot work, by its nature, has a lot of hazards. Companies and their hot-work operators can protect their safety and their facilities by keeping combustibles away from welding and cutting operations; using new safety features; staying aware of conditions; and knowing and following instructions provided on the precautionary labels and in OSHA, ANSI, and NFPA standards.

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Laser optics: Special delivery

July 15, 2008

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Not only can today's laser optics handle more power, they also enhance beam quality, reduce maintenance, increase power delivered to the cutting head, and improve mode stability.

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Mobile welding fume extractors designed for one or two operators

July 15, 2008

ESTA manufactures the SRF-K series of mobile welding fume extraction units.The K-10 mobile unit, designed for a single operator, features intermittent- and continuous-duty operations; welding of all...

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Zirconia flap wheels have 1/4-in. shanks for simplified use

July 15, 2008

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels offers a line of zirconia flap wheels with cotton-backed flaps for flexibility and 1/4-in. shanks for simplified use.The flap wheels are available in four diameters (1 in.,...

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Foot switch features simplified use, extended service life

July 15, 2008

The Linemaster GEM is a round, low-profile foot switch with a cast-zinc, chrome-plated housing with an omnidirectional design built to help simplify use and extend service life. The foot switch line...

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Multipurpose hand-held sticks provide controlled deburring, finishing

July 15, 2008

Rex-Cut Products offers a line of round and square finishing sticks designed for controlled hand deburring and finishing for tool, mold, and die repairs.The finishing sticks are available in several...

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