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U.S. nail producers file dumping case

May 30, 2007

Five U.S. steel nail producers have filed antidumping duty petitions alleging that dumped imports of nails from the People's Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are causing material...

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ITW acquires Tregaskiss

May 24, 2007

Illinois Tool Works has acquired Tregaskiss Welding Products, a Canadian welding company.Tregaskiss, a maker of robotic and semi-automatic welding torches, has 179 employees and supplies products to...

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Last chance: Read the sign!

May 22, 2007

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Appropriate warning signage is a critical component of industrial safety—often the last reminder regarding some aspect of safe machine operation. Labels have come a long way since "Keep Off" and "Keep Out." Various standards are having an impact on new labeling, making these messages more effective in risk reduction.

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Metal forming companies anticipate slight improvement

May 22, 2007

According to the May 1, 2007, Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies anticipate a slight improvement in general business conditions and incoming...

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Welding shop economics

May 22, 2007

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The prices of materials consumed in your welding shop aren't the only materials-related economic considerations. How you use those materials affects the bottom line. Monitoring compressed-gas usage and looking for areas of waste can improve your shop's financial picture. This article offers practical suggestions for reducing waste.

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Steel prices on the move

May 17, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for May 14 dropped 1.9 percent to $513 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the second consecutive drop. The world export HRB...

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FANUC Robotics receives GM Supplier of the Year award

May 16, 2007

FANUC Robotics America, Inc., a supplier of industrial robots, was presented the General Motors 2006 Supplier of the Year award for its overall business performance in providing GM with world-class...

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Chrysler Group sold to Cerberus

May 14, 2007

DaimlerChrysler AG has announced that it is selling 80.1 percent of the Chrysler Group for $7.4 billion to Cerberus Capital Management LP, a private equity firm. Daimler Chrysler will keep 19.9...

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II-VI names CEO

May 10, 2007

II-VI Inc. has announced that its board of directors has named Francis J. Kramer to succeed Carl J. Johnson as company CEO, effective July 1, 2007. Dr. Johnson will remain an executive of the company...

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System facilitates retrofitting older machines for in-process force measurement

May 8, 2007

PCB Piezotronics (PCB®) has developed a system that allows retrofitting for old machines for in-process force measurement. The system consists of a series M240 ICP® strain sensor and Model...

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Automatic feed clamp system simplifies pipe cutting

May 8, 2007

A portable pipe clamp system with automatic feed is available from CS Unitec for use with the company's portable pneumatic hacksaw.The system easily attaches to the hacksaw and pipe and operates off...

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Waterjet accelerates pace, provides speed secret

May 8, 2007

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Joe Gibbs Racing sports three Nextel Cup teams, winning three Cup championships in a seven-year period. Its drivers Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and J.J. Yeley are well-known race stars. Preparing the cars for each week's race is literally a race between races, as new components-speed secrets-are engineered and fabricated between Sunday night and Thursday. The company relies on a Flow waterjet to accelerate its manufacturing pace to meet the grueling deadlines

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Fiber lasers weave out of the lab and into metal fab

May 8, 2007

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Fiber lasers, which have been a hot topic in laser conferences for several years now, are finally starting to appear en masse in the industrial laser market. Fiber laser technology is driving power scaling (pulsed and continuous wave), wall-plug efficiency, and beam quality to new heights in a rapid pace.

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The rewards of rapid changeover

May 8, 2007

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As part of its conversion from traditional to lean manufacturing principles, Oregon Metal Slitters wanted to initiate quick-changeover practices in its production operations. It also wanted to achieve this internally, without the overview of an outside consultant, so that the practice would be sustainable for the future. OMS found a SMED program from Enna Inc. that helped the company start the process right.

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Servo press forming applications

May 8, 2007

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A servomotor gives a press slide motion flexibility in terms of accurate speed, motion, and position control. This flexibility produces infinite slide motion variations that may improve part quality and operations such as painting and assembly during one press stroke.

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