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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring expectations in manufacturing sector grow slightly in July

July 6, 2010

The recent pattern of incremental job growth in manufacturing is expected to continue in July, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National...

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Don't worry about the double-dip, worry about the new 'norm'

July 2, 2010

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The talk about the ol' double-dip recession continues. I don't buy it. I think it's just  the Unremarkable Recovery. I don't think that name will stick, but it's probably for the better. It doesn't do much for raising the morale of society. The simple fact remains that consumers aren't spending....

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If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do

July 1, 2010

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Most people would agree that working is an essential part of life, and the U.S. is a country whose citizens live to work. A 2004 study titled "Overworked in America" conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that one-third of U.S. employees were chronically overworked. In the book The...

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Doing what was always done doesn't cut it - TheFabricator

Doing what was always done doesn't cut it

July 1, 2010

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ABMyr, Belleville, Mich., is a manufacturer of finishing systems for its automotive clients, but at the heart of the company is its fabricating talent. That is what will serve the company best as it looks to rebound from the recent downturn.

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Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser - TheFabricator

Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser

July 1, 2010

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Fiber lasers have enormous potential in metal fabrication. They aren't a panacea, but for certain applications, they may be extremely attractive. They're solid-state, require less maintenance, and often can cut twice as fast as their CO2 counterparts.

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ISM June ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories contracting

July 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 14th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the...

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Is this the best we can do?

June 30, 2010

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Smartass, Big Ass, dumbass ... Let me begin by saying that the opinion expressed here is solely mine and not to be interpreted as that of my employer and my co-workers or the editorial position of the publications we produce. It's my take on the caliber of some of the elected officials in our...

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HRB prices down 1.2% to 5.1% in China, Western Europe, U.S., and World

June 30, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for June 28 fell 1.2 percent percent to $511 per ton for the fourth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price fell 2.0...

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Controlling HSS material flow with variable binder force - TheFabricator

Controlling HSS material flow with variable binder force

June 30, 2010

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The increasing use of lightweight HSS alloys in the automotive industry has complicated the job of building tooling for deep-drawn parts. In addition, price pressure stemming from the use of these expensive materials demands significant scrap rate reduction. Multipoint variable binder-force control can help stampers meet these challenges.

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Understanding steelmaking for better forming ... - TheFabricator

Understanding steelmaking for better forming ...

June 30, 2010

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Challenges faced by stampers in the quest to produce a robust part are magnified when they form high strength steels. As materials increase in strength, the inherent tensile property variability increases. Using products from the family of grades known as the advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) complicate matters even more, since what is supplied from one mill may not be produced in the same way as that from another mill. Understanding how steel is made sets the stage for a more profitable relationship between the steel supplier and the steel consumer. The certified steel properties that come with the coil are useful, but more information about the sheet metal increases the likelihood of success.

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Challenges, solutions for forming HSLA steel - TheFabricator

Challenges, solutions for forming HSLA steel

June 30, 2010

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To meet the challenges posed by forming HSLA for today's automotive weight-to-strength ratio such a high snap-through and springback, stampers can take advantage of press and tooling features to help. These include using a hydraulic or servo-driven press to perform dwell under load; higher draw pad pressure; higher energy; installing an oversized flywheel and motor combination; increasing draw radius in the part design; separating forms into additional die stations.

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Metal fabricators are true knowledge workers

June 28, 2010

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Last week DeWys Mfg., a metal fabricator based in west Michigan, launched a new Web site, and the content of that Web site is worth noting. The contract fabricator is touting its “circle of companies” concept, which is another way to describe the fact that DeWys is a one-stop shop for metal...

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Tooling and Manufacturing Association to host Marketing Day

June 28, 2010

The Tooling and Manufacturing Association is hosting its annual Marketing Day Friday, July 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. The event, which is open to the public,...

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LJT Tennessee to add jobs

June 28, 2010

Steel processor LJT Tennessee/Steel Warehouse is adding 84 jobs as it undertakes an $11 million expansion at its Centre South River-port site in Chattanooga, Tenn. Most of the hiring will be done in...

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Marmon/Keystone Canada creates stainless division

June 28, 2010

Marmon/Keystone Canada Inc., Burlington, Ont., has launched Specialty Steels as a separate division of the company to handle all stainless pipe, tube, flanges, fittings, and bar in the province....

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