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Applying lasers to appliances

July 12, 2005

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Three food service equipment makers spoke with The FABRICATOR about their investments in more automated fabrication equipment, especially lasers, and how these investments have paid off for them, even as the economy takes its time to recover.

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Parting the Waters

July 12, 2005

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Hayward Pools improves punching of pool heaters using DuraBlade parting tool.

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Beyond Social Security

July 12, 2005

Lost in the debate over Social Security is that no one can live on it alone. Unfortunately, many employees lack the financial savvy to manage their money and plan for retirement. Business can and should address this issue with its employees. To provide for tomorrow's retirees we need to educate workers on how to manage their money today.

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Beyond Tool and Die

July 12, 2005

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BTD made its first investments in tube fabricating equipment, including a BLM-Adige 803D tube laser cutting system, in 2003. Now tube fabricating accounts for roughly 15 percent of its total business. The story is short, but not so sweet. Paul Gintner, CEO of Detroit Lakes,...

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Retrofitting a press for quick die change

July 12, 2005

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Reducing die changeover times is mandatory to become a world-class stamping operation. The most practical way to accomplish it is through careful evaluation of pressroom needs, and the implementation of cost-effective die change equipment and procedures. In today's manufacturing environment, lean budgets are a way of life, which makes retrofitting die change equipment a cost-effective approach.

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How one shop benefited from abrasive waterjet technology

July 12, 2005

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Triplex Systems found that using abrasive waterjet cutting technology combined with a hole-and-tab technique to fabricate its products helped eliminate machining operations and reduced costs.

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The most important welding lesson

July 12, 2005

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Relating personal experiences, welding professional and instructor Marty Rice discusses welding hazards and stresses the importance of learning and following all welding safety practices.

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To buy or not to buy?

July 11, 2005

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Metalen Verhoestraete, a metal service center in Roeselare, Belgium, needed a laser, but not just any laser would do. Because many of the company's clients had 3- and 4-meter lasers, Metalen sought a laser that had a much longer bed so it would not compete with its customers.

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Near-term outlook for Big Three cautious

July 8, 2005

Even as the U.S. market for new automobiles remains strong by historical standards, the fortunes of industry participants vary widely, and the Big Three automakers overall will lose market share to...

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Overall employment up; manufacturing continues to decline

July 8, 2005

Nonfarm employment increased by 146,000 in June, and the unemployment rate continued to trend down, reaching 5.0 percent—the lowest in almost four years—the Bureau of Labor Statistics of...

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Grant to fund Illinois manufacturing network, create jobs

July 8, 2005

Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) has announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $175,000 grant to the Manufacturing Alliance of the Rock River Valley (MARRV) to help the new...

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Worker confidence rises

July 6, 2005

Confidence among U.S. workers rebounded in June as the Hudson Employment Index gained three points, from 99.9 to 103.0. This is the highest reading since January's 107.0 Index, but well below the...

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June job cuts highest since January 2004

July 6, 2005

U.S. companies planned the highest number of layoffs in June since January 2004, according to a report released today by the employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.Employers announced...

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Timken completes Linear Motion Systems sale

June 30, 2005

The Timken Company announced today that it has completed the sale of its Linear Motion Systems (LMS) division—Timken S.p.A in Milan, Italy and Timken Deutschland GmbH in Stuttgart,...

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Aluminum industry to match Habitat recycling proceeds

June 30, 2005

The Aluminum Association-sponsored Cans for Habitat program has announced a month-long Recycling Double Play promotion so Americans can put their aluminum cans to even better use.During the month of...

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