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ERW tube inspection system uses advanced phased-array technology

May 2, 2011

Olympus offers an inline ERW tube inspection system. This ultrasonic, industrial NDT system uses advanced phased-array technology to inspect weld seams and the HAZ of ERW tubes. According to the manufacturer, phased array offers broad sector coverage of the HAZ while maintaining constant amplitude...

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Tis the season, four years later

May 1, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

I've been at the PWT desk for a little more than four years, and I've found that one of the best parts of the job is meeting and talking to people who have a contagious energy about the welding industry and what they do. After about eight months on the job, I received a phone call from a guy named...

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Catching the wave of reshoring

April 28, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I'm working on our FAB 40 editorial feature for June. It's a collection of 40 metal fabricating companies that have submitted to us their revenue figures for 2010, projected revenue for 2011, and outlook for this year. The listing provides a great snapshot of the overall health of the fabricating...

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HRB prices up slightly in China, down elsewhere

April 28, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 25 rose 0.8 percent to $633 per ton for the third consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price fell 1.2 percent to $830 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The...

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Class of 2011

April 27, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Are you graduating from college this year, or do you know someone who is? This year's graduates may have something to celebrate besides their newly earned degrees. According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to hire 19.3 percent more recent...

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U.S. durable goods orders rise for third consecutive month

April 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5.0 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3 percent....

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Getting a grip on tube bending

April 27, 2011 | By George Winton

A collet closer, commonly found on CNC or NC tube benders, serves an important role in the bending process. When quality is good, little attention is paid to its operation. When one or more quality parameters fall outside of acceptable limits, often the collet closer again is overlooked. A...

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Government procurement provides potential profit

April 27, 2011 | By Tom Gerbe

The U.S. military has a large and stable demand for tube and pipe. Learning about this demand is the first step for a fabricator interested in becoming a U.S. government supplier.

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Top 10 most stressful jobs

April 26, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Careercast.com, a job search Web site, recently posted the results of a couple of surveys regarding stressful jobs. Two thoughts occurred to me immediately: The 91.2 percent of people who have jobs right now are just happy to have a steady paycheck, and the 8.8 percent who don’t are experiencing...

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Yearning for learning

April 26, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

When James Castoro founded Custom Aluminum Products in 1960, the company’s premise was simple and concise: It produced aluminum products, mainly storm windows and storm doors. It was a good time to be in the business—the baby boom was in full swing, and the U.S. population was...

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Sustainable jobs need sustainable growth

April 25, 2011 | By Tim Heston

In May 2009, as I merged onto a congested I-94, driving from the airport to the ALAW Advanced Laser Applications Workshop outside Detroit, I saw a billboard for W Industries, a local metal fabricator. Not only was it odd seeing a contract fabricator advertised so prominently, but the sign’s...

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GTAW electrode selection and preparation

April 25, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Selecting the right tungsten electrode, and preparing it to match the welding process, aren't just good ideas to maximize welder productivity. They are necessary to prevent weld defects and all the time necessary for troubleshooting and rework.

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ESAB to relocate GMAW, sub-arc wire manufacturing to South Carolina

April 25, 2011

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced a commitment to open a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C., to manufacture its line of GMAW and sub-arc welding wire. The company intends to invest significant capital in the 250,000-sq.-ft. facility and employ more...

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Dual-unit electric servo pump doubles output volume - TheFabricator.com

Dual-unit electric servo pump doubles output volume

April 25, 2011

TECHNI Waterjet™ has released the QUANTUM ESP Electric Servo Pump™ dual unit for its QUANTUM ESP55 and ESP66 waterjet cutting systems. The dual unit doubles the output volume of the single models. It allows the waterjet to cut with a single large cutting head or two standard cutting...

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CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award - TheFabricator.com

CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award

April 25, 2011

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has announced that it has won a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Award in the product innovation category. The company designs, manufactures, and supplies products and services for welding, metal forming, and cold...

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