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Latest LINE survey shows labor market remaining soft in May

April 22, 2008

The latest SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey indicates that similar to last month, the labor market in May 2008 will remain soft and will be much weaker...

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HRB spot steel prices continue to soar

April 17, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for April 14 surged 16.0 percent to $1,003 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 11th consecutive rise totaling $426. The world export HRB...

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Remembering VT

April 16, 2008

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When I sat down to write this post it was with the conviction to write about something positive on this day of sad remembrance, but quite honestly, I"m not sure I have it in me. Today is the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, a tragedy that hit close to home. My husband and his...

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Who knew?

April 15, 2008

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Chicago police shot a cougar on the North Side on Monday afternoon. I guess the cougar didn"t feel like running anymore and stood its ground, leaving the policemen no other choice than to kill the 150-pound cat. That"s not the story you expect to wake up and read in the morning paper. I have to...

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C-Pillar die faces deep drawing

Improve HSS part quality before die tryout

April 15, 2008

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The use of high-strength steels (HSS) and aluminum in automotive and other stamping manufacturing is creating forming challenges for tool and die engineers. Forming simulation software, formerly used to predict conventional failure causes, now also enables the stamping tool and die engineer to simulate secondary operations, including springback to avoid expensive and time-consuming die tryouts.

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McDonald's Arches

Curving out a niche

April 15, 2008

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary in April 2005, McDonald's® opened a 24,000-sq.-ft. restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant's most eye-catching feature is a pair of parabolic arches that stand 60 ft. high. Constructed from 20-in. by 12-in. tubes, the arches were curved by Chicago Metal Rolled Products, an OEM component subcontractor. Operating within a tight time frame, CMRP helped the structural steel fabricator and erector, Tefft Bridge & Iron LLC, by bending the tubes in multiple locations on longer sections to reduce the number of weld splices needed.

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Fabricated aluminum parts

Of cars, this specialty vehicle manufacturer can do it

April 15, 2008

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M&M Vehicles Corp., Mexico, Mo., is less a car company and more of a fabricating shop. That's been the case from the beginning when Chris Miller and another employee cut diamond-plate aluminum sheet with a Skil saw blade turned backwards and then hand-bent the sheet to form boxes that graced those early used golf cars.

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Sensor driven errorproofing

Where sensors make sense

April 15, 2008

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Sensor-driven errorproofing can help metal stamping shops prevent the production of bad parts. In addition, it can save tens of thousands of dollars in lost production due to crashed dies and downtime. How? Sensors detect the presence of metal—as material being fed into the press, being positioned, or ejected from the press as a stamped part or slug.

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Coil automation

Rolling to market - Part II

April 15, 2008

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A variety of methods help push a roll forming operation's efficiency. Various coil handling methods offer different levels of efficiency and automation, each suiting certain applications. The key is to analyze an operation, calculate the time spent handling coil, and then determine the best level of coil handling automation to fit.

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Maximizing waterjet cutting profit - TheFabricator

Maximizing waterjet cutting profit

April 15, 2008

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Achieving maximum profitability from your waterjet system requires knowing which operating methods are best-suited to your application. This article explores the costs associated with waterjet cutting and shows a method for maximizing the profit derived from the machine for various production scenarios. Specific examples are provided.

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Automated saws

So what if one saw cuts faster than another?

April 15, 2008

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Two similar saws might have significantly different cutting speeds, and given a choice, most fabricators would choose the faster saw. However, the saw's speed isn't the only factor that affects efficiency. Material handling before and after the cut also plays a big role in process efficiency. Fabricators who overlook material handling don't gain all they can in terms of increasing throughput.

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Metal-cored welding wires reduce silicon deposits

April 15, 2008

Hobart Brothers offers Tri-Mark® Metalloy Vantage™ and Metalloy Vantage Ni1 gas-shielded, metal-cored wires. The wires include patented technology that reduces silicon island formation and...

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Weld tip inspection system for robotic spot welding introduced

April 15, 2008

Orbitform Group has introduced the Weld Tip System (WTS) for robotic spot welding. The system inspects spot welding electrodes (tips) and helps ensure that face diameters and general appearance meet...

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Flap disks designed to grind, blend in one operation

April 15, 2008

Rex-Cut Products Inc. has introduced a line of miniature zirconia flap disks in four grit sizes for grinding, blending, and finishing stainless steel, aluminum, and mild steel.The disks feature a...

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Welding nozzles, gasless parts introduced for welding at high amperages

April 15, 2008

Bernard has introduced a line of heavy-duty and gasless Centerfire™ components, designed to help reduce operator downtime and improve weld quality for companies that weld at high amperages or...

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