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Labor market expected to remain soft in July

June 24, 2008

The SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey of the manufacturing and private service-providing sectors, which make up more than 90 percent of the U.S. private...

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Money in green

June 23, 2008

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Last week media reported long gas station lines, with motorists grumbling over record prices. That sounded like 1970s oil-crisis America, but that"s not what reporters were writing about on Friday.They were reporting from Beijing.There, The Times of London gave reports of long lines outside petrol...

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Educating tomorrow's welders

June 20, 2008

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I think the program I have struggled to keep alive was valuable and rewarding to a certain population. Was it enough to rationalize the expense? I don"t know, but to me and my students, it was valuable and rewarding.That"s the message Lebanon (N.Y.) High School welding teacher Tom Callison shared...

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Survey shows U.S. manufacturers foresee domestic expansion

June 19, 2008

North American manufacturers consider the United States the most desirable country for expansion over the next three years, according to a survey released today by the National Association of...

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Nucor names vice president, general manager of new iron-making facility

June 19, 2008

Nucor Corp. has named John C. Farris as vice president and general manager of its new iron-making facility. Farris joined the company in 1992 and has been a vice president since 2006. He has been...

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You cannot be serious

June 18, 2008

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Although I'm an avid tennis fan, this post is not paying homage to John McEnroe, who often uttered the words "you cannot be serious" and sundry words I can't repeat to umpires and line judges in matches. Rather, the statement was the first thought that crossed my mind when I read about a...

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Automotive toolmaking tricknology : Applying NUMMI's concepts to tool and diemaking

June 17, 2008

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In 1984 the Fremont, Calif. GM assembly plant shuttered under the strain of horrible management-labor relationships. Toyota offered to reopen the plant in a joint venture with GM implementing its Toyota Production System. Tool and diemaking shops can apply the same NUMMI concepts to revitalize their companies and reinvent themselves.

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One nesting software for all

June 17, 2008

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Maurer Manufacturing, Spencer, Iowa, purchased a new plasma cutting table in late 2006 and decided it wanted one nesting program to run both the new plasma table and its slightly older Cincinnati laser cutting machine. After a slight stumble, the company found the solution it needed with MTC Software's ProNest program.

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Lasers catch limelight at ALAW

June 17, 2008

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How can laser technology make metal fabrication more efficient? The efficiency comes not only from advances within the laser itself, but also in new ways to integrate those lasers for optimal part flow on the shop floor. Several presenters at ALAW 2008 hammered this point home.

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When customers and suppliers file bankruptcy

June 17, 2008

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Although economic growth in recent years has resulted in fewer business bankruptcies, increasing signs of economic slowdown may mean that fabricators will soon see more of their customers or suppliers file for bankruptcy.

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Building success with the staggered truss

June 17, 2008

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Developed during the 1960s by MIT graduate students, the staggered-truss system avoids the use of interior columns to transfer loads to the foundation; instead, trusses themselves carry the brunt of the load transfers. More than anything, the steel design method has potential to take various hotel, condo, and office-building projects away from other construction materials, like concrete, and that's certainly good news for structural steel fabricators everywhere.

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Measuring forming severity

June 17, 2008

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Determining a part's forming severity, something that is critical for a successful stamping operation, takes into account various data. This article discusses the different types of data and how each is obtained. It also compares circle grid analysis to square grid analysis.

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Robotic welding

Auto weld that ends well

June 17, 2008

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Robotically welding a part made sense for Tommy Gate Co./Woodbine Manufacturing, Woodbine, Iowa, so they then made plenty of cents available to invest in a robotic welding cell from Genesis Systems.

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Troubleshooting welding conductivity

June 17, 2008

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When MIG welding, are you experiencing an erratic, sputtering arc; a gradual need to increase voltage at the power source; discoloration of copper cable strands or the liner; increased contact tip burnbacks; or inconsistent weld appearance? If so, your problem could be poor conductivity caused by electrical resistance.

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Precision air bending

The evolution of precision bending

June 17, 2008

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Three decades ago bottoming with penetration, or coining, was the only way to achieve high accuracies on press brakes, and this meant fabricators endured high tooling costs. Over the years precision air bending with CNC hydraulic press brakes using precision-ground tooling evolved to become the dominant forming method in the precision market. However, it took some significant machinery advances to get there.

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