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Maybe manufacturing and farming do have a lot in common

October 15, 2010

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Free-trade pundits love to stress that the U.S. shouldn’t worry about the loss of manufacturing jobs. It's natural, after all. Just look at the state of modern farming. You don't see the world pining for more farmers, do you? Well, I did notice the most recent Farm Aid concert held in late...

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The changing American landscape

October 14, 2010

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I read Dan Davis’ blog “Rethinking the education-to-employment system,” and I figured I’d chime in with my two cents’ worth. Dan’s blog focused on the future of education, specifically in vocational areas; I’d like to shine the spotlight elsewhere to illuminate a few trends that are...

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Study finds China's extensive government intervention reason for unprecedented steel production growth

October 14, 2010

A new study released Oct. 14 concludes that the unprecedented growth of the Chinese steel industry is inconsistent with commercial considerations and has been facilitated by massive government intervention. The report entitled The Reform Myth: How China is Using State Power to Create the World's...

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Nexteer to hire 100 engineers by year end

October 14, 2010

Automotive supplier Nexteer Automotive is hiring both new and seasoned professionals skilled in software engineering and mechatronics, a field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering. According to the company, its development of electric power steering, a significant growth area for the...

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HRB prices mixed — U.S. and World Export down; China and Western Europe up

October 14, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for Oct. 11 fell 3.4 percent to $631 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the second consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 1.8 percent to $612 per ton, FOB the port of export, after five consecutive increases. The...

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Better cladding, better inspection - TheFabricator.com

Better cladding, better inspection

October 14, 2010

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Hot-wire GTAW and inspection advances are meeting the oil and gas industry's ever-increasing need for cladding.

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Fabricator leads tax break effort

October 13, 2010

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If you're thinking about opening a business and are weighing possible locations, you may want to wait until after Nov. 2 and see if voters in Polk County, Florida, pass a referendum that will give new and expanding businesses a break from property taxes for up to 10 years. As noted in an article...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 62.4 percent in 2010

October 11, 2010

August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 5.7 percent...

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M&M Mfg. acquires Wilkins Corp.

October 11, 2010

M&M Mfg. LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, a portfolio company of TGF Management Corp., has announced its acquisition of The Wilkins Corp., Little Rock, Ark. Wilkins is a family-owned and -operated manufacturer of steel duct pipe and fittings for the HVAC industry. Operating out of a 50,000-sq.-ft....

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Weld cleaning brush designed for use on 4.5-in minigrinders - TheFabricator.com

Weld cleaning brush designed for use on 4.5-in minigrinders

October 11, 2010

Weiler Corp. has added a 4.5-in. Roughneck® to its line of stringer bead brushes. It is designed for use on 4.5-in. minigrinders for surface preparation, root-pass weld cleaning, and interpass weld cleaning. The brush features a high knot count and short trim length. It is available in...

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Cost estimating products offered with either perpetual or subscription-based licensing options

October 11, 2010

MTI Systems has released three new Costimator product configurations with either perpetual or subscription-based licensing options. Costimator Express is a stand-alone version designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized parts suppliers. This entry-level version provides all the necessary...

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Industrial manufacturers feel economic recovery is on track

October 11, 2010

Prime Advantage, Chicago, has announced the results of its sixth Prime Advantage Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top economic concerns of midsized industrial manufacturers for 2010. The study results indicate that the sense of confidence that returned to small and midsized industrial...

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Workshop to explore enhancement of lean tools

October 11, 2010

The Ohio State University is hosting a free workshop entitled "Industrial Engineering (IE) Science Helps to Adapt and Enhance the Lean Tools for High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing" on Dec. 9, 2010. Industrial engineers have an opportunity to develop the next generation of computer-aided lean tools....

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Welding helmet upgraded - TheFabricator.com

Welding helmet upgraded

October 11, 2010

ArcOne has redesigned the Vision® helmet, upgrading both the shape of the helmet and the AD filter choices. Available filters are the Xtreme® dual, the new Xtreme Vi, and the Xtreme V with a 12.6-sq.-in. viewing area, with a 3 in the light state and shades 5-13 in the dark state. The...

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Compact safety laser scanner features 270-degree detection angle - TheFabricator.com

Compact safety laser scanner features 270-degree detection angle

October 11, 2010

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced the OS32C Type 3 compact safety laser scanner. It has a 4.11-in. profile, 2.87-lb. weight, and 5-W power consumption. The detection zones are flexible and easily configured. The status display and eight patented individual sector indicators...

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