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Not Your Parents' Workplace

March 8, 2005

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.

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Managing rotary-draw tube bending

March 8, 2005

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Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a conference presentation made by the author at a previous TPJ Symposium.

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Simulating a robotic workcell

March 8, 2005

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Not so long ago, setting up a robotic work cell was a trial-and-error affair. However, advances in simulation technology allow manufacturers to visualize a robotic work cell and sort out any problems before setting up the cell. Simulating the work cell's function helps to ensure the cell will yield the desired results and helps prevent costly mistakes and re-engineering.

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The cutting edge of cut-to-length lines

March 8, 2005

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When a company plans to invest in a cut-to-length line, basic line configuration is the first decision—and one of the most important—to make.The fixed-shear line is a common configuration. It can be an entirely stop-start (or "tight") line, or it can include a decoiling and leveling...

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Construction Junction

March 8, 2005

Two six-axis robot arms perform full-penetration gas metal arc welds on structural steel.Millions of construction companies strive every day to cut production time while maintaining, or even improving, quality.Robert J. Simmons owns a company that has made it happen.Over several years he found a...

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Anchor's a way down the road to improvement

March 8, 2005

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A Fort Worth, Texas-based fabricator found that it was spending thousands in moving material from one building to the next for various operations. The company embarked on several expansion projects and invested in new equipment to help remedy the situation.

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Measuring wall thickness in seamless tube, cast-iron pipe

March 8, 2005

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Controlling the wall thickness during the manufacture of seamless steel tubes and cast-iron pipe is critical in meeting specifications and minimizing scrap. Ultrasonic measurements typically are performed on tube or pipe at room temperature, many hours after forming is complete. At this...

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Manufacturing added 20,000 jobs in February

March 4, 2005

According the Labor Department, U.S. employers added 262,000 jobs in February, including 20,000 manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing's gains followed five consecutive months of job loss. However, the job...

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Manzullo urges Congress to reduce health care costs

March 3, 2005

House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) said surging health care costs continue to squeeze the U.S.'s small employers, and Congress must act quickly to prevent many more workers...

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CEO Economic Outlook Index at record high

March 2, 2005

Business Roundtable's March 2005 CEO Economic Outlook Survey showed that the U.S.'s leading CEOs expect the economy to continue on a solid growth path for the next six months. The strong projections...

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Manufacturing grows for 21st consecutive month

March 2, 2005

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in February for the 21st consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 40th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the...

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Tubbs Jones testifies for steel industry before ITC

March 2, 2005

Today, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) to advocate on behalf of the domestic steel industry and steelworkers.In her prepared...

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WCI Steel names vice president/CFO

March 1, 2005

WCI Steel Inc. announced today that Thomas J. Gentile has been named vice president and CFO, effective immediately.Gentile has served as the company's treasurer and acting CFO since November, 2003. ...

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AK Steel hires vice president, labor relations

March 1, 2005

AK Steel today said that Thomas F. McKenna has joined the company as vice president of labor relations. In this role, McKenna is responsible for the company's labor relations functions and its...

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Kennametal completes Extrude Hone acquisition

March 1, 2005

Kennametal Inc. has completed its Extrude Hone Corp. acquisition for approximately $137 million, net of acquired cash and estimated direct acquisition costs. Located in Irwin Pa., Extrude Hone has...

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