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Angle Grinder

Shake, rattle, and the toll

August 26, 2008

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Operating an angle grinder is a tough job. Find out what angle grinder manufacturers are doing to make the tools more user- friendly, including lightening the weight, enhancing antivibration measures, and improving safety.

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ASME Section IX, production welding positions

Welder training essentials: Positioning it right

August 26, 2008

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Communicating the right welding position is vital for any welding application. Otherwise, a welder might find himself welding in positions for which he is not qualified--and that's not a good thing.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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If it can"t be measured, it's not real

August 25, 2008

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There"s nothing like the Olympics to spark dreams of human potential. Something about the event brings out romantic optimism in me. I know that"s what the producers at NBC were aiming for and, with me at least, they"ve succeeded. For instance, I must have replayed Usian Bolt"s races 10...

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'Die-ing' for respect

August 21, 2008

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In my editorial coming up in the September 2008 issue of The FABRICATOR, I write about Die Tech Services Inc., basically an agency that sends out tool and die experts, machine builders, and CNC machinists on a temporary basis.Like most entrepreneur stories, the company"s genesis is some other...

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What price gold?

August 20, 2008

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As I write this, the U.S. leads in total medals (82) in the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, China has won more gold medals (45) than the U.S. (26) and Russia (13) combined, and more than the U.S. and Great Britain (26) combined.The U.S. is expected to gain ground in the gold medal race in...

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Made in America, sold to BRIC

August 18, 2008

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Several events this month have made me feel a tad on edge, at least at first.First, it was the Olympics. I"m sure many of you saw the opening ceremonies, and like me you probably thought it was quite a spectacle. You probably also remember commentator Matt Lauer"s comment as 2,008 drummers played...

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Metal forming companies anticipate little change in next three months

August 18, 2008

According to the August 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during the next three months....

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A U.S. national buffoon's European vacation

August 15, 2008

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I just came back from a 10-day vacation. My wife and I visited England and Ireland for four days each. The trip was fun, but it"s hard to just put your life on hold for an extended period nowadays.As we slept in our tiny hotel room built for none on the fourth day, I tried not to think about work,...

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Desk rage on the rise

August 13, 2008

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One of my co-workers always ends her e-mails with a profound one-liner. Her current gem is: Events are less important than our response to them.My immediate reaction to these words of wisdom was also a one-liner: Truer words were never spoken.Life is a continual learning process. A lesson that we...

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Podcast offers state-of-manufacturing insight, FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show preview

August 13, 2008

Two industry experts provide their views on the state of U.S. manufacturing and preview North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, tube & pipe and welding trade show on the free "Better...

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Looking down the tiers for change

August 12, 2008

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This week the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) holds its Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. After reading event news trickling onto the Internet, news that includes automotive execs opining away about industry troubles, I"ve come to a conclusion. They should listen to...

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Laser welding system introduced

August 12, 2008

LaserStar Technologies Corp. has introduced its iWeld® advanced laser system. The system has a footprint 19 in. wide by 24.5 in. long and fits into any work environment, the company reports. It...

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Robotic welding machine automates programming, production

August 12, 2008

The SmartTCP robotic welding machine, designed for complex fabrications in small-batch production, helps reduce the need for expert welders, improve time-to-market, and increase production volume and...

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Bare, covered electrodes meet military, nuclear application specifications

August 12, 2008

Arcos Industries LLC manufactures a line of bare and covered welding electrodes. The company's range of consumables includes high-alloy, stainless steel, and nickel-alloy electrodes.The welding wires...

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