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Starrett profiled on "Made in America" series

January 4, 2007

The L.S. Starrett Co., a supplier of precision measuring tools and equipment, is being featured on John Ratzenberger's "Made in America" series on the Travel Channel. The 10-minute episode presently...

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SteelMax appoints president, worldwide business operations

January 3, 2007

Centennial, Colo.-based SteelMax/Rockies Global Marketing L.L.C., has appointed Terence (Mick) Webber as president of worldwide business operations.Webber has held sales, marketing, and operations...

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Nucor to purchase Harris Steel Group

January 2, 2007

Nucor Corp. announced that it has agreed to make a tender offer for all of the shares of Harris Steel Group Inc. at C$46.25 per share. This tender offer will remain open for a minimum of 35 calendar...

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U.S. HRB spot steel price drops again

December 14, 2006

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Dec. 11 fell 1.8 percent to $596 per ton, FOB the mill for the ninth drop in a row. The world export HRB price fell...

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North American automotive output to decline in 2007

December 14, 2006

Ward's AutoForecasts has predicted that North American auto production will continue its slide in 2007, despite falling to a longtime low in 2006. Total output in 2007 is projected to be 15.65 million...

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Automotive companies applaud ITC decision

December 14, 2006

The six largest automobile companies with manufacturing facilities in the U.S. applauded today's decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to revoke anti-dumping and countervailing...

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Vero announces Camtek acquisition

December 13, 2006

Vero International Software has announced that its parent company VI Group plc has acquired Camtek Ltd, the UK developer of PEPS software. PEPS provides dedicated solutions for the production CAM...

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Forming lubricants

Lubricant developments for forming high-strength steel

December 12, 2006

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Forming lubricants always have been a critical component in the metal forming process, but the performance characteristics of these products are even more essential when working with HSS.

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Machine software integration

Taking software integration to new heights

December 12, 2006

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For a job shop or contract manufacturer to take as much labor out of the manufacturing process as possible, automation is necessary. This can be helped with the integration of front-office and shop floor software.

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Northern Tool and Engineering

Live or die making tools

December 12, 2006

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A tool- and die-maker for 50 years, Leo Niemela started out successfully enough in the tool and die business. But as the industry started to decline, he and his family had to decide which direction to take: stay with tool and die or reposition the company.

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Plasma cutter

High Roller meets fast cutter

December 12, 2006

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The historic High Roller roller coaster, perched atop the Stratosphere Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, needed to be demolished. The question for contractors was what cutting process and equipment would be best to dismantle the roller coaster, all 367, 3-foot, 300-lb. sections of it.

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Structural steel

Structurally, it's a job shop

December 12, 2006

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Structural steel shops book jobs by the shop hour. More jobs lead to more hours and inevitably longer delivery times. In many instances, just-in-time deliveries in the structural business can be measured with calendars, not stopwatches. Suburban Steel Supply Co., Gahanna, Ohio, tries not to fall into that traditional trap when servicing its customers.

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Piercing punch burr

Solving punch breakage problems - Part I

December 12, 2006

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Numerous factors contribute to the premature failure or breakage of piercing and cutting punches. Two common factors are operator error and incorrect die cutting clearance.

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Can your manufacturing software do this?

December 12, 2006

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Manufacturing software has come a long way in just the last five years. Independent software developers point out some of the advancements in manufacturing software in the hopes that some fabricators realize they may be missing out on some real production-optimization tools.

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Slug pulling diagram

Die Basics 101: Part XI

December 12, 2006

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Slug pulling is a serious problem in a stamping operation. Addressing the issue requires first understanding why the slugs are pulling. What Is Slug Pulling? When a pierce punch creates a hole, it also produces scrap, usually referred to as a slug. Slug pulling occurs when the slug sticks to the...

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