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Not your average job shop

October 23, 2007

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Sargent Metal Fabricators, Anderson, S.C., is not your average job shop. In an economic climate in which many U.S. fabricators have suffered, the company has stayed focused on its goals, invested in new equipment, grown by leaps and bounds, and positioned itself for future growth. How? By concentrating on key factors.

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LINE® reports lowest manufacturing recruiting difficulty in four years

October 23, 2007

The latest SHRM/Rutgers LINE® survey indicates that employment expectations for November 2007 have dropped slightly for the manufacturing sector. New-hire compensation in this sector is higher...

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Designing for laser cutting

October 23, 2007

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Designing for the laser cutting process optimizes what tube fabricators can achieve.

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Plasma cutting line expanded

October 22, 2007

Kaliburn has announced the expansion of its Spirit product line to include 150a and 200a models. The new systems—one a 150-amp model, the other a 200-amp—are automated high-definition...

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Change is necessary for China

October 19, 2007

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Everyone needs a bogeyman. Superman has Lex Luthor. Conservatives in the U.S. have the left-wing media; liberals have the right-wing conspiracy. The Boston Red Sox have the New York Yankees. Sometimes it"s just easier getting through life when you can focus your negative energies on one particular...

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Domestic steel's image

October 18, 2007

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner and presentation hosted by the Outside Processors Council (OPC). The council, organized in 1997 with the assistance of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Outside Processing Managers Committee, serves metal producers, service centers, and...

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Point, click, buy anything—from anywhere

October 16, 2007

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Say you"re looking to buy a new stainless steel refrigerator, but instead of driving down to your local Sears, you hop online, review your options, customize it, and purchase itdirectly from a factory in rural China. The manufacturer takes your specific requirements and builds a fridge just for...

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Spartan Chassis adds manufacturing capacity

October 16, 2007

Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., has announced the purchase of two additional manufacturing facilities near its headquarters in Charlotte, Mich.

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Tube talk

October 12, 2007

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I visited MG Products of Elkhart, Ind., on Wednesday and had a chance to chat with Mark George, the company"s founder and president. We talked about his company"s business and how the BLM Adige LT712D laser tube cutter it purchased in 2004 has helped to transform its machine shop into a fabrication...

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Fighting brain drain

October 10, 2007

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For years the term brain drain has been defined as "an emigration of trained and talented individuals (human capital) to other nations or jurisdictions, due to conflicts, lack of opportunity, health hazards where they are living, or other reasons." More recently, the term is being used to describe...

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AIDA expands North American facility

October 10, 2007

AIDA-America Corp, the AIDA Global Group's North American manufacturing facility for mechanical stamping presses, held a special event Oct. 2 to recognize three events. Community business leaders,...

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Stamping with third-generation dry-film lubricants

October 9, 2007

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A third-generation dry-film lubricants consist primarily of blends of various polar and low- to nonpolar plymers with different molecular weights. They are designed to form extremey thin, highly cohesive bonds to the metal surface. This article explains how they differ from previous generations of dry-film lubricants and presents several application examples.

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A new standard in forming bathtubs

October 9, 2007

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The main hurdle to automating American Standard's bathtub forming line in its Salem, Ohio, facility was integrating new material handling tools into the older press line.

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Nitrogen assist gas delivery

Achieving efficiency with occasional high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen use

October 9, 2007

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Several modes of nitrogen assist gas supply exist, but with choice comes the potential of saddling your business with overhead costs that make it difficult to compete. The best approach is to map out a growth strategy, using each option's performance and value, that coincides with monthly nitrogen usage.

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Successful automation isn't automatic

October 9, 2007

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As with so many other ventures in life, successfully implementing a laser automation system rests on one key practice: communication.

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