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North American robot orders jump 41 percent in first half of 2011

August 9, 2011

Fueled by its best quarter in six years, the North American robotics industry jumped 41 percent in the first half of 2011, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A total of 8,879 robots valued at $577.8 million were ordered by North American...

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United Performance Metals relocates California facility

August 9, 2011

United Performance Metals has relocated its California branch to a new facility in La Mirada to accommodate the company's growth in the region. The addition of space allows the company to offer more inventory and processing equipment. United Performance Metals serves customers in industries...

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Debate spending, not debt

August 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

When Standard & Poor’s officially downgraded the U.S. credit rating on Friday, several conversations ran through my mind. One was with Vivek Gupta, managing director at Texas ProFab, a Dallas-area fabricator, who told me how conservative the company’s balance sheet was, and how the small...

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Three Steps to Better Laser Maintenance

August 8, 2011

By: MC Machinery Systems - Mitsubishi Laser

Laser machine maintenance should be the watchword of anyone who owns and operates a laser. With lead-times decreasing, margins thinning, and raw material prices always proving to be unpredictable, proper machine maintenance can save a shop plenty of headaches at crunch time.

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Coated abrasive fiber disc safety

Coated abrasive fiber disc safety

August 8, 2011 | By Roger Cloutier

Following recommended disc storage guidelines, using proper equipment, wearing the right personal protective equipment, and employing safe methods of operation can reduce the likelihood of disc breakage and personal injury when using coated abrasive fiber discs.

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 103.9 percent from June 2010

August 8, 2011

June U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $459.39 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Layoffs increase, hiring declines in August

August 4, 2011

Job growth will scale back in August compared with a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are slowly starting to rise, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2011. The...

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Racing to find skilled workers

August 3, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

If there's one topic that weaves its way into more articles and blog posts on thefabricator.com than almost any other, it's the dearth of skilled labor. Despite high unemployment, many manufacturers continue to struggle to find workers with the right skills.  In his article "Fabricator finds path...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Techalloy

August 2, 2011

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has acquired the welding operation assets of Techalloy Company Inc. and of its parent company, Central Wire Industries Ltd. Known commercially as Techalloy, the Baltimore, Maryland-based manufacturer is a privately-held producer of nickel alloy and stainless steel...

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Tower International appoints president-Americas

August 2, 2011

Tower International Inc., an integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies, has announced the appointment of Jim Bernard as president-Americas, effective August 15. Bernard succeeds Bill Pumphrey, who is leaving the company. "We are grateful for the...

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Streamlining the purchasing job - TheFabricator.com

Streamlining the purchasing job

August 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Sometimes the new guy has some good ideas. Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque, Iowa, learned that when they had a recent hire take over purchasing requirements.

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Finding customers at trade shows - TheFabricator.com

Finding customers at trade shows

August 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators still consider tradeshows to be an important part of their marketing efforts, but are they really doing enough to attract customers at these events? A few tips can help them maximize their sales efforts at tradeshows.

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Automated plasma cutting system offers production piercing, cutting up to 2 in. - TheFabricator.com

Automated plasma cutting system offers production piercing, cutting up to 2 in.

August 1, 2011

Thermal Dynamics®, a Thermadyne® brand, has added the Ultra-Cut® 400 to its line of high-precision automated plasma systems. The system delivers 400 amps at 200 V at 100 percent duty cycle. It offers production piercing and cutting up to 2 in. on mild steel, stainless steel, and 2.25-in....

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Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings - TheFabricator.com

Feralloy Corp. forms joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings

August 1, 2011

Feralloy Corp., Stockton, Calif., a distributor of flat-rolled products, has formed a joint venture with Pyramid Mouldings, a provider of custom roll-formed products for the solar market. The joint venture, known as Feralloy Pyramid Structural Solutions (FPSS), will design and develop standard...

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DE-STA-CO appoints new president

August 1, 2011

DE-STA-CO, a manufacturer of robotic tooling, workholding, and flexible industrial automation systems in Auburn Hills, Mich., has appointed John Podczerwinski to the position of president. For more than three years, Podczerwinski has led VSG, North and South Americas, a Dover Company, as vice...

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