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Cost estimating software enhanced

November 29, 2010

MTI Systems has released version 11.0 of its Costimator cost estimating software, featuring several changes. Multiple tabs, customizable toolbars, and helpful images have been added to the work screen to help improve ease of use. Drag-and-drop functionality has been expanded to enable users to...

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FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector

November 29, 2010

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S. manufacturers in 2011. Kuehl said, "The small business...

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Face to face with hardfacing - TheFabricator.com

Face to face with hardfacing

November 23, 2010

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Selecting the appropriate hardfacing alloy can be an intimidating experience due to the variety of applications, service conditions, and base metals. Learning to ask the right questions will help you make the decision that best fits your application.

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Giving thanks for skill, engagement, and curiosity

November 22, 2010

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Later this week I’ll be stuffing a turkey (and myself) and giving thanks--thanks for family and friends, of course, but also for something my mind’s been mulling over for the past few weeks: human engagement, and not the betrothal kind. I’m just talking about direct, concise, clear engagement...

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Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws - TheFabricator.com

Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws

November 22, 2010

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The process of deciding between a band saw and a cold saw is not always clear-cut. Here are some short answers to this and other frequently asked sawing questions

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Tackling aluminum GMAW - TheFabricator.com

Tackling aluminum GMAW

November 22, 2010

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The reactive nature of aluminum to the welding arc, which is much more pronounced than that of other base materials, presents many challenges, including excess heat input and burn-through, porosity, poor bead appearance, poor fusion, and cracking. Technology advancements have made tackling these challenges easier by providing a balance of high travel speeds with a narrow, focused arc

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The 3 P’s of sustainability

November 22, 2010

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To remain viable in the future, companies must focus on sustainability and pay attention to three key components of the sustainability puzzle: people, profit, and planet. Safety also is an important part of this puzzle.

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Greenbuild builds bridge from Hollywood to D.C.

November 19, 2010

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Former Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell may not be the first person you'd think of as a spokesperson for green; Ed Begley Jr. might be the more likely. Both were speakers at this week's Greenbuild event in Chicago. Powell was the keynote opening the event on Wednesday to a crowd of thousands at the...

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Time to get back to work: Let's talk comics

November 19, 2010

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When EuroBLECH organizers decide to have their European sheet metal tradeshow the last week in October and FABTECH holds its show in the first week of November, you have a pretty good idea of what I've been up to. It hasn't been blogging, regrettably. My co-workers have provided nice summaries of...

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A peek at the X-ray

November 18, 2010

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If you didn’t attend FABTECH® 2010 (held in Atlanta Nov. 2-4), you missed quite an expo. As my colleague Vicki Bell described it in a recent blog, “So little time and so much to see.” That’s an understatement. It had more than 1,000 exhibits; if you had spent five minutes at each booth,...

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Business better, employment up in 2010, manufacturers report in poll

November 18, 2010

According to a poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA) at the FABTECH® trade show in Atlanta in early November, more than seven in 10 (72 percent) reported that business is either much better (31 percent) or...

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About your job

November 17, 2010

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The November "Tube Talk" e-newsletter featured excerpts from a Money magazine article "Make Money in 2011: Your Job." If this article's hypothesis is correct, those of you who are employed might have cause to worry less about losing your jobs, and your employers might have reason to worry more...

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FABTECH: An industry physical

November 16, 2010

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As a reporter for the industry, I’ve always treated FABTECH as a kind of metal fabrication physical. A healthy show is a sign of a healthy industry--usually. Two years ago FABTECH’s opening-day attendance--on Oct. 6--was the biggest on record, despite the financial crisis that exploded onto...

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Metcam honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award

November 16, 2010

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that the company is the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton...

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Caterpillar Inc. to acquire mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International

November 15, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt). The acquisition is based on Caterpillar's key strategic...

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