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Flat responsibility in sheet metal modeling

September 23, 2009

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The most important role of a CAD operator is to verify that the design can be flattened. Columnist Gerald Davis provides some guidance on that subject.

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From the frying pan to the fire?

September 22, 2009

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Alternative power trains, advanced propulsion technologies, and automotive battery power are all the buzz. At the NanoBusiness Alliance conference I attended in September in Chicago, a great deal of discussion centered around announcements of the $2 billion U.S. federal grants awarded from the...

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Bystronic hires sales engineer

September 22, 2009

Bystronic Inc. has hired Darren McCarthy as sales engineer for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.McCarthy has 23 years of experience in sales, sales management, and customer...

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ArvinMeritor completes sale of wheels business

September 22, 2009

ArvinMeritor, Troy, Mich., has announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Wheels business—formerly a division of the company's Light Vehicle Systems segment—to...

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Textron's Bell Helicopter awards Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplierstatus

September 22, 2009

Textron's Bell Helicopter awarded Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplierstatus. Bell's Premier Supplier status requires Latrobe Specialty Steel (LSS), an ISO9001 and AS9100 registered company, to...

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Proximity makes a difference

September 21, 2009

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On a flight to a manufacturing event last week, I read an article in BusinessWeek that got me pretty down. The headline on the magazine cover screamed, "America's Manufacturing Crisis." The topic: Why stuff's invented stateside and sent abroad for manufacturing. "While the...

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Bystronic Canada celebrates one-year anniversary

September 21, 2009

Bystronic Canada celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 2, 2009 with its new service and spare parts location in Mississauga, Ontario. "Bystronic Canada has had a very successful first year...

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Wind power keeps going

September 18, 2009

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The push to develop wind power sources has slowed a bit in 2009, but it's starting to gain momentum again, as attendees at the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's Wind Energy Conference found out Sept. 15 in Elgin, Ill., at Mazak Optonics Corp. Last year more than 8,400 megawatts...

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HRB price falls in China, rises elsewhere

September 18, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Sept. 14 surged 7.2 percent to $607 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price...

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Combining hydrogen, oxygen, and inspiration

September 17, 2009

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I was browsing the news recently when an article about Dean Kamen jumped out at me. You might know him as the founder of FIRST, president of DEKA Research & Development, inventor of the Segway® PT , holder of numerous patents, or one of the keynote speakers at the 2008 FABTECH® Intl. & AWS...

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SMAW: A welder's guide

September 15, 2009

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Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Friction stir welding parts

An introduction to friction stir welding

September 15, 2009

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A relatively new joining process, friction stir welding (FSW) produces no fumes; uses no filler material; and can join aluminum alloys, copper, magnesium, zinc, steels, and titanium. FSW sometimes produces a weld that is stronger than the base material.

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Enhancing the GTAW process

September 15, 2009

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Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW or TIG), a popular process for high-quality manual welding, has its limitations and requires highly skilled operators. A process used in Europe addresses those limitations, enhances productivity and weld quality, and reduces the skill level required to GTAW.

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Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

September 15, 2009

Like all manufacturers, Woodsage Industries is always on the lookout for a better way to manufacture the many components it produces for OEMs. It recently devised a way to make one-piece external muffler shells for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

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No guarantees...except death and the business cycle

September 14, 2009

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The cover of Newsweek could be journalism school fodder for ways to stand out on the newsstand: "The Case for Killing Granny." That headline tugs at the soul, drilling down to the heart of the health care debate. The lion's share of health care costs in this country occurs during the final...

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