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Reykja-where?

April 22, 2010

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Events in Iceland generally don’t warrant international headlines. That’s not to say it isn’t an interesting place. If you’re into linguistics, you already know that its language is essentially the same as when it was spoken by its original settlers; 1,000 years of relative isolation has...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during the next three months

April 22, 2010

According to the April 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during the next three months....

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Looking ahead: Fabricators on the next six months

April 21, 2010

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Business Roundtable’s first quarter 2010 CEO Economic Outlook Survey indicated that the CEOs of America’s leading companies anticipate increased capital expenditures, sales, and employment in the next six months.  A recent survey of manufacturing CFOs, conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, shows...

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Irony in Ireland: Global trade and volcanic ash

April 19, 2010

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‭This week has dripped with irony. On Wednesday I traveled to a press event at Combilift,‭ ‬a forklift and material handling equipment manufacturer several hours northwest of Dublin,‭ ‬in the rolling green hills of County Monaghan.‭ ‬The company exports most of its vehicles and keeps...

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For those who weld old steel, we salute you

April 16, 2010

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If a metal fabricator has been around long enough, he probably has come across more than a couple of welding situations that have him lifting off his helmet and scratching his noggin. He likely has done everything correct according to the textbook, but the joint  just does not come together like...

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Loaded with land mines

April 15, 2010

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It’s April 15 — one of the most recognizable, and often dreaded, days in the U.S. Probably as recognizable as July 4, but more akin to December 7  for many. It's the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. According to a recent unscientific poll on thefabricator.com, 47 percent of...

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Fabricating just enough, just in time

April 15, 2010

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Two weeks ago I talked with one fabrication shop owner who has what last year would have been considered an unusual problem. Bankers were lined up, eager to give the small business owner a loan--only he didn’t need one. Work is coming in the door, but it’s mostly small jobs, nothing to warrant...

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FEA module with flattening capabilities available for Autodesk® Inventor® 2010, 2011

April 15, 2010

Logopress Corp. and its North American distributor and technical center, Accurate Die Design Inc., have announced that the Logopress3 Blank module is now available for users of Autodesk®...

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Vertical tube bender allows user to store multiple programs of up to 12 bends each

April 15, 2010

Huth offers the model 3002 vertical tube bender. It features a programmable touchscreen control that prompts the operator step by step. Programmable automatic bending allows the user to store multiple...

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Air filtration system automatically adjusts to compensate for filter loading

April 15, 2010

RoboVent has introduced the eDrive system, which uses a sensor to constantly monitor the airflow through an air filtration unit. Using a variable-frequency drive, the system automatically adjusts the...

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Tube cutoff automation can be customized

April 15, 2010

Bardons & Oliver has announced that, as an authorized FANUC Robotics integrator, it can customize its CNC and rotating-head tube and bar cutoff equipment and turning machines with FANUC controls,...

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Automatic feeder for tube cutoff can be retrofitted

April 15, 2010

Continental Pipe and Tube Cut-Off Machines has introduced the PDS series programmable auto feeder. The system provides consistent cuts and is simple to set up and program, according to the...

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Isotech partners with AMALCO to offer hydroforming, deep drawing

April 15, 2010

Isotech Inc., Hatfield, Pa., a supplier of precision linear-motion products, has announced a partnership with AMALCO of Mountainside, N.J., to provide clients with hydroforming and deep-drawing...

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MHI to build wind turbine manufacturing plant in Arkansas

April 15, 2010

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo, has announced plans to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Ark. The plant, which will fabricate nacelles, a core component of wind...

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Kimberly-Clark Professional establishes Jackson Safety brand

April 15, 2010

Kimberly-Clark Professional, Roswell, Ga., has added Jackson Safety to its roster of global brands. The rebranding effort includes a new product logo that will begin appearing this spring on...

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