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Flat-deck cart tows up to 4,000-lb. loads - TheFabricator.com

Flat-deck cart tows up to 4,000-lb. loads

January 10, 2011

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a new double fifth wheel, four-wheel-steer, 48- by 96-in. flat-deck cart for towing up to 4,000-lb. loads. The four-wheel steering helps improve tracking of carts in long trains for cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The laser-cut and -formed...

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Hynes Industries wins Wabash National Platinum Award

January 10, 2011

Wabash National Corp., Lafayette, Ind., has recognized the quality and delivery performance of Hynes Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, with a Platinum Award. Hynes is the exclusive supplier of roll formed roof bows, side posts, and other structural and cargo restraint components for Wabash’s...

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Hand-held inspection camera submersible to 100 ft. - TheFabricator.com

Hand-held inspection camera submersible to 100 ft.

January 10, 2011

Weighing 5 lbs. and measuring less than 1 ft. across, the new Sidewinder push camera from Peerless Creations can be carried up ladders and across catwalks to inspect process piping, heat exchanger tubes, exhaust stacks, and other confined spaces as narrow as 0.875 in. in diameter. Bright LEDs...

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Fabricating Update Survey Concern 1

Are conditions improving for metal fabricators?

January 10, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, but many metal fabricators were still in the thick of it as that year ended. Did conditions improve for this sector in 2010? How’s business now for fabricators compared to a year ago?

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 82.7 percent year-to-date

January 10, 2011

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $318.18 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 USMTC program, was down 17.7 percent...

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Chevy Volt named 2011 North American Car of the Year

January 10, 2011

The Chevrolet Volt electric car has been named the 2011 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show. The Volt, which already has won the 2011 Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year, edged out the Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Sonata to win the award....

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A feminine approach to PPE - TheFabricator.com

A feminine approach to PPE

January 10, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Women welders face many challenges, and one of the most overlooked is finding PPE that fits women welders properly, while providing them with a safe level of protection and allowing them to showcase their own personalities. Recently, some equipment manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to address this.

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The integrated approach to coil lines - TheFabricator.com

The integrated approach to coil lines

January 10, 2011 | By Dave Stilwell

Modern press lines are very integrated, combining coil feeds and press capabilities from a single control area and using commonality of components to optimize results.

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A case of the gas - TheFabricator.com

A case of the gas

January 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

If a job shop supplies metal parts that are to be powder coated or welded, the customers likely require that those fabricated parts have no oxidized edges. That requirement forces the job shop to cut with nitrogen, which doesn't leave an oxidized edge like oxygen. Unfortunately, cutting with nitrogen is expensive because much more nitrogen is consumed when compared to oxygen to perform similar cuts. This situation led a metal fabricator to investigate nitrogen generation systems. This is his tale.

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Fabricator goes 3-D - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator goes 3-D

January 10, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Fabricator uses both laser cutting and milling to manufacturer components quickly and to precision tolerances. Profiles are cut with a laser, and the mill machines specific elements with tight tolerance requirements.

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Maximize bending throughput on a budget - TheFabricator.com

Maximize bending throughput on a budget

January 10, 2011

Increasing press brake productivity isn’t as costly as you might think, as new and old press brake equipment can both be utilized to their maximum potential.

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Putting the cart before the reputation

January 7, 2011 | By Dan Davis

If you are involved in any way with part design, you should check out Gerald Davis' column in The FABRICATOR. He spent 2010 talking about 3-D CAD tips and tricks while creating the plans for a barbecue grill. This year he's exploring the role 3-D design can play in a fabricator's business success,...

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Welding in top 10

January 6, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

December's "Welding Wire" e-newsletter featured an item about the book "Closing America's Job Gap" that describes new jobs being shaped by innovations in science and technology and how people need to learn "new skills" to attain these jobs. In this book, University of California San Diego...

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Manufacturing to add jobs in January, but pace will follow slow-growth pattern

January 6, 2011

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing and services in January, but the pace will follow a recent slow-growth pattern, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2011. The...

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Industry leaders to deliver keynote sessions at Metal Matters 2011 conference

January 4, 2011

Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering tactics to implement for business growth and operation improvement and the state of U.S. manufacturing, highlight The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters March 2-4. Keynote presentations will be delivered by Dan DiMicco,...

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