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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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New year, next generation

January 3, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Tacking yet another new calendar to the wall makes me feel, well, old, and that in turn makes me think about the next generation. Judging by chats with readers in recent weeks, I’m not the only one. It’s no secret that manufacturing has a graying work force. Even during tough times, metal...

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ISM December ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

January 3, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Jan. 3 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Hydro Aluminum names new operations manager, central region

January 3, 2011

Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion North America unit, Monett, Mo., has appointed Robert Sharpe as operations manager for its central region. He joined Hydro in 2009 as one of the central region's territory sales managers. Sharpe has more than 13 years of experience managing large teams while increasing...

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Turnkey laser system delivered with choice of industrial Nd: YAG, CO2, or fiber laser - TheFabricator.com

Turnkey laser system delivered with choice of industrial Nd: YAG, CO2, or fiber laser

January 3, 2011

Prima North America Inc. has introduced the Laserdyne 430 three-axis laser system designed for precision cutting, welding, and drilling of 2-D and 3-D components. The system is currently available with a fourth rotary/circular axis option, and a fifth tilt axis will be available in 2011. The...

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