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General Steel Holdings releases statement following China earthquake

May 13, 2008

General Steel Holdings Inc., one of China's non-state owned steel products producers, announced today that its operations were not adversely affected by the recent earthquake in the Sichuan province...

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Brennan Palmiter

See Brennan go

May 13, 2008

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Brennan Palmiter may look like an ordinary teenager, but behind the youthful grin is an incredibly driven16-year-old who has his sights set on a career in racing and welding.

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Arc Welder

Filler metal product approvals

May 13, 2008

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Filler metal product approval codes can seem like a foreign language. One thing is certain, and that is each agency that establishes product approvals, such as AWS or ASME, does so to ensure filler metals meet the requirements for which they are intended. Understanding the meaning behind each set of filler metal product approvals will help you to better understand your filler metal's capabilities.

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Protective welding clothes

Clothes before woes

May 13, 2008

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Welding injuries, from minor welding flash burns to serious third-degree burns, can be painful and, in extreme cases, can cause disfigurement and lead to career-ending disabilities. Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is an easy way welders can help protect themselves against these risks and preserve their livelihood.

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ButlerBuilt Plasma Table

Plasma delivers precision for top seat manufacturer

May 13, 2008

ButlerBuilt, a leading manufacturer of motorsports seating located in Harrisburg, N.C., finds a new plasma cutting system to be a much better improvement over the 15-year-old plasma table it dumped in early 2007.

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Edge treatments for roll formed parts

May 13, 2008

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According to OSHA and BLS data, safety in metal manufacturing has been improving. Workplace injuries and injury severity fell from 2000 to 2006. The biggest improvements have been in severe injuries, so minor injuries have gotten more attention lately. One such minor injury is cutting. Roll formers can do their part to prevent workplace cuts by focusing on deburring.

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Roll bender Powder River

New roll bender 'bales' out farm implement manufacturer

May 13, 2008

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Powder River, a Provo, Utah-based fabricator of farm implements, turned to KNUTH Machine Tools USA for a three-roll bender the company uses to make its round bale feeders for horses.

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Partial straightener assembly

The finer points of coil handling for fineblanking

May 13, 2008

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Fineblanking operations require a heavy-duty press and special tooling. To produce straight, flat strip for the press and feed, stampers need a coil cradle, coil end peeler, debender, and hold-down arm, straightener, loop control.

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Custom or standard?

May 13, 2008

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Fabricators have two broad choices in the bend tooling they select: standard or custom. Using standardized tooling provides cost-effective versatility. A well developed tooling inventory can accommodate nearly any bending job. On the other hand, custom tooling is designed for speed and efficiency. Customized tools make one part and one part only as fast as possible. The trade-offs boil down to time and money: standardized tooling requires more time to set up but costs less. With custom tooling, changeover is quick, but the tooling costs more.

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Stainless steel surface finish

A 'weld-done' finish

May 13, 2008

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Stainless steel products are used in all parts of our daily life. Certain surface finish expectations must be met, and one of the major challenges in stainless steel treatment is meeting these expectations. The biggest problem has been the time required to rebuild the surface from a weld. While surface finishing of stainless steel still requires a good deal of effort, the proper grinding and polishing equipment makes it possible to create perfect finishes in a reasonable amount of time.

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Manufacturing Machine

What not to leave at work

May 13, 2008

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The metal fabricating industry is among the employment sectors with the highest rates of amputations from on-the-job accidents. Many are caused by improperly safeguarded machinery, hand tools, forklifts, and other equipment. Preventing workplace amputations requires adhering to strict safety guidelines, including making amputation awareness a part of your safety program.

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What do companies want from their workers?

May 13, 2008

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In his extensive career as a welder and welding instructor, Marty Rice has learned a thing or two about the qualities companies look for in their employees beyond skill proficiency. This anecdotal article discusses these qualities and their importance from Rice's perspective.

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Punch press nesting

Pushing nesting efficiency for the punch press

May 13, 2008

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Nesting for punching must not only consider the part geometry but also the tool boundary. Some nesting software can respect the tool boundary rather than just the part boundary. The software respects the integrity of the punched part, the skeleton, and tooling all at once.

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Exports: The economy's saving grace?

May 12, 2008

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez made a case for free trade in today"s Wall Street Journaland they used recent export numbers to buttress their argument. Even at a time when our economy has slowed, U.S. exports are booming. In 2007, we...

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Safety first

May 8, 2008

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Two co-workers and I are heading off for some welding training next week, which will allow us to beef up our welding knowledge and generally embarrass ourselves in front of skilled professionals. So as I was having an e-mail conversation earlier this week with Gerald Davis, the author of The...

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