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How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

How small batch sizes define modern manufacturing

August 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

The long-held belief that setups should be amortized over the largest possible lot sizes needs to change. As setup times become shorter, they become less relevant, and, according to some, so does the old notion of economic order quantities.

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Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image - TheFabricator.com

Shaking off the albatross of manufacturing’s image

August 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A northeastern job shop gets a new building and a complete makeover, with bright colors, a sleek front office, a quality assurance room that looks like a laboratory, and with it all, a new image.

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Managing people as people, not assets - TheFabricator.com

Managing people as people, not assets

August 1, 2011

Elizabeth Miller never thought about managing a metal fabrication shop, that is, until the unthinkable happened. When her husband died, her life changed dramatically, in more ways than she could have ever imagined.

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Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose - TheFabricator.com

Metal Fabrication Industry: A portrait in prose

August 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Three books together paint a good picture of this industry. It’s a combination of technical knowhow, pragmatism, down-to-earth humor, and big-picture thinking.

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What's your job satisfaction number?

July 27, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Among the most popular articles on thefabricator.com is a series about Job Satisfaction that was written early in 2003. In December 2002, we surveyed “Fabricating Update” readers about how satisfied they were with their jobs. We asked them to rate their job satisfaction for the year on a scale...

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Two teens killed at work

July 27, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

The story is a heartbreaker. Two teenagers, 14-year-old girls on the threshold of attending high school, were detasseling corn on a farm in northwestern Illinois when they were electrocuted after coming into contact with an irrigator. Detasseling is practically a rite of passage where corn is...

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HRB price decline continues

July 27, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. HRB price spot for July 25 fell 4.9 percent to $770 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the eighth consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 2.1 percent to $693 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the third consecutive decline. The Western...

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U.S. durable goods orders fell in June

July 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June decreased $4.0 billion or 2.1 percent to $192.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.9 percent May increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent....

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Flexible metal fabrication needs flexible people

July 26, 2011 | By Tim Heston

When I interviewed executives at Mayville Engineering Co., a seven-plant, 1,000-employee behemoth of a contract fabricator, I could tell the CEO Bob Kamphuis was proudest of one statistic. The company delivered on time over 99 percent of the time. On time delivery of quality parts lies at the...

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Full steam (chest) ahead - TheFabricator.com

Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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NSK Steering Systems America announces expansion plans

July 25, 2011

Automobile manufacturing company NSK Steering Systems America has announced plans to expand its Dyersburg, Tenn., plant using a $280,000 state grant. The expansion is expected to create 180 new jobs — 90 this year and another 90 in 2012....

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RJLK Holdings to open metal fabrication plant in South Carolina

July 25, 2011

RJLK Holdings Inc., based in Indiana, has announced plans to locate a metal fabrication and distribution plant in the former Applied Engineering facility in Orangeburg, S.C. The building will hold several subsidiaries of the company. An investment of about $10 million over the next five years will...

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Joining Technologies appoints materials engineering manager - TheFabricator.com

Joining Technologies appoints materials engineering manager

July 25, 2011

Joining Technologies Inc., East Granby, Conn., has announced the promotion of Salay Stannard to materials engineering manager. In her new role, Stannard is involved in setting strategic goals for technical sales and marketing and is responsible for implementing creative research strategies for...

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Three-axis drilling, marking, sawing machine introduced

July 25, 2011

Knuth Machine Tools USA Inc. has introduced the new BeamCenter CNC 1200 saw and drill press center. It offers centrally controlled, customizable beam production, performing simultaneous three-axis drilling, marking, and sawing. The machine features four station tool changers per drill spindle,...

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Photoacoustic gas monitor eliminates interference from water vapors - TheFabricator.com

Photoacoustic gas monitor eliminates interference from water vapors

July 25, 2011

The PA4000 photoacoustic infrared gas monitor from General Monitors provides gas monitoring while eliminating interference from water vapors. Designed with a photoacoustic, infrared (IR) sensor to monitor gases including hydrocarbons, solvents, alcohols, CO2, and CO, the unit is selective to...

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