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How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts -

How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts

January 9, 2012 | By Tom Litwiller

Metal stampers that produce to print aren't positioning themselves for a prosperous future. They are providing a simple function—one that most shops can provide easily. Today stampers need to offer up expertise along with metal forming capabilities. They need to be able to recognize an opportunity where they can influence product design so that development and manufacturing costs can be minimized. They need to prove their value to customers so that the customer is reluctant to go looking for more value from another competitor. Eagle Wings Industries Inc., Rantoul, Ill., has some ideas on how to do just that.

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Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow -

Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow

January 6, 2012 | By Shawn Schultz , Doug Wood

CAM software have made it easier and more affordable for job shops to increase efficiency and productivity without sacrificing quality. Staged bending combined with offline programming offers strategies for reducing downtime, improving part flow, and controlling costs.

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Why beam delivery matters -

Why beam delivery matters

January 6, 2012

The most powerful laser in the world can’t work without an effective, finely tuned beam delivery system. Its design hinges on the application, but a few basic elements lay the groundwork. Together they provide myriad options to find the most effective way to carry and shape the beam on its way from the laser source to the workpiece.

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Industry flocks to FABTECH -

Industry flocks to FABTECH

January 6, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Despite economic uncertainties heading into 2012, the metal fabrication industry came out in full force at November’s FABTECH show. More than 35,000 walked the show floor, which featured more than a half million square feet of exhibit space.

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What makes a stamper stand out? -

What makes a stamper stand out?

January 6, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Enjoying consistent growth is not something that many stamping operations can claim over the last three years, but Waukesha Metal Products is not a typical metal forming company. It is relying on servo press technology and its talented workforce to stand out amongst its peers.

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Calling all welding educators

January 5, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals have always struck me as being loyal to their industry and proud of the work that they do.  But it’s the welding educators who have left an impression because of the lengths they are willing to go to for their students and their programs. Many times the role of...

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Nucor announces plan to close Nuconsteel

January 5, 2012

Nucor Corp. announced today that it will exit the business of fabricating light gauge steel framing and therefore will close its Nuconsteel division. Nuconsteel has operations in Denton, Texas, and Dallas, Georgia. Nucor entered the residential and commercial light gauge steel framing business in...

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LINE survey: Hiring rate will fall again in January in manufacturing and services

January 5, 2012

In January, for the third consecutive month, hiring activity will decrease and job cuts will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January...

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'My story: How I became a welder'

January 4, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

If you're like me, you're interested in people's stories. We all have them, and typically they are more interesting than we might think.  FMA Communications' editorial department—the department in which I work—got together last month to brainstorm all things related to our print and...

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United Performance Metals earns nonconventional machining NADCAP approval

January 4, 2012

The laser cutting facility installed early in 2011 at United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, recently was audited and certified in accordance with the requirements of the National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). NADCAP is an accreditation organization that...

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Diamond Ground Products celebrates 20th anniversary

January 4, 2012

Diamond Ground Products, Newbury Park, Calif., is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a "12 Grinders in 12 Months Giveaway." Participants will have a chance to win one of the free Piranha Series Tungsten grinders to be given away monthly by liking the company's Facebook page at...

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Heavy piercing with plasma -

Heavy piercing with plasma

January 4, 2012 | By Tim Heston

High-density plasma arc cutting can effectively cut thick plate. The most challenging aspect, in fact, is that initial pierce. To that end, a few basic strategies help overcome this challenge, allowing the plasma to pierce through inches of metal as effectively as possible.

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Manufacturing grows … again

January 3, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Maybe those long lines of attendees at the FABTECH trade show last year weren’t red herrings. The Institute for Supply Management reported significant growth in manufacturing last month, news significant enough to send stocks skyward. News coverage has been cautious, especially considering what...

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ISM ROB: While U.S. manufacturing finishes out the year on a positive note, fabricated metal products sector contracts

January 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued January 3 by Bradley J....

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Replacing the tapered roller bearings in your mill tooling frequently? -

Replacing the tapered roller bearings in your mill tooling frequently?

December 21, 2011 | By Robert Sladky

Overlooking a small component on a tube or pipe mill—even something as seemingly insignificant as the roller bearings inside the inboard and outboard stands—can lead to excessive downtime. Learning the proper way to install and maintain these bearings can extend their service life and improve the mill’s uptime.

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