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Hendrick adds new equipment

February 12, 2008

Hendrick Mfg., Memphis, Tenn., has added several pieces of fabrication equipment to its facility in Carbondale, Pa. The company added additional CNC press brake capabilities, acquired new welding...

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Waterjet precision cutting

Waterjet makes it into the mainstream

February 12, 2008

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Advancements in the control and equipment components, each working in concert, have pushed the technology from a relative novelty to the mainstream.

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orbital welding

Welding more with less

February 12, 2008

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With the gap between new projects and available welders only expected to widen, welding companies have to make up the difference by utilizing machines that can compensate for the labor shortage and maximize the productivity of available welders. New developments in orbital welding technology are helping companies address these tasks. Today orbital welding equipment incorporates production monitoring and analysis capabilities and is designed to be simpler to use. In continuing to advance the technology, welding equipment suppliers probably will take more of an integrated approach, tackling projects using automation and machines that combine preparation and welding operations into a comprehensive tool.

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Snow, television, and fabricating

February 8, 2008

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When more than a foot of snow is expected to fall, you should probably go out and shovel a couple of times during the day instead of waiting until the end of the snowfall to do it. That was the case yesterday as I battled the white stuff in my driveway and sidewalks. The office was closed, so I...

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Get with the program

February 7, 2008

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Have you ever noticed how things run in cycles? Feast or famine? Drought or flood? No phone calls, or one call after another? I telecommute, and days go by that my work phone doesn't ring at all. On those days, all communication transpires electronically. This is not one of those days.Among...

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Manufacturing's story on Super Tuesday

February 5, 2008

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In August 2006 a metal fabricator got a chance to tell the president why he felt businesses like his were good for America.John West, president of Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., showed the commander in chief around the company"s facility that housed, among other things, one of the...

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Welding: 'That's awesome!'

February 1, 2008

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I"m writing this from WeldMex, a welding tradeshow in Mexico City. We"re trying to promote The FABRICATOR en Español to Mexican metal fabricators.All in all, there"s some interesting things that I"ve learned about the Mexican market:Welding technology companies are positive about the Mexican...

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Frills or no frills?

January 30, 2008

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A mere three weeks ago, the introduction of the Nano, the $2,500 car produced by Tata Motors, made the headlines worldwide. It also was the topic of the Jan. 15 "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter lead-in, which asked subscribers what they thought of the new car and whether it would have any impact...

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Stein economics

January 29, 2008

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Recently the managing editor at Money magazine sat down with Ben Steinthe quirky lawyer, economist, comedian, and former Nixon speechwriterand asked if he was worried about a recession. Stein said no.The editor responded, But aren"t you worried about the headlines, about the credit crunch, about...

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Benchtop Positioner

Putting the spin on benchtop positioners for tube and pipe welding

January 29, 2008

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Welding around any kind of circular piece can be a challenge. To make a fillet weld in the horizontal position, you will have to maneuver around the workbench, maintaining a constant arc if you wish to make a continuous weld. This type of work may be acceptable if you need only a few pieces, but can become tedious on production runs. One solution is to rotate the workpiece past the welding arc with a rotating welding positioner, such as a small- to medium-size benchtop machine.

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Durable goods orders soar

January 29, 2008

Factory orders for durable goods rose in December by the largest amount in five months—5.2 percent.The increase was far larger than had been expected. Commercial aircraft orders experienced a...

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Just pay the people

January 25, 2008

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Nuthin" like a shot upside the head to make you see the light. In this blog and in the Editor"s Corner of The FABRICATOR [Saving manufacturing one sweep at a time, p. 8, January 2008], I"ve written how a clean work environment might contribute in a small way to changing a youngster"s mindset...

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Ameristeel begins Jacksonville Mill expansion planning

January 24, 2008

Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. has announced that it has begun the planning process for a capital project to expand its Jacksonville Steel Mill, located in Baldwin, Florida.The expansion is expected to add...

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Flashdance meets real life

January 23, 2008

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I'm interviewing Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver with a passion for welding that's almost as strong as his passion for racing. His profile will be featured on thefabricator.com next month.Palmiter's story, along with two stories I ran across today, proved to me that there...

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Legislation introduced to stimulate economy, create jobs

January 23, 2008

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) today introduced legislation to stimulate the economy by accelerating an existing tax incentive to help manufacturers create and keep jobs in...

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