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FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required - TheFabricator.com

FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required

December 3, 2010 | By Tom Myers, Frank Dragolich Jr.

In a nation striving to upgrade its infrastructure, FCAW-S has become the process of choice for many. It combines the efficiency of wire welding with the portability and flexibility of SMAW.

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FABTECH ushers in growth - TheFabricator.com

FABTECH ushers in growth

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

At this year’s show, many attendees said they expected significant growth ahead. Some companies have acquired previous competitors, and the recession’s survivors are gearing up for growth.

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It came from Europe - TheFabricator.com

It came from Europe

December 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Fiber laser and bending automation developments seen at EuroBLECH 2010, Oct. 26-30, Hanover, Germany, may one day be found in North American shops.

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

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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U.S. Steel, Kobe Steel joint venture investment to create 500 temporary, 80 full-time jobs

December 2, 2010

United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel Ltd. announced today that they have reached an agreement for their joint venture, PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio, to begin construction on a continuous annealing line at the facility. The project is expected to increase the joint venture's...

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Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011 - TheFabricator.com

Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Metal fabricators expect continued growth in 2011, but uncertainties abound. Many firms are going into the New Year with a straightforward strategy: Improve what you can control to prepare for what they can’t.

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Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help - TheFabricator.com

Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help

December 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

More metal fabricators are venturing into the area of thicker materials, so it's not too unusual to see 0.25-in. material thrown onto a punch press that also accommodates thin material. Luckily, the right punching tooling can help fabricators work with this mix of material thicknesses efficiently.

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11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence - TheFabricator.com

11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence

December 2, 2010 | By Jason Bartholme

Most job shops have Web site, but they don't do much with them. They might as well be billboards on a road to nowhere. However, with a little knowledge about constructing a proper Web site and optimizing the site for Internet search engines, those same sites can be attracting more visitors in a short amount of time.

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Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Hi-Tech Industries of New York invests heavily in automation, including a new laser cutting center and robotic press brake--large investments unusual for a typical job shop. But this is no typical job shop.

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Fabricating to the drumbeat - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating to the drumbeat

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A central Ohio job shop uses a mix of improvement methodologies-- including the theory of constraints--to reduce lead-times from weeks to days.

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Snow mean feat - TheFabricator.com

Snow mean feat

December 2, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have modern manufactured materials come into the picture. These days lengths of bent and welded tube, usually aluminum, make up the frame. Although the market is crowded, Jake Thamm and Tamara Laug thought they could build a better snowshoe and founded a new company in 1997.

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Are jobs coming or going?

December 1, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

September 23, 2010, Caterpillar broke ground for a new hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility in Victoria, Texas. Production is anticipated to begin in mid-2010, and once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 500 people and triple the company’s U.S.-based excavator...

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AK Steel announces price increase for carbon steel products

December 1, 2010

AK Steel announced Nov. 30 that it is increasing current spot market base prices for all carbon flat-rolled steel products effective immediately with new orders. Base prices for carbon-flat-rolled products are increasing by $40 per ton. The company said that the price increase is in response to...

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Two realities of economic recovery

November 30, 2010 | By Tim Heston

After more than a year looking, my neighbor finally landed a job. He previously worked as a construction manager, which is undoubtedly why it took him so long to find work again. His new job isn’t in construction but instead is related to supply chain management. He sells software that helps...

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GM to add 1,000 engineering and development jobs in Michigan

November 30, 2010

General Motors has announced that it will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to expand its vehicle electrification expertise and lead in the development of electric vehicles from hybrids to electric vehicles with extended-range capability, like the Chevrolet...

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