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Steel prices remain top concern in 2007

February 12, 2007

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The January 2007 "Fabricating Update" asked subscribers to choose their No. 1 concern from a list of factors affecting metal manufacturing. It also asked whether the Democrat-controlled Congress sworn in Jan. 4 will have a positive, negative, or no effect on their businesses. This article presents the survey findings.

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R & D tax credit

Get paid to make progress

February 6, 2007

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Many manufacturers don't think that their companies qualify as researchers and developers. But with a little look into your company's everyday activities, you may find that you do conduct R&D - and possibly spend enough on R&D in a year to qualify for a tax credit.

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Toyota patented fan blade

Patented fan blade design helps keep Toyota cool

February 6, 2007

SituationToyota's 900,000-sq.-ft. Hebron, Ky., facility is its largest parts distribution center in the world.Given the size of the facility, the company was forced to overheat during cold months to compensate for the majority of the warm air rising to the ceiling. Monthly utility bills were...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum names Precision Strip president

February 5, 2007

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has promoted Joe Wolf to president of its wholly-owned subsidiary Precision Strip, Inc. The promotion was effective January 1, following the retirement of President Tom...

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Chicago Roll president/owner dies

February 1, 2007

Chicago Roll Co. has announced that its president and owner, Harry Focht, has died. Focht was in the roll tooling business for more than 38 years.Chicago Roll Co. will continue under the leadership of...

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U.S. HRB spot steel prices down, others up

January 24, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 22 fell 1.2 percent to $571 per ton, FOB the mill for the 12th drop in a row. The world export HRB price was...

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IPSCO to construct OCTG heat-treat facility in Arkansas

January 23, 2007

Steel and pipe producer IPSCO Inc. today announced the construction of an oil country tubular goods (OCTG) heat treat-facility adjacent to its Blytheville, Arkansas pipe mill.The new facility will...

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Metal formers expect business conditions to improve

January 19, 2007

Metal forming companies expect a substantial improvement in business conditions during the next three months, according to the Jan. 1, 2007, Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business...

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Hot stamping diagram

Hot-stamping boron-alloyed steels for automotive parts - Part II

January 18, 2007

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Compared with cold-formed parts, hot-stamped parts provide better formability at high temperatures and exhibit no springback on the final part.

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High speed laser cutting

A new dimension in lasers

January 17, 2007

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High-speed laser cutting is a recent result of increased laser power and high acceleration motion technology, which have improved cutting speeds. Tilt beam 2D-3D systems allow laser cutting of small 3D parts, bevel cutting on 2D sheet metal and 3D parts, 3D trimming of small deep drawn parts, and processing of holes and cut-outs in hydroformed parts.

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Nucor announces Trinidad facility start-up

January 17, 2007

Nucor Corp. has announced that the heat-up of its direct reduced iron (DRI) facility, Nu-Iron Unlimited, commenced on Dec. 5, 2006, followed by the start-up of DRI production on Dec. 30, 2006. The...

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NAM: Manufacturing poised to outpace overall economy

January 17, 2007

Driven by a 0.7 percent jump in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve reported today that overall industrial production rose 0.4 percent in December. "After three consecutive monthly declines,...

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HRB spot steel prices begin year mixed

January 11, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 8 fell 1.0 percent to $578 per ton, FOB the mill for the 11th drop in a row. The world export HRB price was up...

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Compact torch designed for thin materials, confined spaces

January 9, 2007

For welding thin gauge materials (up to 1/4 in.), Weldcraft offers its 125-amp, air-cooled WP-9 torch series. This series is comprised of the WP-9, WP-9V and WP-9P torches, which are rated at 60...

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Metal adhesive applicator

Joining metal with adhesives

January 9, 2007

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Adhesives offer several advantages that make them an attractive alternative to mechanical fastening or thermal joining, such as welding, soldering, and brazing. Advantages include the following: They can be effective on dissimilar metal substrates with dissimilar melting points; they do not cause distortion, discoloration, or weld worms; holes do not need to be drilled into the material in preparation for fasteners; and they distribute stress load evenly over a broad area.

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