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Handling improvements in safety, efficiency

February 13, 2007

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Ever more stringent safety standards, driven largely by OSHA and state regulators, have led many fabricators to examine closely their material handling processes. Side loaders can provide safety benefits as well as improve material handling efficiency.

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MPI laser cutting

Cutting lead-times with lasers

February 13, 2007

An expanding metal fabrication shop invests in lasers to help it produce precision parts and manage tight lead times.

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Die protection

Protecting metal stamping dies

February 13, 2007

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One of the most difficult problems to overcome in any die protection application is protecting the components from the environment in which they must function. In a typical stamping application, oils, coolants, and other liquids and lubricants often are present that can wreak havoc on components.

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Roller lubrication system

Cleaning up

February 13, 2007

Excessive fluid on finished parts, which required secondary cleaning operations, and additional cleaning of floors, aisles, and racks in the areas where parts were moved and stored were remedied by installing a roller system with a programmable controller.

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Solving punch breakage problems - Part III

February 13, 2007

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Numerous factors contribute to the premature failure of piercing and cutting punches. In addition to problems with the punches, such as tool steel or problems caused by EDM and grinding, the press can cause problems through deflection, and bridge strippers also can cause punch breakage.

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Establishing an identity

February 13, 2007

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Tarter Gate, a captive tube mill operation and tube and pipe fabricator, is the largest manufacturer of animal management equipment in the U.S. Learn how the company has used a marketing plan to increase sales and maintain growth in this family-owned and -operated business.

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Ward pressure vessels

Pressure to perform

February 13, 2007

A fabricator of large pressure vessels implements a welding power source to help it meet growing customer demand and ensure stringent quality standards without expanding its work force.

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Draw Forming, Part VII

February 13, 2007

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Setting the processing variables is different between the net shape and non-net shape processes. While non-net shape variables have to be programmed constantly to change the tool's position in space to follow the unique shape of the part being made, the shape of the part for the draw forming net shape process is built into the die.

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P/A Industries names new president

February 12, 2007

Edward R. Morris has been named president of P/A Industries Inc. North American operations, headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn.Jerome E. Finn, president since 1975, will remain as chairman and...

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Metal Manufacturing Leading Concerns

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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