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HRB spot steel prices continue upward surge

March 12, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the western European hot-rolled band (HRB) price for March 10 surged 6.5 percent to $888 per ton,, ex-works, for the third consecutive time (on a Euro basis, it...

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Too busy for Godot

March 11, 2008

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"Godot has arrived," said Wall Street analyst Edward Yardeni in a New York Times report. Yardeni's Godot is a recession, something even the upbeat forecaster said had indeed arrived, particularly after Friday's unemployment report from the Labor Department, which said the nation lost about 63,000...

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Editorial advisory board

Recruit, train, and retain

March 11, 2008

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Time has passed, but the times haven't changed that much. A little over two years ago The FABRICATOR's Editorial Advisory Board engaged in a roundtable discussion at the 2005 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago. The subject that day centered around what industry and...

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Welding development simulation software

Virtually welding

March 11, 2008

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Today several companies offer technologies that help beginning welders get that hand motion just right. None claims that the technology will replace the real thing, of course, but they do say that training in the virtual world can give students a significant leg up by the time they weld for the first time. It helps teach students what really happens between the welding arc and workpiece, why certain hand motions produce good beads while other motions don't. And it also may help introduce welding to students who wouldn't have given the trade a second thought.

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Respecting your resistance welder

March 11, 2008

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Resistance welding results are only as good as the machine that is completing the process. By understanding how to properly maintain your resistance welding machine, you will be able to prevent unnecessary problems that tend to plague the unit's critical areas.

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Laser cut tube parts

Machine shop sees the (laser) light

March 11, 2008

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MG Products Inc., Elkhart, Ind., successfully made the transition from a machine shop to a full-scale tube fabricator thanks to the investment in a laser tube cutter.

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Welding code titanium

The facts on welding titanium

March 11, 2008

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A new resource tool takes away the guesswork and the apprehension when welding titanium: The American Welding Society (AWS) D1.9/D1.9M Structural Welding Code—Titanium. Released in July 2007, the code goes beyond the limitations of previous documents by providing the information required to engineer a structural titanium product from start to finish.

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Work flow goes virtual

March 11, 2008

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Mid-West Metal Products, Muncie, Ind., has perfected work flow through ERP and the company's virtual manufacturing plan.

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Hypertherm plasma cutter

Service center fabricates its future

March 11, 2008

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Denman & Davis calls itself the largest general-line, independent service center in the Northeast. The company has about 65,000 square feet of inventory and manufacturing space in Clifton, N.J., another 70,000 square feet in Slatersville, R.I., and another 35,000 in Albany, N.Y. The company distributes a variety of hot-rolled and cold-finished bars, structural shapes, sheets, and tubing, but has discovered a fruitful niche with plate, used in pressure vessel, power generation, and processing applications.

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Stamping sensors

Coming to your sensors

March 11, 2008

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Stamping sensors can go a long way in protecting valuable dies and eliminating downtime associated with repairing dies after crashes. So why aren't more shops using them? Perhaps it's because their misconceptions get in the way of making a wise investment.

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GTAW Arc Welding

Learning TIG

March 11, 2008

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Think you want to learn TIG welding, also known as GTAW? To master the craft and avoid injury, it's imperative that you receive proper instruction. TIG is not a process that lends itself to self-teaching. This overview compares TIG with other welding processes and outlines some important steps of the process.

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roll tooling technology

Rolling to market - Part I

March 11, 2008

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For many jobs, the toughest part isn't roll forming the parts themselves—it's getting those parts to the customer. Parts are cut-to-length, then placed on immense wooden frames in such a way that allows the maximum load on a truck. That's a lot of material handling. But what if a shop eliminated the packing altogether by taking the roll forming to the job site itself?

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Press selection—sorting it out

March 11, 2008

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Anchoring the March STAMPING Journal® --Press Issue--this multi-source press selection article offers readers advice on the criteria to consider when buying a press. The article examines application suitability, drives, and controls as well as the usual suspects--tonnage, frame construction, speed, and horsepower. This article is likely to be especially helpful to readers attending Metalform in April.

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Press selection - sorting it out - Part IV

March 11, 2008

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Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions—and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts—are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task of selecting a press or press system. 4. What Else Do I Need to Look...

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Press selection - sorting it out: Part III

March 11, 2008

Editor's Note: This article is one installment of a nine-part article. Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions—and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts—are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task...

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