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Much ado about nothing

September 15, 2010

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China’s currency is in the news again. It made big news back in the summer of 2005 when the Chinese government unlocked the currency from the fixed exchange rate of 8.2765 yuan per dollar. Change came slowly; a year later it had appreciated just 3 percent, to 7.6055 yuan per dollar. The rate of...

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Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models - TheFabricator.com

Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models

September 15, 2010

J.C. Conner Ltd. offers the Welding Pro nozzle and tip cleaner for production welding guns. The unit is available in a 110-V electric model and a 100-PSI, air-operated model with adjustable speed. Inserting the gun with light pressure will start the machine's cleaning cycle; removing the gun...

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HRB prices up 1.3 to 5.8 percent

September 15, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese hot-rolled band (HRB) ex-works price for Sept. 13 surged 5.8 percent to $551 per ton, after declining three weeks ago. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 3.1 percent to $660 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the second consecutive rise. The world export HRB price...

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Fabricating focuses on the now

September 14, 2010

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Have you tried Google Instant? It’s an eye-opener. You visit the site, start typing and Google immediately spits back results based just on what you typed. Type “the” and I get listings for a thesaurus. Type “The Fab,” and you get results for The Fabulous Fox Theatres in Atlanta, St....

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Metal formers expect steady conditions during next three months but are increasingly cautious as end of quarter draws near

September 14, 2010

According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metal...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 58.9 percent in 2010

September 13, 2010

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 10.1 percent from...

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Elgin Fastener Group names vice president/quality - TheFabricator.com

Elgin Fastener Group names vice president/quality

September 13, 2010

Elgin Fastener Group, Versailles, Ind., has promoted Terry Elkins to the position of vice president/quality. Elkins joined the Ohio Rod Products division of Elgin Fastener Group as quality manager in August 2007 and recently completed a five-month stint as interim general manager of...

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Magnetic-base drills feature ease of use, low maintenance - TheFabricator.com

Magnetic-base drills feature ease of use, low maintenance

September 13, 2010

Steelmax has introduced the D3x and D4x portable magnetic-base drills. They offer more power and capacity than the D2x mag drill, introduced in the spring, and feature ease of use and low maintenance, the manufacturer states. These new drills join the company's line of metal cutting saws, metal...

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Self-shielded, flux-cored wires have new packaging design - TheFabricator.com

Self-shielded, flux-cored wires have new packaging design

September 13, 2010

Hobert Brothers now offers its Hobart® Fabshield® XLR-8 and Fabshield XLNT-6 self-shielded, flux-cored wires in a new packaging design. Each package features a screen-printed box with the product logos, along with wire parameter information to assist users in proper welding procedure....

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Boiler tube expanders allow operators to roll multiple tubes rapidly - TheFabricator.com

Boiler tube expanders allow operators to roll multiple tubes rapidly

September 13, 2010

MILLHOG® air-powered tube expanders and rolling motors for creating steel-to-steel mechanical seals in boilers, heat exchangers, and condensers are available from Esco Tool. The tools feature precise torque control from 25 to 325 ft.-lbs. for tube expansion and wall reduction to create...

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MultiCam names customer service manager - TheFabricator.com

MultiCam names customer service manager

September 13, 2010

MultiCam, Dallas, has promoted Becky Mullis to the position of customer service manager. She is a business management graduate of Vincennes University and has spent the last eight years as office manager of the company's Florida Technology Center. Mullis is in charge of customer service for all...

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Abrasive flap disks designed to achieve high stock removal and finish consistency in one step - TheFabricator.com

Abrasive flap disks designed to achieve high stock removal and finish consistency in one step

September 13, 2010

Weiler offers the BobCat™ line of abrasive flap disks for deburring, grinding, and blending using a right-angle air die grinder. They achieve high stock removal and excellent finish consistency in one step, the company says. The 2- and 3-in. disks also are suitable for detail work and for...

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Force-displacement measurement system introduced - TheFabricator.com

Force-displacement measurement system introduced

September 13, 2010

Kistler Instrument Corp. has announced the introduction of the DMF-P A310 Universal Type 4740A series, a high-precision force-displacement measurement system designed for monitoring electromechanical NC joining modules and their associated joining and pressing-in operations within assembly...

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Sparks will fly at FABTECH 2010 weld trials competition

September 13, 2010

The top six finalists selected from 24 student welders who competed in the SkillsUSA Championships 2009 and 2010 will be showcased at the 2010 Weld-Off Competition sponsored by the American Welding Society, Miami, at FABTECH 2010. Three of the competitors will qualify to advance to the next phase...

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Greenberry Industrial opens facility in Washington

September 13, 2010

Greenberry Industrial, a provider of mechanical, structural, and civil construction and fabrication services in Corvallis, Ore., has opened a new fabrication facility in Vancouver, Wash., to serve customers requiring large tanks, pressure vessels, modules, bridge steel, and large structural...

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