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Holding the dies

June 24, 2011 | By George Winton

There are a few popular ways to affix the clamp die and pressure die to a rotary draw bending machine. All aim to accomplish the same thing: provide precise vertical alignment to the mating bend die and provide rigid support for the respective die during the bending process so it resists the...

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Just what kind of shortage are we experiencing?

June 23, 2011 | By Dan Davis

President Obama visited E.J. Ajax and Sons in Fridley, Minn., last week to tout his job training initiatives. The metal stamper and fabricator works closely with Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minn., to take unskilled students and turn them into skilled employees for manufacturing...

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Vacation or not?

June 22, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The July issue of "Stamping News Brief" featured an item about a recent study from CareerBuilder, which showed that financial constraints and demanding work schedules have some workers foregoing vacation plans this year.  Twenty-four percent of full-time workers reported they can't afford to take...

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AK Steel recognized for best operational improvements

June 22, 2011

AK Steel has received an award for Best Operational Improvements from American Metal Market (AMM), a metal industry publication. The award recognizes the company for making more than $180 million in capital investments at its steel plants in Butler, Pa., and Zanesville, Ohio. These investments...

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20 students earn manufacturing scholarships from FMA

June 20, 2011

Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling $30,000. The 2011 winners are: Nicholas Cullum,...

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Serapid hires marketing manager

June 20, 2011

Serapid Group, Sterling Heights, Mich., has appointed Bonnie Taube to the position of marketing manager for North America and Europe. She is responsible for coordinating global marketing, developing the corporate brand identity, and generating new project opportunities. Taube has more than 15...

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CCAT expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

June 20, 2011

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., has expanded its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) to include a machining applications laboratory. At the AMC, new technologies are evaluated, proven, and transferred to production. The center allows for development...

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Jagemann Stamping appoints manufacturing manager responsible for ammunition product activities

June 20, 2011

Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, Wis., a manufacturer of deep-drawn and progressive metal stampings, has appointed Mike Jagemann as manufacturing manager, responsible for the management and oversight of ammunition product activities, including engineering, manufacturing, and product development....

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Automatic tube saw operates as stand-alone unit or part of processing line - TheFabricator.com

Automatic tube saw operates as stand-alone unit or part of processing line

June 20, 2011

The TC720 automatic tube saw from BLM Group USA is designed to operate as a stand-alone unit or as part of a fully automated tube processing line controlled by a single CNC. The programming system has an applications-tested database that covers blade speeds and feeds for different materials,...

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Retrofit torch, consumable line expanded - TheFabricator.com

Retrofit torch, consumable line expanded

June 20, 2011

Hypertherm has expanded its line of Duramax™ retrofit torches and consumables. The torches now are approved for use on the company's Powermax1650®, and a new straight torch joins the previously released 75-degree hand torch and convertible machine torch. The straight torch, designed...

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Beckwood Press names operations manager - TheFabricator.com

Beckwood Press names operations manager

June 20, 2011

Hydraulic press and automated systems supplier Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, has promoted Josh Schroeder to operations manager. In his new position, Schroeder has the primary responsibility of running the day-to-day operations of the company’s engineering and manufacturing departments. He...

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Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider

June 20, 2011

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman Robotics has been an authorized provider since 1993,...

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Magnetic drill with horizontal-motor mount suitable for drilling in tight spaces - TheFabricator.com

Magnetic drill with horizontal-motor mount suitable for drilling in tight spaces

June 20, 2011

Designed with a horizontal-motor mount, CS Unitec's new MAB 150 portable magnetic drill is suitable for drilling in tight spaces. The 7-in.-tall, 24-lb. drilling machine features a 9.25-amp, 110-V, double-insulated motor with a no-load speed of 400 RPM. With annular cutters, it drills up to 1.5...

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Narrow-link conveyor released - TheFabricator.com

Narrow-link conveyor released

June 20, 2011

DE-STA-CO has announced the release of the CAMCO® Rite-Link conveyor. The slim, compact conveyor features narrow links (1.2 in. wide) with 2.95-, 4.53-, and 5.91-in. pitches. Five standard center distances are available. Custom conveyors also can be assembled and tested for customers'...

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Molybdenum use hits new high

June 20, 2011

Global use of molybdenum has soared to a new high of 474 million lbs., surpassing the peak use in 2007 of 470 million lbs., according to new full-year figures from the International Molybdenum Association, London. The greatest demand for molybdenum in 2010 came from China, where use increased from...

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