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Accounting for growth in lean manufacturing

June 17, 2008

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Lean manufacturing has a negative, often unexpected, impact on the balance sheet--but those negative effects are short-term.

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Setting the stage for press brake productivity

June 17, 2008

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Tooling manufacturers have introduced tooling designed to overcome the longstanding problems associated with staged bending.

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One pipe or two?

June 17, 2008

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The energy sector is hot right now, and so is pipe production. Finding the optimum material for making pipe for this industry is tricky. Low-alloy carbon steels tend to be strong, but lack corrosion resistance. Stainless steels resist corrosion but lack strength. Cladding low-alloy carbon steel with a thin layer of a corrosion-resistant alloy is a suitable process, one that AWS Schaefer has devised for manufacturing such pipes.

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Silicon Valley stamper sizes up, down electronics

June 17, 2008

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California electronics stamper Scandic Springs Inc. faces challenges of stamping ever-shrinking electronics components as well as stamping larger parts, such as enclosures.

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Tips for troubleshooting GMAW consumables

June 17, 2008

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Being able to quickly and accurately identify the source of GMAW consumable problems will save you both money and frustration.

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The dirt on laser lenses

June 17, 2008

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This roundup of laser lens providers gives tips on extending the life of lenses used in laser cutting.

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Nerdy no longer

June 16, 2008

I fess up. Yes, I"m an overgrown band geek. I played trombone during high school, on through college, and I continue to do so (very badly, actually) in a local community band. Every Thursday, driving into the rehearsal hall parking lot, I see yet another blast from the past, that preferred...

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AIDA-America marks milestones in technology developments

June 16, 2008

Press manufacturer AIDA invests five percent of its annual revenue into research and development. This allows the company to provide continuous improvement initiatives to produce new designs and...

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Presses meet industry requirements for parts production from high-strength materials

June 16, 2008

AIDA's single-press transfer systems and press-to-press transfer lines are designed to provide total solutions for stampers with requirements to produce parts from high strength steel. Use of...

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AIDA names president, managing director of its Western Hemisphere operations

June 16, 2008

AIDA has named Troy Roberts as president and managing director of the Western Hemisphere portion of its global organization. The core of the press builder's custom products group, AIDA Engineering...

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AIDA unveils new Web site

June 16, 2008

AIDA, a mechanical stamping press manufacturer, has unveiled a new website www.aida-america.comdesigned to give stampers a comprehensive resource for metal forming. Streamlined navigation allows...

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Top 10 misconceptions about automation

June 15, 2008

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Fabricators frequently react to the idea of automation with powerful objections, many of which are based on information that is obsolete, incomplete, or simply incorrect. The reality is that automated systems can increase quality, profitability, and production rates; reduce costs and setup times; improve safety; simplify machine operation; and provide manufacturing flexibility.

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Fire up the grill

June 13, 2008

I can talk sports all day. If I have a beer while I do that, it"s a great day. If I"m cooking some meat over an open flame, it"s a great day.It"s amazing how little time I set aside to just sit outside with a buddy, grilling up some chicken and ribs, enjoying a tasty microbrew, and listening to the...

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Nucor to acquire Ambassador Steel

June 12, 2008

Nucor Corp. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel, Inc., has signed a purchase agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Ambassador Steel Corp.,...

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Do your job, DOL

June 11, 2008

The May employment numbers were in the news last week. Among the releases on PR Newswire that dealt with the most recentstatistics—49,000 jobs were lost and the unemployment rate jumped from 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent, the largest one-month jump in 22 years—were two spins on the numbers...

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