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Unfolding truth about flats

June 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the usefulness of unfolding parts on the computer screen.

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Reading progressive die strips — Part II

June 1, 2008

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Looking at the results of a process—in this case, the strip produced in the die—certainly can lead to good data indicating the root cause of a problem. This Part II of a two-part series discusses hard marks, poor die design, and coil-related problems.

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Manufacturing to the rescue

May 30, 2008

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Today I spoke with Steve Smith, president, It Straps On Inc., a Covington, La.-based manufacturer of stainless steel banding, buckles, and brackets. We were chatting about his company"s E award, an honor the federal government bestows on companies that are aggressive in promoting U.S. exports.He...

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Stampers expect little change in next three months

May 29, 2008

According to the May 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect little change in business conditions during the next three months. ...

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HRB price eruption sputters

May 29, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for May 12 rose 0.3 percent to $1,158 per ton, FOB the mill, for the fourteenth consecutive rise totaling $581. The Western European HRB...

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Silver lining in energy costs?

May 28, 2008

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These days, wherever I go & whomever I talk to & the conversation usually turns to high gas prices. When I shake my head at the ever-increasing cost of produce at the market, my first thought after "Should I buy these blueberries at this price?" is It"s those high fuel costs!It's not just...

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Manufacturers worldwide face REACH compliance

May 28, 2008

Editor's note: This information is taken from a release provided by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) May 28, 2008. Links to more information and to a Webinar on the subject, hosted by...

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Good leadership comes from inside

May 27, 2008

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How important is good leadership? Extremely important. Poor leadership can cause a massive talent drain and cripple a company. When it comes to leadership, emotional intelligence can make the difference between a good leader and one who needs work to become an asset rather than a liability.

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Indicators show labor market will remain soft in June

May 27, 2008

The latest SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey show that similar to last month, the labor market in June 2008 will remain soft and will be much weaker than...

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Where is the welding management?

May 27, 2008

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Skilled, responsible welders can be expected to perform tasks to which they are accustomed very well. But when a brand-new project comes in, management should be careful not to give welders responsibilities they are not prepared to take. They need more than encouragement and sympathy.

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The state of steel: Going up

May 22, 2008

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I"m not sure how fabricators are coping with rising steel prices. I guess it"s like rising gas prices: You deal with it because it"s a fact of life.Unfortunately, there"s little relief in sight. John Surma, U.S. Steel"s chairman and CEO, told financial analysts in April that flat-rolled steel...

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Still made in the U.S.A.

May 21, 2008

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Quick—off the top of your head—what metal product introduced in the U.S. in 1945 is made from 98 feet of wire, is advertised with one of the most memorable jingles of all times, sells for less than $5.00, has sales totaling more than 300 million, and still is being made in the U.S.?...

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Traci"s story: A good reason to get lean

May 20, 2008

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By 1994, Traci Tapani knew things had to change. As co-president of a Stacy, Minn.-based job shop, she just had a baby and was about to go on maternity leavethat is until a certain customer, who provided more than half of the company"s revenue, found out. They had a fit, she said. They...

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Sawing, deburring system designed for tubes, shapes up to 3 in. in diameter

May 20, 2008

The Kasto Model KASTOwa-90R/S automatic sawing machine in combination with the RSA Model NN 1000A wire brush deburring machine is designed for tubes and shapes up to 3 inches in diameter. The machine...

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Confidence of small manufacturing companies rises

May 20, 2008

The Small Business Research Board (SBRB) Manufacturing Industry Small Business Confidence Index (M-SBCI) rose to 43.66 during the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 15 points (52.3 percent) from...

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