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Die grinders added to industrial product offerings

March 1, 2010

T.C. Service Co. has introduced a new line of economical die grinders to compliment its industrial products. According to the company, the American-made grinders provide quality performance and...

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Stamtec unveils expanded service network for North America

March 1, 2010

Manchester, Tenn.-based Stamtec, a manufacturer of stamping presses, has certified several long-standing dealer partners as authorized service centers to better serve customers across North America....

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Stamtec announces promotion

March 1, 2010

Manchester, Tenn.-based Stamtec, a manufacturer of stamping presses, has promoted Patrick Thomas to service manager. Thomas served as a senior service technician and assistant service manger during...

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Don't get the 'reds' about green

February 26, 2010

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FMA Communications Inc., the parent organization of this Web site and The FABRICATOR magazine, launched Green Manufacturer last month. The magazine covers manufacturing practices that are not only environmentally friendly, but also friendly to a company's overall performance, whether we are talking...

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Jobs don't matter to the dead

February 24, 2010

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Two of the most compelling stories these days have to do with an athlete long-considered the best golfer in the world and an automaker that became the world’s No. 1 in 2008 (and is ranked Japan's No. 1 global brand for 2010): Tiger Woods and Toyota. Once at the top of their games, both entities...

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Investor and consumer versus the citizen

February 23, 2010

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Dennis Rider’s career path changed directions recently, as reported by The Grand Rapids Press. After 27 years as a roll forming and laser cutting machine operator, he was let go in 2007. After spending serious time job hunting, Rider decided to retrain as an auto mechanic. He told the newspaper...

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The Apple iPad in manufacturing

February 23, 2010

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On Wednesday 27th January 2010 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveiled their latest creation - the iPad Tablet. Billed primarily as a consumer device, Jobs positioned the tablet somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop and priced it from an attractive US$499. But is there room for it in business,...

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NAM: Manufacturers call President Obama's $1 trillion health-care proposal 'disappointing'

February 23, 2010

As President Obama offered his new health-care plan Feb. 22, National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler issued the following statement expressing concerns with the proposal: We are...

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Blended laser-assist gases: Recipe for successful materials processing

February 23, 2010

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Now processing a greater variety of materials with their lasers, fabricators are exploring new assist gas blends of up to four gases. What's the best way to blend and deliver these gases? For some, on-site blending systems can help optimize cost savings and improve quality.

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Welders on welding

February 23, 2010

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Based on feedback from "Welding Wire" subscribers, you have to wonder if CareerCast.com interviewed any welders when compiling its 2010 list of the best and worst jobs. Welding was the No. 5 worst job on the list, and welders question its ranking.

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Customer service issues

February 19, 2010

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Talking with successful metal fabricators, I'm beginning to feel that they are the only companies left that remain committed to customer service. Lean manufacturing improvements are all about getting fabricated products to the customer sooner. Investments in engineering personnel and tools are made...

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Carbon-free electric cars? Not quite

February 18, 2010

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The headline caught my attention like few do: “Oh-so quick and even carbon-free.” The article discussed Tesla Motors’ Roadster®, the $110,000 beauty that uses lithium-ion battery technology—6,831 individual cells, to be exact—to power a 375-VAC induction motor that redlines at 14,000...

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We don't need another fantasy

February 17, 2010

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One of the much-touted bright spots for the future of manufacturing in the U.S. and the economy overall is the green energy revolution. Part of this uprising (we have nowhere to go but up) includes companies producing products for wind, solar, and nuclear power and creating high-paying jobs in the...

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Lincoln Electric introduces pipeline welding productivity seminar

February 17, 2010

Lincoln Electric is offering a day-long Pipeline Welding Productivity Seminar intended for pipeline industry professionals. The session takes place Tuesday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the...

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Grabbing the skilled-labor issue by the horns

February 16, 2010

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High unemployment has muted manufacturing’s cry for skilled workers, but the cry is still there. It’s a paradox. As manufacturers shed unskilled workers, those who are left must be more skilled and versatile than ever. According to the Labor Department, American manufacturing produces more...

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