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Timken invests in induction heat-treat line

September 12, 2006

The Timken Co., Canton, Ohio, plans to invest $5 million in a new induction heat-treat line at its steel plant in Canton that will increase capacity on heat-treated steel bars and tubing.The new line...

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Tube, pipe trade fair sees increased attendance

September 12, 2006

Tube 2006, International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, held in Dsseldorf, Germany, attracted 28,600 attendees, an increase of 7.5 percent compared with the previous event held in 2004.The visitors came...

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AK Steel announces new tubing line startup

September 12, 2006

AK Steel has announced the startup of a new large diameter stainless steel tubing line at the Walbridge, Ohio, plant of AK Tube LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary. Installation of the resistance-weld...

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AK Steel announces Oct. electrical, stainless steel surcharges

September 12, 2006

AK Steel has advised its customers that a $290 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in October 2006. October 2006 surcharges for the stainless steel...

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Metals USA announces Building Products Group executive change

September 12, 2006

Metals USA Holdings Corp., Houston, has announced that the president of its Building Products Group, Gerard Papazian, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.Lourenco Goncalves, chairman,...

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Nucor to purchase Verco Mfg. Co. assets

September 12, 2006

Nucor Corp. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Verco Manufacturing Co. for a cash purchase price of approximately $180 million,...

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Michigan Seamless Tube names vice president of sales

September 12, 2006

Michigan Seamless Tube, South Lyon, Mich., has promoted David Ehlers to vice president of sales.Ehlers has 30 years' experience in the metal industry. He spent many years with Marmon/Keystone Corp.,...

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To E or not to E

September 12, 2006

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Vehicles running on E85, a fuel that blends traditional gasoline with ethanol, are receiving considerable attention. While proponents claim the benefits of E85 range from environmental friendliness to improved national security, critics argue that the widespread adoption of E85 will be a tremendous challenge.

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Doing its level best

September 12, 2006

A precision roller leveler, installed between the coil payoff reel and the press equipment, allows an operator to stretch the edges when necessary to compensate for loose centers or stretch the center to compensate for loose edges before the blanking operation.

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Little Giant takes flight

September 12, 2006

Wing Enterprises started out with a product and a patent -- for its Little Giant brand ladders. However, in time its sales lagged, and the company needed to figure out a new marketing strategy. With an infomercial and automated welding, Wing Enterprises was on its way to successfully growing its company and its sales.

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A trek in product design change and laser cutting

September 12, 2006

TREK Bicycles uses new CAM software to laser-cut high-performance bicycle frame tubing.

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Long loads, narrow aisles, easy access

September 12, 2006

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Since starting with just one warehouse in 1989, J G Kelly Supplies has grown along with Ireland's booming construction industry. Limiting factors such as the warehouse's doorway width, narrow aisles, and 90-degree turns meant the company had to rely on manual labor to handle the long, cumbersome items in its inventory. A standard forklift was out of the question. The company eventually purchased a multidirectional side-loading lift truck from Combilift for moving inventory in this challenging environment.

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The Pareto principle at work

September 12, 2006

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You may not have heard of Vilfredo Pareto, but you likely have heard of the 80/20 rule attributed to him. In this article, robotic welding expert Jim Berge discusses how the rule, which he believes to be more accurate as 90/10, applies to implementing robotic welding and automation successfully and achieving maximum efficiency.

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Improve your GTAW in 3 steps

September 12, 2006

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Once you know some basic information about the equipment on the front of your GTAW torch, you can get the right parts for your application and start improving your welding performance.

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Starting from scratch

September 12, 2006

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Knowing the basics of plasma cutting, as well as some fundamental operator guidelines can lead to quality cuts and extended consumable life. The more operators know about the process, the more readily they can identify and address problems that may occur.

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