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USW supports new WTO case filed by U.S., EU against China

June 23, 2009

The United Steelworkers (USW) today gave strong support for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute filed by the United States and European Union, challenging China's export restrictions on key...

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Validating processes, procedures, and products

June 23, 2009

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The relatively new concept of validation likely will be used more and more by customers and certifying agencies to ascertain that all conceivable means were used to guarantee that a manufactured product indeed meets all requirements, including hidden characteristics not readily verifiable. This article gives an overview of typical applications.

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Of popping bubbles and economic growth

June 22, 2009

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In the late 1990s I recall renting a VHS tape (remember those?) of a recently aired PBS series called "Triumph of the Nerds." It detailed the rise of the computer industry, from the garages of San Jose to the boardrooms of corporate America.It's an incredible story, really. The PC business...

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U.S. automakers make substantial gains in initial quality

June 22, 2009

New vehicles sold by Chrysler, Ford, and GM's domestic brands have improved in initial quality by an average of 10 percent, compared with 2008, surpassing the 8-percent rate of improvement by the...

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Who has time for R&D? You do.

June 18, 2009

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The R&D tax credit. Although it"s just a six-syllable phrase, it might strike more fear in the hearts of fabricators than any other phrase, including the shipment is late or the customer is demanding a refund. Heck, it"s probably worse than hearing a spouse say, My mother is coming to...

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AISI stresses importance of steel in future vehicles

June 18, 2009

Through collaborative efforts with automakers, the North American steel industry is continuing to reinvent its advanced steel technologies to meet stringent requirements for safer, fuel efficient and...

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It's paid for

June 17, 2009

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"It's paid for" & three little words that have come to mean so much to so many. Could they have contributed to the automakers' troubles?Case in point—yesterday my colleague, Tim, and I were talking about his recent new-car purchase. You may have read about the mishap involving his...

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Core products CE-approved for sale in Europe

June 16, 2009

Fischer Engineering Co., Dayton, Ohio, has announced that its core products— weld bend testers, weld tensile testers, and welding coupons— have been CE-approved for sale in Europe.

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New services brochure available

June 16, 2009

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers a new 4-page brochure detailing its steel fabricating and production machining services, as well as the production machining and tube end forming services from BKB...

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Metal forming companies 'at or near bottom' of economic cycle

June 16, 2009

According to the June 2009 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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The big adjustment

June 15, 2009

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Shape Corp., a supplier of car bumpers based in Grand Haven, Mich., laid off 630 people since December. But as Chrysler plans to reopen plants, the company reportedly hopes to hire back 80 people.Officials at Die-Matic Corp., a Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, metal stamper, told The Wall Street Journal...

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Manufacturers support summer camps to inspire next-generation workers

June 15, 2009

Even in these uncertain economic times, companies in the hard hit manufacturing sector are stepping up to the plate to improve the industry. The Gene Haas Foundation, Amada America, and CNA Insurance...

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Be careful what you say

June 11, 2009

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I was going to write something about alternative energy today, but I found a new motivation after reading comments made by Japanese media that were reported in the June 8 issue of Automotive News.Apparently the Japanese public believes that the demise of both GM and Chrysler is proof that U.S....

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Just another copycat?

June 11, 2009

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Even by the standards established by the world"s strictest, harshest government and its unpredictable dictator, the sentence seemed harsh: 12 years at hard labor. Certainly the punishment doesn"t fit the crime (reporting a news story). I understand that the regime in North Korea doesn"t mess around...

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Detroit Tool Metal Products to consolidate locations

June 11, 2009

Detroit Tool Metal Products (DTMP) today announced that it will consolidate to one central facility in Lebanon, Missouri, closing its Fort Madison, Iowa, site by the end of the year. Key management...

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