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Leaning on the turret punch press

May 6, 2011 | By Dennis Lowry

Proper planning and tools lead to greater punching efficiencies as well as smooth part flow throughout the rest of the fabrication operation.

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How much should a gallon of gasoline cost?

May 5, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

The unthinkable has happened: Gasoline prices have crossed the $5.00-per-gallon threshold. Forget the official data. The Energy Information Administration says that the average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.96, but that’s not accurate for two reasons. First, it...

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NAM urges Administration and Congress to move forward with pending trade agreements

May 5, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo released this statement May 4 regarding the Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement (FTA): "Manufacturing continues to drive our nation's recovery, and...

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Crying on the job

May 4, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I was in the thick of writing about the federal gas tax and how mayors from metropolitan cities are in favor of increasing the taxes if more funds are spent on improving the infrastructure in these cities and less on highways, when a far more interesting topic caught my eye.  Perhaps you don't...

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Hypertherm to hold educational event May 26 at Houston's Lone Star College

May 3, 2011

Hypertherm is hosting an advanced plasma cutting educational event at Lone Star College in Houston from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 26. Free for end users, the event will cover topics such as: How to become more productive and profitable Tips to extend consumables life and get the best cut every time...

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ISM April ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grows for 21st straight month

May 2, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Schuler Group to install two press lines for Shanghai General Motors

May 2, 2011

Schuler Group, Canton, Mich., has announced that it will install two press lines at Shanghai General Motors (SGM), Shenyang, China, for the manufacture of 40 different body panel parts. Production of stamped parts for two car models is expected to start in mid-2012. The two identical press lines...

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Portable measurement arm/laser probe available in three working volumes - TheFabricator.com

Portable measurement arm/laser probe available in three working volumes

May 2, 2011

Faro Technologies Inc. has introduced the Faro Edge portable measurement arm and V4 laser line probe. The portable measurement arm allows manufacturers to verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing...

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Dorner appoints West region sales manager - TheFabricator.com

Dorner appoints West region sales manager

May 2, 2011

Carlyn Bargemann has been appointed new West region sales manager for Dorner Mfg. Corp., Hartland, Wis. In her new position, she works with sales channel partners and key accounts to help increase the company's industrial and sanitary conveyor business. Before joining the company, Bargemann...

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Mobile abrasive waterjet system mounted to steel base with forklift access points - TheFabricator.com

Mobile abrasive waterjet system mounted to steel base with forklift access points

May 2, 2011

OMAX® Corp. has developed mobile JetMachining® centers for oil field maintenance, high-rise steel construction, shipbuilding, and commercial industries supporting government programs. The abrasive waterjet machines are mounted to a steel base with forklift access points so they can be...

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Ohio Rod Products announces changes to inside sales staff

May 2, 2011

Ohio Rod Products, a division of Elgin Fastener Group in Versailles, Ind., has promoted Ryan Detmer to the position of inside sales supervisor. Detmer, a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., has been employed with the company since 2003, working as a sales/customer service...

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STI/SPFA presents awards for steel tanks and fabricated products

May 2, 2011

STI/SPFA, Lake Zurich, Ill., an association for fabricators of steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels, recently recognized member companies in specific industry categories by conferring its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2010. Standpipe category - CB&I, San Luis...

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MultiCam names director of engineering and technical services - TheFabricator.com

MultiCam names director of engineering and technical services

May 2, 2011

Tony McGrew has been appointed as director of engineering and technical services for MultiCam Inc., Dallas. He has been with the company for 15 years and has overseen all facets of machine operation and production, from system design through quality control. With a background in engineering and...

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Welding machine updated with gas engine

May 2, 2011

Lincoln Electric has updated its Outback® 145 with a Kohler® 9.5-HP model CH395 OHC (overhead cam) gasoline engine. The welding machine is designed for contractors, maintenance crews, farmers, and ranchers, as well as for use on service trucks where portable DC SMAW and AC generator power are...

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Air-driven pipe cutter also performs horizontal front cutting - TheFabricator.com

Air-driven pipe cutter also performs horizontal front cutting

May 2, 2011

Delivering 1.75 HP at 12,000 RPM, the new air-powered Titan 150™ from Pipeline Renewal Technologies cuts almost any pipe or liner material quickly and cleanly. With two-axis articulation, its cutter arm reaches up 9 in. and sweeps 400 degrees; it also performs horizontal front cutting....

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