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Paulo Products Co. announces staff changes

October 18, 2010

Paulo Products Co. has appointed Curt Heineck as business development manager and Charlie Bernhard as production manager at its Kansas City heat-treating facility. Heineck previously served as production manager. In his new role, he leads the plant’s sales effort with a focus on developing new...

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Mississippi Steel Processing adds heavy-duty slitting capability

October 18, 2010

Mississippi Steel Processing LLC has announced an expansion of its new facility located on the campus of the Severstal Steel Mill in Columbus, Miss. Although the facility is under construction, plans have been modified to begin the second-phase processing bay, which will add 72,000 sq. ft. to the...

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Laser cutting machine requires half the floor space of a typical 5- by 10-ft. machine

October 18, 2010

TRUMPF's TruLaser 1030 2D laser cutting system has two new options that allow fabricators to choose the model that best fits their preferences and business requirements. Initially available with the TruCoax 2000 diffusion cooled RF laser resonator, the TruLaser 1030 has expanded to include the...

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Abrasive waterjet machine's traction drive system designed to handle abrasive environment

October 18, 2010

OMAX® Corp. offers the MAXIEM® 0707 abrasive waterjet system. It is equipped with a 30-HP, high-pressure, direct-drive, 50,000-PSI pump and Intelli-MAX® software. The machine also integrates a patent-pending X- and Y-axis traction drive system designed to handle an abrasive environment, as well...

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CMM arms incorporate absolute encoders

October 18, 2010

Hexagon Metrology Inc. has introduced the new line of Romer Absolute Arms. This series of CMM touch and laser scanning measuring arms incorporates absolute encoders, eliminating the homing procedure at start-up. Interchangeable feature packs allow arm capabilities to be changed or upgraded...

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Fisher-Barton expands materials lab - TheFabricator.com

Fisher-Barton expands materials lab

October 18, 2010

The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., has announced the groundbreaking of an 1,800-sq.-ft. addition to the materials laboratory within its Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division located in Watertown, Wis. The new lab...

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Press brake quick tool change system helps eliminate bad bends - TheFabricator.com

Press brake quick tool change system helps eliminate bad bends

October 18, 2010

Cincinnati Incorporated has introduced a new quick tool change system for Proform and Maxform press brakes, allowing faster setups and helping to eliminate bad bends caused by improperly seated tools. The factory-installed power clamping system bolts directly to the ram and is integrated into...

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Stamping scrap conveyor meets space requirements for retrofit in-floor applications - TheFabricator.com

Stamping scrap conveyor meets space requirements for retrofit in-floor applications

October 18, 2010

Prab has released an offset trough design for its ScrapVeyor™ stamping scrap conveyor to meet the space requirements for retrofit in-floor applications. The offset design, as opposed to the traditional symmetrical V-style trough design, allows the conveyor to fit within tighter spaces....

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Maybe manufacturing and farming do have a lot in common

October 15, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Free-trade pundits love to stress that the U.S. shouldn’t worry about the loss of manufacturing jobs. It's natural, after all. Just look at the state of modern farming. You don't see the world pining for more farmers, do you? Well, I did notice the most recent Farm Aid concert held in late...

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The changing American landscape

October 14, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

I read Dan Davis’ blog “Rethinking the education-to-employment system,” and I figured I’d chime in with my two cents’ worth. Dan’s blog focused on the future of education, specifically in vocational areas; I’d like to shine the spotlight elsewhere to illuminate a few trends that are...

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Study finds China's extensive government intervention reason for unprecedented steel production growth

October 14, 2010

A new study released Oct. 14 concludes that the unprecedented growth of the Chinese steel industry is inconsistent with commercial considerations and has been facilitated by massive government intervention. The report entitled The Reform Myth: How China is Using State Power to Create the World's...

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Nexteer to hire 100 engineers by year end

October 14, 2010

Automotive supplier Nexteer Automotive is hiring both new and seasoned professionals skilled in software engineering and mechatronics, a field that combines mechanical and electrical engineering. According to the company, its development of electric power steering, a significant growth area for the...

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HRB prices mixed — U.S. and World Export down; China and Western Europe up

October 14, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for Oct. 11 fell 3.4 percent to $631 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the second consecutive decline. The World export HRB price declined 1.8 percent to $612 per ton, FOB the port of export, after five consecutive increases. The...

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Better cladding, better inspection - TheFabricator.com

Better cladding, better inspection

October 14, 2010 | By Chris Kahlich

Hot-wire GTAW and inspection advances are meeting the oil and gas industry's ever-increasing need for cladding.

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Fabricator leads tax break effort

October 13, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

If you're thinking about opening a business and are weighing possible locations, you may want to wait until after Nov. 2 and see if voters in Polk County, Florida, pass a referendum that will give new and expanding businesses a break from property taxes for up to 10 years. As noted in an article...

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