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Induction welding machines facilitate small-dimension tube welding -

Induction welding machines facilitate small-dimension tube welding

December 13, 2010

Patented switching technology on EFD Induction's Weldac induction welding machines now allows the machines to use IGBT transistors at frequencies up to 500 kHz for small-dimension tube welding. The improvements have led to lower stress and power loss in the transistors and the inverter module...

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Opti-bend Parts

Specialty tooling pushes the limits of the turret punch press

December 13, 2010 | By Scott J. Tacheny

Advancements in turret punch presses have paved the way for specialty tool innovations that allow fabricators to produce high-quality parts using fewer secondary operations.

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DIEVESTIGATION: Deep-drawing and stretching variables – Part II

December 13, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

This article continues the discussion of deep-drawing and stretching variables begun in Part I by describing friction, thermal expansion, metal topography, and forming speeds and how they affect metal forming operations.

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The U.S. gets its report card

December 10, 2010 | By Dan Davis

In case you didn't know, we're raising a generation of kids that aren't as sharp as their peers around the world. That's the story according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2009 the group...

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Success going paperless

December 10, 2010 | By Dan Davis

By eliminating its work order packets, Advanced Laser Machining Inc. has saved time associated with trying to make corrections once engineering changes were made to jobs in progress and reduced the risk of upsetting its customers.

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Party hearty or hardly party?

December 9, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Last week global outplacement and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported the results of its 2010 Holiday Party Survey. The findings indicate that as a growing number of companies benefit from a slowly improving economy, there are indications that workplace holiday parties...

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Ball to acquire Aerocan S.A.S.

December 9, 2010

Ball Corp. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Barclays Private Equity to acquire Aerocan S.A.S., a supplier of aluminum aerosol cans and bottles in Europe, for approximately &eruo;221 million inclusive of debt and other liabilities. The acquisition is expected to close...

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The Army's manufacturing muscle -

The Army’s manufacturing muscle

December 9, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The Rock Island Arsenal has been a manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s, but today it has established itself as the only general-purpose, vertically integrated metal manufacturer in the U.S. Department of Defense. With that responsibility, it boasts an incredible array of manufacturing capabilities and expertise, all of which allows it to rapidly respond to the needs of its military customers.

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Spiraling out of control

December 8, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Last week I took a trip to Genoa City, Wis., and felt like I had spent a couple hours in 1955 or so. I paid a visit to Ralph Wells, owner of Wells-Osborn Spiral Stairs, a company that specializes in spiral staircases. Founded in 1949 as a welding and repair shop, it expanded its repertoire to...

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Changing the point of attack

December 8, 2010 | By Paul Williams

For inline cutoff, tube and pipe producers typically use a mechanically driven, single-blade device. This type of cutoff unit is good for most applications, but in many specialized cases, it might not produce good results. Square or rectangular tubes, heavy walls, and lockseam tubing present cutoff challenges that call for a hydraulic unit or a swing blade.

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Nucor partners with The Dylan Ratigan Show to focus on America's future

December 7, 2010

Nucor Corp. and The Dylan Ratigan Show are partnering for a series of programs focused on solutions to the most pressing problems facing America today. Titled Steel on Wheels, these programs will originate from communities across the country and tackle issues vital to fixing our...

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Junk e-mail and unemployment

December 6, 2010 | By Tim Heston

I used to joke about my own little leading economic indicator, the JEI ... or my “Junk E-Mail Index.” I sometimes called it the FEI too, replacing “junk” with “forwarded.” In the 1990s, when e-mail was new and unemployment was incredibly low, my JEI was incredibly high. I attributed...

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Chrysler Group LLC celebrates Sterling Heights Assembly Plant investment and extension of production

December 6, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the extension of production, the addition of a second shift and an $850 million investment at an event today at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The celebration also marked the start of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. "Today...

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Liquid mixing, delivery system introduced

December 6, 2010

IntelliMeld™, a new dual liquid mixing and delivery system for industrial use, has been introduced by Colvin Consulting. It is designed for use with stamping presses, chemical mixing, and finishing applications. The system can store hundreds of recipes, integrate with process equipment, and...

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Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force -

Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force

December 6, 2010

Exair's new lightweight, precision safety air gun delivers a highly focused, forceful blast of air for cleaning and other industrial applications. The air gun has a small-diameter nozzle and extension that fit into tight spaces while delivering a strong blowing force. The gun's Nano Super air...

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