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Evaluating in-house coil slitting

April 11, 2005

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As the cost of steel rises and profit margins shrink, small to medium-sized stampers are looking for ways to reduce costs and streamline operations while maintaining quality.One area to consider is the cost of slitting steel.Shops that run 10,000 to 50,000 tons a year usually outsource slitting....

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Analyzing coil handling equipment purchases

April 11, 2005

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Refurbishing can be a cost-effective way to breathe new life into an old piece of equipment. This cam feed was originally built in 1974.Recent economic growth finally has spilled over to the manufacturing sector, so this might be a good time to upgrade your stamping process. While orders may be...

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Up Around the Bend

April 11, 2005

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Red Dot Corp., forced by eroding margins to consider lean manufacturing and reduce lead times, embarked on a project to reduce wasted time, materials, and space. As part of this project, the company decided to move some of its manufacturing processes from its main plant in Seattle, Wash., to one of its distribution hubs in Ipswich, England. Because the facility would rely on a single press brake, Red Dot shopped around for a press brake that would run continuously with a minimum of service calls. The company's success in press brake operations in Ipswich led it to overhaul its press brake operations in its facilities in Seattle and Memphis, Tenn.

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Incorporating beveling economically

April 11, 2005

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While beveling is known as a common procedure used to shape the edges of thick plates or pipes for welding, not everybody knows how to make the process cost-efficient in the overall welding operation.

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Addressing behavior-based safety issues

April 11, 2005

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Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the Jan./Feb. issue of Connections, FMA's member newsletter.

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See unitized tooling make a difference

April 11, 2005

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From small custom job shops to large, multibillion-dollar companies, manufacturers are accommodating shorter product life cycles to meet the rapid innovation in today's marketplace.

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The Big Three's 2005 cost challenges

April 11, 2005

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A decline in the Big Three's market share, combined with rising health care and retiree costs, is contributing to extreme cost pressures for the Big Three and their suppliers.The Sales Situation2004 was a tough year in Detroit. The overall U.S. market for light-vehicle sales increased more than 1.4...

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DaimlerChrysler to host Education Day

April 8, 2005

Monday, April 11, DaimlerChrysler Corp. will host about 100 professional educators at the company's Education Day, an all-day event designed to inform educators about the many DaimlerChrysler...

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ISG restarts Burns Harbor plate mill

April 7, 2005

International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) has announced the successful restart of its 110-inch plate mill, located at the company's Burns Harbor facility in Burns Harbor, Ind. ISG announced plans to...

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Large vehicle sales affected by rising gas prices

April 6, 2005

The latest AutoVIBES poll from Harris Interactive® and Kelley Blue Book Market Research revealed that if gas prices reach more than $3 a gallon, as predicted by many energy analysts, in-market...

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Metaldyne names executive VP, Commercial Group

April 6, 2005

Metaldyne today announced that Thomas Amato has been appointed executive vice president, Commercial Group. Tim Leuliette, chairman, president, and CEO, made the announcement.In this role, Amato...

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GM's Electro-Motive Division sale completed

April 5, 2005

Greenbriar Equity Group LLC, Berkshire Partners LLC, and certain related parties today announced the completion of the acquisition of Electro-Motive Division from General Motors. The company, which...

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Alcan opens fabricating plant

April 4, 2005

Alcan Inc. today announced the opening of its automotive bumper fabricating plant in Saguenay, Quebec. At full capacity, the plant will have an annual production capability of one million bumper...

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Nucor hires international business development GM

April 4, 2005

Nucor Corp. today announced that Richard Wechsler is joining the company as general manager of international business development. In his new position, Mr. Wechsler will report to Joe Rutkowski,...

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U.S. unemployment rate declines in March

April 1, 2005

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 110,000 in March, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today....

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