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Knocked down, but not out

July 10, 2007

It would be an understatement to say that contract manufacturer EPMP Ltd., Seguin, Texas, got off to an inauspicious start. After just four years of operation, Ernest Plant sold the slumping company in 1988. This appeared to be just another short story of a failed start-up manufacturing shop....

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Robotic arc welding

How to keep automated welding from 'going around in circles'

July 10, 2007

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The move from manual welding to some form of machine or automated welding has been going on in all industries--including water heater manufacturing--for years. It's part of a desire to improve productivity and quality. A.O. Smith's American Water Heater Div. in Johnson City, Tenn., learned that first-hand.

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Advances in automation broaden punching capabilities

July 10, 2007

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Increasingly metal fabricators are turning to automated equipment to reduce production downtime and costs, streamline manufacturing, minimize material handling, and address a shortage of skilled labor. Automating punch press operations can range from adding a simple load/unload device to implementing a midlevel material handling system or lights-out production cell to robotics and full tower and storage capabilities. Deciding whether to add automation depends largely on the application.

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North American robot orders jump in first quarter

June 27, 2007

North American robotics companies posted gains of 24 percent in new orders in the first quarter, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA).A total of 4,603 robots...

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Greer Steel names executive VP

June 27, 2007

Dover, Ohio-based Greer Steel has named James Harpster as executive vice president.Greer CEO and President, John Raese, made the announcement, stating, "Jim will be the cornerstone of our management...

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Wilson Tool appoints new CEO

June 27, 2007

Wilson Tool International has named Brian Robinson as its new CEO. Robinson, a Wilson Tool employee since 1991 and co-president since 1999, has full responsibility and authority to manage Wilson Tool...

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Job hopping—A sign of the times

June 26, 2007

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The average employee no longer stays with the same company until retirement. Some change jobs frequently. Job hopping can pose problems for both employees and employers. When workers pursue jobs that are good fits for their skills and interests, and when employers strive to meet these workers' most important needs, everyone wins.

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It's the small things

June 26, 2007

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Many times industrial safety programs focus solely on safe equipment operation and other obvious hazards while ignoring simpler concerns. Addressing these concerns can make an important difference in worker safety, morale, and productivity. This article provides examples of common concerns and how you might address them.

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Nucor to acquire Magnatrax Corp.

June 25, 2007

Nucor Corp. has announced that it has entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Nucor will acquire Magnatrax Corp., via the merger of Magnatrax with a wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor, for a...

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PRC opens office in China

June 18, 2007

PRC Laser, Landing, N.J., has opened a new technical and business office the AMT Shanghai Technical Center located in China's Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. The office is a sales, service, and...

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Spot steel prices continue mostly down

June 14, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for June 11 dropped 1.8 percent to $597 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the fourth consecutive drop. The world export...

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Laser cutting with less labor and less hassle

June 12, 2007

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Can a four-man job shop keep up with the demands of its manufacturing customers? IMS, Shakopee, Minn., will make you think about that and give you reason to question other practices going on in your job shop.

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Piston rods

Vertical integration broadens company's horizons

June 12, 2007

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin visited Industrial Hard Chrome, a chrome plater that provides chrome-plated components for hydraulically powered equipment such as graders and backhoes. He traces the company's development from a plater that provided its services to the paper and pulp industry four decades ago to a plater and OEM with its own product line today.

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Recent developments in abrasive jet software

June 12, 2007

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Software is an integral part of a waterjet cutting system. Advances in controller software compensate for common jet cutting errors, such as lag, striations, taper, and kerf; offer improvements in cutting functions; and reduce the time it takes to produce parts

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Don't underestimate India

June 12, 2007

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TPA recently hosted a tour of eight tube and pipe producers and fabricators throughout India. Although the country is not advanced, this tour and a recent report by Goldman Sachs reveal where it stands and where it is likely to go in the near future. Its capabilities are modernizing and Goldman Sachs expects its economy to overtake the U.S. economy by 2050.

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