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Unfamiliar surroundings

April 28, 2008

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When you make a fast-food cashier roll her eyes, you know it"s been a long day.Unfamiliar surroundings can make me about as smooth as when I accidentally stabbed my date with the corsage pin before junior prom (yes, that did happen). I"m on the road this week, and today I drove a certain rental car...

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Time to lawyer up

April 25, 2008

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This week I attended an open house event at ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C.. I got to see some wonderful welding innovations—many of which you will see in upcoming issues of The FABRICATOR and Practical Welding Today—and had the opportunity to chat with the company"s...

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Hey, buddy, can you spare a pole?

April 25, 2008

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Editor's Note: I'm running late with my blog because I've been out of town. Here's a quick plea from STAMPING Journal Editor Kate Bachman that should tide you over. C'mon, let's make those phones ring. DDD.On the same day, I received a plea from the coach of a youth...

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Nucor ranked as largest steelmaker in U.S.

April 24, 2008

No company produces more steel in the United States than Nucor Corporation, according to rankings published in the May 2008 issue of American Metal Market.The rankings by the magazine, its first in...

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Jobs go up in smoke

April 23, 2008

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Various media have reported that a Whirlpool Corp. factory in Evansville, Ind., has suspended 39 workers who signed insurance paperwork claiming they don't use tobacco and then were seen smoking or chewing tobacco on company property. Tobacco users at Whirlpool pay an extra $500 in insurance...

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Don"t let service go down the drain

April 22, 2008

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I don"t know much, but I do know this: If metal fabricators had my plumber"s customer service record, they wouldn"t be in business for long.Forgive my venting, but I"m sure many can relate. We had an oh-so-delightful problem with our plumbing1946 vintage. The trouble really began when we bought...

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Latest LINE survey shows labor market remaining soft in May

April 22, 2008

The latest SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey indicates that similar to last month, the labor market in May 2008 will remain soft and will be much weaker...

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HRB spot steel prices continue to soar

April 17, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for April 14 surged 16.0 percent to $1,003 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 11th consecutive rise totaling $426. The world export HRB...

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Remembering VT

April 16, 2008

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When I sat down to write this post it was with the conviction to write about something positive on this day of sad remembrance, but quite honestly, I"m not sure I have it in me. Today is the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, a tragedy that hit close to home. My husband and his...

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Who knew?

April 15, 2008

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Chicago police shot a cougar on the North Side on Monday afternoon. I guess the cougar didn"t feel like running anymore and stood its ground, leaving the policemen no other choice than to kill the 150-pound cat. That"s not the story you expect to wake up and read in the morning paper. I have to...

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C-Pillar die faces deep drawing

Improve HSS part quality before die tryout

April 15, 2008

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The use of high-strength steels (HSS) and aluminum in automotive and other stamping manufacturing is creating forming challenges for tool and die engineers. Forming simulation software, formerly used to predict conventional failure causes, now also enables the stamping tool and die engineer to simulate secondary operations, including springback to avoid expensive and time-consuming die tryouts.

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McDonald's Arches

Curving out a niche

April 15, 2008

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary in April 2005, McDonald's® opened a 24,000-sq.-ft. restaurant in Chicago. The restaurant's most eye-catching feature is a pair of parabolic arches that stand 60 ft. high. Constructed from 20-in. by 12-in. tubes, the arches were curved by Chicago Metal Rolled Products, an OEM component subcontractor. Operating within a tight time frame, CMRP helped the structural steel fabricator and erector, Tefft Bridge & Iron LLC, by bending the tubes in multiple locations on longer sections to reduce the number of weld splices needed.

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Fabricated aluminum parts

Of cars, this specialty vehicle manufacturer can do it

April 15, 2008

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M&M Vehicles Corp., Mexico, Mo., is less a car company and more of a fabricating shop. That's been the case from the beginning when Chris Miller and another employee cut diamond-plate aluminum sheet with a Skil saw blade turned backwards and then hand-bent the sheet to form boxes that graced those early used golf cars.

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Sensor driven errorproofing

Where sensors make sense

April 15, 2008

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Sensor-driven errorproofing can help metal stamping shops prevent the production of bad parts. In addition, it can save tens of thousands of dollars in lost production due to crashed dies and downtime. How? Sensors detect the presence of metal—as material being fed into the press, being positioned, or ejected from the press as a stamped part or slug.

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Coil automation

Rolling to market - Part II

April 15, 2008

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A variety of methods help push a roll forming operation's efficiency. Various coil handling methods offer different levels of efficiency and automation, each suiting certain applications. The key is to analyze an operation, calculate the time spent handling coil, and then determine the best level of coil handling automation to fit.

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