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Quick-trim flap discs allow full use of flaps - TheFabricator.com

Quick-trim flap discs allow full use of flaps

July 18, 2011

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced two new Norton quick-trim flap discs for the metal fabricating industry. Both feature a new, flexible, easily trimmed plastic back plate, allowing full use of the flaps. The plastic backing can be trimmed back to expose the flaps to help extend product life....

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Flux-cored wire designed for hot, fill, cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe - TheFabricator.com

Flux-cored wire designed for hot, fill, cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe

July 18, 2011

For fully automated pipe welding applications, Lincoln Electric has introduced Pipeliner® 81M, a gas-shielded, flux-cored (FCAW-G) wire designed for hot, fill, and cap pass welding on up to X70 grade pipe. The wire is suitable for automated pipe welding applications that require consistent...

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The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

The benefits of technical certification in metal fabrication

July 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

The prototype shop at International Gaming Technologies employs serious talent. They take a sheet metal part through the entire fabrication process, from laser cutting and bending to welding and grinding. To qualify for a job here requires technical knowhow about a variety of manufacturing processes. This is why management has decided to use FMA’s Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification as a benchmark.

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Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication

July 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Jacob Melton quit his desk job in Chicago, drove home to Houston, and with his father bought a metal fabrication company. Several years later, even after a severe recession, it turns out that was a smart career move.

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Adventures in metal sculpture - TheFabricator.com

Adventures in metal sculpture

July 18, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Ray Carrington will tell you that he is not an artist. However, the 81-year-old retired math teacher has metal sculputres on display throughout the nation, and continues to work on pieces to give away.

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Skilled Worker Whitepaper

July 16, 2011

By: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. ®

America’s Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century propelled economic development and served as the springboard for this nation to become a world power. Sadly, a number of factors since post-World War II led to a manufacturing malaise that knocked the USA off this lofty production perch.

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Skilled at what, exactly?

July 15, 2011 | By Dan Davis

My recent note in the July 2011 edition of the "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter resulted in a nice exchange of e-mails with readers. I wrote about The FABRICATOR's 2011 What Keeps You up at Night? survey and noted that even with the overall concern about the economy, which also was the No. 1...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. agrees to acquire Continental Alloys & Services Inc.

July 14, 2011

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase all of the outstanding capital securities of Continental Alloys & Services, Inc., headquartered in Houston, and certain affiliated companies. Continental, a global materials management company focused...

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The industry needs “technical leaders”

July 14, 2011 | By Tim Heston

FMA survey reveals hiring managers are looking for technical leaders, those with technical knowhow with the ability to look beyond their individual work cell.

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Suppressing wages?

July 13, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The July "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter featured reader comments about wages and whether employers are suppressing them to boost profits. These comments were inspired by a quote in the June issue from a reader reflecting on a potential manufacturing renaissance: "It is great that the companies...

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GM to invest $129 million in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan plants

July 12, 2011

General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get the bulk of a $129 million investment GM announced July 12. The money is part of $2 billion being invested in 17 facilities in eight states over...

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Vertical column saw designed for nonproduction applications - TheFabricator.com

Vertical column saw designed for nonproduction applications

July 11, 2011

The Kalamazoo Machine Tool model C315/350 hinge-type vertical column saw is designed for nonproduction applications requiring cuts in tubes, pipes, and light structural shapes. The saw has a 14-in. blade, 3.5-HP motor, spindle speeds of 24 to 105 RPM with an infinitely variable option in...

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Caterpillar to increase size of under-construction Texas plant

July 11, 2011

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility now under construction in Victoria, Texas. In August 2010 Caterpillar announced that it would build the 850,000-sq.-ft. excavator plant in...

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Multiprocess welding machine offers pulsed GMAW capabilities - TheFabricator.com

Multiprocess welding machine offers pulsed GMAW capabilities

July 11, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the XMT® 450 MPa multiprocess welding machine, rated at 450 amps at 100 percent duty cycle. The inverter-based power source offers pulsed GMAW capabilities with up to 0.052- and 0.0625-in. wires when matched with 74 MPa Plus and AlumaFeed™...

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Eriez announces staff promotion

July 11, 2011

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has announced the promotion of Dave Heubel to the newly created position of director-North American sales. This promotion follows the company's announcement that it is combining its U.S. and Canadian sales organizations into a consolidated North American sales team. Most...

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