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Prioritzing U.S. infrastructure needs

June 11, 2010

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Author and co-founder of New America Foundation gives his insights regarding the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure and provides tangible ways the federal government can address the situation.

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Fast tracking with W44 beams - TheFabricator

Fast tracking with W44 beams

June 11, 2010

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A truss railroad bridge that was destroyed in a massive flood was replaced within a year thanks to a fast-tracked rebuild effort that featured W44 beams.

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Cleaning up (slowly) in the gulf

June 10, 2010

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It’s no secret that the Transocean oil spill is among the largest man-made environmental disasters of all time. Given the impact, the word spill itself is a huge understatement. Gusher or torrent or catastrophe would be more accurate. An early estimate of 5,000 barrels leaking per day appears to...

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Signs point to more jobs

June 9, 2010

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Among the leading news items yesterday was an Associated Press story about job openings rising in April to the highest level in 16 months, a statistic that offers hope of increased hiring in the coming months.  The latest U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey (JOLTS)...

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ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America

June 9, 2010

ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to...

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President Obama and the Stamping Press

June 8, 2010

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Business owners in the metal fabrication industry are getting to be old hands at hosting top dogs from Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Several years ago President Bush visited Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., and gave a speech. Last year Vice President Joe Biden visited...

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010

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Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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Cold drawing principles

June 8, 2010

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Understanding that drawing a tube requires more than just pointing and drawing is a good start to a successful draw. Procuring the raw material, pointing, drawing, straightening, and finishing are the five steps fabricators need to keep in mind.

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part VI - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part VI

June 8, 2010

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Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis reminds CAD designers that it is a good practice to test parametric links as the design progresses.

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Planning 101: Hydroforming automation - TheFabricator

Planning 101: Hydroforming automation

June 8, 2010

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Developing an automated cell of any sort requires detailed planning,and hydroforming is no exception. All elements, from tube debundling to scrap removal, are like pieces of a puzzle—and if any one of them is missing or doesn’t fit, the entire system becomes ineffective.

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Building a stronger welding program

June 7, 2010

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Bellingham Technical College launched its Welding Rodeo in 2002 to spur enrollment and raise its public profile. Now one of the premier welding competitions in the Pacific Northwest, the event has helped the school triple its enrollment in welding and expand its program/skill offerings.

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Which cable carrier is right for your application?

June 7, 2010

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Carrier systems designed to protect your machinery’s cables and hoses can help prevent damage and improve your processes. Which of the many available systems is right for your operation?

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Multiprocess welding machine delivers up to 500 amps

June 7, 2010

Lincoln Electric has introduced the Flextec™ 450, a multiprocess welding power source designed for fabrication, construction, automotive, production, and educational applications. The new machine...

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Friction-drive conveyor system can move loads from 250 to 2,500 lbs.

June 7, 2010

Jervis B. Webb Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd., has expanded its conveyor product line with the introduction of its new friction-drive conveyor system. The conveyor is suitable for...

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Five-axis cutting head introduced - TheFabricator

Five-axis cutting head introduced

June 7, 2010

TECHNI Waterjet™ has released the PAC 60™ (Precision Angle Control) five-axis cutting head. The machine is capable of a true angle up to ± 60 degrees with continuous rotation.

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