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Retrofitting a press for quick die change

July 12, 2005

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Reducing die changeover times is mandatory to become a world-class stamping operation. The most practical way to accomplish it is through careful evaluation of pressroom needs, and the implementation of cost-effective die change equipment and procedures. In today's manufacturing environment, lean budgets are a way of life, which makes retrofitting die change equipment a cost-effective approach.

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How one shop benefited from abrasive waterjet technology

July 12, 2005

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Triplex Systems found that using abrasive waterjet cutting technology combined with a hole-and-tab technique to fabricate its products helped eliminate machining operations and reduced costs.

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The most important welding lesson

July 12, 2005

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Relating personal experiences, welding professional and instructor Marty Rice discusses welding hazards and stresses the importance of learning and following all welding safety practices.

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To buy or not to buy?

July 11, 2005

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Metalen Verhoestraete, a metal service center in Roeselare, Belgium, needed a laser, but not just any laser would do. Because many of the company's clients had 3- and 4-meter lasers, Metalen sought a laser that had a much longer bed so it would not compete with its customers.

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Near-term outlook for Big Three cautious

July 8, 2005

Even as the U.S. market for new automobiles remains strong by historical standards, the fortunes of industry participants vary widely, and the Big Three automakers overall will lose market share to...

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Overall employment up; manufacturing continues to decline

July 8, 2005

Nonfarm employment increased by 146,000 in June, and the unemployment rate continued to trend down, reaching 5.0 percent—the lowest in almost four years—the Bureau of Labor Statistics of...

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Grant to fund Illinois manufacturing network, create jobs

July 8, 2005

Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) has announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $175,000 grant to the Manufacturing Alliance of the Rock River Valley (MARRV) to help the new...

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Worker confidence rises

July 6, 2005

Confidence among U.S. workers rebounded in June as the Hudson Employment Index gained three points, from 99.9 to 103.0. This is the highest reading since January's 107.0 Index, but well below the...

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June job cuts highest since January 2004

July 6, 2005

U.S. companies planned the highest number of layoffs in June since January 2004, according to a report released today by the employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.Employers announced...

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Timken completes Linear Motion Systems sale

June 30, 2005

The Timken Company announced today that it has completed the sale of its Linear Motion Systems (LMS) division—Timken S.p.A in Milan, Italy and Timken Deutschland GmbH in Stuttgart,...

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Aluminum industry to match Habitat recycling proceeds

June 30, 2005

The Aluminum Association-sponsored Cans for Habitat program has announced a month-long Recycling Double Play promotion so Americans can put their aluminum cans to even better use.During the month of...

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Toyota to construct new plant in Canada

June 30, 2005

Toyota announced today that it will construct a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario, that will employ 1,300 team members to build the RAV4 sport utility vehicle. The new plant represents an approximate...

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Lone Star Steel, Tubos Del Caribe end alliance early

June 29, 2005

Lone Star Technologies, Inc. has announced that its largest subsidiary, Lone Star Steel Co., and Tubos del Caribe, S.A. (Tubocaribe), a Colombian manufacturer of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and...

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Mittal Steel to reduce third quarter production

June 29, 2005

Mittal Steel Co. N.V. today announced its plans to reduce its global production by one million tons in the third quarter of 2005. This follows similar reductions in the second quarter. The production...

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LINE: Manufacturing hiring up in June

June 28, 2005

According to new numbers from the Leading Indicator of National Employment (LINE™), manufacturers were hiring more in June than they were in previous months, but the number is not as high as...

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