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Durable goods orders soar

January 29, 2008

Factory orders for durable goods rose in December by the largest amount in five months—5.2 percent.The increase was far larger than had been expected. Commercial aircraft orders experienced a...

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Just pay the people

January 25, 2008

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Nuthin" like a shot upside the head to make you see the light. In this blog and in the Editor"s Corner of The FABRICATOR [Saving manufacturing one sweep at a time, p. 8, January 2008], I"ve written how a clean work environment might contribute in a small way to changing a youngster"s mindset...

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Ameristeel begins Jacksonville Mill expansion planning

January 24, 2008

Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. has announced that it has begun the planning process for a capital project to expand its Jacksonville Steel Mill, located in Baldwin, Florida.The expansion is expected to add...

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Flashdance meets real life

January 23, 2008

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I'm interviewing Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver with a passion for welding that's almost as strong as his passion for racing. His profile will be featured on thefabricator.com next month.Palmiter's story, along with two stories I ran across today, proved to me that there...

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Legislation introduced to stimulate economy, create jobs

January 23, 2008

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) today introduced legislation to stimulate the economy by accelerating an existing tax incentive to help manufacturers create and keep jobs in...

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Steel coil prices in U.S. surge to 12-month high

January 22, 2008

The Steel Index weekly reference prices for steel coil products in the U.S. have surged to 12-month highs and continue to rise sharply.Prices for steel coil products in the U.S. have hit their highest...

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Never give up

January 21, 2008

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The economic news has been pretty grim. Housing"s down; manufacturing production"s down; employment"s down; the stock market"s down. Most everything is pretty much, well, down.My gut says, though, that Parviz Shahriari hasn"t paid it a second thought. The director of engineering at GEMVIS, a...

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The changing world of farm life

January 18, 2008

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Many economists and politicians like to compare the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. to that of the agricultural industry. At one time agriculture was the dominant industry in the U.S., but as time passed, the numbers employed in agricultural jobs diminished with the rise of...

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Hodgepodge

January 17, 2008

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Today's post is a mishmash of interesting items that have crossed my desk in the last few days.The words hodgepodge and mishmash are alterations of Middle English words, hochepot and misse-masche, respectively. The English language has evolved over the years, and so has the English...

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HRB spot steel prices climb

January 17, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 14 surged 6.1 percent to $659 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive rise. The world export HRB...

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All aboard the Nano

January 15, 2008

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My brother-in-law, Chris, is spending the year in Mumbai, India, as a part of a fellowship program that helps for-profit humanitarian enterprises find better ways to do business--that is, if he can get to work in one piece. Last week he took a ride on Mumbai"s commuter trains. Call it herding,...

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Tungsten electrodes

Selecting and preparing tungsten electrodes

January 15, 2008

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Selecting and preparing a tungsten electrode for welding involves choosing the correct electrode diameter, and prepping the electrode with the appropriate process and equipment. Successfully performing all three will allow for a consistent and stable arc.

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Stamping 101: Anatomy of a Mechanical Press

January 15, 2008

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Stamped components are made by forming, drawing, trimming, blanking, or piercing metal—in sheet or coil form—between two halves (upper and lower) of a press tool, called a die. The upper member (or members) are attached to slide (or slides) of the press, and the lower member is clamped or bolted to the bed or bolster. The die is designed to create the shape and size of a component. The two halves of the die are brought together in the press. Both force (load) and accuracy are required to achieve the repeatability and tolerance demands.

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Flux cored welding

Start with the basics: Understanding flux-cored wires

January 15, 2008

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Arming yourself with basic information about flux-cored wires can help you decide if these consumables are right for your welding application. Available in gas-shielded and self-shielded, flux-cored wires require less skill to use than other filler metals and commonly are used for general fabrication, pressure vessels, petrochemical piping, and heavy-equipment manufacturing

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Heavy bending

January 15, 2008

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When bending material thicker than 10-gauge, at least two operators are needed to handle the plate, and manipulating it for various bends can be a strenuous work, not to mention a serious safety hazard for the operators. That's heavy stuff, and for these large-workpiece applications, a folding machine can step up to the plate.

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