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LIA's Arthur L. Schawlow award presented to Valentin Gapontsev

January 12, 2010

Valentin Gapontsev, founder, chairman, and CEO of IPG Photonics Corp., Oxford, Mass., has received the Laser Institute of America's 2009 Arthur L. Schawlow award.The award honors individuals who have...

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Rafter Equipment now selling Takeco equipment

January 12, 2010

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has formed a strategic alliance with Takeco Co. Ltd. of South Korea to sell and service Takeco's strip entry, flying saw cutoff, and tube packaging...

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Fabcut, MicroStep USA forms joint venture with SigmaTEK

January 12, 2010

Fabcut, MicroStep USA, in conjunction with SigmaTEK Systems, has formed a joint venture to introduce MicroStep combination profile and pipe cutting machines into the U.S.All machines sold into North...

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Unison receives all-electric tube bender order from BAE Systems

January 12, 2010

Unison, Scarborough, U.K., has received an order from BAE Systems Surface Ships for a large tube bending machine to support ongoing projects, including the construction of the Royal Navy's Queen...

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Manufacturers struggle to hire highly skilled workers

January 12, 2010

As employers across the country continue to shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, many manufacturers are facing an ironic dilemma. As they eliminate positions — mainly repetitive, assembly-type...

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General MetalWorks Corp. receives 2010 Industry Award

January 12, 2010

General MetalWorks Corp. (GenMet), a custom metal fabricator based in Mequon, Wis., has received The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010, presented by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,...

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Motoman Robotic Welder

Keeping sight of the little things

January 12, 2010

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Want to get more from your robotic GMAW system? Find out how selecting the appropriate wire, consumables, liner, filler metal package, and welding gun can help decrease downtime, increase productivity, and improve quality.

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Tendon Mfg. certified to ISO 9001:2008

January 12, 2010

Tendon Mfg. Inc., a metal fabricator in Cleveland, has been certified to ISO 9001:2008.The contract manufacturer specializes in design, development, production, fabrication, machining, assembly, laser...

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Nucor Executive Vice President Joe Rutkowski to retire; Joe Stratman to assume additional responsibilities

January 11, 2010

Nucor Corp. Executive Vice President of Business Development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced today his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with the company. Rutkowski began...

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November manufacturing technology consumption up 16 percent

January 11, 2010

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.83 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing...

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h & h tube.

Small manufacturer, big heart

January 11, 2010

Founded in 1930 to supply radiator components to the budding automotive industry, H & H Tube was built on a tradition of seeking challenges—pursuing new customers in diverse markets, chasing manufacturing challenges, and often building its own equipment. This created a cycle of learning by doing that allowed it to pursue still more challenges. A change in management a few years back enabled the company to go further still in kaizen events, ISO certification, and so on.

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Die materials and wear in stamping AHSS

January 9, 2010

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Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) are used extensively in the automotive industry to help improve crash safety and reduce weight. With the increased strength of AHSS, however, come dramatically increased springback and forming load (and, therefore, contact pressure) compared to milder steel grades.

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Manufacturing in the movies

January 8, 2010

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I spent the first part of my holiday break unwinding by watching movies. I intended to go out skating, visit downtown Chicago, and generally get out of the house during the second part of the break, but the temperature dropped down to single digits; I ended up watching more movies.One of the more...

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The importance of focal positions in laser cutting

January 8, 2010

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If the proper laser beam focal position and projection shapes are maintained within the material to be processed, the balance of the requirements necessary to producing a consistent, high-quality laser-cut are kept to a minimum. That's why it's important for laser cutting equipment operators to know the rules of laser beam focusing.

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Temps dropping, prices rising

January 6, 2010

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If you're like me, you don't get too excited about day-to-day changes in atmospheric conditions, also known as the weather. Most of us have daily activities-going to work, attending classes, and so on-that are indoors anyway, so the weather usually doesn't have much effect on many people. Usually...

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