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Beyond Commodity

June 12, 2007

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Before making a process change to metal-cored wires, it is important to establish a baseline to measure the potential for improvement, know the wire's capabilities, and be able to justify such a change.

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4 Troubleshooting tips for rotary cutting made easy

June 12, 2007

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Following four specific guidelines for operating the rotary cutoff machine can help you avoid making simple mistakes in setup and operation that can cause downtime.

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Technological quantum leap

June 12, 2007

Arme S.A., a Colombian service center, was producing cut blanks for several local, small customers using a 48-year-old Stamco cut-to-length line purchased more than 20 years ago. It served them well over the years, but the company realized it needed to upgrade its technology to take advantage of the market opportunities it saw growing around them.

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Stamping research gains support

June 12, 2007

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Global competition continues to force the metal forming industry to reduce costs, improve technology, and increase productivity. With these trends in mind, the Ohio State University (OSU) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) established in June 2006 the Center for Precision Forming to focus on the needs of the metal forming industry.

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Attention, all plasma table shoppers

June 12, 2007

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CNC plasma cutting machines are more affordable and easier to operate than ever before. By knowing the right kind of hardware and software makes sense, a fabricator can choose the equipment that makes the most sense for his operation.

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Jay Hall President of Harco Metal Products Inc.

Tube fabricator bends with industry changes

June 12, 2007

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As customers look for ways to add to their bottom-line performance, Harco Metal Products, Tempe, Ariz., has stepped forward with services that make the tube fabricator more valuable to its customer--and harder to replace.

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The tao of forming order

June 12, 2007

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Is the starting position of the flat part facing the wrong way or upside down to your natural flow? Are you working from left to right when your natural motion is right to left? If you are, you're fighting the current rather than letting the current do the work. Set up the press brake in such a manner that you work with your natural flow; by not interrupting your "chi."

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Developing forming dies

June 12, 2007

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Determining the best die geometry to produce multicontoured formed parts can be difficult. A full understanding of the drawing and stretching process is necessary, as well as a good understanding of all tooling factors to make complex geometries.

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American Torch Tip buys Precision Products

June 7, 2007

The American Torch Tip Co. (ATTC) has announced that it has purchased the Precision Products Co. of Canaan, N.H.Precision Products specializes in manufacturing plasma torches and consumables used...

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Mate appoints president, vice chairman

June 5, 2007

Dean A. Sundquist, chairman and CEO of Mate Precision Tooling, has announced the appointment of Jack Schneider to the newly created position of vice chairman and Kevin Nicholson to the position of...

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Kennametal president, CEO named best CEO

June 1, 2007

Kennametal Inc., LaTrobe, Pa., has announced that President and CEO Carlos Cardoso has been named one of the best CEOs by Institutional Investormagazine. This recognition places Cardoso among the top...

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Steel prices weak

May 31, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for May 28 slipped 0.8 percent to $608 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the third consecutive drop. The world export HRB...

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U.S. nail producers file dumping case

May 30, 2007

Five U.S. steel nail producers have filed antidumping duty petitions alleging that dumped imports of nails from the People's Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are causing material...

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ITW acquires Tregaskiss

May 24, 2007

Illinois Tool Works has acquired Tregaskiss Welding Products, a Canadian welding company.Tregaskiss, a maker of robotic and semi-automatic welding torches, has 179 employees and supplies products to...

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Last chance: Read the sign!

May 22, 2007

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Appropriate warning signage is a critical component of industrial safety—often the last reminder regarding some aspect of safe machine operation. Labels have come a long way since "Keep Off" and "Keep Out." Various standards are having an impact on new labeling, making these messages more effective in risk reduction.

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