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Welding robots and lean manufacturing learn to play together

October 11, 2005

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With careful analysis and planning, automation can be an integral, cost saving component of lean manufacturing.

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Successful tradeshow tips for attendees and exhibitors

October 11, 2005

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Getting the most from a tradeshow takes more effort than just being there. Following a few common tips, both attendees and exhibitors can maximize the tradeshow experience.

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Laser cutting and welding with one tool

October 11, 2005

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Today's laser sources have the power and beam quality needed to cut and join metal in an expeditious and repetitious manner. The market demands that type of flexible production, so those characteristics are basic requirements in modern laser devices. The market demands also have promoted the idea of multifunctional processing. That has led to the development of a combination head capable of laser cutting and welding 3-D metal work pieces.

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Selling to GM – A tough customer gets tougher

October 11, 2005

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The automaker's relentless focus on cost cutting has made few friends in the supplier community. GM recently made several announcements that may signal an even greater focus on price.

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Employment down 35,000 in September

October 7, 2005

Nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (-35,000) in September, and the unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. The...

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Mittal Steel USA chooses Chicago for headquarters

October 7, 2005

Mittal Steel has chosen Chicago's Loop for its U.S. headquarters.Along with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, the company today announced that it has selected a new...

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Flow Intl. appoints VP, CFO

October 6, 2005

Flow Intl. Corp., a supplier of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet products, has appointed Douglas P. Fletcher as vice president and CFO. Fletcher will oversee all of the company's financial functions from...

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ALSCO Metals Corp. sold to Aleris Intl.

October 5, 2005

Sun Capital Partners Inc., a private investment firm, today announced that one of its affiliated portfolio companies, ALSCO Metals Corp., has been sold for $150 million in cash to Aleris International...

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Planned layoffs rose slightly in September

October 5, 2005

U.S. firms planned slightly more layoffs in September compared to August, a report by employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said today. Employers announced 71,836 planned layoffs in...

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Dofasco completes Copperweld segment acquisition

October 4, 2005

Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, Ont., announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of certain assets of Copperweld Holding Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., through a transaction with Atlas...

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Factory orders post 2.5 percent gain in August

October 4, 2005

New orders for manufactured goods in August increased $9.7 billion or 2.5 percent to $395.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 2.5 percent decrease in July.Shipments, up...

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Macsteel acquires Alpha Processing

October 4, 2005

Macsteel Service Centers USA Inc., Newport Beach, Calif., announced today that it is expanding its heavy gauge steel processing capabilities by acquiring the business and assets of Alpha Processing...

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U.S. manufacturing activity grew in September

October 3, 2005

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in September for the 28th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 47th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in...

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Mittal Steel USA restarting Indiana plant blast furnace

September 30, 2005

Mittal Steel has decided to restart a blast furnace in East Chicago, Ind., at about the time another is going down in Cleveland.The moves are part of the company's ongoing effort to balance its supply...

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General Steel, Baotou Steel sign joint venture agreement

September 30, 2005

General Steel Holdings Inc., Tianjin, China, a manufacturer of hot-rolled steel sheets primarily for use in tractors, agricultural vehicles, and other specialty vehicles, today announced that the...

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