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FABTECH speaker supports job creation through reshoring

September 14, 2011

At FABTECH® 2011, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing exposition and conference, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will discuss how bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. would have a more positive impact on unemployment than anything in the...

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EIS acquires Cobra Wire & Cable

September 14, 2011

EIS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. and Atlanta-based distributor of process materials, production supplies, and value-added fabricated parts, has acquired the stock of Cobra Wire & Cable Inc. from Merit Capital Partners and Fulton Capital. Cobra, with headquarters and a...

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Vacuum lifter/tilter allows single person pick up, loading of coiled products - TheFabricator.com

Vacuum lifter/tilter allows single person pick up, loading of coiled products

September 14, 2011

Anver offers the electric, hoist-based, VB-series vacuum lifter combined with a pneumatic-powered, 90-degree tilter to reorient coiled products. Featuring an articulating handle with fully integrated controls and a vacuum gauge, the device lets one person pick up and load coiled products into...

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Manufacturing: The most powerful jobs engine of all

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

On Sunday The New York Times business section put a metal fabricator front-and-center. The reporter visited Vermeer, a Pella, Iowa, manufacturer of heavy equipment--and a manufacturer The FABRICATOR covered several years ago. The Times reporter pointed out that “as president Obama urges Congress...

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Speculators panic, bubbles burst, then we start over

September 13, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Invest, invest, invest. The modern world has no shortage of ways to invest money if you have a little extra cash sitting around: real estate, commodities, stocks, corporate bonds, government bonds, and so on. Some specialized firms even invest in money, writing forward contracts to buy or sell...

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Same building, new people, new business - TheFabricator.com

Same building, new people, new business

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A Tulsa, Okla., job shop launches just as the economy starts to recover. The shop moved into a facility that was previously home to another, now defunct fabricator. The building is old--but everything else is new.

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How a shop devoted to improvement improved - TheFabricator.com

How a shop devoted to improvement improved

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

At a major automotive OEM, a support operation is devoted to continuous improvement projects for the assembly line, fabricating items as needed to make life easier for line workers. Unfortunately, the improvement shop wasn’t very organized. As managers soon realized, it was time to improve the improvement shop.

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Knowing the grammar of metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification provides broad foundational knowledge

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Several employees at Metcam, an Atlanta-area fabricator, underwent a relatively new program--the Precision Sheet Metal Operator, or PSMO, certification from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. The certification requires in-depth knowledge of a range of fabrication processes--providing the foundation for a versatile, cross-trained, highly valuable employee.

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Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership - TheFabricator.com

Aerospace manufacturer champions employee ownership

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This California fabricator finds success with its employee stock ownership plan. The ESOP gives everyone a stake in the business. ESOPs go against conventional wisdom in retirement planning, where the financial gurus promote investment diversification. But for LeFiell employees, investing in the ESOP has paid off--big time.

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How the sales function became so important - TheFabricator.com

How the sales function became so important

September 13, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Fred Wilke of Wilke Enginuity knows how important the sales function is. Small jobs helped the company grow, but in 2007 they were looking to take the company to the next level. It was time to concentrate on the larger contracts. Then the recession happened.

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Ansell Cut Protection White Paper

September 12, 2011

By: Ansell

Cut Resistance (i.e. CPPT value) is often the primary factor considered when evaluating cut protection because it can be readily measured. However, as this guide will show you, considering only cut resistance misses a larger part of the whole cut protection picture.

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Metalworking fluid features enhanced detergency

September 12, 2011

Chemtool Inc.’s NuSoL® Alumax 89 is formulated for use on nonferrous alloys; exotic ferrous alloys, including titanium, INCONEL® alloys, and MONEL® alloys; plastics; and composites. New surfactant technologies promote and enhance detergency for clean parts and machine surfaces. Other...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 102.9 percent from 2010

September 12, 2011

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $506.97 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Microwelding conductive materials

September 12, 2011 | By Geoff Shannon, Paul Severloh

As the move toward part miniaturization continues, more and more companies are turning to microwelding for the precision joining of copper and other highly reflective materials, in particular, employing laser welding with a green wavelength.

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Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables - TheFabricator.com

Handling, installing, and maintaining GMAW consumables

September 12, 2011 | By Frank Laberi

For GMAW consumables in particular, several pitfalls exist that can shorten their life span. Taking the time to learn tips for keeping them clean and lasting longer can positively affect productivity, quality, and the bottom line.

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