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SHRM LINE survey: More manufacturers adding to payrolls in May

May 10, 2010

Hiring activity in the manufacturing sector will increase significantly in May compared with a year ago, according to the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National...

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Bonding with adhesives

May 7, 2010

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Welding and fastening have long been the go-to methods for metal bonding applications, but are they always the best, most cost-effective methods? Maybe, maybe not. Adhesives are gaining in popularity, particularly for joining dissimilar materials.

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Selecting a cold saw to fit your requirements

May 7, 2010

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When it’s time to purchase a cold saw for your fabricating operation, how can you be sure that you’re choosing the right equipment? Knowing the questions to ask can help you make the appropriate selection.

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FABTECH 2010 coming to Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center

May 6, 2010

The countdown to FABTECH 2010 is underway as the event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010. This represents the first time in four years that the show will take...

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Fabricating to the rescue yet again

May 5, 2010

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By now everyone has heard about the massive oil spill taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, a result of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. If you haven't, you'll also be shocked to know that bell bottoms have come and gone out of style again and that Abe Vigoda is still alive ....

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Playing field could become even more precarious

May 5, 2010

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For the nearly eight years I’ve been asking fabricators about the state of metal manufacturing, many have expressed the opinion that a primary contributor to the decline in U.S. manufacturing is an unlevel playing field with China. In stating their opinions, these fabricators typically mention...

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We've come a long way, baby

May 5, 2010

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The orbital welding process has seen significant advancements in electronic control technology that have helped open the door to a wider array of applications while making it more cost effective to use.

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Appliance stamper draws on magnetic die clamping to accelerate its uptime

May 5, 2010

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In the home appliance industry, designs are constantly updating to meet consumer tastes and changing market demands. For the stamping supplier forming a new bracket for a new design, high production volumes necessitated tripling the number of shifts. But tripling the number of shifts increased labor costs, as well as utility and material delivery costs. The stamper decreased the labor hours to resume a single-shift operation by implementing quick die change and magnetic die clamping.

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Examining the X-factor

May 4, 2010

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The X-factor, also known as the Bruscato factor, is an important equation for anyone welding with chrome-moly steel. The equation will help you test your filler metals for levels of phosphorus, antimony, tin, and arsenic that could make a weldment susceptible to temper embrittlement.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part V

May 4, 2010

Proper organization of files and folders makes a designer's life a lot easier.

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Report from Europe: Finding the sweet spot in fabricating automation

May 4, 2010

Different markets call for different approaches to business. But automation, integrated into the right application, can shorten leadtimes,a fact that doesn't change for any fabricator in any country.

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Orbital weld heads with digital technology eliminate need for calibration - TheFabricator

Orbital weld heads with digital technology eliminate need for calibration

May 4, 2010

Magnatech LLC has introduced a full line of enclosed autogenous orbital weld heads that incorporate digital encoder drive motors and eliminate the need for calibration. A patent-applied-for...

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Teaming up to clean up

May 4, 2010

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Like many companies, Ultra Machine and Fabrication Inc., Shelby, N.C., a fabricator of armored military vehicles, believed the welders should clean up their own weldments for spatter, slag, and other discontinuities. But when welders were spending less and less time under the hood, Ultra re-evaluated this philosophy and, as a result, implemented a separate postweld cleaning team.

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ISM: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories contracting

May 4, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 12th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the...

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Done-in-one, cutting plate

May 4, 2010

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Combination machines have brought the done-in-one concept to the heavy plate fabricator's shop floor.

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