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LAI International wins third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence

September 21, 2010

LAI International Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has won its third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized Sept. 16 as a Top-50 Private Company ranked by revenue at the 16th Annual Arizona Corporate...

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Manufacturing jobs available for 'the right candidates'

September 16, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

The lead item in the Sept. 15 "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter discussed the recently released "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey. This survey also was the topic of a blog posted last week by my colleague, Dan Davis. In his post, Davis wrote about survey findings that indicated the image...

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The axis of safety -

The axis of safety

September 16, 2010 | By George Winton

A tube bender can be considered a collection of power presses and, as such, it needs more than just a few conventional barriers between the operator and the machine. Safety mats, interlocked switches, emergency-stop switches, and interlocked side plates are a few of the safety devices available to machine tool manufacturers.

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Forming new possibilities with laser blanking -

Forming new possibilities with laser blanking

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

If high-speed fiber lasers replace the traditional mechanical blanking press, they would open up new possibilities of blank designs optimized for the forming processes downstream.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX -

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX

September 16, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.

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Lean inventory complements lean production -

Lean inventory complements lean production

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.

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Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program -

Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program

September 16, 2010 | By Mike Anderson

Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling.

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The basics and benefits of modern deburring -

The basics and benefits of modern deburring

September 16, 2010 | By Tony McCue

When shops examine deburring technology, they have myriad options to consider. Carefully weighing the alternatives is paramount.

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Where the tool meets the sheet metal -

Where the tool meets the sheet metal

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Machine control really has defined what it means to be a metal fabricator. Boiled down, the job is about turning a design concept into a metallic reality, and the control interface is where the rubber hits the road.

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Much ado about nothing

September 15, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

China’s currency is in the news again. It made big news back in the summer of 2005 when the Chinese government unlocked the currency from the fixed exchange rate of 8.2765 yuan per dollar. Change came slowly; a year later it had appreciated just 3 percent, to 7.6055 yuan per dollar. The rate of...

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Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models -

Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models

September 15, 2010

J.C. Conner Ltd. offers the Welding Pro nozzle and tip cleaner for production welding guns. The unit is available in a 110-V electric model and a 100-PSI, air-operated model with adjustable speed. Inserting the gun with light pressure will start the machine's cleaning cycle; removing the gun...

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HRB prices up 1.3 to 5.8 percent

September 15, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese hot-rolled band (HRB) ex-works price for Sept. 13 surged 5.8 percent to $551 per ton, after declining three weeks ago. The U.S. HRB spot price rose 3.1 percent to $660 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the second consecutive rise. The world export HRB price...

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Fabricating focuses on the now

September 14, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Have you tried Google Instant? It’s an eye-opener. You visit the site, start typing and Google immediately spits back results based just on what you typed. Type “the” and I get listings for a thesaurus. Type “The Fab,” and you get results for The Fabulous Fox Theatres in Atlanta, St....

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Metal formers expect steady conditions during next three months but are increasingly cautious as end of quarter draws near

September 14, 2010

According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metal...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 58.9 percent in 2010

September 13, 2010

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 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 USMTC program, was up 10.1 percent from...

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