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September 13, 2010 | By Jeff Grivas
Every welder is likely familiar with fabricating a fixture for a job, but only a select few work on fixtures for very large weldments. Those unfamiliar with large fixture-making may be surprised to learn about
September 13, 2010 | By Joe Ciringione
Cable carriers have come a long way since the introduction of the first carrier in the 1950s. No longer made solely of steel, modern-day carriers span greater distances and protect cables, hoses, and machinery in many industries, including metal fabricating and green energy.
September 13, 2010 | By Vicki Bell
OSHA has announced that the top 10 violations for 2009 increased almost 30 percent over the same time period in 2008. It also has implemented more aggressive targeted enforcement and higher penalties.
September 12, 2010
Stainless steel fabricator Ace Metal Crafts, Franklin Park, Ill., is one of four Chicago-area plants to be featured in the Largest Laser Tour in America. The tour is part of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.®'s (FMA) first LaserFab Conference to showcase the latest technologies...
September 10, 2010 | By Dan Davis
People may have a much higher opinion of manufacturing jobs than previously thought. I received the second annual "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute in my e-mail inbox last week, and the results were enlightening. In a survey of 1,055...
September 10, 2010
The United Steelworkers (USW) union has filed a comprehensive trade case under Section 301 of the trade law identifying a broad array of Chinese policies and practices that threaten the future of America's alternative and renewable energy sector. The case alleges that China has utilized hundreds of...
September 10, 2010
ArvinMeritor, Inc. has announced that its Meritor ProTec™ High Mobility Independent Suspensions (HMIS) will be standard on BAE Systems' Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), providing advanced force protection, mobility and ride quality. Initial production deliveries to BAE Systems will begin in...
September 10, 2010 | By Richard Marando
Cold sawing, widely used for cutting tubes, pipes, bars, and profiles for decades, has evolved steadily over time through advances in materials, coolants, coatings, tooth forms, and cemented carbides. However, new tube, pipe, bar, and profile materials are harder to cut than conventional materials, so some factors such as sawing speed and noise haven't improved much. A new machine and blade design has the potential to help fabricators substantially.
September 10, 2010 | By Kate Bachman
A Midwestern manufacturer sought to improve productivity on its nearly 10-year-old Verson transfer press. Although the press was in good condition, the original ETF transfer, which had endured 28 million press hits, was causing considerable maintenance costs and lost production. The stamper retrofitted the Verson transfer stamping press with a Schuler Automation AT series tri-axis transfer. This resulted in a 10- to 40-percent improvement in cycle times.
September 9, 2010 | By Eric Lundin
A colleague recently sent around some photos of the Skydeck at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago. If you saw these photos too, you probably recall seeing the glass-bottomed ledge. If you’d like an unobstructed view of Chicago from 1,353 feet up, this is for you. The photos...
September 8, 2010 | By Vicki Bell
Last night I had dinner at Outback with my daughter, who often tells me that if she could do it over again — to which I always reply: Why can't you? — she would choose another college major instead of the one she chose the first time around. She's thinking about making a career change when the...
September 8, 2010
As a part of its "Manufacturing Means Jobs!" campaign, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has launched a multi-state, multi-million-dollar advertising campaign opposing costly energy taxes. The campaign comes days after the announcement of a $50 billion infrastructure proposal that...
September 8, 2010 | By Marjorie Millay
Waterjet technology cuts angled bevels to simplify complex manufacturing. The waterjet now can cut complex angles in plate, angles that previously could be done only in a machining center.
September 8, 2010 | By Joe Bundy
Welding chrome-moly tube and pipe conventionally is done with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) or submerged arc welding (SAW). Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) has been tried, but the wires had some drawbacks that prevented widespread acceptance. Recent developments have reduced some of these disadvantages, so GMAW deserves a fresh look. The switch might lead to improvements in the weld's characteristics or welding productivity.
September 7, 2010
Optrel AG (Switzerland), formerly Sperian Welding Protection AG, has formed a strategic agency partnership with SAS Marketing LLC, located in Coventry, R.I. Resulting from Optrel AG's detachment from its parent company, Sperian Protection, SAS assumes the account management and growth initiative...