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Laser cut turning parts

Diverse, quick, and growing

April 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Tennessee job shop finds success through diversifying its capabilities, from laser cutting, press brake bending, and robotic welding, to milling, turning, and boring. The shop turns around many jobs in only a few days.

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Howe brothers discover precision fabrication

April 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The stars of Howe and Howe Tech on Discovery Channel see metal fabricating as a creative outlet for their imaginations--while also catching the attention of the Department of Defense.

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small parts inventory

Manage your small-parts inventory better

April 1, 2011 | By Jim Poe

By trusting your vendors to deliver small parts in a regularly scheduled manner to your facility, you are learning a valuable lesson about the nuts and bolts of efficient supply chain management

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Adhesive bonding broadens the fabricator’s toolbox

April 1, 2011 | By Michael Verdi

Structural adhesives may be able to complement other metal joining processes. The process can't replace all riveting and welding, but it can be a viable alternative for the right application.

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The housing market hasn’t hit bottom yet

March 31, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

A headline at CNN’s money page caught my eye recently: “Why house prices will keep falling.” The article cited the Case-Shiller U.S. House Price Index, which showed a 3.1 percent decline from January 2010 to January 2011. The gist of the index, developed by Karl Case and Robert Shiller, is...

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HRB prices keep pushing ahead

March 31, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for March 28 rose 2.2 percent to $606 per ton after declining two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price rose 1.7 percent to $852 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 0.3 percent), ex-works, for the eighth consecutive increase....

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Manufacturing hiring to expand in April, but large-scale hiring remains elusive

March 31, 2011

Manufacturing and service payrolls in the U.S. private sector will expand in April compared with last year, but large-scale hiring remains elusive, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2011. The...

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Stressed at work? Let the foolery begin

March 30, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

April 1 is celebrated in the Western world as April Fools' Day, a day in which practical jokes and foolishness are generally tolerated — albeit more so by some than others — and most of us tend to view whatever we are told on this day with more than a modicum of skepticism, particularly that...

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Manufacturing productivity: Work less, accomplish more

March 29, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A review copy of Jim Womack’s Gemba Walks, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute, came in the mail today, and I’m beginning to make my way through it. When I saw the title, I immediately thought of a scene in The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt’s business novel on the theory of constraints. In it...

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Self-propelled trailers introduced

March 29, 2011

The Wheelift Systems Group of Doerfer Companies has introduced its self-propelled trailers in capacities to 100 tons and more. The trailers are suitable for in-plant operation in congested, confined areas and narrow intersecting aisles. Features include remote control operation, low-profile...

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Extended nose grinder finishes, polishes hard-to-access fillet welds

March 29, 2011

Metabo Corp. offers the KNSE 12-150 fillet weld grinder for finishing metals, including stainless steel. The extended-nose grinder is used for finishing and polishing hard-to-access fillet welds typically found on handrails and inside welds on enclosed areas. The 6.6-lb. unit has a flat design....

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Water-soluble oil resists bacteria and fungus

March 29, 2011

ITW Rocol North America offers Rustlick's Ultracut Aero, a water-soluble oil designed for use with metals such as titanium, aluminum, INCONEL® alloy, and stainless steel. The antimicrobial fluid resists bacteria and fungus. The nonchlorinated coolant also has superior boundary lubricants and...

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Cordless surface finisher usable for up to 15 minutes on one charge

March 29, 2011

The Poly PTX Accu 28V cordless longitudinal grinder from CS Unitec can be used for up to 15 min. on one charge. It is suitable for on-site use or assembly work when a power supply isn't available. Surface grinding and positioning are possible with one tool, even on pipes. Weighing 8.1 lbs....

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Plasma machine cuts up to 0.75-in.-thick material

March 29, 2011

Thermal Dynamics®, a Thermadyne® brand, has expanded its True series of plasma cutting machines with the addition of the Cutmaster® 42. The lightweight, portable machine delivers 27 amps of output power on 120-V input and 40 amps on 230-V input. It can cut up to 0.75-in.-thick material....

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D&S Mfg. receives award for commitment to manufacturing education

March 29, 2011

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has received a 2010 Appreciation Award from Advanced Mfg. Network – Northwest for continued support of manufacturing education and the Gold Collar Careers initiative. D&S employees were recognized specifically for their participation in the development...

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