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Will metal fabricating activity continue to grow?

March 25, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Financial writers are funny people. They make people laugh even when they aren't telling a joke. For instance, read John Carney's CNBC story "Have Consumers Gone on Strike?" In the story he makes the point: "What seems to be happening is that businesses have been ramping up their production and...

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ABB Robotics to host laser processing workshop April 27 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

March 24, 2011

ABB Robotics is hosting a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The workshop will give current and potential users of laser technology in-depth, hands-on exposure to: robotic laser best...

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Toyota to U.S. plants: ‘Prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011

CNN.com has reported that a Toyota spokesman has said the company's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. Word reportedly has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This does not mean that the...

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Unions-the good, the bad, the ludicrous

March 23, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Although events from Japan, Libya, and Jerusalem, along with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, dominate the headlines on this day, unions continue to make the news, including a blog post written by my colleague Dan Davis last month. I just googled news for labor unions and retrieved more than 400...

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Carrier Corp. to sell its North American bus air-conditioning business

March 22, 2011

Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., has entered into an agreement to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a global provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Mobile Climate Control is a...

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Earthquakes, job shops, and the global supply chain

March 21, 2011 | By Tim Heston

With Japan in crisis, so are global supply chains. With the world’s third-largest economy basically in standby mode, manufacturers stateside--and around the world--are scrambling to adapt. Most metal fabricators aren’t assemblers sitting at the end of a long global supply chain, but many of...

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Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63 - TheFabricator.com

Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63

March 21, 2011

William H. Smith, 63, owner of Albina Pipe Bending Co. Inc., Tualatin, Ore., died Feb. 24 of desmoplastic melanoma at his home in the Portland area. Born in 1947, Smith lived most of his life in the Portland area attending Arleta Elementary School, Franklin High School, and graduating with a...

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Portable machine bevels pipe from 1.5 to 10 in. in diameter - TheFabricator.com

Portable machine bevels pipe from 1.5 to 10 in. in diameter

March 21, 2011

Steelmax Tools LLC has introduced the PRO 10PB/PBE portable pipe beveling machine. Available in pneumatic and electric versions, the machine can bevel pipe diameters from 1.5 to 10 in. Its lightweight, compact design allows it to be set up and operated by a single user. Using a self-centering,...

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Fiber cutting disks allow constant supply of new cutting edges - TheFabricator.com

Fiber cutting disks allow constant supply of new cutting edges

March 21, 2011

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton NorZon® BlueFire™ F826 fiber disks for use on stainless, superalloys, steel cast iron, and high-pressure applications. They feature a blend of patented zirconia alumina and ceramic alumina abrasive with a microfracturing capability that...

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Safety relief valve venting enables functional testing at any time

March 21, 2011

Witt-Gasetechnik has developed a venting function for safety relief valves. The SV805 A enables functional tests of installed Witt safety relief valves at any time. The relief valve with a straight design has been developed for venting with a connected blowoff pipe. Rather than being emitted into...

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Oil mist collection system designed for high-demand environments - TheFabricator.com

Oil mist collection system designed for high-demand environments

March 21, 2011

RoboVent's Oil Mist series collection systems capture oil mist, filter it, and return clean air to the plant. The collectors are designed for use in high-demand environments, the company...

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Electrically interlocked shields available for small to large drill presses, similar machines - TheFabricator.com

Electrically interlocked shields available for small to large drill presses, similar machines

March 21, 2011

Rockford Systems Inc. has introduced a new line of electrically interlocked, heavy-duty drill shields. They are available for small to large drill presses and similar machines. When the shield is swung out of position, the positive contacts on the microswitch open, sending a stop signal to the...

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UHSS alloy serves as alternative to many cobalt-containing, precipitation hardenable alloys

March 21, 2011

Carpenter Technology Corp. has developed a new ultrahigh-strength steel (UHSS) alloy that serves as an alternative to many cobalt-containing, precipitation hardenable alloys. Temper Tough™ alloy is an air-melted, cobalt-free, quench-and-tempered alloy that combines high strength and toughness...

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Rafter announces partnership with HKS-Prozesstechnik

March 21, 2011

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has reached an agreement with HKS-Prozesstechnik GmbH to become the exclusive North American system integrator for its ThermoProfilScanner (TPS) nondestructive weld seam inspection system. The system uses a lens-free thermal imaging sensor to capture the...

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Large-capacity band saw combines mitering capability, automatic bar feed system - TheFabricator.com

Large-capacity band saw combines mitering capability, automatic bar feed system

March 21, 2011

Scotchman® Industries has introduced the SHA 2131 band saw, with a capacity of 21 by 31 in. at 90 degrees and 21 by 14 in. at 60 degrees. The automatic saw combines mitering capability with an automatic bar feed system. The bar feed uses an automatic shuttle-vise feed system that handles up...

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