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MCA announces plans for semiannual meeting

March 21, 2011

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Glenview, Ill., will hold its 2011 semiannual meeting Aug. 1-3 at The Umstead in Raleigh, N.C. The events will include interactive council and committee sessions with discussion of current work in development. The mission of the volunteer-led MCA is to...

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Scot Industries to open Indiana facility

March 21, 2011

Scot Industries Inc., a manufacturer of steel tube and bar products based in Lone Star, Texas, has announced that it will establish a new production facility in Auburn, Ind., creating up to 65 new jobs by 2014. The facility initially will produce turned, ground, and chrome-plated steel bars for...

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Titanium

Adventures in titanium—Why is my stovepipe hat assembly warping, turning blue, and cracking?

March 21, 2011 | By David Hass

Fabricating a titanium stovepipe hat assembly had one shop perplexed. What was causing the material to turn blue, warp, and crack? Why was it so difficult to make this part fit into the next assembly?

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Gauging metal manufacturing's health

March 18, 2011 | By Dan Davis

The reader's e-mail request led off with a commonly seen note that his company was reworking its Web site, but it ended with a not-so-common question: What is the best barometer to indicate that the recession has ended in metal manufacturing? The e-mail writer wanted to link to some of these...

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GE CEO cites need for manufacturing, innovation, exporting

March 17, 2011 | By Kate Bachman

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, the newly appointed chairman of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, outlined his vision for making the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace in a March 8 speech to The Executive Club of Chicago, contributing writer John Kerastas reported. It...

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Not just Japan's problem

March 16, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I remember the first nuclear power plant I ever saw—the Byron Nuclear Generating Station located in Ogle County, Ill., two miles east of the Rock River. Construction began in 1975, and Units 1 and 2 became operational in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The project was rife with controversy. The...

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HRB prices rise in U.S. and Western Europe, fall elsewhere

March 16, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 14 rose 2.8 percent to $958 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 2.8 percent to $838 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the seventh...

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Critical laser cutting, welding tested in Japanese crisis

March 15, 2011 | By Tim Heston

When news broke of the earthquake-damaged nuclear plant in Japan, my mind turned to Jim Bleigh at Performance Contracting Inc., a Lenexa, Kan., company The FABRICATOR covered earlier this year. His group of talented welders, laser cutting machine operators, and assemblers fabricated strainers...

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Keynote speakers at FMA annual conferences say U.S. manufacturing can return to global leadership

March 15, 2011

Two spirited keynote speeches that offered bullish perspectives on the future of U.S. manufacturing — with specific caveats — highlighted The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference, held in early March in Orlando. Emily...

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Ryerson acquires Singer Steel

March 15, 2011

Ryerson Inc., a distributor and processor of metals in North America and China, has announced that it has acquired Singer Steel Company, a value-added flat rolled steel processor based in Streetsboro, Ohio. Terms of the transaction were not announced. "This acquisition represents another step in...

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Praxair expands Tennessee air separation plant

March 15, 2011

Praxair Inc. has announced that it is doubling the capacity of its Memphis, Tenn., air separation complex to produce oxygen and nitrogen to supply Nucor Corp. and Velero Energy Corp. The company recently completed construction of a pipeline capable of serving multiple customers in the Riverport...

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robotic welding cell

Taking the load off material handling

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

A manufacturer of healthcare products automated the material handling and welding of a popular line of medical tables.

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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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Jerry Mathison and Jay Ginder

Welding heat treatable steels

March 14, 2011 | By Jerry Mathison, Jay Ginder

Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I've been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material?

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Aluminum Workshop: Achieving T6 designation for 6061

March 14, 2011 | By Frank Armao

Q: Can you tell me the heat treatment steps necessary to produce 6061-T6? I have heard that heat treating it after welding will increase its mechanical properties.A:Let's first describe what is happening when you heat treat 2XXX, 6XXX, or 7XXX alloys. All of these alloys are heat treated by...

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