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NAM: Manufacturing poised to outpace overall economy

January 17, 2007

Driven by a 0.7 percent jump in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve reported today that overall industrial production rose 0.4 percent in December. "After three consecutive monthly declines,...

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HRB spot steel prices begin year mixed

January 11, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 8 fell 1.0 percent to $578 per ton, FOB the mill for the 11th drop in a row. The world export HRB price was up...

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Compact torch designed for thin materials, confined spaces

January 9, 2007

For welding thin gauge materials (up to 1/4 in.), Weldcraft offers its 125-amp, air-cooled WP-9 torch series. This series is comprised of the WP-9, WP-9V and WP-9P torches, which are rated at 60...

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Metal adhesive applicator

Joining metal with adhesives

January 9, 2007

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Adhesives offer several advantages that make them an attractive alternative to mechanical fastening or thermal joining, such as welding, soldering, and brazing. Advantages include the following: They can be effective on dissimilar metal substrates with dissimilar melting points; they do not cause distortion, discoloration, or weld worms; holes do not need to be drilled into the material in preparation for fasteners; and they distribute stress load evenly over a broad area.

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Waterjet laser cutting

Achieving precision and diversification with laser and waterjet technologies

January 9, 2007

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Both laser and waterjet cutting systems produce precision parts, and in many applications, either is appropriate. This article, which discusses the benefits and limitations of both technologies, can help you decide which is best-suited for your operation. In some cases, utilizing both can increase manufacturing flexibility and your business capabilities.

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Cutting shear

Solving punch breakage problems - Part II

January 9, 2007

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Cutting shear, or the angle ground into the end of a punch, has a big effect on punch deflection and breakage, as well as press tonnage required. Retainers, which hold the punch to the die shoe, also are important. The backing plates, ball lock punch retainers, and headed styles of punches and retainers all require careful consideration.

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Die handling tools

Choosing the right die handling tools

January 9, 2007

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Many stampers rely on the machines and equipment you already have for moving and changing stamping dies. Using dedicated items such as die carts and shuttle tables can make die change more efficient.

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Is a good attitude all it takes?

January 9, 2007

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This article from reader-favorite author Bob Nichols is a point-of-view piece that questions the popular adage that attitude is all it takes to excel in the business world. Nichols' article, written from a mature manager's perspective, is a good supplement to Understanding and motivating the multigenerational work forcepublished previously on thefabricator.com.

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Sheet metal resistance

Draw forming, Part VI

January 9, 2007

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Energy input at one location in a part during forming is redistributed throughout the part as the forming process advances. The result must be an adequate force transmitted back to the location of target strains and displacements.

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SPC system brings computing mobility to quality departments

January 9, 2007

Zontec Inc.'s Synergy 200, a mobile statistical process control (SPC) system, allows quality department members to move freely about the production facility while performing real-time SPC on a...

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Collision sensor has increased sensitivity

January 9, 2007

The SR-61 collision sensor from ATI Industrial Automation has a lower operating range for increased sensitivity in applications using 3 kW to 5 kW capacity robots and is designed to prevent damage to...

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Flux-cored wire delivers high-impact values at subzero temperatures

January 9, 2007

Hobart Brothers offers its Tri-Mark® TM-770 gas-shielded flux-cored wire for use on high-volume carbon steel applications that require high-impact properties. Suitable for use on shipbuilding,...

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Material handling system replaces or assists forklifts, cranes, and conveyors

January 9, 2007

The nearly frictionless, horizontal omnidirectional Aero-Pallet from AeroGo effectively replaces or assists forklifts, cranes, and conveyors and are suitable for moving heavy bulky loads in...

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Bench marking presses upgraded

January 9, 2007

Numberall Stamp & Tool Co. Inc. has upgraded its line of bench marking presses. Enhancements are intended to increase trouble-free operation.The compact line includes hand- and air-powered cylindrical...

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MIG gun features polished aluminum neck armor

January 9, 2007

Bernard® has announced that its line of Q-Gun MIG guns now features polished aluminum neck armor. The aluminum armor is 35 percent thicker than the previously used brass armor for increased...

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