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Hey! Your stamping press is trying to tell you something

May 10, 2005

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Bill Engvall and Travis Tritt teamed up on a humorous little song called "Here's Your Sign." This curious little ditty relates the frustration of dealing with modern man's inability to grasp the obvious in daily living. From the service station attendant who stares at the blown-out tire on your car...

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Is this Round 2?

May 10, 2005

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Forty years ago Ford and Ferrari were engaged in a fight-to-the-finish struggle to take top racing honors. Ford used its GT40 to snap Ferrari's six-time winning streak at the 24 Hours of LeMans, one of racing's most prestigious events. In 2003 the rivalry was back as Ford unveiled the high-performance GT, a niche car rich in aluminum and developed with the help of modern technologies such as superplastic forming (a.k.a. hot stamping) and friction stir welding.

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The ABCs of CNC

May 10, 2005

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If you're considering adding an ironworker, you should know not only what type of ironworker is best for your facility and end product, but also what options will offer you the productivity level you want. For this reason, you should learn about CNC controls as you investigate the ironworkers on the market today.

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A healthy alternative

May 10, 2005

Employee wellness programs have a positive and wide-reaching impact on a number of bottom-line issues, from lowering absenteeism to reducing health care claims. This new evidence paired with the steady rise of health care costs has cast employee wellness in a new light.

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Considering change

May 10, 2005

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Gas-shielded flux cored arc welding (FCAW) is known for its high deposition rates and out-of-position welding capability in heavy manufacturing and fabrication applications. In an industry often averse to change, many companies consider their current FCAW practices and equipment as trustworthy family members: always reliable, with no reason to change.

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Revitalizing the U.S. tool and die industry

May 10, 2005

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The U.S. tooling industry has received quite a bit of press in the past few years documenting its demise. Many people believe the rise of lower-cost tooling industries in foreign countries is the main culprit.Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The U.S. tooling industry's future is precarious, but...

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Making a clear-cut decision

May 10, 2005

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Deciding what automated cutting equipment is best for your small or medium shop depends on many factors: part size, part thickness, part accuracy, parts quantity, computer skills, and machine payback, or return on investment.

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Abrasives that make the grade

May 10, 2005

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Efficient and economical metalworking, from cut-off and grinding operations to blending welds to final finishing, depends on selecting abrasives of the right kind and grade and using them safely.

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Employment rose, unemployment rate unchanged in April

May 6, 2005

Employment rose in April, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by...

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Mittal Steel USA idling blast furnaces

May 6, 2005

Mittal Steel USA is taking steps to match its output with inventory adjustments occurring in the markets that it serves, the company says. On May 5, the company started cooling the C-6 furnace at its...

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Productivity rises, but labor costs increase

May 5, 2005

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported preliminary productivity data—as measured by output per hour of all persons—for the first quarter of 2005....

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Worker confidence rises, finances still a concern

May 4, 2005

Confidence among U.S. workers rose slightly in April as the Hudson Employment Index edged up 1.2 points from 101.2 to 102.4. Despite the increase, workers expressed continued uneasiness about their...

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Nufab Rebar announces acquisition

May 4, 2005

Nufab Rebar LLC, Nucor Corp.'s rebar fabrication joint venture with Ambassador Steel Corp., has announced that it has acquired Lulich Steel LLC. Lulich Steel is a rebar fabricator serving the...

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Small businesses struggle to attract top talent

May 3, 2005

Almost three in four small business owners say their most serious disadvantage when hiring new employees, compared with larger companies, is the ability to provide a competitive package of benefits...

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Manufacturing orders, production, employment expanding

May 3, 2005

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector grew in April for the 23rd consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in...

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