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Everyone on the same page—electronically

March 10, 2011 | By Tim Heston

E-commerce now involves the full gamut of business communications, from quoting and paying invoices to job tracking. Technology, sources said, has made the supply chain more transparent, accountable, and efficient.

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3-D CAD: Modeling a nest of parts

March 10, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis bypasses CAM software and uses his 3-D software to create a nest of parts.

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Automated bending keeps the pieces flowing

March 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Emerson Network Power's Liebert Precision Cooling facility wanted to implement the idea of one-piece flow on its shop floor in Columbus, Ohio, but the only way that was going to happen effectively was with the introduction of an automated bending cell. The company found its answer with an electric panel bender from Prima Finn-Power.

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Processing AHSS with rotary bending technology

March 10, 2011 | By L. Ray Osborne

The increased use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have caused many fabricators to rethink the way they bend metal. AHSS have a relatively high springback associated with it, so much larger overbend angles are generally required. Rotary bending technology is a suitable way to product that overbend angle.

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Days of rage at the pump, in Libya, and in Saudi Arabia

March 9, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Judging by the political developments in Libya and the current price of petroleum, you’d think that Libya was some sort of heavyweight exporter. Last fall West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was trading at less than $85 per barrel on the spot market. Protests in Libya started in February, and...

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TMK IPSCO upgrades facility in Wilder, Ky.

March 9, 2011

Pipe producer TMK IPSCO is making a number of investments at its facility in Wilder, Ky., intended to improve operational efficiency and add value for its oil and gas industry customers. The company's most significant investment in Wilder will be the installation of a thread shop, for which the...

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The metal fabricator and the iPhone

March 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Immediately after listening to a presentation at The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit last week, a metal fabrication executive turned on his iPhone®, rose his eyebrows, and, smiling, showed me the screen. The iPad® 2 had been announced minutes earlier. The moment couldn’t have been more...

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AMECO USA opens 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Cleveland

March 8, 2011

AMECO USA, a metal fabricator of engineered products, has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4600 West 160th Street in Cleveland. The new facility increases the company's manufacturing space to 62,000 square feet. This includes its sister company, ArcAlloy Metal Fabrication...

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Kennametal raises more than half-million dollars for United Way

March 8, 2011

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that it raised more than $570,000 in support of the United Way and its agencies during the company's 2010 United Way Campaign. Of the total, $328,488 was pledged by more than 900 employees throughout Kennametal facilities nationwide. More than...

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Nucor announces ground breaking in St. James Parish project; names facility general manager

March 7, 2011

Nucor Corp. announced today that it has broken ground on its direct reduced iron (DRI) making facility that will be located in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dan DiMicco, spoke at the event, alongside Governor Bobby Jindal and Economic Development...

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Stainless steel/polyester reinforced knit glove protects against cuts, abrasions, slips

March 7, 2011

Showa Best Glove offers the 250 Aegis KVS4 stainless steel/polyester reinforced aramid knit glove with sponge nitrile coating. The glove features a coated palm, elasticated cuff, seamless knit, and lightly pebbled finish. Made of Kevlar® fiber, the glove does not contain silicones. It is designed...

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Metcam earns Gold Level Partner designation from Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia

March 7, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs based in Alpharetta, Ga., has announced that it has been accepted as a Gold Level Partner with the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. The partnership fosters environmental leadership and recognizes superior environmental...

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Press brake automation software designed to facilitate quick production

March 7, 2011

Haco-Atlantic has partnered with Robosoft to provide an automated production cell for press brakes. The software allows the production of a complete part in less than one minute, according to the manufacturer. The software can be used in combination with the new Haco robotic cell to provide...

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Tube measuring software introduced

March 7, 2011

Advanced Tubular Technologies and Faro Technologies have collaborated to introduce VTube tube measuring software. When used with a Faro Laser ScanArm®, the software can reverse-engineer a new part with five bends in less than two minutes, according to the manufacturer. This includes software...

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Industrial Magnetics celebrates 50 years in business - TheFabricator.com

Industrial Magnetics celebrates 50 years in business

March 7, 2011

Industrial Magnetics Inc., Boyne City, Mich., is celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2011 as a manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies. Established in 1961 in Detroit by Mike Stowe, the company began by serving the automotive markets with holding and fixturing magnets. The company...

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