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Laser resonator enhanced with new features

April 8, 2009

Bystronic has introduced advanced features for its Bylaser 6000 watt resonator.The resonator now incorporates advanced mirror detection systems, end mirror sensor (EMS), and output coupler sensor...

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Deere announces Des Moines layoffs

April 8, 2009

Deere & Company said today that 160 employees of the John Deere Des Moines Works will be placed on indefinite layoff later this month due to reduced market demand for the factory's products.The...

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Gaining market share during tough times

April 6, 2009

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Buy low, sell high. Good rules to live by for the investment-savvy person. (I, being oh-so-not investment-savvy, usually do the opposite.) The phrase could be applied, slightly altered, to a business strategy: Invest during slow times so you can sell when times are good. That sounds like a smart,...

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Machinists denounce F-22 funding cut

April 6, 2009

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today denounced the decision by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to end funding for the F-22 fighter aircraft."Not only is...

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Time to go RVing?

April 3, 2009

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I was talking with a fabricator at the Metals Matters conference in Carefree, Ariz., last week about vacations. I mentioned that one of these days I wanted to pack up the family up in a recreational vehicle (RV) and head to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Based on a similar trip taken by a...

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Are we there yet?

April 2, 2009

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No, you're not a family vacation; no, you're not driving a station wagon on a cross-country trip; no, you're not being bombarded with that question from a back seat full of impatient youngsters. Yes, you're asking yourself that question, and you'd probably like to ask every...

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FMA announces safety award winners

April 2, 2009

The following companies are winners of the 2009 FMA/CNA Safety Award competition, which was based on 2008 safety results:Safety Award of HonorAeroglide Corporation—Cary, NCAK Tube...

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ISM: U.S. manufacturing contraction slows; new order index rises

April 2, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in March for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the sixth consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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April foolery

April 1, 2009

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Today, April 1, is known in the U.S., the U.K., and various other countries as April Fools ' Day, a day in which practical jokes are expected and can be performed without impunity—unless, of course, the joke causes serious harm.My dictionary-that-weighs-a-ton defines practical joke (an...

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Building the bridge to anywhere

April 1, 2009

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Stinger Welding Inc. has only been around for 12 years but quickly has established itself as a premier fabricator of bridges and bridge components in the southwestern U.S. Two years ago a project involving an Oakland, Calif., bridge sent the company into the spotlight for its efforts in fabricating 12 girders in just eight days.

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"The Power of Personal Energy" nominated for Georgia Author of the Year Award

April 1, 2009

"The Power of Personal Energy" by Dr. Bob Rausch has been nominated for the 45th annual Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Awards.Nominated in the Specialty Books category, the book discusses the...

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LVD, HD establish joint venture company in China

April 1, 2009

LVD Company n.v. and Hubei Tri-Ring Metalforming Equipment Co., Ltd. (HD) have formed a joint venture company in Huangshi City, Hubei Province, China.The joint venture company will produce LVD sheet...

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Getting swept away in 3-D CAD modeling

April 1, 2009

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Like an extrude or revolve, a sweep is a tool for modeling a 3-D shape. A sweep consists of three basic elements—a profile, a path, and a set of rules for "sweeping" the profile along the path. A sweep can be a powerful tool when modeling 3-D shapes, according to columnist Gerald Davis.

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The pressure's on!

April 1, 2009

Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is dedicated to researching the impact that oceans have on the Earth as a whole, and sometimes that means diving to treacherous depths to gather pertinent information. For an excursion at Challenger Deep, a portion of the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Marianas Islands, WHOI fabricated a hybrid remotely operated vehicle able to withstand the 15,751 PSI of pressure, allowing scientists to gather valuable data from more than 35,000 feet below sea level.

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10 Hot-stamping HSS FAQs

April 1, 2009

Hot stamping, also called hot forming or press hardening, is the process of forming metal while it is very hot (in excess of 900 C degrees) and then quenching it (cooling it quickly) in the die. The process converts low-tensile strength metal to a very high-strength steel (150 to 200 kilopounds per square inch (KSI).

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