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Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business - TheFabricator

Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business

July 30, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Streamlining bending operations at a Chicago area fabricator was instrumental in the company's lean manufacturing efforts. Batch sizes and lead-times both have plummeted in recent years.

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Progress in punching - TheFabricator

Progress in punching

July 30, 2010 | By Mike Kroll

Today's turret punch presses do more than simply punch holes. They can form shapes beneath the sheet, perform shear-quality cuts, and actually deburr edges. And that's just scratching the surface of the equipment's capabilities.

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Is it time for the small-business initiative?

July 29, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

A small-business initiative working its way through Congress has been making headlines lately. It has the potential to provide $30 billion in new capital for community banks, which would use it as a foundation for lending to small and medium-sized businesses. Whether lawmakers will pass the bill is...

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Time's a wastin

July 28, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

As noted in a speech by John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers — posted on YouTube July 26 — NAM appreciates the fact that the House is spending the last week of July talking about the manufacturing economy, "but it's not enough … it's simply not enough."...

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HRB prices down 5.5 percent in U.S., up elsewhere

July 28, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for July 26 fell 5.5 percent to $637 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price was up 0.4 percent to $678 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.2 percent), ex-works, after four...

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Cost-cutting here to stay

July 26, 2010 | By Tim Heston

“Caterpillar flaunts its muscle.” You’ve got to admit, that’s a great headline. After reading the story in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, I thought back to a blog I wrote while sitting in the Las Vegas expo center’s coffee shop (which happened to have good Internet access), about 200...

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800-amp plasma system cuts thick, thin metal without need to switch torches

July 26, 2010

Hypertherm has announced the availability of a new 800-amp HyPerformance® plasma system for cutting thick stainless steel and aluminum. In addition to its ability to production-pierce 3-in. and sever 6.25-in.-thick metal, the system cuts thin metal — including gauge — without the...

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Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary - TheFabricator

Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary

July 26, 2010

On July 1, Jorgensen Conveyors celebrated its 60th year in business. Founded in 1950 by Charles T. Jorgensen and his wife Evelyn, the company is currently owned and operated by Chuck and John D’Amico, third-generation descendent grandchildren of the founders. Located in a 100,000-sq.-ft....

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Nanofiber dust collector filter has MERV 14 efficiency rating

July 26, 2010

A new HemiPleat® nanofiber dust collector filter is offered by Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control. The manufacturer applies a thick layer of nanofibers to the surface of the patented HemiPleat filter, yielding a MERV 14 efficiency rating. The nanomedia is strong enough to handle dust from...

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Marmon/Keystone recognizes quality suppliers

July 26, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., a distributor of tubular products, recently held its Supplier Recognition Day at the Butler Country Club. More than 60 multinational supplier representatives from 36 qualifying companies participated in the activities. The company presented the perfect performance...

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Permanent magnets lift up to 10,000 lbs. of steel, iron

July 26, 2010

Eriez’ SafeHold® permanent lifting magnets allow manufacturers to lift, pile, and transfer up to 10,000 lbs. of steel and iron of any weight and shape without slings, hooks, or cables. The magnets are available in four styles. The APL series is designed to handle steel in limited-access...

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Resistance soldering power supply replaces previous model, has enhanced features - TheFabricator

Resistance soldering power supply replaces previous model, has enhanced features

July 26, 2010

Miyachi Unitek Corp. has introduced the Uniflow3 power supply for resistance soldering, heat sealing, and conductive adhesive bonding applications. It replaces the Uniflow2 power supply and features hardware improvements, new process control features, upgraded limit and alarm options, and user...

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CNC plasma cutter for small to midsized shops introduced - TheFabricator

CNC plasma cutter for small to midsized shops introduced

July 26, 2010

Techno Inc. has introduced the HPLC CNC plasma cutting machine, designed for small to midsized shops. The company designs and programs its own CNCs and recently attached a plasma torch to the system and developed the electronic circuitry needed for automated torch functions. The plasma cutter is...

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Milwaukee loses one-third of manufacturing jobs in 10 years

July 26, 2010

The Milwaukee metropolitan area has lost 54,800 manufacturing jobs over the last 10 years, the 15th-biggest drop among the largest 100 metros in the country, according to a new Business First of Buffalo analysis. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the...

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Compact, HVLS fan designed for small spaces, areas with limited ceiling heights

July 26, 2010

The new Revolution® SP fan from Rite-Hite Corp. combines the company's high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan technology with a compact design for air circulation in small spaces and areas with limited ceiling heights. The fan circulates a large volume of air up to 50 ft. from the fan's center in...

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