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Fixturing on display

November 6, 2007

Satisfying the demand for highly variable order quantities, a fabricator of custom point of purchase displays innovated an efficicient robotic GMAW workcell suitable for producing as many as 10,000 parts or as few as 10 parts while also accommodating manual welding.

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To serve is to lead

November 2, 2007

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Piccadilly Restaurants are a chain of restaurants that started out in Baton Rouge, La. The chain now has locations all over the Southeast, but to be honest, I haven"t eaten at one since the early 1990s when I made the move to the Chicago area.After spending a week at leadership training, the...

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’Tis the season to give … of yourself

November 1, 2007

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Over the past 12 months I've held tight to my plan to discuss the skilled welder shortage in my editorials. I've shared stories of companies finding ways to train welders and foundations trying to expose young adults to the industry. As a result, several readers have reached out to share with me...

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Heavy metal

October 31, 2007

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It's Halloween, and to celebrate I thought I'd Google "Halloween metal," just to see what results the phrase would conjure up. I entered the words in quotation marks to try and limit the number of results. Among the 85,900 links returned were sites that featured metal Halloween...

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U. S. Steel completes acquisition of Stelco Inc.

October 31, 2007

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Stelco Inc. and that Stelco has been renamed U. S. Steel Canada Inc.Commenting on the acquisition, U. S. Steel Chairman...

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Are you ready for boarding?

October 29, 2007

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Last week Chew Choon Seng hosted a symbolic event in aviation history. The CEO of Singapore Airlines threw a party more than 30,000 feet in the air, where he strolled the aisles in his company"s new crown jewel: the Airbus A380. After years of delays, the thing is finally airborne. From Singapore"s...

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Revving up in China

October 24, 2007

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While the U.S. auto industry is busy dealing with the dollar-yen exchange rate, contract negotiations with the UAW, rising fuel prices, falling sales, and a "product so mediocre they need to bribe customers with incentives to buy American," (quote from a Forbes article Detroit to Japan: Strengthen...

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Ryerson launches comprehensive reorganization

October 24, 2007

Ryerson Inc. has announced it has taken the initial steps in a comprehensive reorganization to make the company stronger, more nimble, and a better service provider for customers.Ryerson, a...

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There's no place like home

October 23, 2007

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It boils down to a simple fact: Consumers get picky.That"s according to Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., managing director of Lawrence, Kan.-based Armada Corporate Intelligence. The economist stopped by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), International, headquarters last week to communicate some...

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Not your average job shop

October 23, 2007

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Sargent Metal Fabricators, Anderson, S.C., is not your average job shop. In an economic climate in which many U.S. fabricators have suffered, the company has stayed focused on its goals, invested in new equipment, grown by leaps and bounds, and positioned itself for future growth. How? By concentrating on key factors.

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LINE® reports lowest manufacturing recruiting difficulty in four years

October 23, 2007

The latest SHRM/Rutgers LINE® survey indicates that employment expectations for November 2007 have dropped slightly for the manufacturing sector. New-hire compensation in this sector is higher...

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Designing for laser cutting

October 23, 2007

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Designing for the laser cutting process optimizes what tube fabricators can achieve.

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Plasma cutting line expanded

October 22, 2007

Kaliburn has announced the expansion of its Spirit product line to include 150a and 200a models. The new systems—one a 150-amp model, the other a 200-amp—are automated high-definition...

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Change is necessary for China

October 19, 2007

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Everyone needs a bogeyman. Superman has Lex Luthor. Conservatives in the U.S. have the left-wing media; liberals have the right-wing conspiracy. The Boston Red Sox have the New York Yankees. Sometimes it"s just easier getting through life when you can focus your negative energies on one particular...

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Domestic steel's image

October 18, 2007

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner and presentation hosted by the Outside Processors Council (OPC). The council, organized in 1997 with the assistance of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Outside Processing Managers Committee, serves metal producers, service centers, and...

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