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Waiting for the first shoe to drop

September 23, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

I looked at my colleagues’ blog posts (or rants as Tim calls them) and noticed that employment is a hot topic, so I figured I’d throw out my two cents’ worth on the topic. I think it’s fair to say that nearly everyone—not just people in manufacturing, but everyone—is wondering when the...

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Waterjet accelerates stampers aerospace prototyping - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet accelerates stamper's aerospace prototyping

September 23, 2010

Metal Products Engineering, Los Angeles,began business as a Lockheed subcontractor in 1940. Since then, the company has designed and built an impressive inventory of customized progressive dies in their facility for aerospace applications.

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Do fabricators care if SAIC invests in GM?

September 22, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Tube Talk" e-newsletter discussed the possibility of General Motors' Chinese partner, SAIC, investing in GM's initial public offering of stock. The two companies have produced cars together in China for a decade and announced plans in December to sell low-cost vehicles in India. ...

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Timken completes acquisition of QM Bearings and Power Transmission

September 22, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ferndale, Wash.-based QM Bearings and Power Transmission Inc. That location, as well as manufacturing facilities in Prince George, British Columbia, and Wuxi, China, along with distribution facilities in Ontario, Texas, and...

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Jobs are here, but qualified people aren’t

September 21, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Everyone says the U.S. government should foster an environment of job creation. I can’t argue with that. Thing is, some jobs are being created.  Employers just can’t find anybody to fill them. According to a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the...

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Power sources designed for manual, heavy-duty SMAW with coated electrodes, GTAW, air carbon arc gouging - TheFabricator.com

Power sources designed for manual, heavy-duty SMAW with coated electrodes, GTAW, air carbon arc gouging

September 21, 2010

The Origo Arc 410c and 650c switching converter (chopper) power sources from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products are designed for manual, heavy-duty SMAW with coated electrodes, GTAW, and air carbon arc gouging. The machines can be used with many types of filler materials, and parameters can be...

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Lincoln Electric pipeline welding seminar scheduled for October

September 21, 2010

Lincoln Electric will offer a free pipeline welding seminar for contractors and professionals in the pipeline industry. The two-day session will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the company’s corporate headquarters in...

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Two-axis CNC cutting machine, cuts/profiles pipe from 1 to 12in. OD up to 40 ft. long

September 21, 2010

The new MasterPipe™ profiler from Vernon Tool™ is a two-axis, CNC pipe cutting machine capable of cutting and profiling pipe from 1 to 12 in. OD and up to 40 ft. long. Powered by the company's WinMPM Microsoft® Windows®-based operating system, the machine consolidates setup, programming, and...

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SME presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference

September 21, 2010

The demand for sustainability is growing stronger every day, and manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment while increasing profitability. To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, the Society of...

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30-min. process develops 0.000060-in. black coating

September 21, 2010

Birchwood Casey offers the scratch-resistant LUMICLAD® finish. The 30-min. process develops a coating thickness of 0.000060 in. with a smooth, clean surface that is electrically conductive and adherent to the aluminum substrate. The black finish is suitable for precision-machined components with...

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Paddle-switch angle grinder delivers 11,000 RPM - TheFabricator.com

Paddle-switch angle grinder delivers 11,000 RPM

September 21, 2010

Makita has introduced the GA4534, a 4.5-in. paddle-switch angle grinder. Its 6-amp motor delivers 11,000 RPM for use in welding, shipyard, automotive, HVAC, and electrical applications. According to the manufacturer, the grinder has the smallest barrel grip on the market and is the most compact...

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Gas lenses for GTAW torches available in standard, large-diameter, and 'stubby' sizes - TheFabricator.com

Gas lenses for GTAW torches available in standard, large-diameter, and 'stubby' sizes

September 21, 2010

Weldcraft offers multiple styles of precision-machined gas lenses for its WP series and Crafter Series™ air- and water-cooled GTAW torches. The lenses are designed to help optimize shielding gas coverage, improve GTAW performance consistency, and dissipate heat effectively. The lenses are...

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Pipeline welding machine designed for transmission pipeline, structural steel, construction, fabrication, and MRO applications - TheFabricator.com

Pipeline welding machine designed for transmission pipeline, structural steel, construction, fabrication, and MRO applications

September 21, 2010

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the Big Blue® 350 PipePro diesel engine-driven welding machine and AC generator. The machine is designed for transmission pipeline welding, as well as structural steel, construction, fabrication, and MRO applications. The unit provides 20 to 400 amps...

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FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan. Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major...

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Heidtman Steel expands service capabilities

September 21, 2010

Heidtman Steel, a supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has expanded processing capabilities at two of its facilities. The company has improved the pickle line at its Erie, Mich., location and has commissioned a new SMS Demag multiblanking line at its Butler, Ind., sheet...

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