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HRB prices split: China, Western Europe up; U.S., World down

October 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 26 surged 5.7 percent to $430 per ton after four consecutive declines. The Western European HRB price rose 1.0 percent to...

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Reworking a codependent relationship

October 27, 2009

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Did you hear? The automotive biz is rockin' and rollin'. General Motors—that's right, the same GM that trudged to bankruptcy court earlier this year—reported 2009 growth of 40 percent. Heck, the industry overall reported 90 percent growth in August. Simply amazing! Oh, I...

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Trimmed Parts

Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: 10 design laws for tool designers

October 27, 2009

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Tool design shortcuts, oversights, and errors can be costly. Following some fundamental design laws can help you anticipate and prevent possible problems, simplify operation and maintenance, and improve production and quality.

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Survey shows improving business conditions—pickup in hiring, capital spending—over next six months

October 26, 2009

The October 26, 2009, National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Industry Survey report, based on responses of 78 NABE members to a survey conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, 2009 about...

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Pipe supplier reduces aisle width, material handling

October 26, 2009

Pipe-Valves Inc., a distributor of industrial pipes and valves in Columbus, Ohio, had a small facility and stored all of its products outdoors. The products were prone to weather damage and the storage layout required handling some products two or three times. A move to a bigger facility and the purchase of two Combilift sideloading industrial trucks have made the company approximately 30 percent more efficient.

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KUKA Systems launches research center in U.S.

October 23, 2009

KUKA North America has opened the KUKA Development Center (KDC) at its headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit.Specializing in joining technologies like laser welding, the KDC becomes...

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BLS Report: U.S. manufacturing productivity leads the pack

October 23, 2009

Last year manufacturers in the United States achieved greater productivity increases than manufacturers in most other industrial economies, according to data released by the Labor Department...

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A big slice of humble pie

October 22, 2009

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I was wrong. I said it. I admit it. Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong. Totally wrong. No two ways about it. Wrong. GM filed for bankruptcy June 1, and nearly every editor, reporter, and blogger seemed to want to jump on the bandwagon and jump all over GM's executives for decades of mismanagement. I...

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'It's all bad' (No, it isn't)

October 21, 2009

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Yesterday evening, I sat in a Jiffy Lube waiting room while my car was undergoing an emissions test—a requirement for tag renewal. A small, very old-school, rabbit-eared TV tuned to a local news station stood in the corner. As I attempted to wile away the time reading the latest but already...

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Logopress Corp. celebrates 20th anniversary at FABTECH 2009 with Solidworks Event, Lottery

October 21, 2009

Logopress Corp., Besancon, France, developer of Logopress3 Die Design software ,will celebrate its 20th anniversary, since it was founded in October, 1989. Along with its North American Distributor...

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Stalled equipment workers 'start things up' at Soldier Field

October 21, 2009

Start Us Up USA!, a nationwide grassroots campaign of the construction equipment industry and its allies, descended upon Chicago Oct. 20 with a rally of local business and labor leaders and...

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Federal Reserve survey sees housing, manufacturing improving

October 21, 2009

A Federal Reserve Beige Book survey released today found that housing and manufacturing are driving the early stages of the economic recovery.According to the survey, "many sectors" have either...

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Shh & Manufacturing is looking better

October 20, 2009

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Psssst. Hey & down here. I"m the headline about 20 column inches below the story about Balloon Boy. Keep looking down. Down. Just below that expose about Polanski. See me? Good. Don't tell anyone, but manufacturing's getting a bit better. In fact, manufacturing may be the thing that pulls...

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Resistance welding system enhanced with electrically operated linear servo actuators for improved weld pressure control

October 20, 2009

T.J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., now offers a resistance welding system with electrically operated linear servo actuators designed to eliminate problems associated with pneumatic systems.The...

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