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Get the slug out - TheFabricator.com

Get the slug out

January 31, 2011 | By George Winton

Punching a hole in a tube is one thing; getting the slug out is something else altogether. Even if most of the slugs exit without a problem, the occasional hanging slug can cause a serious problem. Two methods are mechanical force and air pressure.

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Welcoming women into welding

January 28, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I was reminded of reader demographics of our publications when a co-worker pulled out a letter from a reader that she had kept since 2001. She had placed it on a bulletin board, intending everyone to have a laugh, but I'm still somewhat taken aback by it. Here's a snippet of the letter: "It seemed...

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Transforming structural cutting challenges into profit - TheFabricator.com

Transforming structural cutting challenges into profit

January 27, 2011 | By Glenn Tatro

Cutting structural steel can pose an incredible challenge because of the different material types and shapes. This challenge is not an impossible task, however, and can be made much easier with the correct blade choice, proper machine operation, and thorough maintenance of the blade and machine.

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More arc-on, less arc-off - TheFabricator.com

More arc-on, less arc-off

January 27, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A North Georgia fabricator analyzes welder productivity and revamps its operations so that welders spend more time actually welding, and less time moving material and fixtures, as well as typing in data.

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Nucor announces new development in St. James Parish project

January 27, 2011

Nucor Corp. announced today that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality permit for its direct reduced iron making facility that will be located in St. James Parish. Issuance of the air permit will allow the company to begin the process of ordering equipment and...

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Detroit's United Metal Products receives loan assistance from federal program

January 27, 2011

United Metal Products, a Detroit metal stamping and forming business that primarily supplies the auto industry, received assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Council (MEDC) that allowed the company to secure loans totaling $2.6 million. The MEDC assistance came through $1.5 billion of...

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Otis selected for World Trade Center Transportation Hub

January 27, 2011

Otis Elevator Company is providing 21 elevators and 47 escalators to the World Trade Center Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Transportation Hub in lower Manhattan, New York. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. "Otis is proud to take part in the reconstruction at the World Trade Center,"...

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Press brake operators: The next generation - TheFabricator.com

Press brake operators: The next generation

January 27, 2011 | By John Kemp

It's a given that a skilled press brake operator is tough to find. But for entry level workers, what should shop managers be looking for?

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Fabricating of the third-generation kind - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating of the third-generation kind

January 27, 2011 | By Dan Davis

A commitment to a new sales strategy and a solid foundation of fabricating talent and capabilities helped Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Pa., weather the Great Recession. It's also put the company in a position to top its record year of 2008 within the next two to three years. That preparation and willingness to challenge the status quo within its own four walls are the reasons that Clark Metal Products has earned The FABRICATOR's 2011 Industry Award.

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A tall, tall order

January 26, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Did you listen to President Obama's State of the Union address? I didn't. As I have explained in years past, I prefer to read the transcript of the address first thing the morning after and form my own opinion, without being swayed by delivery; audience reactions (the transcript I read did indicate...

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Equipment manufacturers call for immediate bipartisan action on infrastructure, job creation

January 26, 2011

Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "Last night's State of the Union address was the first in more than a decade to address America's broken transportation system. To compete...

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HRB prices continue to rise

January 26, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 24 surged 7.4 percent to $553 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the fourth consecutive increase. The United States HRB spot price gained 5.7 percent to $851 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...

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Confirmation, tracking, and transparency

January 25, 2011 | By Tim Heston

If you’ve done this, you know that sinking feeling after you click the mouse. Last week I booked tickets to The FABRICATOR’s Leadership Summit, the 6th Annual Metal Matters, to take place in sunny Orlando, Fla. These days I’m probably not the only one who likes to think about warmer...

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Meeting the new EPA regulation head-on

January 25, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

On the wings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) efforts to control the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of hexavalent chromium, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gone one step further. By July 25, 2011, the agency requires that metal fabricators comply with...

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Kit comprises variety of pipe fitting tools

January 24, 2011

Sumner Mfg. offers the new Fit Kit 2- to 12-in. tool package, comprising a variety of pipe fitting tools. The kit contains four Fold-A-Jacks®; one 2- to 6-in. Ultra Clamp; one 2- to 6-in. Ultra Fit; one 5- to 12-in. Ultra Clamp; one 5- to 12-in. Ultra Fit; one each of the 2- to 4-in., 4- to...

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