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Ford Germany implements AutoForm software for part feasibility

November 9, 2004

AutoForm has announced that Ford is the first automotive OEM in Germany to implement its AutoForm-OneStep and AutoForm-DieDesigner software for stamping feasibility analysis early in the product...

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AGA offers free hot-dip galvanizing seminars

November 9, 2004

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has announced the availability of its free Galvanize It!seminar on hot-dip galvanizing for corrosion protection.Available in one-, two-, and four-hour...

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Timken names director, automotive strategy development

November 9, 2004

The Timken Co. has hired Kenneth L. Hopkins as director of automotive strategy development. He is responsible for developing the long-term strategy for the company's global Automotive Group.An...

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TRUMPF training certified as IACET CEU provider

November 9, 2004

TRUMPF Inc.'s customer training programs now are certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Attendees will receive continuing education units (CEUs)...

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Survivair, Willson consolidate respirator lines

November 9, 2004

Survivair® and Willson®, divisions of Bacou-Dalloz™, have announced the consolidation of their respirator lines in the Americas.Reusable respirators now will be offered under only the...

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Roll-Kraft increases production capability

November 9, 2004

Roll-Kraft has increased production capability by adding a second electrical discharge machine (EDM). The wire machine cuts materials used in the production of roll tooling and the company's auxiliary...

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Honda expansion to create 600 jobs across three states

November 9, 2004

Honda has announced plans to build a $100 million plant in the city of Tallapoosa, Ga., 40 miles west of Atlanta, to produce automatic transmissions as part of a broader North American powertrain...

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U.S. manufacturing – A look at the future work force and its needs

November 9, 2004

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When I entered the manufacturing work force more than 34 years ago, the work environment, work force, and the future of U.S. manufacturing looked a whole lot different.

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Weld repair—Analyze the failure before attempting the repair

November 9, 2004

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When something breaks, you acknowledge the shock, scratch your head, take stock of the situation, and look for the fastest way to repair the item and put it back into operation. The pressure to repair quickly is understandable, but common sense suggests stopping for a moment and trying to understand what caused the break before attempting the repair.

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A tribute to veterans

November 9, 2004

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Editor's Note: The U.S. remembers its armed forces' veterans twice each year— Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November. In this article, Marty Rice, a reader-favorite author on thefabricator.com, pays tribute to veterans and describes how one metal sculptor chose to represent an important part of a serviceman's or — woman's life.

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Pay Attention! To safety

November 9, 2004

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Boredom may not appear to be a significant obstacle to a safe workplace, but the problem is that boredom usually translates into poor retention and learning. Workers who are bored by the safety training programs don't learn as well as those who find their training programs interesting and exciting. Failure to retain safety education material can make all the difference on the shop floor or out at the job site.

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The meeting of the manufacturers

November 9, 2004

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A new organization in Rockford, Ill., thinks job shops working together
is a MARRVelousidea.

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Managing Success: The value of rewards

November 9, 2004

Editor's Note: This column was prepared by the staff of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit organization that helps small and midsized businesses create better work environments.Employee reward programs can be a great way to motivate staff. If set up correctly, they are a win/win proposition that...

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On the road again

November 9, 2004

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Contract manufacturer Morton Metalcraft talks about how it faces challenges in fabricating weldments and assemblies for heavy-duty equipment, including ramping up after a slowdown—with machines, manpower, and material, and revising material flow.

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Selecting a tube cutting process

November 9, 2004

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Tube fabricators use a variety of methods—sawing, lathe cutting, rotary cutting, supported shear cutting, dual-blade shear cutting, and laser cutting—to cut tubing from mill lengths into shorter pieces for use in final fabrication. No single method is optimal for cutting the broad range of tubular materials and tubular shapes produced by this industry.

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