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Think females can't weld? Think again

March 10, 2009

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During World War II, many females filled work force roles in traditionally male occupations. After the war, most left these jobs, but that doesn't mean women are any less able to fill them. Experience has taught welding instructor Marty Rice that females make danged good welders.

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Laser Punch Machine

Before you buy: Considerations for turret punch press shoppers

March 10, 2009

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Making an intelligent, economically sound punch press purchasing decision requires careful consideration of many factors, including material size and thickness, material handling capabilities, part complexity and volume, and turret capacity. Take the time to accurately determine your needs. Is that great deal really a wise investment?

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It takes two, baby

March 10, 2009

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Hybrid laser-arc welding has been around for a while, but only recently has it gained steam, with more industries turning to the technology for a faster way to make components lighter with less heat input and minimal distortion while still maintaining part tolerance.

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'Greenergy'—the Next Big Thing

March 10, 2009

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Since the dot.com boom and bust, everyone from investors to manufacturers to geeks have been looking for The Next Big Thing.

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Too lean to cut

March 9, 2009

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From what shop owners tell me, the metal fabrication sector has had quite a ride during the past few months. It's hard to believe that in October at the FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, shop managers told me stories of strong business that, though not as good as in 2007, still...

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Greenville Tube launches redesigned Web site

March 9, 2009

Greenville Tube, a manufacturer of high-quality, small-diameter stainless steel and nickel alloy seamless and welded and drawn tubing, has announced the launch of its redesigned Web site at...

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U.S. machine tool demand falls to record low in January

March 9, 2009

Reuters reported that U.S. January machine tool demand fell 59.2 percent to a record low $94.95 million from $232.59 million in December, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors'...

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CMM Scanning System

Reducing CMM Scanning Time

March 9, 2009

A new high speed scanning system for coordinate measuring machines is achieving tremendous productivity gains. Manufacturers have retrofitted existing CMMs with the new Renscan5 system and infinite positioning REVO head from Renishaw and applied the system to speeding inspection on some of their more complex and time-consuming parts.

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end forming tools

Putting a few end forming basics to work

March 9, 2009

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Whether maintaining or changing the OD, knowing the basics of end forming—especially friction and lubrication—can help achieve a successful result.

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titanium energy demand

Titanium trends

March 9, 2009

Electricity demand grew an average of 15,000 megawatts per year from 1995 to 2006, and this trend will undoubtedly continue. The Energy Information Administration predicts that meeting future demands will require the equivalent of more than 20 new 500-MW power plants per year over the next 20 years or so. A critical component in power plant construction is titanium tubing, which is favored for its high strength and corrosion resistance.

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Roll forming

Continuous improvement for roll forming - Part II

March 9, 2009

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Continuous improvement and statistical process control are useful,time-tested techniques—they have been used since the 1950s—but their use must be tailored to specific applications. For example, atypical manufacturing metric is parts per minute, but many roll formers should measure feet per minute. This and other tips can help roll formers accurately evaluate their productivity and measure the impact of process improvements.

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Saving money on complex tube end forms

March 9, 2009

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"Cut costs, cut costs, cut costs" is a mantra that echoes from engineering cubicles to production floors in manufacturing companies far and wide.

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Hiring expectations down again in March

March 6, 2009

Hiring expectations in the manufacturing and service sectors' will continue to diminish in March as an already anemic labor market will provide fewer opportunities for job seekers, according to the...

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Hope in metal fabricating

March 5, 2009

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If metal fabricating is hard work, metal fabricators are working especially hard during these economic times. Matrix Metalcraft is no exception.The 25-person shop in Clinton Township, Mich., is working hard to chase down new business while the automotive industry remains moribund. The 9-year-old...

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Haphazardly throwing money away

March 4, 2009

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Several e-newsletters arrive in my inbox each week; I imagine the same is true for you. I don't always have time to read all of them as thoroughly as I'd like, but I do open them and scan to see if they contain something I need to make the time to read.The latest Occupational Health &...

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