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Nucor signs memorandum of understanding for joint venture with Duferco

January 10, 2008

Nucor Corp. has announced that is has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Duferco Group (Lugano, Switzerland) to establish a 50/50 joint venture to produce beams in Italy and distribute...

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Filling a need

January 9, 2008

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Can you remember a time without wheelchairs? Probably not. According to wheelchairnet.org, the earliest found image of a wheelchair is incised in stone on a 6th century Chinese sarcophagus. In the 16th century, King Philip II of Spain used an elaborate rolling chair with movable arm and leg rests....

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The sweet smell of community

January 8, 2008

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The word global and all its derivations are everywhere. Saying a business is a global company may make a good marketing sound bite, but think about it: If your community is home to a company that calls itself a "global enterprise," would you really care? For instance, I grew up about an...

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Looking back at 2007

January 4, 2008

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I just got back from an extended holiday break. My mind is still in holiday mode, and my stomach is in commode modetossing around like it"s being flushed.Being that I"m not altogether here as I start 2008, let"s look back on an exciting 2007. Here are my Top 10 favorite memories from the past...

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Imagining the new for 2008

January 3, 2008

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Everyone who works at Tampa Sheet Metal Co. has a riverboat to thank. Yes, a riverboat.During the early 1900s, Augusta Jiretz, looking out the window of her room in a waterfront hotel, saw a riverboat that reminded her of home, Hamburg, Germany. That was enough for Augusta and her husband, John, a...

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II-VI acquires majority interest in HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH

January 3, 2008

II-VI Inc., Saxonburg, Pa., has announced that it has completed its acquisition of a 74.9 percent equity interest in HIGHYAG Lasertechnologie GmbH in exchange for cash as previously announced in a...

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Essential CAD: A starting point

January 1, 2008

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Before a company purchases a CAD software package, the management team should start with a list of priorities that it expects the software to address. Of course, these priorities should be tailored to the company's mission. It's also important to keep in mind some of the basics of the virtual design world before the actual purchase takes place.

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Don't mention the 'r' word

December 20, 2007

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I went to see my family"s financial adviser on Monday. My wife has some cash left over from a flexible spending account that was set up to pay for my son"s braces. She wants to roll the cash into a 403(b), sort of a 401(k) for teachers, because she wants something to supplement her pension, which...

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A new kind of craftsperson for the job shop

December 18, 2007

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Dan Andersen graduated in 1992, trained as a robotics technician, only to find himself a few years later at Louis Industries, which at the time specialized in sheet metal cutting; no robotsjust flat-sheet processing, period.I didn"t grow up running a press brake, running the plasma cutter,...

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Airing of the grievances

December 14, 2007

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Dec. 23 is fast approaching. That means Festivus is upon us.Of course, this is the unholiday. It is derived from a 1997 Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza"s dad, Frank, introduces the holiday he invented as a sort of protest against the commercialization of Christmas. The symbol of the...

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Educators, listen up

December 13, 2007

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Much has been said and written about the skilled labor shortage, yet it remains an issue that plagues manufacturers across the U.S. and the rest of the world.Skill comes from training and experience. It begins when an individual is exposed to a craft, develops an interest, and decides to pursue the...

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HRB spot steel prices mainly up

December 13, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Dec. 10 surged 1.8 percent to $606 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the third consecutive rise. The world export HRB...

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Keep on humming

December 11, 2007

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At the recent In-Tech 2007 open house at TRUMPF"s facility in Swabia, Germany, BusinessWeek and the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that "machine manufacturing has recorded its fourth boom year in a row. Companies are operating at full capacity and want to invest ... But a shadow lay over...

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Leveler machine

New generation of levelers tames high-strength steels

December 11, 2007

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A new generation of levelers is equipped to meet today's demands to flatten the high-strength materials.used more prevalently in the automotive industry than ever. To tame the coil set, crossbow, twist, and edge camber in high-strength steel (HSS) coil, higher leveling forces and new concepts are needed.

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Primary flux

Optimizing a single probe, gap-tolerant, double sheet detector system

December 11, 2007

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Detecting the presence of two sheets in a press feeding operation uses scientific principles, but the process is not an exact science. A typical press-feeding situation involves an air gap between the detector and the first sheet in the stack or an air gap between the top two sheets, and these air gaps reduce the detector's effectiveness. Understanding the capabilities of the detector and the limitations imposed by imperfect conditions can help stampers set up an effective double-sheet detector system.

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