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Welding in top 10

January 6, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

December's "Welding Wire" e-newsletter featured an item about the book "Closing America's Job Gap" that describes new jobs being shaped by innovations in science and technology and how people need to learn "new skills" to attain these jobs. In this book, University of California San Diego...

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Manufacturing to add jobs in January, but pace will follow slow-growth pattern

January 6, 2011

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing and services in January, but the pace will follow a recent slow-growth pattern, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2011. The...

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Industry leaders to deliver keynote sessions at Metal Matters 2011 conference

January 4, 2011

Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering tactics to implement for business growth and operation improvement and the state of U.S. manufacturing, highlight The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters March 2-4. Keynote presentations will be delivered by Dan DiMicco,...

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New year, next generation

January 3, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Tacking yet another new calendar to the wall makes me feel, well, old, and that in turn makes me think about the next generation. Judging by chats with readers in recent weeks, I’m not the only one. It’s no secret that manufacturing has a graying work force. Even during tough times, metal...

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ISM December ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

January 3, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Jan. 3 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Hydro Aluminum names new operations manager, central region

January 3, 2011

Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion North America unit, Monett, Mo., has appointed Robert Sharpe as operations manager for its central region. He joined Hydro in 2009 as one of the central region's territory sales managers. Sharpe has more than 13 years of experience managing large teams while increasing...

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Turnkey laser system delivered with choice of industrial Nd: YAG, CO2, or fiber laser - TheFabricator.com

Turnkey laser system delivered with choice of industrial Nd: YAG, CO2, or fiber laser

January 3, 2011

Prima North America Inc. has introduced the Laserdyne 430 three-axis laser system designed for precision cutting, welding, and drilling of 2-D and 3-D components. The system is currently available with a fourth rotary/circular axis option, and a fifth tilt axis will be available in 2011. The...

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FMA's leadership conference to offer business growth knowledge to metal fabricators

January 3, 2011

Metal fabricators will receive knowledge, skill development, inspirational ideas, and networking opportunities designed to improve operations and build strategic partnerships for business growth at The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters, March 2-4 at Disney’s BoardWalk...

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Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced - TheFabricator.com

Medium-capacity range multipurpose robot introduced

January 3, 2011

ABB Robotics has introduced the new IRB 2600, the latest model in its medium-capacity range of multipurpose robots. It features a compact design, an ultrawide working envelope, a payload capacity up to 44.09 lbs., and a total arm weight of less than 661.39 lbs. Suitable for arc welding...

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AIDA-America launches new Web site - TheFabricator.com

AIDA-America launches new Web site

January 3, 2011

AIDA-America, Dayton, Ohio, has launched an updated and redesigned Web site at www.aida-global.com. The new site features intuitive navigation, information on the company's products and services, contact information for the company's global group branches, and information on the metal forming...

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LENOX Mfg. plant earns OSHA Star - TheFabricator.com

LENOX Mfg. plant earns OSHA Star

January 3, 2011

LENOX®, a manufacturer of power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder, and band saw blades in East Longmeadow, Mass., has been recertified for an additional five years in OSHA's Star Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The company has maintained this certification for 10 years....

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Sheet metal apprentice competition to include more than 325 participants

January 3, 2011

More than 325 sheet metal apprentices and their families will go to Las Vegas March 6-10 to take part in the Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, which allows apprentices from the U.S. and Canada to demonstrate their skills. The competition is hosted by the International Training Institute...

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Angle roll has 6-in. pipe, 6-in. bending capacity - TheFabricator.com

Angle roll has 6-in. pipe, 6-in. bending capacity

January 3, 2011

Carell Corp. has introduced the 310HV4 angle roll with 6-in. pipe and 6-in. angle bending capacity. The three-driven-roll, double-initial-pinch, fully hydraulic universal roll bending machine has independent hydraulic adjustment of both lower bending rolls and hydraulic powered rotation of all...

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Robot cable line expanded

January 3, 2011

Twistable hybrid, bus, motor, and fiber-optic cables have been added by igus® to its torsion-resistant Chainflex® robot cable range. The line includes five with a PUR outer jacket. CF-Robot 9 is a hybrid control cable that is available shielded or unshielded. CF-Robot 8 is a shielded bus cable,...

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Thermally conductive silicone encapsulant designed for high-heat dissipation applications - TheFabricator.com

Thermally conductive silicone encapsulant designed for high-heat dissipation applications

January 3, 2011

Lord Corp. has announced the availability of a new thermally conductive silicone encapsulant. Designed for encapsulation applications in which high heat dissipation is required, SC-305 is a two-component silicone system. Suitable for LED lighting power supply encapsulation, the encapsulant can...

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