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The world needs customers

August 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

“What the world lacks is willing customers, not willing workers.” That statement in this week’s The Economist magazine may be one of the most insightful among all the worried economic chatter in the media these days. The magazine’s cover story this week covers the woes of the Chinese...

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ISM July ROB: New orders, production, employment, and inventories growing; supplier deliveries slowing

August 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 15th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Caterpillar to build factory in Winston-Salem, N.C., add 392 jobs

August 2, 2010

As reported on newsobserver.com, Caterpillar is building a $426 million manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, N.C., to assemble parts for large mining trucks. The new plant is expected to create 392 jobs over the next five years. State officials have voted to award Caterpillar incentives worth up...

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Lights, camera, lean--recording manufacturing efficiency

July 30, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Nexteer Automotive uses sports video software to track machine, part, and worker movement. During the past few years, the technology has been integral to Nexteer's lean-manufacturing initiatives.

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Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business - TheFabricator

Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business

July 30, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Streamlining bending operations at a Chicago area fabricator was instrumental in the company's lean manufacturing efforts. Batch sizes and lead-times both have plummeted in recent years.

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Progress in punching

July 30, 2010 | By Mike Kroll

Today's turret punch presses do more than simply punch holes. They can form shapes beneath the sheet, perform shear-quality cuts, and actually deburr edges. And that's just scratching the surface of the equipment's capabilities.

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Is it time for the small-business initiative?

July 29, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

A small-business initiative working its way through Congress has been making headlines lately. It has the potential to provide $30 billion in new capital for community banks, which would use it as a foundation for lending to small and medium-sized businesses. Whether lawmakers will pass the bill is...

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Time's a wastin

July 28, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

As noted in a speech by John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers — posted on YouTube July 26 — NAM appreciates the fact that the House is spending the last week of July talking about the manufacturing economy, "but it's not enough … it's simply not enough."...

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HRB prices down 5.5 percent in U.S., up elsewhere

July 28, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for July 26 fell 5.5 percent to $637 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price was up 0.4 percent to $678 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.2 percent), ex-works, after four...

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Cost-cutting here to stay

July 26, 2010 | By Tim Heston

“Caterpillar flaunts its muscle.” You’ve got to admit, that’s a great headline. After reading the story in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, I thought back to a blog I wrote while sitting in the Las Vegas expo center’s coffee shop (which happened to have good Internet access), about 200...

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800-amp plasma system cuts thick, thin metal without need to switch torches

July 26, 2010

Hypertherm has announced the availability of a new 800-amp HyPerformance® plasma system for cutting thick stainless steel and aluminum. In addition to its ability to production-pierce 3-in. and sever 6.25-in.-thick metal, the system cuts thin metal — including gauge — without the...

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Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary - TheFabricator

Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary

July 26, 2010

On July 1, Jorgensen Conveyors celebrated its 60th year in business. Founded in 1950 by Charles T. Jorgensen and his wife Evelyn, the company is currently owned and operated by Chuck and John D’Amico, third-generation descendent grandchildren of the founders. Located in a 100,000-sq.-ft....

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Nanofiber dust collector filter has MERV 14 efficiency rating

July 26, 2010

A new HemiPleat® nanofiber dust collector filter is offered by Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control. The manufacturer applies a thick layer of nanofibers to the surface of the patented HemiPleat filter, yielding a MERV 14 efficiency rating. The nanomedia is strong enough to handle dust from...

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Marmon/Keystone recognizes quality suppliers

July 26, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., a distributor of tubular products, recently held its Supplier Recognition Day at the Butler Country Club. More than 60 multinational supplier representatives from 36 qualifying companies participated in the activities. The company presented the perfect performance...

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Permanent magnets lift up to 10,000 lbs. of steel, iron

July 26, 2010

Eriez’ SafeHold® permanent lifting magnets allow manufacturers to lift, pile, and transfer up to 10,000 lbs. of steel and iron of any weight and shape without slings, hooks, or cables. The magnets are available in four styles. The APL series is designed to handle steel in limited-access...

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