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North American robot orders fall 21 percent in 2008

February 4, 2009

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), North American-based robotics companies reported that new orders sold to North American manufacturing companies fell by 21 percent in units and...

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NAM endorses Secretary of Commerce nominee

February 3, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as Secretary of Commerce, calling Gregg a "champion of manufacturing who...

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A not-so-good Year of the Ox

February 2, 2009

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This Chinese New Year wasn"t the rosiest for many folks on the other side of the planet. According to reports, Chinese exports were down 2.8 percent in December from the previous year--a significant number, considering the amount China exports. The country"s GDP grew 13 percent in 2007, but was...

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Multipress line provides flexibility

February 2, 2009

AP&T, a supplier of automation, hydraulic presses, tools, and production lines to the sheet metal industry, has provided an automotive industry supplier with a three-press line that offers enhanced...

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Press hardening system makes material up to three times stronger than standard steel

February 2, 2009

AP&T, a supplier of automation, hydraulic presses, tools, and production lines to the sheet metal industry, has delivered a press hardening system to China's Baosteel. According to the company, the...

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AP&T announces personnel changes

February 2, 2009

Monroe, N.C.-based AP&T, a supplier of automation, hydraulic presses, tools, and production lines to the sheet metal industry, has announced personnel changes.After a six-month interim term, Adam...

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Triumph Tube to open new manufacturing facility in South Carolina

February 2, 2009

The South Carolina Department of Commerce, Orangeburg County Development Commission, and the Central S.C. Alliance have announced that Triumph Tube Inc., a manufacturer in the drawn tube industry,...

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Lincoln Electric announces cost-saving measures

February 2, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. today announced actions to lower its fixed and variable cost structure to align its business with the current economic environment. These measures include the...

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Dimensioning in a 3-D CAD system

February 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains that preparing a 3-D CAD model without dimensions may look great, but it doesn't really do anybody any good. For example, a 3-D CAD model with dimensions helps quality control inspectors.

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Unemployment—By the numbers

January 30, 2009

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The newspaper headlines are getting somewhat repetitive nowadays, unless you"re lucky enough to live in a state where the governor is being impeached. Layoffs here and layoffs there&mdashcompanies are shedding jobs like a politician sheds campaign promises.But an interesting thing caught my eye as...

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Labor shortage - Point/Counterpoint

January 29, 2009

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If you subscribe to the "Welding Wire" e-newsletter, you may have seen the comments in the January issue from a seasoned metalworker who questions whether the much proclaimed skilled-labor shortage really exists. His comments drew responses from those who wholeheartedly agreed with what he had to...

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Randolph Tool purchases National Knife and Service Grinding

January 29, 2009

Randolph Tool Co., Hartville, Ohio, has purchased National Knife Co. and Service Grinding Co., Berea, Ohio.Randolph Tool has specialized in the manufacturing and sharpening of industrial knives and...

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Durable goods orders down fifth straight month

January 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that new orders for durable goods fell by 2.6 percent in December, a larger decline than the 2 percent economists had forecast.December's decline marked...

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Being lean pays in a recession

January 28, 2009

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I spoke with a stamper last week who found one of the few areas for growth in this economy: takeover work. Jim Schwartz, general manager of marketing at Eagle Wings Industries, Rantoul, Ill., recently implemented magnetic die clamping, a technology that has allowed the company to take on new work...

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Adjustable V-die added to line of rotational lower dies

January 28, 2009

Fab Supply Inc., Addison, Ill., has added the adjustable RVP3 Rolla-V die to its patented line of rotational lower dies. The adjustable design of the RVP3 enables the tool to achieve bend angles from...

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