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FABTECH keynote presentations to address how manufacturers can compete better in the global marketplace and unpredictable economy

August 9, 2010

In today's competitive global marketplace and unpredictable economy, manufacturers must seek ways to survive and thrive. Two keynote presentations at FABTECH 2010 Nov. 2 - 4 in Atlanta — one on diversification and another on sustainable manufacturing practices — will provide knowledge...

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DIEVESTIGATION: Diemaking, from concept to reality

August 9, 2010 | By Art Hedrick

Just what is involved in die building? Whether you are a die builder or a stamping company that uses dies, this overview can help you understand the many steps required to take a die from concept to production.

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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring expectations in manufacturing increase, planned layoffs decline in August

August 9, 2010

According to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2010, the manufacturing hiring index improved in August on a year-over-year basis by a net of 26.2 points (a net of 37.2 percent of companies will hire in August,...

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Green evolution

August 6, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

I read Vicki Bell’s blog on green job opportunities and, frankly, wasn’t all that surprised to learn that this is still a small niche. While it’s encouraging that green awareness has taken hold and green jobs are out there, it’s a little disheartening that it has taken this long....

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Press selection—sorting it out Part V

August 6, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Matching Press Characteristics to Your Applications The following questions–and their answers, provided by industry equipment manufacturers and experts–are intended as a general guide to help you simplify the daunting task of selecting a press or press system. 5. So, Which Press Type is Best...

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Largest change in our economy since the industrial revolution?

August 4, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Is there a day that goes by that some politician somewhere doesn't mention green jobs as a possible lifeline for the economy? If not the national economy, maybe a state's or city's? Many politicians are touting and campaigning on green job creation. I was reminded of this by an item on WCCO, St....

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VIII - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part VIII

August 4, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues his work of locating features in the context of the top level assembly.

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Creating the path to profitable growth - TheFabricator

Creating the path to profitable growth

August 4, 2010 | By Joe Mayer

A metal fabricating company that knows its unique sales proposition, whom it serves, and their values knows the key to profitability. Everything flows from that knowledge.

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Eliminating slag time in plasma cutting - TheFabricator

Eliminating slag time in plasma cutting

August 4, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Vac-Con, a Green Cove Springs, Fla.-based maker of sewer cleaning vehicles, regularly participates in continuous improvement programs to identify opportunities for increased efficiency on the shop floor. As part of one exercise, the manufacturer invested in an automated grinding machine, which helped to reduce labor costs and improve part quality.

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Automatic orbital welding simplified - TheFabricator

Automatic orbital welding simplified

August 4, 2010 | By John Glessman

Automatic orbital gas tungsten arc welding is used in a variety of industries in which maximum leak integrity, high performance, or ultra-cleanliness is important. Automatic orbital welding provides enhanced precision and reliability compared to manual techniques. Small, portable inverter power supplies, advanced control systems, and other advancements have made orbital welding systems practical for a range of applications.

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Making the case for robotic welding - TheFabricator

Making the case for robotic welding

August 4, 2010 | By Mike Jacobsen

Looking at labor savings is only one factor to consider if a fabricator is going to prepare a formal cost justification case for a robotic welding cell.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I stop die wrecks that occur even with sensors in use?

August 4, 2010 | By Thomas Vacca

Even with many styles of sensors on a progressive die, die wrecks continue to occur. Addressing potential miss hits during the design stage, and using proximity sensors in careful, deliberate ways, can help control the problem.

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Rethinking weld shielding gas selection - TheFabricator

Rethinking weld shielding gas selection

August 4, 2010 | By Dan Davis, Nathan Moyer

When it comes to selecting shielding gases for certain welding processes, welders need to challenge their old-school thinking.

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Can lean manufacturing work in the job shop? - TheFabricator

Can lean manufacturing work in the job shop?

August 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Lean manufacturing has origins in the low-mix, high-volume world. But many job shops have successfully adapted the methodology to the high-mix, low-volume world. The key is to focus on operational commonalities.

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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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