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'It's all bad' (No, it isn't)

October 21, 2009

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Yesterday evening, I sat in a Jiffy Lube waiting room while my car was undergoing an emissions test—a requirement for tag renewal. A small, very old-school, rabbit-eared TV tuned to a local news station stood in the corner. As I attempted to wile away the time reading the latest but already...

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Logopress Corp. celebrates 20th anniversary at FABTECH 2009 with Solidworks Event, Lottery

October 21, 2009

Logopress Corp., Besancon, France, developer of Logopress3 Die Design software ,will celebrate its 20th anniversary, since it was founded in October, 1989. Along with its North American Distributor...

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Stalled equipment workers 'start things up' at Soldier Field

October 21, 2009

Start Us Up USA!, a nationwide grassroots campaign of the construction equipment industry and its allies, descended upon Chicago Oct. 20 with a rally of local business and labor leaders and...

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Federal Reserve survey sees housing, manufacturing improving

October 21, 2009

A Federal Reserve Beige Book survey released today found that housing and manufacturing are driving the early stages of the economic recovery.According to the survey, "many sectors" have either...

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Shh & Manufacturing is looking better

October 20, 2009

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Psssst. Hey & down here. I"m the headline about 20 column inches below the story about Balloon Boy. Keep looking down. Down. Just below that expose about Polanski. See me? Good. Don't tell anyone, but manufacturing's getting a bit better. In fact, manufacturing may be the thing that pulls...

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Resistance welding system enhanced with electrically operated linear servo actuators for improved weld pressure control

October 20, 2009

T.J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., now offers a resistance welding system with electrically operated linear servo actuators designed to eliminate problems associated with pneumatic systems.The...

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Otis wins contract for Seoul development

October 20, 2009

Farmington, Conn.-based Otis Elevator Co. has been awarded a contract from AIG Korean Real Estate Development YH to provide 125 elevators, escalators, and moving walkways for Internationa Finance...

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Laser-based inspection for laser welding

October 20, 2009

New developments in laser-based inspection systems offer tube and pipe mills real-time inspection of laser-welded seams. These systems can help to shorten setup time, improve weld quality, and reduce scrap.

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Metal forming companies expect leveling in business conditions, incoming orders during fourth quarter

October 19, 2009

According to the October 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a leveling in business conditions and incoming orders during the final...

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Keeping manufacturing competitive

October 15, 2009

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The perspective was unique, but the advice was familiar: Innovation is the key to remaining competitive on the world stage.That was the message manufacturing experts with deep knowledge of the global marketplace sent to attendees at the Competitive Manufacturing Strategies session of the Pan IIT...

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Mound Technologies wins $1.5 million contract from Army National Guard

October 15, 2009

Heartland Inc., a diversified company with businesses in steel warehousing and fabrication and petroleum retail and wholesale operations, today announced that Mound Technologies, Springboro, Ohio, its...

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Retirement? Maybe, maybe not

October 14, 2009

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I love online polls, especially those that allow takers to comment. There's a certain feeling of anonymity when you are sitting all alone in front of your computer screen that tends to make many of us more open when voicing our opinions through our keyboards. (Of course that same feeling of...

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HRB prices retreat

October 14, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Oct. 12 fell 1.1 percent to $609 per metric ton, FOB the mill, eight consecutive rises. The World export HRB price fell 1.5 percent...

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The power of walking away

October 13, 2009

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Talk of health reform has become frenzied in recent weeks. The latest compromises have bordered on desperation. We can't pursue the public option plan, to appease budget-weary politicians (and voters) and the insurance industry. We're uncomfortable about requiring everyone to buy...

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Workholding system's captured screw, dowel assemblies allow quick installation

October 13, 2009

Stevens Eng. Inc. and Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. have introduced the Unilock starter kit workholding system. The kit allows users to plug the components immediately into their production cell...

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