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