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July 12, 2010
The JobshopLean2010 Conference will be held Sept. 7-9, 2010 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. This niche conference is focused on adapting and extending Lean as an overarching strategy specifically targeting high-mix, low-volume, small-to-medium manufacturers. "JobshopLean" recognizes...
July 9, 2010 | By Dan Davis
If you haven't read this opinion piece by Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel, you should probably check it out. In the editorial, Grove makes the point that the U.S. has outsourced not only tons of jobs to Asia, but also the ability to innovate. He thinks that manufacturing companies that grew and...
July 9, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson
Clayton Gould, product marketing manager of torch consumables at Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., discusses the five hand-held plasma consumable components, how they work with one another to achieve a successful cut, and what operators should look for when evaluating whether consumables require replacing.
July 9, 2010 | By Eric Lundin
Editor Eric Lundin recounts some of the product introductions and innovations seen at the TUBE expo in Düsseldorf, April 12-16, 2010.
July 9, 2010 | By George Winton
Whether a bending process starts with a cut length of tubular product or a coil, gravitational or torsional forces can lead to unwanted variations in the finished product. In the case of gravity, tube supports can counteract it; for torsion, it’s a matter of matching the coil’s output to the bender’s input.
July 8, 2010 | By Eric Lundin
The data continues to pile up, yet the result is inconclusive. Judging by GDP, the broadest measure of an economy’s output, the U.S. economy has been growing since the middle of 2009. The PMI, a manufacturing-related gauge developed by the Institute for Supply Management, has been greater than...
July 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston
The country continues to fret about unemployment. Millions want jobs, and millions of business owners want those people to have jobs so that they’ll buy products. Most business owners, though, don’t want to be the ones hiring. That’s where the government has stepped in. Of course, government...
July 8, 2010 | By Amy Hudson
Having a strategic marketing plan that reaches your customer base via all media channels, both traditional and the newer social media, can help take your business to the next level.
July 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis
Not many people who enter the welding profession think about their long-term career path. A certified welding inspector may be the next logical step for the right welder.
July 8, 2010 | By Shannon DeCamp
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is stepping up its efforts to enforce regulation compliance. A new agenda calls for more emphasis and resources geared toward enforcement tactics such as increasing inspections, penalties, and fines. Familiarizing yourself with some of OSHAís recent and planned actions will help you to better understand what is happening now and what to expect in the future.
July 8, 2010 | By Michael Stock
Fabricators looking to streamline bending should weigh all the options, from standalone press brakes to robotized brake cells and automated panel benders.
July 7, 2010
Yaskawa America Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has announced that its Motoman Robotics division, a manufacturer of robots and robotic automation systems, has executed an option agreement to secure property in Dayton for its new, 300,000-sq.-ft. office and production facility. The facility, which will serve...
July 7, 2010
JP Sales Co. Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced the appointment of Col. Dion J. King, U.S. Army retired, as vice president, strategy, for the new joint venture between CIGNYS, Saginaw, Mich., and Jay Industries Inc., Mansfield, Ohio. CIGNYS and Jay Industries have extensive metalworking and...
July 7, 2010
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that several hundred thousand pounds of its filler metals have already been consumed in the construction of 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) on the site of the former twin towers destroyed in the attack on...
July 7, 2010
K&S Tool, Die and Mfg. Inc., Ixonia, Wis., has added a Panasonic Perform Arc robotic weld cell to its welded assembly area. "The addition of automated capacity allows us to meet the growing needs and customer demand," said Kevin Mullen, vice president of manufacturing. "Welded assemblies...