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LB Steel assumes ownership of Topeka Metal Specialties

July 24, 2007

LB Steel LLC, Chicago, has assumed ownership of Topeka Metal Specialties Inc., Topeka, Kan.The Topeka facility will retain its name and 70 employees, gradually adding 130 positions in the next year...

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De-Sta-Co announces appointments, promotions

July 24, 2007

De-Sta-Co, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced four staff appointments. The company, which designs and manufactures clamping, gripping, transfer, and robotic tooling products, has promoted Steve ...

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Hypertherm hires new district sales manager

July 24, 2007

Hypertherm Inc., Hanover, N.H., has added Thomas Hanchette to its North American sales team.Hanchette supports the company's distributors in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado, and Iowa. He ...

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Prima names North American president

July 24, 2007

Prima North America Inc., Champlin, Minn., the North American subsidiary of Prima Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has named Terry L. VanderWert as president. He replaces Paolo Cigna, who continues to...

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SSI appoints VP of sales

July 24, 2007

Service Stampings Inc. (SSI), Willoughby, Ohio, has appointed Rob Stohlman as vice president of sales. Stohlman expands the company's business partnerships in the metal fabricating and small-lot...

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NAM becomes industry partner to FABTECH & AWS Show

July 19, 2007

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has joined as an Industry Partner with the FABTECH International and American Welding Society (AWS) Welding Show to be held at McCormick Place in...

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HRB spot steel prices continue downward trend

July 12, 2007

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for July 9 dropped 1.9 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill for the sixth consecutive time. The world export HRB...

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Flow appoints new CEO

July 11, 2007

Flow International Corp., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet technology, has appointed Charles "Charley" Brown as the company's new chief executive officer, effective upon the retirement of...

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Vicking 41 mini baja

Let 'er rip

July 10, 2007

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Bob Hollingsworth, a member of Practical Welding Today's advisory board, details the journey of the 2006 Western Washington University Mini Baja vehicle fabrication team and their quest to build a winning off-road, student-designed racing machine.

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Mechanical presses primed for powerful performances

July 10, 2007

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Metal stampers are using more high-strength steel, which is more difficult to form, requires more tooling stations, and more press tonnage. As a result, stampers are moving away from traditional production methods and investing in presses with higher tonnage capacity and larger beds.

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Saw loader

Better safe than saw awry

July 10, 2007

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When a machine operator cut a bundle of barstock open to load into a saw, the bands popped, moving the blocks that were put there to safely contain the bars. The bars fell on the operator's foot and trapped it. Not wanting to duplicate that nightmare, engineers at Kirsan Engineering, Kenosha, Wis., set about to create a method of loading barstock that relied on lift trucks, not cranes.

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Packaging finished stampings

July 10, 2007

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Proper packaging is an essential part of the manufacturing process that often is overlooked. For stampers who outsource final part finishing, it is an even greater concern. This article explains why proper packaging is so important and gives several options for keeping part quality intact during shipping.

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Stainless steel appliances

Keeping stainless flawless for appliance stamping, fabrication

July 10, 2007

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Before stainless steel is stamped, bent or folded, and fabricated into an appliance, stampers, other fabricators and coil processors need to do damage control as they process stainless steel coil through 7 damage-danger zones.

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The invisible risks of welding

July 10, 2007

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Welders who ignore healthy work practices today are putting their long-term health in jeopardy. Being aware of some of the less obvious health hazards can help to ensure healthy living later in life.

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Lifestyle trends expand use of lasers, ALAW presenters say

July 10, 2007

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ALAW 2007 was held April 17 to 19, in Plymouth, Mich. The second two days of the conference focused on laser technology in automotive research and applications and were geared mostly to manufacturing, production, product design, and R&D engineers.Societal demands driving greater dependence on laser technology are energy and environmental concerns, as well as customization.

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