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Fabricators: Servants to their customers

October 9, 2009

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Today's thoughts are inspired by a question posted on the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's group discussion board on LinkedIn. Cecilia Allison, vice president of finance, K & S Tool, Die & Manufacturing Inc.: "OEMs are great at demanding service and charging the supplier if their...

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Fertilizer for job growth?

October 8, 2009

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A few days ago, my fellow blogger, Eric Lundin, wrote a post entitled " Too little, too late," in which he discussed U.S. pipe producers asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose duties on steel pipe imported from China.Eric shed light on the snail's pace at which the legal process...

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Design, build, troubleshoot

October 8, 2009

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When a quality stamped product is needed, operating as a team, communication and a solid understanding of the plan is paramount in efficiently producing a stamping die. The three critical phases of producing a capable stamping die are design, build (manufacture) and troubleshooting. Each phase is intertwined and dependent on one another. A design review is an excellent opportunity to develop a plan and review the construction and manufacturing methods that are going to be used to make the components. Ultimately, the challenge is to have gained a profit for your company and produced a stamping die of superior quality.

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Magnetic quick die change system introduced

October 8, 2009

Hilma, Ellisville, Mo., has introduced the M-TECS magnetic quick die change system.The system clamps existing dies without retooling. The clamping force is evenly distributed, which reduces tool...

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Mitsubishi EDM partners with Oakland Community College

October 8, 2009

Mitsubishi EDM has announced a new partnership with the Advanced Technology Center of Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills campus. A new Mitsubishi FA20S Advanced Wire EDM is being installed under...

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shoulderbolt precision

Bedeviled with the details

October 8, 2009

Columnist Gerald Davis shows readers how to deliver just enough detail for visualization in a 3-D drawing, not for manufacturing.

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bending pressbrake greiner

A giant among machines

October 8, 2009

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Greiner specializes in structural steel and heavy plate fabrication. It does work for power plants and the mining industry. In the 33 years the company has been in business, it has done structural steel jobs in an industry where the work always seems to be getting larger and heavier. It recently installed a 40-ft.-long press brake that weighs more than 800,000 lbs.

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Mind the gap

October 7, 2009

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I felt a stabbing pain when I saw the headline (A Threat to Global Recovery: Too Many Factories), and it got worse when I saw the name of the publication (Time). Call me skeptical, but I think mainstream journalists understand manufacturing as well as politicians do. I went ahead and read the...

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glastender fabricating fast turnaround

Raising the bar, one sink at a time

October 7, 2009

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Glastender, a food service products manufacturer, takes bold moves and expands during this historic economic downturn.

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Detroit Tool Metal Products to receive Senate Appropriation Committee funding

October 7, 2009

Detroit Tool Metal Products (DTMP), Lebanon, Mo., has announced that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $2 million in funding to develop an improved manufacturing process for the...

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From buying Cristal to being cheap

October 5, 2009

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It's 2005. A group of investment bankers visit a dimly lit New York club. One banker in his 20s makes more than a million a year packaging mortgages and sending them on to the big Wall Street firms. Two waiters arrive carrying four champagne bottles each with tiny sparklers. Everyone turns to...

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Thinking outside the press brake

October 5, 2009

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Automating bending with a press brake tied to a robot isn't the only option. Panel benders and folding technologies have evolved to handle more parts and various lot sizes.

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ESAB appoints president – CEO, North America

October 5, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced the appointment of Andrew Masterman as president and chief executive officer of ESAB North America, effective August 17, 2009. Masterman is based in...

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Wintriss Controls agrees to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls

October 5, 2009

Wintriss Controls Group LLC has agreed to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls led by the current management team of Mark Hatch, Dick LaBelle, Andy Baker, Ashok Bhide and Dawn Whelpley. The transaction...

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Too little, too late

October 2, 2009

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If you've been following the news and reading about U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, you're well aware that it's a puzzle with many pieces. This bit of news was a real eye-opener: Two pipe producers asked the Commerce Department to impose duties up to 90 percent on some categories of steel pipe...

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