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The evolution of turret punch press processing

October 4, 2010 | By Lloyd Keller

Improvements in turret punch presses have increased their capabilities and eliminated the need for many secondary operations. These improvements, which include automation options and the ability to perform contour cutting, tapping, and other processes, make these systems viable alternatives to laser machines.

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty? - TheFabricator.com

Welding guns 101: light- or heavy-duty?

October 4, 2010 | By David Bellamy

From tacking operations that require short arc-on times to completing long, continuous welds on thick plate, the welding gun needs to offer the appropriate welding capacity for the job.

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New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering - TheFabricator.com

New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering

October 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.

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A rundown on rolling machines - TheFabricator.com

A rundown on rolling machines

October 4, 2010 | By David Donnell

A metal fabricator needs to know what it will be bending before truly being able to specify what type of plate or sheet roll bending machine it needs.

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The fabricator's apprentice

September 29, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday I ran across an item about a U.K. company, Ladbrook Engineering, that has taken on its first apprentice in 20 years. In an article published on cambridgenetwork.co.uk, Ladbrook's Manufacturing Director Paul Goodman is quoted as saying, "Capable and experienced engineers are very difficult...

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HRB prices stumble — World up 1.3 percent; Western Europe flat; U.S. down 1.1 percent; China down 2.2 percent

September 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for September 27 rose 1.3 percent to $623 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fifth consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price stayed flat at $692 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 4.5 percent), exworks, after rising two weeks...

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L.B. Foster awarded $10 million Brooklyn Bridge contract

September 29, 2010

L.B. Foster Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., is providing new roadway decking and bridge railing for the Brooklyn and Manhattan approach ramps to the famed Brooklyn Bridge. The $10 million contract will include more than 170,000 square feet of steel grid deck and 13,000 linear feet of steel railing. These...

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FABTECH to feature three fully-functional stamping lines

September 28, 2010

Three fully-functional, state-of-the-art stamping lines will be featured in action at the booths of AIDA, SEYI, and Stamtec in the METALFORM Technology Area of the 2010 FABTECH show in Atlanta, Nov. 2 - 4. The AIDA line (booth 1509) will display a 110-ton gap-frame servo press along with a Coe...

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New law extends bonus depreciation and increased expensing for 2010

September 28, 2010

President Obama signed into law Sept. 27 the "Small Business Jobs and Credit Act," H.R. 5297, which allows businesses of all sizes to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of depreciable property purchased and placed in service anytime during 2010. This prevision is a temporary extension of...

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GM's Indy plant caught up in UAW pay battle

September 28, 2010

The Detroit News has reported that a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis has become a battleground pitting rank-and file UAW members against top union officials over whether autoworkers should accept pay cuts to save jobs and keep factories open. JD Norman Industries Inc. of Addison,...

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Steel Dynamics to buy joist-making assets from Commercial Metals Co.

September 28, 2010

Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has agreed to acquire from affiliates of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), certain facilities and assets of CMC's former steel-joist manufacturing operations. These assets will become a part of SDI's wholly owned subsidiary, New Millennium Building...

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Shifting, not reducing, the tax burden

September 27, 2010 | By Tim Heston

The more rhetoric I hear this election season, the more I’m reminded just how little the government can do to fix the economy in the short term. It can pour money into shovel-ready projects, but those don’t seem to be long-term fixes, and they won’t right the ship in time for the midterm...

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Panasonic Factory Solutions moves to new facilities

September 27, 2010

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America has moved into a new, dedicated demonstration and training facility in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and offices in nearby Rolling Meadows, Ill. The custom showroom will host demonstrations for electronics assembly, microelectronics, and welding and robotics in...

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Compact parallel grippers can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths

September 27, 2010

PHD has announced the release of the series GRA gripper. The compact, precision gripper, available in four sizes, can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths. Its slim design allows ample space for stacking grippers in confined areas.The factory-set jaw guide system helps minimize...

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