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Don't forget the fixturing

August 1, 2009

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Don't forget a component of the system sometimes can dictate whether a robotic welding integration succeeds or fails: the fixturing.

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Bending nonround tubing

August 1, 2009

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While bending round tube and pipe involves many variables and challenges, the difficulties in bending nonround shapes are more numerous and complicated. Among the most common shapes are square, rectangular, and oval (elliptical and flat-sided). None react to the bending force in the same way that round shapes do, so understanding how the material reacts is the first step in learning about bending nonrounds.

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How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three

August 1, 2009

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With GM and Chrysler both undergoing bankruptcy restructuring procedures, the North American automotive industry of late 2009 and beyond will be forever different from that which preceded it.The Detroit Three that emerge from this crisis will be smaller but infinitely more focused. GM has...

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Warm forming aluminum magnesium components

August 1, 2009

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Warm forming, or forming material heated in the 200-degree-C to 500-degree-C range, offers dramatic improvement in forming properties over room temperature forming for many aluminum or magnesium alloys—without exotic heat sources or tooling.

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Let us know you're a winner

July 30, 2009

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I talked with a metal fabricator this week that installed a precision punch press with a six-station tapping unit about four years ago. The turret punch has been working hard the past several years, but the company finally has gotten around to working with the tapping unit. It"s incredible how big...

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Enhanced CAD/CAM nesting software facilitates use of irregular-shaped sheets, plates

July 30, 2009

Striker Systems, a sheet metal manufacturing software developer, has announced the release of STRIKER 2010 Sheet Metal CAD/CAM & Nesting.Driven by customer input, STRIKER 2010 offers many enhancements...

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'I wanna shake his hand'

July 29, 2009

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The metal fabricating industry is made up of highly skilled, hard-working individuals who are passionate about their work and proud of what they create. But every now and then, along comes a slacker who does a half-backside job and creates all kinds of problems. Such is the case with the Northrop...

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Timken signs agreement to sell Needle Roller Bearings business

July 29, 2009

The Timken Company today announced it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of its Needle Roller Bearings business, which primarily serves customers in the automotive original-equipment sector,...

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HRB prices up—Markets converge

July 29, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for July 27 surged 6.5 percent to $492 per ton for the seventh consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 5.4 percent to...

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Dantherm Filtration North American president stepping down after 30 years

July 29, 2009

Niels Pedersen announced today that he will step down as Dantherm Filtration's North American president effective Friday, July 31. The company, which is headquartered in Thomasville, N.C.,...

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FMA International announces launch of Green Manufacturer magazine

July 29, 2009

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, Inc., has announced the launch of Green Manufacturer magazine.Beginning with the January/February 2010 issue, Green Manufacturerwill be a...

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A 'fab' future for fabricating

July 28, 2009

Gerald Shankel, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, has released the following statement regarding the future of metal fabricating:Metal fabrication and...

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Learn your trade, pay your dues

July 28, 2009

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Welding jobs may not be as plentiful as they once were, but welding instructor Marty Rice believes a lot of welding work is "waiting to bust loose once the economy straightens out, and there's always work in welding, if you're willing to pack a suitcase." Rice has some advice for those embarking on a welding journey.

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Offshore Energy

Trends in offshore energy

July 28, 2009

The welding industry is known for a persistent shortage of skilled workers, and the energy sector is no exception; meanwhile, offshore welding is getting more rigorous. The easiest-to-find oil sources were discovered long ago; with each passing year, energy companies go into harsher environments (deeper waters) to find petroleum and natural gas. Drilling into deeper waters means dealing with higher pressures and colder temperatures, and many companies have been switching too high-strength pipe, which tends to be more difficult to weld than common pipe.

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Itching for economic recovery

July 27, 2009

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Rodie Woodard just finished a good week. When I talked with the president of Irving, Texas-based Maximum Industries Thursday, he told me he just closed a deal that will keep his contract fabrication shop humming 24 hours a day for several months. His customer in the signage industry is putting...

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