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March 5, 2010
Globe Specialty Metals Inc., New York, has reopened its Selma, Ala., silicon metal and ferrosilicon alloys facility, which it had idled during the economic downturn. The company restarted the first of two furnaces at the plant in early January and restarted the second furnace in early February,...
March 5, 2010
Hydro's Metal Markets North America, Linthicum, Md., has added Greg Lea to its commercial team as regional sales and technical manager for the Midwest. Lea comes to the company after operating his own consulting firm in the metals industry. He previously served as general manager of the MI Metals...
March 5, 2010
Carlos Rodrguez Borjas has been promoted to executive vice president and COO of Feralloy Corp., Chicago. For the past 11 years, he has served as general director of Acero Prime, a joint venture of Feralloy. Arturo Marroqun, who has nine years of experience at Acero Prime as operations manager, has...
March 3, 2010 | By Vicki Bell
The phrase "backbone of America" is used to describe various important U.S. entities: the Continental Divide, roads, steel, and small business, to name a few. Just looking at this list, you can see how interconnected these four examples are. We need roads and steel bridges to cross the...
March 3, 2010
Plasma Automation Inc. and sister company, Vicon Machinery LLC, have appointed Westway Machinery Ltd. as their exclusive sales representative servicing Eastern Canada. Westway Machinery Ltd. has added the Vicon line of equipment to its already extensive product line. Vicon machines include...
March 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston
This week The Economist put together a special section about how society is overflowing with data. Reading it, I thought it was irony at its best. What better way to cover our data-overload than with a long, drawn-out story bubbling over with … data. The most obvious example of data-overload is...
March 1, 2010 | By Steve Bonnay
Wind tower production requires intensive use of the rolling machine. Because of this, selecting the right rolling machine is paramount.
March 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Abrasive waterjet has moved beyond flat plate cutting. Today, the jet can move in Z and tilt to cut complex designs out of thick plate, and even tube and barstock.
March 1, 2010 | By Gerald Davis
Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically
March 1, 2010 | By Chris Hoff
Manufacturers often believe at least one of three common lean manufacturing misconceptions. Knowing about these misconceptions and understanding why they're not true will help set you on a path to incorporating lean tools into your manufacturing structure.
March 1, 2010 | By Mike Barrett
When welders tackle new materials, weldability should always be on their radar. Certain alloys aren't so kind to the welding gun.
March 1, 2010 | By Derek Baker
Each year more than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work equating to more than 2,000 eye injuries each day. About 90 percent of which could have been prevented if proper eye protection were used. Safe work practices, along with properly selected and worn PPE can help reduce many of these potential health hazards and help you to make sure you don't become a statistic.
March 1, 2010 | By Robert Kloczkowski
Upgrading the laser resonator or undertaking full laser cutting renovation represents an alternative to the expensive proposition of purchasing a new laser cutting machine.
March 1, 2010 | By Bob Rochelle
Implementing robotic welding systems for the first time is generally a successful endeavor. However, potential pitfalls and common mistakes can lead to performance issues and increase operational costs. Making yourself aware of these mistakes and the measures you should take to prevent them will contribute to a pleasant transition from labor-intensive, manual processes to the lower-cost, higher-quality automated ones in use today and into the future.
March 1, 2010 | By Jeff Henderson
This article looks at contact tips used in GMAW and discusses a few tips to help industry professionals and welding enthusiasts get their money is worth from MIG contact tips while still guaranteeing high quality workmanship.