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HRB price recovery slows

September 30, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Sept. 28 rose 1.5 percent to $616 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price...

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High rise welder

Newbie mistakes made, experience gained

September 29, 2009

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All welders are newbies at some time in their careers. Following Marty Rice's advice for newbies can help you with more than your welding career. Learn from the man who's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it.

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Journeyman pipe welder

Cutting cable clutter

September 29, 2009

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Working on a project at the world's largest nuclear waste treatment plant, Bechtel National found that it could simplify the operation, enhance weld quality, and promote safety by using inverter technology.

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A welder, waiting

September 28, 2009

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It's the waiting that drags you down. With our unemployment rate edging near 10 percent, many are waiting for companies to finally rehire. I can imagine them shaking their heads when they look at the Dow's ascent in recent weeks. Somebody's making money, but it certainly isn't them. I'm not sure...

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ABB, Vincennes University partner to enhance robotic training

September 28, 2009

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU), Vincennes, Ind., have formed a partnership to enhance the college's vocational and technical robotic training and provide...

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Up with people

September 25, 2009

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I visited with a friend from college several weeks ago. He works in operations in the software services division for a major publicly owned corporation and was in Chicago for a tradeshow. It's a good gig for a good guy who can handle personal relationships like a three-card monte dealer can...

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Steel Market Intelligence: EU finalizes tariffs up to 39 percent on Chinese steel pipe

September 25, 2009

Steel Market Intelligence has reported that according to press reports, the European Union finalized five-year steel pipe dumping duties as high as 39 percent on Chinese imports September 24 that will...

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Rotary straighteners for tube and pipe

September 25, 2009

Although six-roll straightening machines were the industry standard for decades, 10-roll machines provide twice as many bending moments and therefore turn out straighter, rounder tube.

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Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009

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Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part I

September 25, 2009

Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder, and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.

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Making the most of metals

September 24, 2009

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Editors know that fab shop owners wear many (many, many) hats, and depending on the size of the shop, have to be equal parts accountant, purchasing agent, sales manager, marketing guru, safety officer, shop supervisor, process troubleshooter, training manager, human resources department, and maybe...

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Laser enhanced with file-transfer capabilities

September 24, 2009

The Consumable Products Group (CPG) division of Mitsubishi Laser brings the flexibility of today's file-transfer capabilities to Mitsubishi Laser. The Calmotion USBCNC disk reader control acts as an...

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Machine combines wire EDM, waterjet technologies

September 24, 2009

Mitsubishi's MD+CELL combines the MD+PROII wire EDM with a Suprema DX44 waterjet for high speed and precision in one automated unit. The machine is designed to minimize operator intervention and...

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ACS Precision acquires Mitsubishi LXP laser machine

September 24, 2009

ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., an 11,900 square-foot flexible job shop that focuses on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic metropolitan areas recently added a certified pre-owned Mitsubishi Laser to...

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Antidumping, countervailing duty cases filed against fastener imports from China and Taiwan

September 24, 2009

On Sept. 23, Wiley Rein LLP filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission against imports of standard fasteners...

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