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Cequent Performance Products plant logs one million hours without lost work day injury

July 20, 2009

TriMas Corp., a diversified manufacturer of engineered and applied products, today announced that its Cequent Performance Products manufacturing plant in Goshen, Ind., has passed the one...

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Mechanical Inc. purchases Norstar Mechanical

July 20, 2009

Freeport, Ill.-based Mechanical Inc., a mechanical contracting firm, has entered the sheet metal business by purchasing the commercial division of Norstar Mechanical, Rockford, Ill."Expanding a...

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Making a 20-degree Marman bead

July 20, 2009

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Two forming methods can make a bead for an airtight seal on a metal tube: rotary (spin) forming and progressive ram forming. Each has advantages and disadvantages in bead profile, cycle time, amount of wall thinning, and so on.

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760 manufacturing companies

July 17, 2009

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That number bounced around the blogosphere this week as CIT teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. CEO Jeff Peek told news outlets that 760 manufacturing companies could shut down if CIT collapses. And then comes the ripple effect, which is even scarier. CIT is a middle-market lender...

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To celebrate or not?

July 17, 2009

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The U.S.'s birthday has come and gone, and while most of us celebrated in the usual way—a day off from work, a cookout, and some fireworks—how many of us took the time to reflect on our nation"s place in the world? At 233 years, the U.S. is an awfully young country; on the other hand, with a...

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Finding seemingly insignificant flaws Part II

July 17, 2009

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Eddy current testing does more than detect product defects. When used with a proper monitoring system on a mill staffed by highly trained operators, it can help to optimize the mill's efficiency. The first part of this two-part article covers eddy current system principles.

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Summer bummer

July 16, 2009

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I got a vacation e-mail reply today from a gentleman in Sweden who said he would be gone "Week 29 to Week 31" and would only be checking e-mail on a weekly basis. I guess I'll just check back with him in Week 32? The whole concept of being away from work for a stretch lasting three to four...

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Fabricators and politics

July 15, 2009

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Yesterday's "Fabricating Update" lead item ruffled feathers, raised hackles, and had this editor ducking for cover as fabricators sounded off about comments from the Obama administration's recently released employment report.The item cited an article that appeared in The Washington Post...

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HRB prices rebound worldwide

July 15, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for July 13 surged 8.7 percent to $501 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the third consecutive increase. The World export HRB price...

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Wilson Tool opens South Africa office

July 15, 2009

Wilson Tool International, an independent manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, announced today it has opened a new...

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Folding technology advancements

July 14, 2009

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Today's folding technology can help bring a new level of efficiency and capability to a metal forming operation. Among the enhancements in modern folding systems are increased automation and gauging capabilities and the ability to fold an even wider range of materials.

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Descaling tool suitable for heavy-duty applications

July 14, 2009

Dynabrade's air-powered Dynascaler is a descaling and surface preparation tool suitable for heavy-duty applications. The tool powers Roto Peen bonded flap assemblies for removing rust, oxide, scale,...

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Nitrogen purging system eliminates oxide deposits during brazing

July 14, 2009

Western Enterprises has announced the availability of a system that uses nitrogen for purging oxygen from AC line sets to eliminate oxide deposits during the brazing process.This system, called the...

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Stainless steel electrodes weld high-strength steels

July 14, 2009

Arcos Industries LLC offers bare wire and covered stainless steel electrodes, designed for welding stainless steels to mild steels and for welding high-strength steels that are difficult to weld with...

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Ceramic flap disk provides cool, fast cutting action on hard-to-grind metals

July 14, 2009

Weiler's Saber Tooth™ ceramic flap disk provides cool, fast cutting action on hard-to-grind metals, such as stainless steel. The disk features aggressive, self-sharpening ceramic grain and has a...

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