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SHRM: Though still weak, labor market may offer more opportunities for job seekers in July

July 2, 2009

Hiring expectations for July are still far behind the levels of one year ago, but compared with the first few months of 2009, a growing number of companies in the manufacturing and service sectors are...

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How 'green' is 'green'?

July 1, 2009

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This blog post is rooted in a discussion my husband and I had yesterday regarding a news item I ran across about a 'green' race car that runs on vegetable oil and waste chocolate. I get vegetable oil, but where on earth does waste chocolate come from? Godiva, Ghirardelli, Hershey, Fannie...

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The GTAW top 10

July 1, 2009

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Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) often is specified to meet strict aesthetic, structural, or code/standard requirements. The process is complex, and it is undisputedly the most difficult of all the welding processes to learn. The appearance of a GTAW bead can tell you a lot about what you're...

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Counting on the combo

July 1, 2009

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Revolving door manufacturer brings fabrication in-house, including a combination waterjet-plasma machine.

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Messer hires technical products sales manager

July 1, 2009

Messer Cutting Systems Inc., a manufacturer of thermal cutting gantry machines, has hired Bell Heller as technical products sales manager.Heller, who has a background in robotic automation sales, has...

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Top-down modeling

July 1, 2009

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A reader has a question about modeling an assembly comprised of three plates and tubing. Columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance.

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Know your TIG torch

July 1, 2009

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Even though money is tight, saving it by purchasing less reputable GTAW torches or skimping on maintenance practices can cause more harm than good in the long run.

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Mechanized pipe welding system requires less welder skill and effort

June 30, 2009

The Piper Bug Pipe Welding System from Bug-O Systems is a digitally controlled programmable welding travel carriage integrated with Lincoln Electric® Invertec® V350-PRO Power Source. The Piper...

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KUKA Robotics appoints vice president, sales and marketing

June 30, 2009

KUKA Robotics Corp., a global manufacturer of industrial robots, announced effective February 1, 2009 the appointment of James Cooper to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.Cooper...

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KUKA Robotics opens Canadian subsidiary

June 30, 2009

KUKA Roboter GmbH has announced the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada. The Canadian subsidiary will serve the growing number of KUKA robotics customers in Canada by providing local...

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Bystronic Group, BLM Group form marketing alliance

June 30, 2009

Bystronic (sheet metal processing systems) and the BLM GROUP (tube processing systems) have formed an alliance to work closely together in market development.The alliance between the two groups is...

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Ultra Tech Machinery to build EWI's first very high-power ultrasonic additive manufacturing machine

June 30, 2009

EWI has announced that it has signed an agreement with Ultra Tech Machinery to build the first very high-power ultrasonic additive manufacturing machine. The contract, valued at $1.1 million, was...

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Welding aluminum

June 30, 2009

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The first step in learning about welding aluminum is learning about the various alloys themselves (cast and wrought)—the digits used in the aluminum designation system, the properties of the various alloys, and the considerations in matching a filler metal to a base material.

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Innovators, gumption, and tenacity

June 29, 2009

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This country seems to be itching for the next big thing, those game-changing innovations that drag us out of our economic malaise. General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt knows this, and it's why his company announced a $100 million investment in an R&D center 25 miles west of Detroit. As the...

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Reusing waterjet cutting abrasive

June 29, 2009

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For shops that cut using a waterjet machine, the abrasive in the pressurized stream of water, which allows the system to cut away metal, is a significant capital investment. Because of recent technology developments, a fabricator now can recycle the abrasive material and use it several times. But before a shop invests in this type of equipment, it should first consider the types of abrasive material that are available, as well as how the recycling technology works.

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