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Conveying flexibility

September 30, 2008

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Manufacturing companies must walk a fine line between choosing a conveyor system suited for the application, while maintaining flexibility so the system can handle future jobs.

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New Holland Robotic Welding

A 'Case' for agility

September 26, 2008

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Case New Holland needed a flexible robotic welding, one that could continually adapt to changing market demands.

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Fabricating in the future

September 25, 2008

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$500-a-barrel oil? Believe it&"Boy, that caught my attention as I looked at the Sept. 29 cover of Fortune. Watching gas prices recede slightly in the Chicago area even after U.S. demand has pulled way back, I know that there is nowhere to go but up for oil prices. The future of crude for the...

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Big fears, long lines

September 24, 2008

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Yesterday, I met a co-worker for lunch. You're thinking ho-hum, big deal. Actually it was a big deal for me, because my employer and almost all of my co-workers are located 624 miles from me. However, two of us telecommute long distances from our homes, which just happen to be in the same...

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HRB prices drop 4 to 6 percent

September 24, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for September 22 dropped 6.4 percent to $599 per ton, after rising two weeks ago. The world export HRB price dropped 6.1 percent to $899 per ton,...

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The (North) American economy

September 23, 2008

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News of how the American government could take up to $700 billion of bad debt out of the hands of the private sector had the weight of something historic. The move will add as never before to our already mounting national debt. It will reshape the financial landscape, not only of the U.S. but of...

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Metal formers expect somewhat weaker business conditions during next three months

September 22, 2008

According to the September 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to weaken somewhat during the next three months....

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RathGibson tubing installed in Tata Mundra Project

September 21, 2008

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, was chosen by the Engineering Firm of Larsen & Toubro to supply titanium welded...

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Bystronic opens Canadian office

September 20, 2008

Laser cutting and press brakes manufacturer Bystronic Inc. held a grand opening for its newest company, Bystronic Canada Ltd. on September 17, 2008. General Manager of the new company, Peter Kyc...

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U.S. versus China: Time to get it on

September 18, 2008

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The Olympics are over, so it"s time to turn our attention to a more recent favorite pastime—China bashing.The best part of this activity is everyone can participate. Sure the Democrats have driven this point home in battleground states, such as Michigan and Ohio, where local citizens worry...

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Minster acquires Dynamic Feeds

September 18, 2008

The Minster Machine Co., Minster, Ohio, recently acquired the assets of Dynamic Feeds, Inc. of High Point, N.C.Robert Allred, the founder of Dynamic Feeds, has joined Minster as general manager of...

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Metal manufacturers on bailouts

September 17, 2008

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The September Fabricating Update e-newsletter discussed recent U.S. government bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since the newsletter went out, AIG also has been the beneficiary of a government-backed bailout. Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch weren't as lucky.This newsletter also...

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A Ross way of thinking

September 16, 2008

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What a troubled week. Automotive industry execs spent it in front of Congress saying they need a loan. And of course there are those big weekend stories, with Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy and Bank of America acquiring brokerage giant Merrill Lynch.Hearing and reading all the pundits pine...

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Plasma Cutter Lead image

Cleaner consumables, cleaner cuts, better production

September 16, 2008

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Plasma cutting is one of the most efficient ways to cut sheet and heavy plate, but that efficiency can evaporate quickly without proper consumable maintenance.

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BR Sculpture Company

Reflections on a perfectly symmetric ellipse

September 16, 2008

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Sculptor and fabricator Brett Richards of BR Sculpture, Chicago, got a contract to make a frame for an oval mirror—a length of square tubing bent to a perfect ellipse. Not knowing too much about the vagaries of bending tube, he figured he'd spend a few thousand dollars on a simple bender. After searching for months, he happened to see an elliptical shape made from square tubing in a vendor's booth at FABTECH.

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