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Surprises from a robotics company

April 24, 2009

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Spring is the time for showers, flowers, and open house tours.When April rolls around, technology developers and service providers open their doors to supply chain partners, customers, and even employees. It's a cost-effective way to reach out and share knowledge about what's happening in...

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TMK IPSCO Kentucky plant ratifies new labor agreement

April 23, 2009

TMK IPSCO was notified yesterday by the United Steelworkers and its Local 1870 that union members at the company's Wilder, Ky., plant have ratified the tentative labor agreement reached last week. The...

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One bag of garbage

April 22, 2009

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It's one of those days—a day with a calendar reminder that we are to celebrate or commemorate something or someone. A day in which we are supposed to incorporate some sort of activity to honor the day's designated honoree. Today is a double whammy— Administrative Professionals...

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Tube City IMS LLC to be honored for 'green' shipping practices

April 21, 2009

Tube City IMS LLC, a provider of products and services to steel mills and foundries globally, today announced that it is a recipient of CSX Transportation's (CSXT) first-ever Environmental Award. The...

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A good wind blows

April 20, 2009

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Some ugliness emerged Friday just south of Grand Rapids, Mich., where fights broke out at Wayland Chevrolet on the same day dealership employees learned they would be losing their jobs. According to the Associated Press, the dealership blamed its fate on the ailing auto industry, and on the...

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AK Steel announces stainless steel price increase

April 20, 2009

AK Steel said today that it is increasing base prices for all 200, 300, and 400 series flat rolled stainless steel products by 6 percent to 9 percent, depending upon the grade and product form,...

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Worker retraining: Easier said than done

April 17, 2009

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I've got to leave work a little earlier than usual today. Actually, this is nothing new. It's been going on for about 12 weeks.I started taking a Spanish class—Occupational Spanish 101 to be exact—at a local community college in the hopes that I could beef up some...

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Hot off the press!

April 16, 2009

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April 15th has come and gone, and no doubt many of us used the occasion to visit the post office, drop a check into the mailbox, and curse the federal government. On a closely related note, you might have noticed that on the same day the Federal Reserve System released one of its economic reports,...

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Flow, KUKA announce strategic alliance

April 16, 2009

Flow International Corp., a developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology, recently announced the formation of a strategic alliance with KUKA Robot Group, a supplier of...

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Mate Precision Tooling named '2009 Manufacturer of the Year'

April 16, 2009

Anoka, Minn.-based Mate Precision Tooling, a global manufacturer of original and replacement tooling for CNC punch presses, was named "2009 Manufacturer of the Year" by the Manufacturers Alliance.In...

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Thwarting piracy

April 15, 2009

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Real life often is every bit as fascinating, suspenseful, and unbelievable as a bizarre movie plot—sometimes even more so. The past few days, I watched with incredulity the coverage of the recent Somali pirate attack on the U.S. ship, Maersk Alabama, in which Captain Richard Phillips was...

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Industrial PCs designed for control cabinet/housing installations

April 15, 2009

Beckhoff Automation offers the C65xx series of industrial PCs (IPCs). It is designed to be installed in control cabinets or in the rear panel of control/console housings.With TwinCAT® automation...

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High-precision inspection/measuring system ensures part quality

April 15, 2009

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., a provider of custom pipe/tube bending and fabricating services, uses a Tube Inspect S optical tube measuring system to ensure part quality.A tube is placed in a...

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Bender improves product design flexibility and reduces lead time

April 15, 2009

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., offers enhanced capabilities with its NISSIN 3-D bender.With this machine, tube is guided continuously through a single die according to the programmed specs input...

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Optimism rises among metal forming companies

April 15, 2009

According to the April 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies are the most optimistic they have been about business conditions since last...

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