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Site-based telemetry systems streamline gas supply

October 12, 2004

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Photo courtesy of TRUMPF Inc.Metal fabricators continue to find new applications for carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers. New uses combined with increased just-in-time processing, and lights-out operation place greater demands on laser, assist, and process gas supply and delivery systems—demands that...

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When hurricanes come

October 12, 2004

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Many people watched with awe as the recent barrage of hurricanes hit the Caribbean and southeastern United States. Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne caused destruction that totaled billions of dollars and, regrettably, took the lives of many people. We sympathize with all those who experienced Mother Nature's wrath and had their lives turned upside down.

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Optimizing consumable life in mechanized plasma cutting

October 12, 2004

If you don't stay on top of torch maintenance and replacing consumables, an efficient cutting process can quickly become a lot more expensive to operate.

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Servo-driven mechanical presses meet HSS head-on

October 12, 2004

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A recent mechanical stamping press innovation, the servo drive is designed to meet challenges related to stamping high-strength steels (HSS).

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Prefinishing trends towards growth

October 12, 2004

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Since its introduction in the 1960s, coated coil has become the raw material of choice for some industries, and its demand has increased steadily, according to the National Coil Coating Association (NCCA). Coated steel and aluminum coil is being used predominantly in the building industry as...

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Stamping CEO hopes to strengthen U.S. manufacturing

October 12, 2004

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Using his experience in the manufacturing industry, Don Wainwright plans to help improve the U.S. manufacturing industry through his position as chairman of the Department of Commerce's newly created Manufacturing Council.

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Certifying the quality of your tube and pipe

October 12, 2004

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In a perfect world, quality assurance and certification of materials would not be issues. In the tube and pipe industry, however, flawless raw materials and finished goods are not givens.

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Welding hazards affect nonwelders too

October 12, 2004

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Although a fully clad welder can appear somewhat overdressed, each piece of protective clothing is necessary to ensure personal safety. Welders who shun safety equipment often have scars or health problems as reminders of shortcuts they took.

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Preventing welding-related fires

October 12, 2004

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Before welding, professional and hobbyist welders must be knowledgeable about potential fire hazards and safe practices. They also must examine the work area and adjacent areas, welding equipment, and consumables for hazards and take appropriate measures to ensure safety.

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September job growth falls short of expectations

October 8, 2004

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 96,000 in September, but fell short of the 148,000 jobs forecast by Wall Street economists. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent, the Bureau of...

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FABTECH, AWS Welding Show combine

September 30, 2004

Three industry-leading trade show organizers have combined forces to better serve the needs of their trade show exhibitors in the fields of forming & fabricating, tube & pipe, and welding & cutting...

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Second quarter GDP revised up to 3.3 percent

September 30, 2004

September 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) reported that second quarter GDP was upwardly revised to 3.3 percent from a previously reported 2.8 percent. The upward revision was the result of...

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Huntsville, Ala. Toyota plant to expand, add jobs

September 24, 2004

Alabama Governor Bob Riley, Huntsville, Ala. community leaders, and Toyota executives have announced another expansion of Toyota's engine plant located in Huntsville.The expansion, the second major...

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Alcan spin-off to begin operations Jan. 1 as Novelis

September 22, 2004

Alcan Inc. has announced that its publicly-traded company to be created in the spin-off of its aluminum rolled products business will begin operations on Jan. 1, 2005. The new company will be called...

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TAA funding slashed; ABC urges reinstatement

September 20, 2004

The American Business Council (ABC) has expressed disappointment over U. S. Senator Judd Gregg's (R-NH) decision to slash funding for the Trade Adjuctment Assistance (TAA) program for manufacturers....

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