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How to reduce press brake setup times

August 10, 2004

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Over the past several years the sheet metal fabrication industry has witnessed a number of technological advancements in both machines and tooling. Machines are now capable of punching, cutting, and bending faster and more accurately than previously imaginable.

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 8

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the eighth episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about communication among operator, machine, and management—the "work unit."I started to answer his question about how a piece of equipment...

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Job Burnout—Part 3

August 10, 2004

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This is the last in a series of articles about job burnout. Part Idiscussed the causes. Part IIcovered symptoms and solutions from an individual standpoint. It also included a test to help you determine where you are in terms of burnout.Job burnout is a complicated condition caused most often by...

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Four Canadian automotive fabricators and what drives their success

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: In an effort to offer a glimpse into some of the successful fabricating and manufacturing operations in the world, The FABRICATOR® offers this quick look at four Canadian companies.On a busy workday the machine shop at F&P Mfg. Inc., in the village of Tottenham, northwest of...

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Boosting band saw blade life

August 10, 2004

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Because intermittent cutting can be hard on blades, you should find ways to increase blade productivity for your environment. Several guidelines, such as selecting the right blade tooth size, breaking in the blades, and choosing the right blade for the job are ways to help improve the productivity of your band saw blade.

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U.S. manufacturing grows 14th consecutive month

August 6, 2004

U.S. economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in July for the 14th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 33rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in...

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ISG to expand Cleveland Works' operations

August 5, 2004

The board of directors of International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) has approved the company's Cleveland Works' expansion. The company will add an automotive-quality hot dip galvanizing line by converting...

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Small manufacturers overlooked in latest versions of tax relief bill

July 29, 2004

In an effort to fix legislation concerning export tax breaks that were ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the House and Senate have passed new versions of the bill. The new versions,...

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Mass layoffs, initial benefit claims down; manufacturing's shares lowest since June 1995

July 26, 2004

In June 2004, employers took 1,379 mass layoff actions, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of...

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Manufacturing alliance group makes debut at Illinois job shop show

July 23, 2004

By Stephanie Vaughan, Associate Editor, Practical Welding Today®Building partnerships means more money, say fabricators and manufacturers.This was the message many exhibitors and attendees were...

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2004 steel shipments up 7.7 percent over 2003

July 15, 2004

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that for the month of May 2004, U.S. steel mills shipped 9,914,000 net tons, a 7.3 percent increase from the 8,567,000 net tons shipped in May...

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MIG welding—The basics and then some

July 13, 2004

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Whether it's used in the shop, field, or the garage hobby shop, MIG is a great process.

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Delta repair welders aim high

July 13, 2004

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Pilots refer to flying experience as "seat time." For the 300-plus certified welders in Delta Air Lines' TechOps division, the term has a similar meaning. Certification is just the first step for them. Qualified GTAW welders here log plenty of seat time.Whether they maintain ground support...

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Software introduced for EMI of pipe

July 13, 2004

PITCO™, a division of Scan Systems Corp., has introduced DIGI-PRO™ electromagnetic inspection (EMI) software for the pipe industry. The software is designed to be either an integral part...

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Software enhances CNC punching machines

July 13, 2004

Lantek Systems Inc. offers Lantek Expert Punch and Lantek Expert II (cut and punch). Expert Punch is designed to enhance punch machines. Expert II is designed to automate programming of sheet metal...

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