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Not just Japan's problem

March 16, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I remember the first nuclear power plant I ever saw—the Byron Nuclear Generating Station located in Ogle County, Ill., two miles east of the Rock River. Construction began in 1975, and Units 1 and 2 became operational in 1985 and 1987 respectively. The project was rife with controversy. The...

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HRB prices rise in U.S. and Western Europe, fall elsewhere

March 16, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 14 rose 2.8 percent to $958 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 2.8 percent to $838 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the seventh...

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Critical laser cutting, welding tested in Japanese crisis

March 15, 2011 | By Tim Heston

When news broke of the earthquake-damaged nuclear plant in Japan, my mind turned to Jim Bleigh at Performance Contracting Inc., a Lenexa, Kan., company The FABRICATOR covered earlier this year. His group of talented welders, laser cutting machine operators, and assemblers fabricated strainers...

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Keynote speakers at FMA annual conferences say U.S. manufacturing can return to global leadership

March 15, 2011

Two spirited keynote speeches that offered bullish perspectives on the future of U.S. manufacturing — with specific caveats — highlighted The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference, held in early March in Orlando. Emily...

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Ryerson acquires Singer Steel

March 15, 2011

Ryerson Inc., a distributor and processor of metals in North America and China, has announced that it has acquired Singer Steel Company, a value-added flat rolled steel processor based in Streetsboro, Ohio. Terms of the transaction were not announced. "This acquisition represents another step in...

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Praxair expands Tennessee air separation plant

March 15, 2011

Praxair Inc. has announced that it is doubling the capacity of its Memphis, Tenn., air separation complex to produce oxygen and nitrogen to supply Nucor Corp. and Velero Energy Corp. The company recently completed construction of a pipeline capable of serving multiple customers in the Riverport...

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Taking the load off material handling

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

A manufacturer of healthcare products automated the material handling and welding of a popular line of medical tables.

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Pot'ente by mi Chelle Vara

Life in abstract

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Artist mi Chelle Vara is one of the lucky ones. She has found a way to combine her two passions—art and welding—into a career and a business that she loves.

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Welding heat treatable steels

March 14, 2011 | By Jerry Mathison, Jay Ginder

Our shop won a contract that requires welding 4130 steel. I've been told this is a heat-treatable steel. Can you tell me which different welding procedures have to be used to weld this material?

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Aluminum Workshop: Achieving T6 designation for 6061

March 14, 2011 | By Frank Armao

Q: Can you tell me the heat treatment steps necessary to produce 6061-T6? I have heard that heat treating it after welding will increase its mechanical properties.A:Let's first describe what is happening when you heat treat 2XXX, 6XXX, or 7XXX alloys. All of these alloys are heat treated by...

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Gearing up to grind aluminum

March 14, 2011 | By Patrick Carroll

Aluminum is a difficult material to process as it poses a unique set of challenges, particularly when it comes to grinding. The best way to ensure that you’re grinding process is efficient while also providing you with the desired result hinges on using the correct abrasive at all times.

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Changing up the daily grind

March 14, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

A manufacturer of aluminum radar arches found that a simple change in grinding discs yielded big results.

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3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Modeling with limited resources

March 14, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reminds us that CAD modeling has its limitations and that it's still necessary to build a prototype rather than just relying on simulation.

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Dixie-Southern opens new corporate headquarters

March 14, 2011

Dixie-Southern has opened corporate headquarters in Bradenton, Fla. The new facility houses the sales, estimating, finance, human resources, and administration departments. The current Duette, Fla., location remains the engineering and manufacturing/quality center with project management and...

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Pneumatic roll-out shelving rack has 4,000-lb. capacity - TheFabricator.com

Pneumatic roll-out shelving rack has 4,000-lb. capacity

March 14, 2011

Proper Storage Systems has introduced full-extension pneumatic roll-out shelving racks for storing and accessing heavy tooling and materials, with a capacity of 4,000 lbs. The racks offer shelf widths from 36 to 66 in. and shelf depths of 36 or 48 in. in two-, three-, and four-shelf models. The...

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