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A primer on waterjet accessories -

A primer on waterjet accessories

January 17, 2011 | By Dr. John H. Olsen

For fabricators and metalworkers considering their first purchase of a waterjet, return on investment will be heavily influenced by features, options, and accessories that provide a match to their unique needs.Investigating and evaluating the latest alternatives will go a long way in boosting profitability.

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Wading through the NFPA-51 standard -

Wading through the NFPA-51 standard

January 17, 2011 | By John Karpus

The NFPA-51 standard outlines how to properly store, transfer, and use industrial gases; how to handle such gases while they are in their gaseous or liquid phases; and how to implement storage, piping and distribution, and operating practices. While most safe practices are based on common sense, others may take volumes of technical reference, as specified in NFPA-51, to explain.

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Tips for specifying clamps for automated welding

January 17, 2011

Too often, specifying clamps for a fixture in an automated welding cell is an afterthought. That slight can lead to unnecessary costs and complexity.

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Laser cutting thick stainless steel--fast -

Laser cutting thick stainless steel—fast

January 17, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Fabricator uses a 7-kW CO2 laser cutting system to cut thousands of thick, stainless steel components for a critical component of nuclear plant safety. Today, the shop hopes to leverage its technology to gain work in other sectors.

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OSHA is self-funded: Fact or fiction?

January 13, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

If you work in manufacturing, you’ve probably heard that some government agencies, notably OSHA and the EPA, have been mandated to become self-funding. I heard this in a discussion at a recent conference, and it seems reasonable. The government debt is $14 trillion, so why wouldn’t the...

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Metal stampers on reshoring

January 12, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The December issue of "Stamping News Brief" featured an item about reshoring, one of several terms used to describe bringing jobs back to the U.S. After citing examples of reshoring by companies such as Ford Motor Co. and Caterpillar, which also were covered in a recent blog post, the newsletter...

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Detroit Auto Show gets serious about CAFE cars

January 12, 2011 | By Kate Bachman

Reports about the North American International Auto Show in Detroit indicates that the show has taken a serious turn toward fuel efficiency. According to a recent Wall Street Journal blog, the Detroit auto show has transformed itself from a showcase of the big, powerful, and outrageous to a...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. acquires Lampros Steel Inc.

January 12, 2011

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has acquired the outstanding capital stock of Lampros Steel Inc. and a related interest in Lampros Steel Plate Distribution LLC. Lampros Steel Inc. is a steel service center company specializing in structural steel shapes with a facility located in Portland,...

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HRB prices climb

January 12, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for January 10 surged 7.0 percent to $805 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fourth consecutive increase. The Chinese HRB ex-works price rose 2.6 percent to $591 per ton for the third consecutive increase. The World export HRB price...

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SigmaTEK Systems LLC participating in SolidWorks World 2011 -

SigmaTEK Systems LLC participating in SolidWorks World 2011

January 12, 2011

SigmaTEK Systems has announced that it is participating in SolidWorks World, January 23 – 26 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, where the company will exhibit its CAD/CAM nesting software, SigmaNEST, SigmaTUBE, and SolidNEST in booth No. 619. Jim Lindsey,...

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Head offices head to China

January 11, 2011 | By Tim Heston

If Dave Westphal doesn’t qualify as a lean manufacturing champion, I don’t know who would. The executive is director of global lean manufacturing for Nexteer Automotive, a $2 billion automotive supplier specializing in steering and front-axle components. Last year The FABRICATOR covered his...

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MJM Manufacturing Inc.

January 11, 2011

MJM Manufacturing Inc. 5205 N.W. 161 St. Miami, FL 33014 Phone: 305-620-2020 By Alexander Mijares OPENED: 1979 WHY: My father, Mike Mijares, president and CEO of MJM, founded the company as a one-man shop making prototypes...

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Reduction Process

How metal production affects the welding process

January 11, 2011 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welders may recognize that when porosity is present, the cause isn’t always the shielding gas, welding filler, or operator error. It can be caused by the steel production method, which can introduce porosity and other flaws.

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Evolving from job shop to custom manufacturer -

Evolving from job shop to custom manufacturer

January 11, 2011 | By Jack Thornton

Equipment and software upgrades are helping Decimal Engineering, Pompano Beach, Fla., to increase its customer base and, as a result, increase its profits.

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Pass-through wash system processes parts up to 12 in. high -

Pass-through wash system processes parts up to 12 in. high

January 10, 2011

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the new CBW 1212 pass-through wash system. This heated jet spray washer incorporates a powered, galvanized, 12-in. chain-belt conveyor, with variable speeds from 1 to 10 linear FPM. It can process parts up to 12 in. high. The heavy-duty, 12-ga....

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