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Wintriss Controls agrees to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls

October 5, 2009

Wintriss Controls Group LLC has agreed to acquire Honeywell Wintriss Controls led by the current management team of Mark Hatch, Dick LaBelle, Andy Baker, Ashok Bhide and Dawn Whelpley. The transaction...

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Too little, too late

October 2, 2009

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If you've been following the news and reading about U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, you're well aware that it's a puzzle with many pieces. This bit of news was a real eye-opener: Two pipe producers asked the Commerce Department to impose duties up to 90 percent on some categories of steel pipe...

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Small government is good; Really small government is better

October 1, 2009

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I'm not so naive that I believe The FABRICATOR is the only magazine metal fabricators read. If The FABRICATOR is the only one you read, than I applaud you for it and urge you to swing by our booth (No. 7034) at FABTECH International so I can give you a hug. Because we do have competitors...

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Tapping into new capabilities on punching machines

October 1, 2009

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Whether in the guise of bolt-on tapping units or actual tapping tools that are housed in a turret, precision punch presses can handle tapping chores like never before. As a result, metal fabricators are considering these options to take the manual activity out of the fabricating mix.

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Helping U.S. manufacturing - Take note, Bloom

September 30, 2009

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Most people with half a brain who actually think about U.S. manufacturing agree that it is suffering. You can't watch or read the news without learning of plant closings, layoffs, furloughs, pay reductions, and growing unemployment lines that include many factory workers, staff, and...

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Impress USA breaks ground on metal manufacturing facility

September 30, 2009

Empire State Development (ESD), Impress USA Inc., and the Broome County IDA broke ground Sept. 29 for Imipress's new metal packaging facility in Conklin, N.Y.The company a global provider of consumer...

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HRB price recovery slows

September 30, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Sept. 28 rose 1.5 percent to $616 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price...

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Newbie mistakes made, experience gained

September 29, 2009

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All welders are newbies at some time in their careers. Following Marty Rice's advice for newbies can help you with more than your welding career. Learn from the man who's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it.

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Journeyman pipe welder

Cutting cable clutter

September 29, 2009

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Working on a project at the world's largest nuclear waste treatment plant, Bechtel National found that it could simplify the operation, enhance weld quality, and promote safety by using inverter technology.

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A welder, waiting

September 28, 2009

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It's the waiting that drags you down. With our unemployment rate edging near 10 percent, many are waiting for companies to finally rehire. I can imagine them shaking their heads when they look at the Dow's ascent in recent weeks. Somebody's making money, but it certainly isn't them. I'm not sure...

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ABB, Vincennes University partner to enhance robotic training

September 28, 2009

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU), Vincennes, Ind., have formed a partnership to enhance the college's vocational and technical robotic training and provide...

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Up with people

September 25, 2009

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I visited with a friend from college several weeks ago. He works in operations in the software services division for a major publicly owned corporation and was in Chicago for a tradeshow. It's a good gig for a good guy who can handle personal relationships like a three-card monte dealer can...

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Steel Market Intelligence: EU finalizes tariffs up to 39 percent on Chinese steel pipe

September 25, 2009

Steel Market Intelligence has reported that according to press reports, the European Union finalized five-year steel pipe dumping duties as high as 39 percent on Chinese imports September 24 that will...

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Rotary straighteners for tube and pipe

September 25, 2009

Although six-roll straightening machines were the industry standard for decades, 10-roll machines provide twice as many bending moments and therefore turn out straighter, rounder tube.

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Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009

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Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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