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Curbing waste at Power Curbers

June 4, 2009

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Equipment manufacturer streamlines part flow and drastically reduces WIP and raw stock inventory. Once a part hits the floor, it never goes onto a rack.

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Hypertherm wins Cornerstone Award for corporate social responsibility

June 4, 2009

Hypertherm, a supplier of plasma arc metal cutting technology, has received the 2009 Cornerstone Award from New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.The award, presented by Governor John...

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'Humans are smarter than apes'

June 3, 2009

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In past posts, I've mentioned that I'm a tennis fan. The last few days have been quite exciting in the tennis world as No.-1 ranked, four-time French Open champ, Rafael Nadal, was defeated in the fourth round by No. 23-ranked Robin Soderling, a Swedish player who never won so much as a...

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Deere announces Ottumwa layoffs

June 3, 2009

Deere & Company has announced that the majority of production employees at the John Deere Ottumwa Works will be laid off until later this year to ensure that factory production is aligned with market...

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Teeing up orbital welding

June 3, 2009

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Two technologies improve the quality and decrease the cost of fabricating high-purity systems, such as those used in the food and beverage, dairy, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor industries. These two techniques are mechanically formed T connections and orbital welding. A common question is this: Can orbital welding be used on mechanically formed T connections? The answer is yes, but fabricators need to understand the limitations and restrictions of this combination.

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The economics of selecting a coil feed line

June 2, 2009

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Factoring in the economics inherent in a small footprint—if a building expansion is required for a larger line, for example—a space-saving line may be the most economical option. Categories of space-saving coil feed lines, from the least expensive to the most expensive,are the paddle loop, space saving, and synchronous.

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Armored and ready to make a difference

June 2, 2009

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Doug Bergeson of Bergeson Technology, Dawson, Minn., saw the carnage that improvised explosive devices caused in Iraq, so when he came on, he worked on a solution. He has one now and wants others to know about it.

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LISSMAC opens U.S. headquarters

June 2, 2009

LISSMAC GmbH of Bad Wurzach, Germany, a manufacturer and distributor of construction machinery; special purpose equipment, including SBM sheet metal processing machines; and handling equipment, has...

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ESCO Tools founder dies

June 2, 2009

Albert T. Brennan, who purchased the Evans Supply Co. in Winchester, Mass., in 1975, later renamed the firm ESCO Tools, and built it into a leading welding end prep tool manufacturer for the power...

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Of freedom and gearheads

June 1, 2009

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A decade ago we watched events leading up to the dot-com-era implosion, and this morning we witnessed a milestone of the drawn-out automotive bust: General Motors is now a bankrupt company. Economic history is peppered with booms, bubbles, and busts of various sorts, but the current automotive...

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Kennametal receives eighth Carnegie Science Center Award

June 1, 2009

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., announced today that two of its inventors were honored with the Advanced Manufacturing Award at the 13th Annual Carnegie Science Center Awards. This is the eighth time...

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The most important output of 3-D CAD modeling

June 1, 2009

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The most important output from a CAD system is the bill of material. Columnist Gerald Davis gives us an idea of just how much detail should go into creating a BOM.

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A new combo choice

May 29, 2009

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If I had to choose just one machine tool to watch in a fabricating shop, it would probably be a combination machine. It slices, it bends, it forms, it engraves, it taps. It's the perfect mechanical representation of a job shop: If it needs to be done to metal, we can do it to the metal.Of...

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Hello, summer!

May 28, 2009

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Well, maybe it"s not quite time to greet the summer. In astronomical terms, it starts at the moment of the summer solstice, which will occur at precisely 5:45 a.m. on June 21 this year (I know it sounds crazy, but it varies). However, one thing doesn"t vary from year to year: the conventional...

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Stamper converting machined parts to stampings

May 28, 2009

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This article showcases the success story of stamper and tube fabricator A.T. Wall Company, which gained entry with a new customer and strengthened its foothold in a lucrative market segment by redesigning a machined component as a stamped components,saving costs for its customer in the process.

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