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Ford plan includes covering car payments for buyers who lose jobs

March 31, 2009

Ford Motor Co. has introduced the Ford Advantage Plan, a program intended to boost consumers' buying confidence and begin rebuilding the U.S. economy.According to a company release, the plan offers...

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Hydro to close precision tubing plant in Michigan

March 31, 2009

Norway-based Hydro, a supplier of aluminum and aluminum products, has announced that it is consolidating its aluminum precision tubing operation in North America and closing it plant in Adrian, Mich....

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AP: Obama denies bailout funds for automakers

March 30, 2009

The Associated Press has reported that the White House has said neither GM nor Chrysler submitted acceptable plans to receive more bailout money.President Obama and his top advisers have determined...

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Fleetwood to supply additional modular housing to U.S. Army

March 30, 2009

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. announced today that its Trendsetter Homes division has signed a contract to supply modular military housing to the U.S. Army for the third phase of construction at Fort...

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Lean conversation

March 26, 2009

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I"m in Carefree, Ariz., today for the first day of conferences at the fourth annual Metal Matters leadership summit, sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. That follows a meeting I had yesterday with the folks from LAI International, a precision manufacturer of complex parts...

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About 7,500 GM workers take buyout, early retirement

March 26, 2009

General Motors announced today that about 7,500 of its hourly work force have signed up to take buyout and early retirement incentives to leave the compay.GM offered all of its 62,400 hourly U.S....

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'Cracks' in welds

March 25, 2009

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Are cracks in welds ever acceptable? Is the term 'crack' a misnomer for linear indications, hot tears, lack of fusion, and other weld characteristics, and are these characteristics acceptable?A recent issue of the "Welding Wire" e-newsletter featured an item that originally appeared in...

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HRB prices: 'Bottom unfathomable'

March 25, 2009

In its latest release of hot-rolled band prices, SteelBenchmarker™'s headline read "bottom unfathomable."The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB price for March 23 fell 1.0 percent to...

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Auto suppliers get relief

March 24, 2009

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A friend of mine in college couldn't wait to get to Detroit. A mechanical engineering major, he loved cars. He worked at summer co-ops trying to get his foot in the door. He'd talk about designs, inside and out. And though I never saw him do it, I bet he was the kind of guy who ran his...

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Birdnesting causes downtime

Smooth wire feeding, smooth welding

March 24, 2009

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A recent study analyzed wire feed practices, tested variables, and took initial steps at developing a scientific knowledge base that ultimately could take the trial and error out of wire feed setup.

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GTAW anodized aluminum

Mastering GTAW of anodized aluminum

March 24, 2009

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Performing GTAW on anodized aluminum poses a unique set of challenges, even to the most experienced welder. To address these challenges, welders must be aware of the special equipment and consumables required, properly prepare materials, and employ the correct technique to lay the bead.

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Servo driven transfers

Servo transfer automation enhances pressroom flexibility

March 24, 2009

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A servo-driven transfer system can help to create a multipurpose press line that expands the number of parts traffic patterns. It also allows stampers to navigate heavy traffic with quick die changes between setups, short run times, and fully programmable setups that can be recalled simply.

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Chrysler receives Indiana Patriot Award

March 24, 2009

Chrysler LLC has been awarded the prestigious Indiana Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its continued support of the Guard and Reserve. Major Jose Soto Perez,...

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TRUMPF receives Innovation award from Daimler

March 24, 2009

Daimler AG honored TRUMPF with its Key Supplier Award in the Innovation category on March 12, 2009, in Stuttgart, Germany as part of its Key Supplier Meeting and the 2009 Daimler Supplier Awards...

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Consumables Corner: Sizing up seismic-friendly filler metals

March 24, 2009

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Q: I am confused about the various specifications for seismic applications. How can I know if I have the right filler metal for the job?A: Your confusion is understandable. The documents overseeing seismic applications are ongoing and constantly revised. To fully understand this issue, we need to...

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