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Welding and fabrication industry mourns death of George Griebeler, developer of NC control for thermal cutting

December 1, 2009

George Griebeler, 68, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona, after a short illness.To George, his proudest lifetime achievements were his wife Rita of 46 years; his four children, Kenneth, Christine, David and Michelle; and his five grandchildren.To the welding and fabrication...

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Induction system speeds pipe welding projects

December 1, 2009

Energy Steel & Supply Co., Lapeer, Mich., a fabricator that manufactures components for nuclear power plants, used to spend quite a bit of time on pre- and postweld heat treatment. After seeing a demonstration of an induction heating system, the company made the switch and enjoys the benefits of a faster, safer way to deliver heat to the components it manufactures.

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Using laser shock peening to increase pilger die life

December 1, 2009 | By David Lahrman

During pilgering, the dies endure extreme amounts of stress. Shot peening is a conventional, economic process for hardening the tooling, but its benefits are limited. Supplementing shot peening with laser shock peening where the stress is highest can help to extend the service life of the tools.

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Want to export? Cozy up to your globalizing customers

November 30, 2009

While some stampers have experienced demand losses when their clients set up manufacturing facilities offshore, others have successfully co-piloted their customers' global expansions to supply to them in their new digs. In each case, the stamping manufacturers produce unique, and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies; and they have strong relationships with domestic customers that migrated offshore.

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HRB prices bottoming?

November 30, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Nov. 23 rose 3.7 percent to $453 per ton for the third consecutive increase. The World export HRB price rose 1.2 percent to $502 per ton, FOB the port of export, after four consecutive declines. The Western European HRB price...

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stampers international globalizing customers

Want to export? Cozy up to your globalizing customers

November 30, 2009

Some stampers have adapted to their customers' global expansions by producing unique and sometimes difficult-to-manufacture components and assemblies and maintaining strong relationships with their domestic customers that have migrated offshore.

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Common technical mistakes new welders make and how to avoid them

November 24, 2009 | By Marty Rice

Did you hear the one about the welder who was tired of bending over to weld and made the fatal mistake of using a 55-gallon drum as a welding table? In this article, welding instructor Marty Rice discusses this mistake and describes some common technical mistakes new welders make, some more serious than others. All can be avoided.

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One size does not fit all

November 24, 2009 | By Nick Peterson

Fewer skilled welders combined with an ever-increasing range of welding applications have created a demand for more precise, application-specific welding systems. Equipment suppliers now are tailoring systems for different applications, and fabricators are embracing the new technology.

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GMAW Push Button

One size does not fit all

November 24, 2009 | By Nick Peterson

Fewer skilled welders combined with an ever-increasing range of welding applications have created a demand for more precise, application-specific welding systems. Equipment suppliers now are tailoring systems for different applications, and fabricators are embracing the new technology.

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Renewed hope for U.S. manufacturing

November 20, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

In 1939 manufacturing provided about 30 percent of the jobs in the U.S. By November of 1943, it provided 38.8 percent of U.S. jobs. Shortly after World War II ended, the manufacturing portion was back to its prewar level. Except for a few expansions along the way, probably associated with producing...

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Harco Metal Products purchases state-of-the-art equipment

November 20, 2009

Harco Metal Products (Harco), Tempe, Ariz., a provider of tube fabrication, systems integration, and seamless manufacturing, has announced the purchase of new, advanced machinery.Both the Wafios BMZ42 and the Accurex TubeInspectHD were selected for their unique and unparallel performance...

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Taylor-Wharton files for Chapter 11 protection

November 20, 2009

Taylor-Wharton International, LLC, a technology, service and manufacturing network for gas applications involving pressure vessels and precision valves, has announced a plan to implement a voluntary financial restructuring. The company has reached an agreement in principle with the holders of its...

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Hypertherm announces plasma curriculum for schools

November 20, 2009

Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., a provider of plasma arc metal cutting technology, has announced the availability of the first commercial curriculum specifically for plasma cutting and gouging.Created with input from welding instructors, Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice includes lessons...

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TRUMPF celebrates 50 years of nibbler technology

November 20, 2009

The hand-guided TRUMPF power nibbler is celebrating its50th birthday. The first tool, based on technical principles developed by Berthold Leibinger, came to market in 1959, when the company introduced the "THN100".The THN100 was a tool with a punch that pushed through the fixed die plate with a...

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Mild steel to HSS: Not just a spec change - Part II

November 20, 2009

Stamping high-strength steel, rather than mild steel, requires a different press system design approach. Standard presses are not designed to withstand the forces associated with HSS. A link drive can reduce the impact when the upper die touches the blank holder,and a heavier-than-normal press frame minimizes deflection.

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