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May 1, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson
Some people might think that the only way to serve their country is by joining the military. If that were true, then this country, the men and women currently serving, and our national security would be in a world of trouble. Even though they don't receive much recognition, the fact is civilians...
April 30, 2010 | By Dean C. Phillips
Welding metals of dissimilar strengths requires that a welder consider some specific factors, to ensure a solid joint.
April 30, 2010 | By Jeff Miller
On-site hole-making is a common fabrication activity, but not much thought is given to the tool used for the job. As with any job, the right tool can make a real difference in how smoothly the operation goes.
April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis
How does an architect create a building that mirrors the daylight and a nearby river? In the case of the new Tampa Museum of Art, architect Stanely Saitowitz turned to perforated metal panels that enveloped the entire building, all 96,000 square feet of building surface.
April 30, 2010 | By Kate Bachman
The automotive industry is looking to hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles to electrify the effort to lessen or eliminate fuel emissions and to achieve the new fuel standards. Lithium-ion is considered by many to be the most promising of automotive batteries because of its potential for longer ranges.
April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis
When you are president of a company, you might observe things that others don’t even notice. That just comes with the territory when you are dealing regularly with profit and loss statements. Jon DeWys, president of DeWys Manufacturing, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based precision fabricator,...
April 30, 2010 | By Guy Goodmonson
Stamping simulation software augments an experienced toolmaker's creativity.
April 29, 2010 | By Eric Lundin
What a difference a week makes. On April 19, Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon rig was doing some exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of BP. After a six-year drought that started in 1994, BP had discovered several major oil deposits throughout the last decade: Marlin, 2000;...
April 29, 2010
The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for April 26 surged 6.3 percent to $742 per ton (on a Euro basis, it surged 8.8 percent), ex-works, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price was up 3.2 percent to $772 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...
April 29, 2010 | By George Winton
Loading and unloading tube for fabricating often is a manual process. Because labor rates in the U.S. are higher than those in many other countries, manual loading and unloading isn’t competitive. Using an automatic loader/unloader can change that, moving an operation from red to black.
April 28, 2010 | By Vicki Bell
Do you ever have one of those days, weeks, or years in which nothing seems to go right? (If you answered "no" to this question, let us all in on your secret.) I'm having one of those weeks, and I'm attributing all the madness and irritations to the full moon. That's right; I’m blaming...
April 28, 2010
FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., announces the launch of the new www.greenmanufacturer.net Web site. “Greenmanufacturer.net gives us an opportunity to round out our sustainability coverage with timely updates, tweets, and blogs; real-time reports, and cool interactive tools such as an...
April 27, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Countless talking heads have argued for and against globalization. Some say it’s an unstoppable force, as companies continue their hunt for the company that gives the most bang for their buck. In manufacturing, that often translates to the cheapest labor that can meet or exceed required quality...
April 27, 2010
TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced several staff changes within its laser division. David Havrilla has been promoted to manager of products and applications. He has been involved with industrial lasers for more than 23 years and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He...
April 27, 2010
Bilsing Automation North America has announced the availability of its PSQ40 pneumatic gripper, designed to withstand hot forming environments, such as those required to produce A and B pillars and side and roof rails for automobiles. The 2.65-lb. gripper is capable of 3 million cycles and can...