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Manufacturing sector economic activity expands for fourth consecutive month

December 3, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the seventh consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®Commenting on the report, Norbert J. Ore,...

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'Coming back slowly'

December 2, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

With all the buzz about Tiger Woods, you may not have seen the flurry of reports post FABTECH, such as this one that appeared in today's Rockford Register Star newspaper, that offer glimpses of where metal fabricating companies stand in the recessionary cycle.According to the article, Farley...

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Roll forming gets flexible

December 2, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Roll forming technology has adapted to a manufacturing market that demands short runs and quick response.

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Creating a time analysis to measure shop floor efficiency

December 2, 2009 | By William Whiteside

A time analysis in a fabrication business is much more than just a study of labor functions. When done correctly, time analysis considers the total picture of an operation.

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3-D CAD design communication skills

December 2, 2009

If a face-to-face meeting can't be held, thenit is incumbent upon the 3-D CAD crew toproduce other kinds of documents tocommunicate the same information tocustomers. Gerald Davis provides examples ofhow to do this.

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Choices in flying cutoff saw blades

December 2, 2009 | By Mike Rans

Friction saws are the conventional cutoff machines for tube and pipe mills. Drawbacks include hazards (noise and risk of breakage) and burrs they tend to generate. Tungsten-carbide-tipped (TCT) blades, which require more sophisticated sawing machines, run slower and safer, cut cleaner, and are less prone to breakage.

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Giving thanks & for cash flow

December 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

As my toddler sculpted her mash potatoes into something resembling, well, a lump of mash potatoes, I looked around at the Thanksgiving table. Smiles all around, not only because my daughter's so darn cute (no bias on my part, of course), but also because they knew they didn't have to...

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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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