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The challenge of robotic welding aluminum

June 8, 2004

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Robotic gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of aluminum alloys has been an industry challenge for many years. Early attempts made to automate this process typically failed. The failure of early automated cells was associated with a lack of process experience or improper equipment selection. This failure...

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May ISM manufacturing report: New orders, production, employment grow; employment index highest since April 1973

June 3, 2004

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in May for the 12th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing Institute...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part II

June 1, 2004

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World-class manufacturing is a common catch phrase, but it's usually used even though the company has done nothing to justify the highfalutin title. Many companies have been using manufacturing resource planning (MRP), lean manufacturing, kaizen, kanban, Six Sigma systems, statistical process...

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Why companies really fail and how to turn them around, Part I

June 1, 2004

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Why do some companies fail or continuously underperform? It's a complex question with as many "answers" as there are heads of industries and university scholars.In actuality, the most common reason for business failure is poor cash flow. Most organizations experience severe cash flow problems at...

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AISI: Steel imports up substantially; industry urges import monitoring

May 27, 2004

Based on preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported May 25 that the U. S. imported a total of 2,436,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April (up 0.3 percent...

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U.S. durable goods orders fell 2.9 percent in April; March's gain revised up to 5.7 percent

May 26, 2004

May 26, the U.S. Commerce Department said April's durable goods orders fell 2.9 percent, the largest decrease since a 6.0 percent decline in September 2002. However, March's gain was revised up again...

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Alcoa announces price increase on small diameter drawn seamless tubing

May 24, 2004

Alcoa Engineered Aerospace Products has announced a price increase for soft and hard alloy small diameter (under 0.750-in OD) drawn tube in both round and other than round product forms. Base prices...

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U.S. congresswoman Tubbs Jones says loss of Timken devastating to Ohio

May 21, 2004

May 20, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) joined the Ohio Democratic Delegation to draw attention to what she called President Bush's failed economic policies and how they continue to hurt...

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First quarter mass layoffs lowest since 2000; 40 percent of employers reporting extended layoffs anticipate recalling employees

May 18, 2004

In the first quarter of 2004, 1,204 mass layoff actions were taken by employers in the private nonfarm economy that resulted in the separation of 239,361 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days,...

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Manzullo to Greenspan: Interest rate hike would stunt U.S. economic recovery

May 12, 2004

On May 10, House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) urged Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan to keep interest rates level as U.S. companies emerge from recession and...

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April employment statistics show noteworthy job gain in durable goods manufacturing; most gains in fabricated metal products

May 7, 2004

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported May 7 that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was about unchanged at 5.6...

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ISG to acquire Georgetown Steel Co.

May 6, 2004

International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of the Georgetown Steel Co. facility in Georgetown, S.C., subject to customary closing adjustments and...

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NAM criticizes Harkin amendment passage: "Politics of fear won out over policy of reason"

May 5, 2004

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2004 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) sharply criticized the Senate for passing an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) that would largely...

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Space-saving storage system offered

May 4, 2004

Kasto Maschinenbau offers the KASTOlift, a space-saving standardized storage system that's suitable for a variety of applications, including storing barstock, sheet metal, fixtures, and boxes.The...

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Front-load parts washer accepts most automotive parts

May 4, 2004

Cuda Cleaning Systems offers a front-load, automatic parts washer large enough to accommodate engine blocks and other automotive components.The Cuda 2840 features a 40-in.-high wash cabinet and a...

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