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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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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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FABTECH 'exceeded our expectations'

November 19, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Economically speaking, it's been a grim year. Few industries have escaped the repercussions of the downturn, and ours—metal manufacturing—is among the hardest hit. It was under a heavy cloud of concern that a stressed, worried industry came together at the 2009 FABTECH®...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to dip in next three months; however, conditions show considerable improvement from last year

November 19, 2009

According to the November 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies anticipate a dip in business conditions and incoming orders. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 137 metal forming companies in...

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Lean manufacturing meets health care

November 14, 2009 | By Tim Heston

The coverage on health care reform has been driving me crazy lately. As the saying goes, there are two things that are good to have, but you don't want to know how they're made: laws and sausages. For weeks, article after newspaper article has described the art of sausage-making.But one...

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Taking a working break from free trade

November 13, 2009 | By Dan Davis

My two fellow bloggers have written about jobs, and I can't disagree with their points. Job creation is important both to the electorate and those they elect.Unfortunately, the past decade hasn't been a stellar one for job creation. If you take a look at the private jobs in the U.S. in...

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United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO Metal Trades presidents featured on special rebroadcast of 'Inside Government'

November 12, 2009

Building a new economy that utilizes clean energy, a 21st century infrastructure and allows the U.S. to thrive on the global stage will be the focus of this week's AFGE "Inside Government" radio show. The show will air on Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. EST nationwide on Federal News Radio at...

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No layoffs (except for Congress)

November 11, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Yes, Tim, it truly is about jobs. Congress can debate health care reform, bail out banks, extend unemployment benefits, work to develop a climate bill, increase the legislative budget, and do whatever else it does until the cows come home, but we need jobs—lots of good jobs—for the...

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HRB prices converging

November 11, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Nov. 9 rose 1.6 percent to $437 per ton for the second consecutive increase. The World export HRB price fell 1.4 percent to $496 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth consecutive decline. The Western European HRB price...

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