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Press brake tooling designed for American-style press brakes - TheFabricator

Press brake tooling designed for American-style press brakes

July 7, 2010

Wila offers a new line of American Vintage precision press brake tooling for American-style press brakes. The tooling is manufactured in traditional imperial dimensioning using high-quality tool steel. All punches and dies are available in solid 20-in. lengths, 18.5-in. sectionalized sets, and...

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Rio South Texas initiative brings English-language proficiency to manufacturing workers - TheFabricator

Rio South Texas initiative brings English-language proficiency to manufacturing workers

July 7, 2010

South Texas College (STC), McAllen, Texas, has partnered with The Manufacturing Institute, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and other regional partners to implement an English language proficiency program to boost literacy, educational attainment, and career advancement for workers in the Rio...

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Dust collector retrofit can be applied to all reverse-pulse-jet baghouses

July 7, 2010

Scientific Dust Collectors has introduced a new retrofit system for existing baghouse dust collectors. The retrofit can be applied to all reverse-pulse-jet baghouses. If the blowpipes can be removed, the company's supersonic nozzles can replace the old cleaning...

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Stick electrodes have improved weld puddle control - TheFabricator

Stick electrodes have improved weld puddle control

July 7, 2010

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Atom Arc 7018 Acclaim stick electrode. According to the manufacturer, the electrode has the same drive and dig as its original Atom Arc stick electrode, with improved weld puddle control for simplified out-of-position welding. The electrode...

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Straight-line track cutting system available in plasma and oxyfuel configurations

July 7, 2010

The Glider straight-line track cutting system from C&G Systems is available in plasma or oxyfuel configurations. It cuts up to 4.5-in.-thick plate with an oxyfuel torch and up to 1.25-in.-thick plate with a plasma power source up to 100 amps. The small, portable unit is suitable for use on job...

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Upfront welding inspection considerations

July 7, 2010 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding inspection involves much more than simply checking the accuracy of welds after they are made. Inspectors must be knowledgeable about codes, standards, materials, and other fabricating processes.

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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring expectations in manufacturing sector grow slightly in July

July 6, 2010

The recent pattern of incremental job growth in manufacturing is expected to continue in July, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for July 2010. The manufacturing hiring index improved in July on a...

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Don't worry about the double-dip, worry about the new 'norm'

July 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The talk about the ol' double-dip recession continues. I don't buy it. I think it's just  the Unremarkable Recovery. I don't think that name will stick, but it's probably for the better. It doesn't do much for raising the morale of society. The simple fact remains that consumers aren't spending....

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If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do

July 1, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Most people would agree that working is an essential part of life, and the U.S. is a country whose citizens live to work. A 2004 study titled "Overworked in America" conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that one-third of U.S. employees were chronically overworked. In the book The...

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Doing what was always done doesn't cut it - TheFabricator

Doing what was always done doesn't cut it

July 1, 2010 | By Dan Davis

ABMyr, Belleville, Mich., is a manufacturer of finishing systems for its automotive clients, but at the heart of the company is its fabricating talent. That is what will serve the company best as it looks to rebound from the recent downturn.

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Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser - TheFabricator

Analyzing the potential of the solid-state laser

July 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Fiber lasers have enormous potential in metal fabrication. They aren't a panacea, but for certain applications, they may be extremely attractive. They're solid-state, require less maintenance, and often can cut twice as fast as their CO2 counterparts.

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ISM June ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories contracting

July 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 14th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued July 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Is this the best we can do?

June 30, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Smartass, Big Ass, dumbass ... Let me begin by saying that the opinion expressed here is solely mine and not to be interpreted as that of my employer and my co-workers or the editorial position of the publications we produce. It's my take on the caliber of some of the elected officials in our...

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HRB prices down 1.2% to 5.1% in China, Western Europe, U.S., and World

June 30, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for June 28 fell 1.2 percent percent to $511 per ton for the fourth consecutive decrease. The Western European HRB price fell 2.0 percent to $697 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 1.6 percent), ex-works, for the third consecutive...

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Controlling HSS material flow with variable binder force - TheFabricator

Controlling HSS material flow with variable binder force

June 30, 2010 | By Ravinder Venugopal

The increasing use of lightweight HSS alloys in the automotive industry has complicated the job of building tooling for deep-drawn parts. In addition, price pressure stemming from the use of these expensive materials demands significant scrap rate reduction. Multipoint variable binder-force control can help stampers meet these challenges.

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