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U.S. machine tool demand falls to record low in January

March 9, 2009

Reuters reported that U.S. January machine tool demand fell 59.2 percent to a record low $94.95 million from $232.59 million in December, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors'...

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CMM Scanning System

Reducing CMM Scanning Time

March 9, 2009

A new high speed scanning system for coordinate measuring machines is achieving tremendous productivity gains. Manufacturers have retrofitted existing CMMs with the new Renscan5 system and infinite positioning REVO head from Renishaw and applied the system to speeding inspection on some of their more complex and time-consuming parts.

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end forming tools

Putting a few end forming basics to work

March 9, 2009

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Whether maintaining or changing the OD, knowing the basics of end forming—especially friction and lubrication—can help achieve a successful result.

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titanium energy demand

Titanium trends

March 9, 2009

Electricity demand grew an average of 15,000 megawatts per year from 1995 to 2006, and this trend will undoubtedly continue. The Energy Information Administration predicts that meeting future demands will require the equivalent of more than 20 new 500-MW power plants per year over the next 20 years or so. A critical component in power plant construction is titanium tubing, which is favored for its high strength and corrosion resistance.

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Roll forming

Continuous improvement for roll forming - Part II

March 9, 2009

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Continuous improvement and statistical process control are useful,time-tested techniques—they have been used since the 1950s—but their use must be tailored to specific applications. For example, atypical manufacturing metric is parts per minute, but many roll formers should measure feet per minute. This and other tips can help roll formers accurately evaluate their productivity and measure the impact of process improvements.

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Saving money on complex tube end forms

March 9, 2009

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"Cut costs, cut costs, cut costs" is a mantra that echoes from engineering cubicles to production floors in manufacturing companies far and wide.

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Hiring expectations down again in March

March 6, 2009

Hiring expectations in the manufacturing and service sectors' will continue to diminish in March as an already anemic labor market will provide fewer opportunities for job seekers, according to the...

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Hope in metal fabricating

March 5, 2009

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If metal fabricating is hard work, metal fabricators are working especially hard during these economic times. Matrix Metalcraft is no exception.The 25-person shop in Clinton Township, Mich., is working hard to chase down new business while the automotive industry remains moribund. The 9-year-old...

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Haphazardly throwing money away

March 4, 2009

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Several e-newsletters arrive in my inbox each week; I imagine the same is true for you. I don't always have time to read all of them as thoroughly as I'd like, but I do open them and scan to see if they contain something I need to make the time to read.The latest Occupational Health &...

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Pratt & Whitney engine wins Aviation WeekLaureate Award

March 4, 2009

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower(TM) PW1000G engine team won the 2009 Aviation WeekLaureate Award for outstanding achievement in Aeronautics and Propulsion. The annual awards, from Aviation Week & Space...

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Chrysler LLC posts strong retail sales across Midwest, Rockies, and Plains

March 4, 2009

Chrysler LLC's sales throughout the Midwest, the Rockies, and the plains of the United States posted a 31.5 percent retail sales increase over last month. The region exceeded the overall corporate...

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Do more with less and perplexity

March 2, 2009

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Recently I heard an apt story for our times, one that delved into the history behind that perennial, and often abhorred, business buzz phrase, "Do more with less." According to the NPR story, the 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat opined, Man is so constituted that his...

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ISM: Manufacturing sector activity fails to grow for 13th consecutive month

March 2, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in February for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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AK Steel announces April 2009 surcharges

March 2, 2009

AK Steel has advised its customers that a $100 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in April 2009. April 2009 surcharges for the stainless steel products...

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U.S. Steel announces management changes at corporate headquarters

March 2, 2009

United States Steel Corp. today announced several management changes at its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. Deborah A. Grabe has been named general manager-processed products, replacing Anton...

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