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When do we say enough already?

February 18, 2009

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While my neighbors are circulating e-mails about the newly opened Irish pub that's within walking distance (conserve fuel and drown your sorrows) and notices about how to reduce the tax assessments on our homes—after all, our home values have dropped; one more reason to hit the...

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Deere & Company remains 'solidly profitable'

February 18, 2009

Deere & Company today announced worldwide net income of $203.9 million, or $0.48 per share, for the first quarter ended January 31, compared with $369.1 million, or $0.83 per share, for the same...

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NAM: Competitive auto industry essential to American manufacturing base

February 18, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today issued the following statement in support of auto manufacturers in America:I cannot stress enough the importance of the auto...

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Attracting the positive

February 16, 2009

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The sky fell over the weekend. Well, not really. (What would the sky falling look like anyway?) But some stuff did fall from the sky. A Russian and American satellite collided, and in another apparently unrelated incident, a giant fireball streamed over Texas.The stories read as apt metaphors for...

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Metal formers weigh in on business conditions for next three months

February 16, 2009

According to the February 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect tough times to continue during the next three months. Conducted...

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NAM supports stimulus legislation

February 13, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler has issued the following statement in response to the conference version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1):The economic...

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Bobcat pounces on cost-saving opportunities

February 12, 2009

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Bobcat determined that the nesting software on its laser cutting systems didn't maximize the capabilities of the machines. After the company decided to purchase new nesting software, programmers outlined what capabilities they wanted. The company purchased ProNest® from MTC Software, Lockport, N.Y. The company has gained positive returns from the new software, which enables more control of process specifications.

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Just the facts - Down and dirty

February 11, 2009

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As I began this post, I had no idea what the title would be. I wanted something positive and, if not positive, at least not negative. How do you put the best possible spin on rotten news? Perhaps I should ask government officials or financial CEOs, who have a lot of experience laundering facts...

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FMA International purchases Canadian Industrial Machinery (CIM)magazine

February 11, 2009

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), Inc., announces the purchase of Canadian Industrial Machinery (CIM)magazine.Founded in 1986, Canadian Industrial Machinery, a...

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HRB prices revisit the bottom

February 11, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™United States hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Feb. 9th dropped 3.5 percent to $554 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the 13th consecutive decline. The...

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Safeguarding against robotic welding hazards

February 10, 2009

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Safety light screens, safety interlock switches, and two-hand controls are three types of safeguarding devices that can be used as part of a comprehensive safety system for robotic welding setups in your shop.

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Manufacturing Transportation Equipment

New dimension, familiar direction

February 10, 2009

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H.W. Metals offers punching, shearing, arc welding, machining, oxyfuel cutting, and standard and high-definition plasma cutting. The company found that there was more and more work it couldn't do for its customers because some jobs required laser-cut parts. The company decided to purchase a laser to expand capabilities in its current markets by offering an alternative to plasma cutting. In October, the company installed a Prima Maximo laser cutting system, which will allow the company to provide more capabilities to existing customers.

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Shickle Corp Employees

'We are all Shickels'

February 10, 2009

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Shickel Corp., Bridgewater, Va., has a very diversified customer base, a strong manufacturing tradition, and a commitment to exposing youngsters to the exciting world of manufacturing. For all those reasons, this 70-year-old company is the recipient of The FABRICATOR's 2009 Industry Award.

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Survival—Are factors other than the economy dragging down your operation?

February 10, 2009

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Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.

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Wireless GTAW pedal has 100-ft. range, multichannel adjustability

February 10, 2009

The Freedom Pedal® serves as a wireless replacement for a GTAW machine's corded pedal. It offers a 100-ft. range, an elevation positioning system, steer tabs, ergonomic shaping, and multichannel...

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