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Selecting equipment for maximum productivity

February 7, 2006

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H. Meeuwsen B.V., a fabricator in Yerseke, Netherlands, found that purchasing a laser that could handle parts up to 12 m long greatly enhanced its capabilities. It augmented this purchase with a tandem press brake. One side of the brake has an 8-m capacity; the other has a 4-m capacity. This gives the company the ability to bend 12-m parts, if necessary, or to run the two brakes simultaneously for smaller items. Subsequent growth in customer demand led the company to consider purchasing a second laser. A careful analysis revealed that the company could do just fine with a smaller laser, so it purchased a laser with a 3-m capacity.

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Imagination fabrication

February 7, 2006

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BCI Burke, Fond du Lac, Wis., is the oldest playground and park and recreation equipment manufacturer in the country. As the company grew and its product offerings and colors multiplied, it found it needed to address problems with long leadtimes. Burke looked at every possibility for improvement, including processes improvements, inventory organization, manufacturing equipment purchases, and personnel productivity improvements, including crosstraining.

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Understanding press feeds

February 7, 2006

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Major technology shifts in how stamping presses are fed have allowed press feed technology to evolve, enabling stampers to realize increased processing speeds, improved processing flexibility, easier setup, and better quality and reliability. Even with today's advancements, a press feed must meet three basic and important criteria to be successful: Setup must be flexible. It must deliver the material with sufficient precision into the tool and die. It must feed at the correct time. Advancements in feed technology include pilot release, space-saving line configurations, transfer/progressive operations, and scratch-free processing.

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Ryerson to sell oil, gas assets

February 6, 2006

Ryerson Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell certain assets related to its U.S. oil and gas, tubular alloy, and bar alloy businesses to Energy Alloys, LLC, a Texas...

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CITAC cheers Byrd Amendment repeal by Congress

February 2, 2006

In a statement released Feb. 1, the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC) cheered Congress approving the repeal of the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act, commonly known as the...

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Manufacturing productivity up; overall productivity down

February 2, 2006

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor today reported preliminary productivity data—as measured by output per hour of all persons—for the fourth quarter and for the...

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New study shows no link between welding and Parkinson's

February 2, 2006

The Welding Information Center today announced that a new epidemiological study published in the February 2006 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicineconcluded that no link exists between...

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USW blasts State of the Union address

February 1, 2006

The United Steelworkers (USW) assailed President Bush's January 31 State of the Union speech as "an exercise in Alice in Wonderland rhetoric.""If everything's going so great, why are millions of...

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ArvinMeritor appoints vice president/treasurer

February 1, 2006

ArvinMeritor, Inc. has appointed Mary Lehmann as vice president and treasurer. Lehmann also will serve as a company officer.In her new position, Lehmann is responsible for the company's global capital...

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Diebold to sell Sumter, S.C., manufacturing facility

January 31, 2006

Diebold Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its Sumter, S.C.-based manufacturing plant to Porter's Fabrications, a current supplier to Diebold. Porter's Fabrications specializes in metal fabrication...

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Steel prices predicted to remain high

January 31, 2006

Rising steel prices have caused pain for many U.S. industries and significant relief is not on the horizon, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants said today.Since 2003 steel prices have climbed by more...

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Story behind the Pittsburgh Steelers logo

January 30, 2006

The Pittsburgh Steelers three-star logo is a familiar symbol. Displayed on the right side of each player's helmet, the logo symbolizes the strength of the Steelers and the Steel City the team...

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AK Steel increases prices for stainless steel products

January 26, 2006

AK Steel has announced that it is increasing transaction prices for all cold-rolled stainless sheet and strip products by approximately 3 percent, effective with shipments on February 19, 2006. The...

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Durable goods orders reach all-time high

January 26, 2006

New orders for manufactured durable goods in December increased $2.8 billion or 1.3 percent to $228.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This was at the highest level since the series...

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Mass layoffs up in December

January 25, 2006

In December 2005 employers took 1,308 mass layoff actions, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the...

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