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Air forming and V-die selection

May 4, 2004

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Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are metal forming methods. Air forming, the most common, is a three-point operation. The actual inside radius produced is based on a percentage of the V-die width, regardless of the sharp–radius relationship. Selecting the correct die width can be...

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April ISM Report: PMI at 62.4 percent; new orders, production, employment grow; metal availability, escalating costs still concerns

May 3, 2004

Tempe, Ariz., May 3 – Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April for the 11th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 30th consecutive month, said U.S. supply...

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Snow: First quarter 2004 GDP indicates sustained strength of economic recovery

April 29, 2004

In a statement released April 29, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said the 2004 first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) report "illustrates the sustained strength of the economic recovery."Snow...

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Disks, brushes clean, deburr without damaging underlying surface

April 27, 2004

The Scotch-Brite™ radial bristle disks and brushes from 3M are designed for industrial applications, such as cleaning metal before welding, removing discoloration and sealant, and deburring,...

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U.S. Steel chairman, CEO Thomas J. Usher to retire at end of September

April 27, 2004

United States Steel Corp. chairman and CEO Thomas J. Usher announced April 27 that he has elected to retire as CEO at the end of September. Usher will continue as chairman of the board of directors...

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Judge approves sale of Weirton Steel's assets to ISG

April 23, 2004

A federal bankruptcy court judge has approved Weirton Steel Corp.'s request to sell substantially all of its assets to Cleveland-based International Steel Group (ISG) Inc."Our employees, our other...

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Business Outlook Index hits second straight all-time high. Executives expect hiring increase.

April 19, 2004

According to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook released April 8, the long-awaited recovery in the U.S. manufacturing sector is expected to continue to gain steam...

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U.S. trade deficit shrinks—imports, exports hit record highs

April 14, 2004

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced April 14 that total February exports of $92.4 billion and imports of $134.5 billion...

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Chao announces skilled trades initiative

April 12, 2004

On April 6, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the "Skills to Build America's Future" initiative, a nationwide outreach and education effort designed to attract young people and...

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Flux recovery vacuum designed for low maintenance

April 8, 2004

Weld Engineering Co. Inc. offers the Mighty-Mac-5000X-Mill heavy-duty submerged arc flux recovery vacuum and dust collector, designed for automatic cleaning and low maintenance.Made of heavy gauge...

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Fully integrated CO2 lasers introduced

April 8, 2004

Synrad Inc. has introduced the Firestar f400 and the Firestar f201 fully integrated laser systems for metal cutting, welding, and other industrial applications.The systems' footprints allow mounting...

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Replacement vacuum cups fit almost any vacuum equipment

April 8, 2004

Vi-Cas Mfg. offers replacement vacuum cups to fit nearly any type of vacuum equipment, including lifters, manipulators, pick-and-place systems (for sheet stock and scrap), vacuum hold-downs, packaging...

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Clamping system designed for orbital welding

April 8, 2004

The OrbiLine internal clamping system from Orbimatic is designed to facilitate well-aligned welded joints on tubular components.The system uses an internal clamping mandrel with individual fingers,...

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Projection laser creates virtual templates during setup, alignment processes

April 8, 2004

LAP Laser has introduced the CAD-PRO pattern projection laser that creates virtual templates during setup and alignment of manufacturing processes. The system projects a laser-light template onto the...

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Table positions container height, angle with single mechanism

April 8, 2004

The Z-Lift Tilter® from Southworth Products Corp. is designed to position a container's height and angle independently but with a single mechanism.The machine is suitable for applications that...

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