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AIDA-America marks milestones in technology developments

June 16, 2008

Press manufacturer AIDA invests five percent of its annual revenue into research and development. This allows the company to provide continuous improvement initiatives to produce new designs and...

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Presses meet industry requirements for parts production from high-strength materials

June 16, 2008

AIDA's single-press transfer systems and press-to-press transfer lines are designed to provide total solutions for stampers with requirements to produce parts from high strength steel. Use of...

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AIDA names president, managing director of its Western Hemisphere operations

June 16, 2008

AIDA has named Troy Roberts as president and managing director of the Western Hemisphere portion of its global organization. The core of the press builder's custom products group, AIDA Engineering...

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AIDA unveils new Web site

June 16, 2008

AIDA, a mechanical stamping press manufacturer, has unveiled a new website www.aida-america.comdesigned to give stampers a comprehensive resource for metal forming. Streamlined navigation allows...

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Top 10 misconceptions about automation

June 15, 2008

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Fabricators frequently react to the idea of automation with powerful objections, many of which are based on information that is obsolete, incomplete, or simply incorrect. The reality is that automated systems can increase quality, profitability, and production rates; reduce costs and setup times; improve safety; simplify machine operation; and provide manufacturing flexibility.

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Fire up the grill

June 13, 2008

I can talk sports all day. If I have a beer while I do that, it"s a great day. If I"m cooking some meat over an open flame, it"s a great day.It"s amazing how little time I set aside to just sit outside with a buddy, grilling up some chicken and ribs, enjoying a tasty microbrew, and listening to the...

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Nucor to acquire Ambassador Steel

June 12, 2008

Nucor Corp. announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel, Inc., has signed a purchase agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Ambassador Steel Corp.,...

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Do your job, DOL

June 11, 2008

The May employment numbers were in the news last week. Among the releases on PR Newswire that dealt with the most recentstatistics—49,000 jobs were lost and the unemployment rate jumped from 5.0 percent to 5.5 percent, the largest one-month jump in 22 years—were two spins on the numbers...

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HRB price increases continue

June 11, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for June 9 rose 0.7 percent to $1,166 per ton, FOB the mill, for the fifteenth consecutive rise totaling $589. The Western European HRB...

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Knowledge worth passing on

June 10, 2008

George Hildebrand isn"t retiring. He"s just testing the waters.And why not? As project manager at George Third & Son Ltd., a structural fabricator near Vancouver, British Columbia, he"s been with the company for only 44 years. During that time he"s managed a host of projects, building everything...

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Dynamic speakers to headline FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show

June 9, 2008

Two dynamic keynote speakers— an American inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, and a global expert from Caterpillar— highlight the FABTECH®...

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Opportunities in the wind

June 6, 2008

The announcement this week that GM was closing several truck-making facilities around the U.S. and Mexico came not as a surprise, but as a disappointment. These high-paying manufacturing jobs are instrumental in keeping these communities alive: Workers invest in their homes, keeping property values...

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RathGibson installs greencleaning system in Clarksville facility

June 6, 2008

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has completed a large capital project in its Clarksville, Ark., facility. The...

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Saving the environment—One push at a time

June 4, 2008

The weather's warm, and my dormant Bermuda grass that appeared brown and dead all winter now is green and growing. Here in the Southeast, we've been mowing for weeks. We have a John Deere riding mower (for which we paid way too much) that requires annual service (which is also costly) and...

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AK Steel announces July surcharges for electrical and stainless steels

June 4, 2008

AK Steel has advised its customers that an $820 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in July 2008.July surcharges for the company's stainless steel...

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