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Unemployment—By the numbers

January 30, 2009

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The newspaper headlines are getting somewhat repetitive nowadays, unless you"re lucky enough to live in a state where the governor is being impeached. Layoffs here and layoffs there&mdashcompanies are shedding jobs like a politician sheds campaign promises.But an interesting thing caught my eye as...

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Labor shortage - Point/Counterpoint

January 29, 2009

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If you subscribe to the "Welding Wire" e-newsletter, you may have seen the comments in the January issue from a seasoned metalworker who questions whether the much proclaimed skilled-labor shortage really exists. His comments drew responses from those who wholeheartedly agreed with what he had to...

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Randolph Tool purchases National Knife and Service Grinding

January 29, 2009

Randolph Tool Co., Hartville, Ohio, has purchased National Knife Co. and Service Grinding Co., Berea, Ohio.Randolph Tool has specialized in the manufacturing and sharpening of industrial knives and...

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Durable goods orders down fifth straight month

January 29, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that new orders for durable goods fell by 2.6 percent in December, a larger decline than the 2 percent economists had forecast.December's decline marked...

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Being lean pays in a recession

January 28, 2009

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I spoke with a stamper last week who found one of the few areas for growth in this economy: takeover work. Jim Schwartz, general manager of marketing at Eagle Wings Industries, Rantoul, Ill., recently implemented magnetic die clamping, a technology that has allowed the company to take on new work...

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Adjustable V-die added to line of rotational lower dies

January 28, 2009

Fab Supply Inc., Addison, Ill., has added the adjustable RVP3 Rolla-V die to its patented line of rotational lower dies. The adjustable design of the RVP3 enables the tool to achieve bend angles from...

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HRB prices plumbing the bottom

January 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™World export HRB price for January 26 dropped 4.6 percent to $480 per ton, FOB the port of export, after rising the last reported period. The United States HRB...

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Bending outside the box

January 27, 2009

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For the best, most cost-effective parts, designers should consider fabrication from the get-go. This article shows examples of what those parts look like.

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Shielding Gas Primer GTAW

A shielding gas primer for GTAW

January 27, 2009

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With so many blends of shielding gas available, it can be a difficult task to determine which gas or gas blend best suits a particular GTAW application. To simplify that task, you must first understand the distinct properties that each gas or gas mixture brings to the table and how best to optimize the mixture once it's been determined.

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TRUMPF names vice president, lasers

January 27, 2009

Dr. Christian Schmitz is joining TRUMPF Inc. as the vice president, lasers, effective February 1. He will be located at the company's North American headquarters in Farmington, Conn. The announcement...

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Green machines

January 27, 2009

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Electric and hybrid electric-hydraulic press brakes give fabricators an energy-saving bending alternative.

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Metal former today, compression molder tomorrow

January 27, 2009

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The difference between a hydraulic press used to form metal stampings and a compression molding press used to form parts out of composite materials isn't that great. Could a metal former make the jump into composites forming? With a lesson in materials handling and some customers, a metal former might be able to make the jump.

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How do I calculate tonnage in progressive stamping?

January 27, 2009

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This article the complete STAMPING Journal® Ask the Expert column, as answered by columnist Dennis Cattell of The Minster Machine Co., and published in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue:

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Cutting with an industry workhorse

January 27, 2009

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To gain the most benefit from an ironworker's cutting stations, fabricators should select one with the right tonnage and blade characteristics for their applications.

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Laser and waterjet: friends or foes?

January 27, 2009

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Knowing the capabilities and drawbacks of laser and waterjet machines is the key in determining which is best for a particular application.

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