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Where is the welding management?

May 27, 2008

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Skilled, responsible welders can be expected to perform tasks to which they are accustomed very well. But when a brand-new project comes in, management should be careful not to give welders responsibilities they are not prepared to take. They need more than encouragement and sympathy.

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The state of steel: Going up

May 22, 2008

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I"m not sure how fabricators are coping with rising steel prices. I guess it"s like rising gas prices: You deal with it because it"s a fact of life.Unfortunately, there"s little relief in sight. John Surma, U.S. Steel"s chairman and CEO, told financial analysts in April that flat-rolled steel...

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Still made in the U.S.A.

May 21, 2008

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Quick—off the top of your head—what metal product introduced in the U.S. in 1945 is made from 98 feet of wire, is advertised with one of the most memorable jingles of all times, sells for less than $5.00, has sales totaling more than 300 million, and still is being made in the U.S.?...

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Traci"s story: A good reason to get lean

May 20, 2008

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By 1994, Traci Tapani knew things had to change. As co-president of a Stacy, Minn.-based job shop, she just had a baby and was about to go on maternity leavethat is until a certain customer, who provided more than half of the company"s revenue, found out. They had a fit, she said. They...

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Sawing, deburring system designed for tubes, shapes up to 3 in. in diameter

May 20, 2008

The Kasto Model KASTOwa-90R/S automatic sawing machine in combination with the RSA Model NN 1000A wire brush deburring machine is designed for tubes and shapes up to 3 inches in diameter. The machine...

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Confidence of small manufacturing companies rises

May 20, 2008

The Small Business Research Board (SBRB) Manufacturing Industry Small Business Confidence Index (M-SBCI) rose to 43.66 during the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 15 points (52.3 percent) from...

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Welding wisdom

May 19, 2008

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I just finished up with a four-day crash course in welding technologies at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, Ohio. Assistant Editor Michael Bishop, Associate Editor Amanda Carlson, and I decided it would be better to get our feet wet in the world of welding at an educational...

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Plymouth Tube names general manager

May 15, 2008

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has appointed Gavin Ford as general manager of its hot mill in Winamac, Ind.Ford previously worked for Prestolite Wire Corp.; while there he held the positions of...

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Guild Intl. marks 50-year anniversary

May 15, 2008

Guild Intl., Bedford, Ohio, has announced that this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding.In 1958 Donald Wheeler—father of the company's current president, Michael Wheeler—began...

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Tower Oil names president/CEO

May 15, 2008

Tower Oil & Technology Co., Chicago, recently appointed Kirk McCubbin as president and CEO.The company is an employee-owned manufacturer of metalworking fluids.

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Bosch Rexroth sponsor LSSU robotics project

May 15, 2008

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), Orion, Mich., has sponsored the development of a vision-based robotic workcell as a senior project at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Sainte...

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Thermacut expands sales team

May 15, 2008

Thermacut Inc., Claremont, N.H., recently created new sales positions and promoted staff to better serve its customer base throughout North America. The company has appointed Dana Colson as its first...

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Tekfab adds engineer

May 15, 2008

Tekfab has added Dave Zaragoza as an engineer.Zaragoza, who has more than 10 years of experience in the metal framing industry, is responsible for companywide sales of all Tekfab products, as well as...

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Pacific Press Technologies announces staff appointments

May 15, 2008

Pacific Press Technologies (PPT), Mt. Carmel, Ill., a manufacturer of metal forming equipment, recently appointed Steve Schurman as director of sales and marketing and promoted Dan Peach to PEP...

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Prima open house to feature laser cutting, bending technologies

May 15, 2008

Prima North America Inc., a manufacturer of 2-D and 3-D laser cutting and automation equipment, has announced plans to hold an open house/seminar June 4 and 5 at its Technology Center in Chicopee,...

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