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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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Mining lucrative medical device prospects

January 27, 2009

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The medical device industry segment holds promise for growth, and profit for stamping companies willing to work within its regulations and challenges.

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Don't rule out plasma for cutting aluminum - TheFabricator.com

Don't rule out plasma for cutting aluminum

January 27, 2009

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In any discussion about how to cut metal, plasma cutting is right up there with laser and waterjet. The technology gets a bad rap, though, when the discussion turns to cutting aluminum. There are five preconceptions that many fabricators have about turning to plasma to cut aluminum. But according to three experts, new plasma cutting systems produce good results on aluminum.

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Stimulus bill spending should support American workers

January 26, 2009

On January 22, U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 49 of their colleagues co-signed a letter to the House leadership urging them to require any money spent under the proposed...

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Caterpillar announces job cuts

January 26, 2009

Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar has announced that it is cutting 20,000 jobs. The jobs include 12,000 employees—11 percent of the work force—and 8,000 contractors.The total comprises...

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Welcome to the factory

January 23, 2009

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A friend sent me a link to a band he heard on an Internet radio station. The band hails from downstate Illinois, and one of the bands I really admire, Uncle Tupelo, came from the same part of the country. So I gave it a quick listen.A day later I purchased the CD, The Places We Lived....

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A nice speech

January 21, 2009

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Whether or not you supported President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, you have to admit that he gave a nice inaugural speech. I listened to the speech (streaming online video) and turned off inaugural coverage after the entire ceremony ended. I really am not interested in watching...

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FARO wins Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award

January 21, 2009

FARO, a provider of 3-D measurement and imaging technology, has won the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award from the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT).The National Center for Defense...

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Circular saw designed for fabricators, emergency services

January 20, 2009

Designed for mild steel, stainless, and aluminum, the SteelMax S9 9.25-in metal cutting circular saw cuts metal cool and clean without burring, heat distortion, or sparking. Featuring a 45-degree...

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Metal cutter produces cool, clean, ready-to-weld cuts

January 20, 2009

SteelMax LLC has introduced a 14-in. metal cutting saw that cuts metal cool and clean without burring, heat distortion, or sparking. The S14 is designed for cutting mild steel, stainless, and...

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Chrysler, Fiat announce strategic alliance

January 20, 2009

Chrysler and Fiat have signed a nonbinding agreement for a strategic alliance in which Italian automaker Fiat will receive an "initial" 35-percent stake in Chrysler, leaving the door open to expanding...

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Putting a smile on a banker's face

January 19, 2009

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Away from the revelry on the National Mall in Washington, auto industry executives and insiders have spent much of January in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, an annual event that, for obvious reasons, has been toned down significantly. One of the few areas not in such a funk,...

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Metal forming companies expect slight uptick in business conditions

January 19, 2009

According to the January 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a slight uptick in business conditions during the next three months....

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Don't forget Detroit

January 16, 2009

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This isn"t about the automotive industry or bailouts. It"s a wish for better times for places like Detroit.What prompted this? An incredibly thoughtful and moving column by Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press. I"ve been to and through Detroit a handful of times in my life. I remember...

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Skyline Steel facility

Keeping welding costs from spiraling out of control

January 15, 2009

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Skyline Steel, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, recognized in 2001 that for it to win contracts for high-end projects requiring high-pressure and high-strength steel spiral pipe, it would need to become more competitive in price. That's why the company turned to Servo-Robot Corp. and its AUTO-TRAC laser vision seam tracking for pipe welding.

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