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Got to get to work

May 19, 2009

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A keynote speaker at last week's ALAW Laser Applications Workshop—an annual industry conference about lasers in automotive and general fabrication—gave some valuable perspective on the automotive industry. Bernard Swiecki of the Dearborn, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research...

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Technologies help to make shops structurally sound

May 19, 2009

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Tough economic conditions have hit the construction industry as hard as they have many other industries. These problems in commercial construction are affecting structural steel fabricators. New technologies are especially benefiting four important structural steel fabricating processes by reducing labor costs. These represent some of the bigger developments in recent years.

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Riding the right wave in aluminum welding

May 19, 2009

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Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, often is thought of as the most difficult welding process to master. Fortunately for welders, several technological advances have occurred, forcing many to rethink their assumptions. Alternating current (AC) GTAW is no longer...

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Aristo Machines partners with Manchester Tool & Die

May 19, 2009

Aristo Machines Inc., Indianapolis, a manufacturer of tube end forming systems, has announced a partnership with Manchester Tool & Die Inc. (MTD), North Manchester, Ind. MTD now will manufacture,...

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Kennametal to sell high-speed steel drills, related product lines to Top Eastern Drill

May 19, 2009

Kennametal Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its high speed steel drills, related product lines, and assets to Top Eastern Drill Co., Ltd. (TDC). This sale is in...

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Inspecting and verifying fillet weld size

May 19, 2009

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Woolf Aircraft Products Inc. developed an inspection tool that can beused to measure a leg length, as well as the actual throat of a weld.Using these two known measurements, quality assurance personnelthen can determine the actual size and the convexity and concavity ofa specific fillet weld.

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Welding Update for Infrastructure: Selecting filler metals for seismic requirements

May 18, 2009

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FEMA, AWS, and AISC have all released documentation andspecification guidance for structural steel construction projects.Determining which to follow, however, can be a source of confusionfor architects, contract engineers, welding engineers, and weldingmanufacturers.

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Metal forming companies expect little change in next three months

May 18, 2009

According to the May 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged during the next three...

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OMAX announces settlement in patent litigation

May 18, 2009

OMAX has announced the settlement of the outstanding patent litigation with Flow Corporation, along with the cessation of merger negotiations with the company."Due to the risks and difficulties of...

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Welding Update for Infrastructure: No nonsense with NDT

May 18, 2009

Infrastructure is defined as the basic physical systems that serve a community's population, such as roads, bridges, utilities, water, and sewage. These systems are essential for enabling productivity in the economy, so it is crucial to ensure they are fit for use. Nondestructive testing (NDT)...

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Saws: A moving story

May 15, 2009

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Like many other machine tool builders, Behringer Saws Inc. hosts open house events that invite customers and prospective customers to learn about metal cutting technology. Obviously, in this case, visitors to the Behringer Sawing Symposium and Exhibition, held this week at the company's...

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A different Detroit

May 15, 2009

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"Look at the floor."That was Kent Woody, quality guru at Auto Metal Craft in Oak Park, Mich., a prototype shop just a few miles from the Detroit Three"s epicenter. The concrete floor I looked at was worn from years of use. "That's decades of hi-lo traffic, right there," he said. "That's...

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Finding an ally alloy

May 15, 2009

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Choosing the best filler metal for aluminum welding involves takinginto account the operating conditions of the finished weldedcomponent as well as six important variables that can affect theoperating condition.

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LAI recognized by Northrop Grumman

May 15, 2009

LAI International Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, was honored by Northrop Grumman as a Platinum Source Preferred Supplier for...

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Welding Update for Infrastruture:Heating up takes time

May 15, 2009

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The good news about a worldwide ­recession is that steel prices are back down from their record highs of 2008. The Producer Price Index for hot-rolled bars, plates, and structural shapes, which includes a lot of bridge steel, dropped 7.5 percent from February 2008 to February 2009."The extreme...

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