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HRB price surge moderates

April 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for April 26 surged 6.3 percent to $742 per ton (on a Euro basis, it surged 8.8 percent), ex-works, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price was up 3.2 percent to $772 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...

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tube cutoff machine

Doing more with less

April 29, 2010 | By George Winton

Loading and unloading tube for fabricating often is a manual process. Because labor rates in the U.S. are higher than those in many other countries, manual loading and unloading isn’t competitive. Using an automatic loader/unloader can change that, moving an operation from red to black.

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No pixie dust for manufacturing jobs

April 28, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Do you ever have one of those days, weeks, or years in which nothing seems to go right? (If you answered "no" to this question, let us all in on your secret.)  I'm having one of those weeks, and I'm attributing all the madness and irritations to the full moon. That's right; I’m blaming...

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FMA Communications Inc. launches www.greenmanufacturer.net Web site

April 28, 2010

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., announces the launch of the new www.greenmanufacturer.net Web site. “Greenmanufacturer.net gives us an opportunity to round out our sustainability coverage with timely updates, tweets, and blogs; real-time reports, and cool interactive tools such as an...

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Labor is not a bad word

April 27, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Countless talking heads have argued for and against globalization. Some say it’s an unstoppable force, as companies continue their hunt for the company that gives the most bang for their buck. In manufacturing, that often translates to the cheapest labor that can meet or exceed required quality...

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TRUMPF announces laser division personnel changes

April 27, 2010

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced several staff changes within its laser division. David Havrilla has been promoted to manager of products and applications. He has been involved with industrial lasers for more than 23 years and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He...

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Pneumatic gripper withstands hot forming environments - TheFabricator

Pneumatic gripper withstands hot forming environments

April 27, 2010

Bilsing Automation North America has announced the availability of its PSQ40 pneumatic gripper, designed to withstand hot forming environments, such as those required to produce A and B pillars and side and roof rails for automobiles. The 2.65-lb. gripper is capable of 3 million cycles and can...

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Computer-assisted quoting software designed for machining, stamping, fabricating applications

April 27, 2010

BottomLine Industrial Software's Quik Quote plus series II is a computer-assisted quoting Excel® worksheet for machining, stamping, and fabricating applications. The program performs basic and multiple-quantity quotes with estimated profits using real-time hours. The product has built-in...

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Coherent opens CO2 laser applications lab in China

April 27, 2010

Coherent Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., has opened a new CO2 laser applications laboratory in Beijing. The facility gives customers in the Chinese materials processing and microelectronics markets quick feedback on the suitability of CO2 laser processing for their applications. The Coherent Beijing...

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Press brake available in capacities from 38 to 110 tons

April 27, 2010

The RGM2 press brake from Amada America Inc. comes in capacities from 38 to 110 tons. Its backgauge is equipped with a pair of three-position gauge fingers (top, center, and down), and the front arm support system handles small and large parts. A work support table that attaches to the front arms...

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Metal recovery system enhanced

April 27, 2010

Eriez® has introduced the ProSort II airless metal recovery system. It includes the same features as the original ProSort, but with twice as many sensors per paddle. The system is designed for the processing of shredded automobiles, comingled recyclables, electronic scrap, and other resource...

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Gas analysis module suitable for applications in explosive areas

April 27, 2010

Witt Gas Controls offers a gas analysis module with the new Gas Control 50 digital control unit for quality assurance for plants that mix or process gas. The unit enables users to monitor permanently the composition of the most common gas mixtures. In addition to gas analysis, the digital...

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CenterLine (Windsor) hires account manager

April 27, 2010

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has hired Chuck Roberts as an account manager. Roberts has more than 35 years of engineering, project management, and sales experience involving local, national, and international automation projects. His most recent experience was as engineering manager...

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IPG Photonics acquires Cosytronic

April 27, 2010

IPG Photonics Corp., Oxford, Mass., a producer of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers, has announced the acquisition of privately held, Germany-based Cosytronic KG, a developer of joining techniques and welding tools. The acquisition allows IPG to extend its product offerings to include a...

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Marmon/Keystone announces staff changes

April 27, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has promoted Vernon R. Donaldson to manager of material requirements planning. He began his career in 1998 as branch service correspondent at the East Butler service center. He advanced through several purchasing positions, and in 2008 he was named a buyer at the...

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