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Software drives laser cutting productivity gains

December 15, 2008

Mazak Optonics Corp. announces its next-level, network solution for driving productivity gains through its family of laser cutting systems. PC-based, e-Soft provides technical data and management...

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Cutting more than metal with a waterjet

December 15, 2008

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With waterjet cutting equipment, shops are no longer limited to the world of metal fabrications. They can search for new business in areas that were once considered unrealistic.

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Converting your fluid systems to green

December 15, 2008

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Metal forming, stamping, and washing fluids traditionally have been thought of as "necessary nuisances" to be used once and thrown away. That mindset is changing.Incorporating "green" or environmentally friendly fluids and fluid management systems can extend fluid life and minimize waste, providing valuable cost savings.

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Laser cutting for the first time

December 15, 2008

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M&L Industries found a laser cutting machine for the right price and at the right size. After a year of laser cutting and bringing in new business, it looks like the right choice.

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Plasma Cutting Lead

Cut it out

December 14, 2008

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With a plasma cutter and grinder, you can unleash your inner artist and create unique metal art. In words and images, this article describes how to select the equipment, create a template, set up the work area, make your cuts, and finish the project.

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Revealing the Magic — Using data and conducting experiments to solve metal forming problems

December 14, 2008

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Effective stamping professionals rely on scientific principles and not magic to determine and correct production problems. Find out how to troubleshoot wrinkles and rips and take corrective action by following a basic procedure that can be modified to troubleshoot almost any stamping issue.

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In-Die Joining

In-die joining transforms press into assembly system, Part I

December 14, 2008

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In-die joining systems help stamping shops to expand their operations to include sub-assemblies and full assemblies without additional downstream equipment and processes, so they can carve out a bigger share of the production work.

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Pulse welding eases exotic-metal fabrication

December 14, 2008

Pulsed gas metal arc welding helps AmeriFab Inc., a maker of steelmaking furnaces and related equipment, streamline its welding operations.

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Understanding transfer modes for GMAW

December 14, 2008

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The mode of transfer you choose when using gas metal arc welding depends on your requirements, application, and equipment. This also affects the type of filler metal you use.

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Job losses in metal fabricating: A sign of hope?

December 12, 2008

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Nobody wants to be thinking about layoffs this time of year. But it"s inevitable given the economic reports that come out on a regular basis.Look on the bright side. Things aren"t as bad in the manufacturing sector as they were during the last recession. If you look at overall job losses in...

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The ins and outs of extrusion bending

December 12, 2008

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Extrusions can be tricky to bend and handle. Paying close attention tobender selection, die design, programming, and material handling can help to ensure efficient and productive bending.

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And today's word is ...

December 10, 2008

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Ass-backwards: a slang term that means of or in a way that is particularly contrary to the usual way, confusing—sometimes referred to as putting the cart before the horse.No, I didn't just pull this term out of my & hat. It's plastered across news sites today and being broadcast on...

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HRB price direction continues mixed

December 10, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™U.S. HRB spot price for Dec. 8 dropped 11.8 percent to $614 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the ninth consecutive decline. The world export HRB price dropped 9.2 percent...

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The successful candidate for car czar

December 9, 2008

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Position: Car CzarJob Location: Between a rock and a hard placeJob Description: The Bush Administration seeks a real self-starter to head a new government initiative to rehabilitate portions of the automotive market under duress. The successful candidate must have an extremely positive attitude,...

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Heavy job losses to continue

December 9, 2008

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI)™ declined further in November. The index fell to 102.9, down 1.6 percent from the October revised figure of 104.5, and down over 13 percent...

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