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Durable goods orders down 5.2 percent in January

February 26, 2009

Orders for durable goods plunged 5.2 percent in January, The U.S. Department of Commerce reported today. Analysts had expected a 2.5 percent decline.Orders for autos fell 6.4 percent in January from...

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Extending a lifeline

February 25, 2009

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Did you watch President Obama's speech before Congress last night? According to CNN.com's Quick Vote, 27 percent of the nearly 140,000 survey respondents didn't watch. I have to confess that I'm one of the 27 percent. As I've said in the past, I prefer to read a speech...

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HRB prices down to 2005 levels

February 25, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for Feb. 23rd plummeted 8.6 percent to $436 per ton for the second consecutive decline. The World export HRB price dropped 5.1 percent...

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Pneumatic Press

Pneumatic press advances expand its applications into stamping

February 24, 2009

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At nearly half the cost of conventional stamping equipment and a small footprint (3 to 210 tons), the pneumatic press may be the answer for some operations. Traditionally, the technology has been associated with roll forming operations, but advances in the technology have made it an option for day-to-day stamping operations as well.

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Welding fasteners: Spot or projection?

February 24, 2009

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Both spot and projection weld fasteners have their place. Choosing which process to use—spot or projection welding—depends, like anything else, on the application

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Rapid Creek Cutters—The second time around

February 24, 2009

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At a time when companies are thinning the worker ranks, many people may be thinking about going into business for themselves. Pat Burrington, the owner of Rapid Creek Cutters, has worked for others and for himself. He recommends the latter.

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Scott Process Systems Inc. completes three-year ASME recertification

February 24, 2009

Scott Process Systems Inc., Hartville, Ohio, announced that it has successfully completed the recertification of its full slate of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code stamps,...

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U.S. Steel names VP – tubular operations

February 24, 2009

United States Steel Corp. announced today that Douglas R. Matthews has been appointed vice president-tubular operations and president of the company's U. S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc. subsidiary...

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Teen race car driver promotes manufacturing careers

February 24, 2009

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Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.

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A briefing on portable milling tools:

February 24, 2009

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By following eight simple rules regarding material removal, lubrication, and tips for general use, you can be sure that you are operating your portable milling tool correctly.

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

February 24, 2009

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Editor's Note: In-die joining systems help stamping shops to expand their operations to include subassemblies and full assemblies without additional downstream equipment and processes, so they can carve out a bigger share of the production work. This is Part II of a two-part article. Part I focused...

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Metal Spinning 101

February 24, 2009

Metal spinning gives shops a broad palette of options that can be customized for the job at hand.

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Stamper rebuffs recession with retool

February 24, 2009

Richland Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Eagle Wings, a tiered automotive supplier, retooled with a new stamping press cell equipped with an electromagnetic die handling system. The retool effort also included installation of a 330-ton tie-rod type press, and a compact coil feeder.

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It's not all gloom and doom

February 23, 2009

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Hey, just curious, but did you hear about the collapse of manufacturing last week? How about the fact that this recession could be the worst the world has ever experienced and that social unrest soon will create serious political instability in some parts of the world; that crime rates will rise,...

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John Ratzenberger's NBT, FMA join forces to encourage youth to pursue manufacturing careers

February 23, 2009

A new entity dedicated to inspiring America's youth to consider careers in manufacturing and respond to a growing need in this country has been created through the partnership of two leading...

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