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Manchester Tool & Die launches new Web site

May 5, 2009

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. has announced its new Web site, www.manchestertoolanddie.com, which features an updated, user-friendly design. The site offers complete product details and specifications...

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Manufacturing decline continues to moderate

May 4, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in April for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the seventh consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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NAM: New taxes on corporate foreign earnings a 'disastrous proposal'

May 4, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today offered his strong opposition to President Obama's proposals to change rules governing the taxation of foreign earnings of U.S....

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Don't keep the fire burning

May 1, 2009

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I check out weekly news feeds for reports involving metal fabricating, forming, and welding. It's a great way to get a quick feel for the industry and find interesting leads and tidbits for stories.In checking out these leads, I find a common story appearing almost on a daily basis: Welding...

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Panic? Pandemonium? Across?

May 1, 2009

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Panic? Pandemonium? Across?It started in Mexico in late March and spread rapidly; within a month, cases were reported in 11 countries. It"s swine fluH1N1, specificallyand in its wake are anxiety, nervousness, overreactions, and jammed emergency rooms. The outbreak itself was an epidemic, and it"s...

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Heavy hauling, heavy fabricating

May 1, 2009

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Ohio-based Diamond heavy-haul found efficiency in its cutting operations through nesting software by managing remnants and reducing scrap.

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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Automating to grow

May 1, 2009

Over the past several years G&W has ramped up its robotic welding operations to the point where the company offers 2,500 available welding hours every week.

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Fewer malls, more factories

April 30, 2009

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I have a feeling something good's going to happen in manufacturing. Maybe not this year or next, but good times are coming.Yes, this is an odd thing to say just days after those dreadful GDP numbers were released. Gross domestic product declined by 6.1 percent during the first quarter, the...

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Wintrust CEO sees hope for manufacturing

April 30, 2009

The Chicago Tribunehas reported that Edward Wehmer, CEO of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Wintrust Financial Corp., said industrial borrowers are starting to see signs of life in their businesses.During a...

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RathGibson opens Buenos Aires office

April 30, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has opened an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Led by...

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Keep voc-tech programs alive

April 29, 2009

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Crook County High School, educational institutions all across the U.S., and Congress, we're addressing you. Please listen.Last week's "Welding Wire" newsletter featured an item from News/Talk 1110 KBND, Bend, Ore., about a high school metal and welding class that likely will be cut in...

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HRB prices: 'Never-ending bottom'

April 29, 2009

In its latest release of hot-rolled band prices, SteelBenchmarker™'s headline read "never-ending bottom."The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarkerWestern European HRB price for April 27 plummeted 6.0...

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New press? What will you do with the scrap?

April 28, 2009

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Scrap handling is one important issue that is sometimes left out of the planning stage, but if not integrated into the project properly, scrap handling can cost you operating time and money. By asking—and answering—these five questions first: Can I install the equipment in the floor space I have? Do I want to drop the scrap through the bolster or convey it away from the bolster? Do I want to convey the scrap to a central collection area or near the press at floor level? What size pit do I need and how will I collect the scrap when it gets to the remote scrap area?—you can prevent costly problems.

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Redesigning parts for cost savings

April 28, 2009

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This technical article from TRUMPF takes a look at how parts can be redesigned to include less material and to be processed much more efficiently.

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