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Nucor Executive Vice President Joe Rutkowski to retire; Joe Stratman to assume additional responsibilities

January 11, 2010

Nucor Corp. Executive Vice President of Business Development Joseph A. Rutkowski announced today his plans to retire at the end of February after 21 years of service with the company. Rutkowski began his career as Manager of Nucor Cold Finish, Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1989; served as Manager of...

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November manufacturing technology consumption up 16 percent

January 11, 2010

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.83 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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Small manufacturer, big heart

January 11, 2010

Founded in 1930 to supply radiator components to the budding automotive industry, H & H Tube was built on a tradition of seeking challenges—pursuing new customers in diverse markets, chasing manufacturing challenges, and often building its own equipment. This created a cycle of learning by doing that allowed it to pursue still more challenges. A change in management a few years back enabled the company to go further still in kaizen events, ISO certification, and so on.

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Die materials and wear in stamping AHSS

January 9, 2010 | By Eren Billur

Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) are used extensively in the automotive industry to help improve crash safety and reduce weight. With the increased strength of AHSS, however, come dramatically increased springback and forming load (and, therefore, contact pressure) compared to milder steel grades.

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Manufacturing in the movies

January 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

I spent the first part of my holiday break unwinding by watching movies. I intended to go out skating, visit downtown Chicago, and generally get out of the house during the second part of the break, but the temperature dropped down to single digits; I ended up watching more movies.One of the more...

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The importance of focal positions in laser cutting

January 8, 2010 | By Frank J. Arteaga

If the proper laser beam focal position and projection shapes are maintained within the material to be processed, the balance of the requirements necessary to producing a consistent, high-quality laser-cut are kept to a minimum. That's why it's important for laser cutting equipment operators to know the rules of laser beam focusing.

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Temps dropping, prices rising

January 6, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

If you're like me, you don't get too excited about day-to-day changes in atmospheric conditions, also known as the weather. Most of us have daily activities-going to work, attending classes, and so on-that are indoors anyway, so the weather usually doesn't have much effect on many people. Usually...

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Clueless in Washington

January 6, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

In December, "Fabricating Update" readers responded to the annual survey about business concerns. A recap of the survey findings will be published on next week. In summary, the majority who responded said that business is picking up or they expect improvements soon. Fifteen...

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GMAW guns and consumables

January 6, 2010 | By Andy Monk

Think GMAW guns and consumables don't have an impact on your final weld? Think again. By separating the myths surrounding GMAW guns and their consumables from the facts, you can ensure you're not compromising performance or weld integrity.

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Vogel Tool & Die becomes division of Manor Tool & Manufacturing

January 6, 2010

Vogel Tool & Die, LLC, a manufacturer of tools for tubular part fabrication, announced that it has been acquired by Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company, a precision tooling and stamping supplier that celebrated its 50th year in business in 2009.Manor will continue the Vogel product line, including...

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No purge, no problem

January 6, 2010 | By David Lucas

Although P91 offers many advantages for power generation in terms of strength and service life, it is more difficult to fabricate than traditional materials and many contractors shy away from it. Icon Mechanical, Granite City, Ill., is one such contractor. However, a chance to do some work on an energy system provided an opportunity to explore the potential of a nontraditional welding method that turned out to work well on P91.

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Factory orders rose 1.1 percent in November 2009

January 5, 2010

New orders for manufactured goods in November, up seven of the last eight months, increased $3.9 billion or 1.1 percent to $365.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.8 percent October increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased1.9 percent.Shipments, up...

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A welcome farewell to the aughts

January 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A year ago Troy Berg wasn't in a good place."I knew in January that 2009 was gone. Never in the history of my business have I had to kiss off a year in January & Now that we're through 2009, the hard cuts have been made, we've made a little bit of money, and those of us who are still...

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Feralloy Corp. announces death of Vice President and GM Stephen J. Szcesniak

January 4, 2010

Stephen J. Szcesniak, vice president and general manager of Feralloy's Saint Louis Division, died November 28 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.Steve, 56, was with Feralloy Corp., a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., for 27 years and was the Satint Louis General Manager for six years. He...

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Manufacturing activity expanded for fifth consecutive month in December, but fabricated metal products among sectors that contracted

January 4, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the eighth consecutive month, said supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM,...

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