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The welder who saved Christmas

December 5, 2008

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Not too many people know the tale of Holslag, the elf welder who saved Christmas. Ol" St. Nick and his merry band of flying reindeer get most of the press, but the tale of ol" Holslag deserves to be shared for all to remember and cherish.You see, on this particular frigid Christmas Eve, St. Nick"s...

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That all-important bus

December 4, 2008

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If you're reading this, you're on the Internet, and most likely, your time spent online has increased over the years. A study earlier this year by IDC, a provider of market intelligence for the IT community, revealed that Internet users are spending more time online than watching TV: 32.7...

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Fact or Friction?

December 4, 2008

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The tube and pipe bending process is full of variables and options, all of which you must understand and manage successfully to make the end product.

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Mazak Optonics plans new HQ in Elgin, Ill.

December 3, 2008

Mazak Optonics Corp. plans to move into a new, $10 million North American Headquarters complex in Elgin, Ill., by the end of the first quarter, 2009.Construction of the new facility—located on a...

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Winners and losers in a recession

December 2, 2008

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At the restaurant, I knew something was up.The family ate out at a middle-class dining establishment next to a big shopping mall on Thanksgiving weekend the day after Black Friday. Only, the place was only half full. More than that, service was horrible. Two waitresses scurried around helping...

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Plasma cutting for pipe, tube

December 2, 2008

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Plasma cutting has come a long way since it was developed in the1950s. Includes a sidebar that reflects some tube and pipe trends and a maintenance sidebar.

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Teaching an old piercing mill new tricks

December 2, 2008

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Many seamless tube producers in North America use cross-roll piercing mills built in the 1950s that were based on designs from the1930s. While it would be advantageous to replace such aged equipment, that isn't always necessary. A minor equipment upgrade can do wonders. Improving the bar steadiers—the devices that hold the mandrel the steady as the pipe exits the mill—can greatly improve the mill's output and reduce the pipe's wall thickness variation.

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Precision CAD assembly

The real world of 3-D CAD assemblies

December 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes the benefits of working with 3-D CAD assemblies.

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A different recession, different challenges

November 25, 2008

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As you can see by this headline, I"ve used the word recession for the first time in writing blog postings or features for the magazine. I don"t think I have to worry about anyone giving me a ring and chastising me for bringing down U.S. manufacturing single-handedly by muttering the dread r...

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E&E Metal Fab: Finding success and giving back

November 25, 2008

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As automotive execs, in delicious irony, flew luxury private jets to Washington to ask for billions of taxpayer money, I flew coach.In the middle seat, mind you.I landed Thursday in Philadelphia to tour E&E Metal Fab, a little more than an hour to the west in Lebanon, Pa. The company celebrated its...

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Strips of nitinol

Forming metal that 'remembers'

November 25, 2008

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Memry has built a business around shape-memory alloys, mainly for customers in the medical arena. It's a difficult, highly specialized field that managers at Memry are betting will grow.

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Fuel Storage Tanks

Getting the weld right the first time

November 25, 2008

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When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.

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Optoelectronic Guarding

Getting close, bending safe

November 25, 2008

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Press brake operators work under some unique conditions that call for unique considerations in safeguarding.

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ServoPro

Servo helps stamper expand capabilities, hold down costs

November 25, 2008

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Master Mfg. Co. has built a thriving business as a supplier of high-quality small metal stampings and clips to the appliance, automotive, electrical, lighting, and other industry segments using fourslide presses, primarily. The manufacturer decided to increase its capabilities with a press purchase to take on new customer requirements for processes like in-die tapping. Master Mfg. installed an AIDA 150-metric ton NC1 gap frame press equipped with ServoPro to perform in-die tapping on a part for the appliance industry using 0.070 high-carbon steel.

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Waste not, want not

November 25, 2008

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For many bending applications, it is common practice to determine the necessary length of tube, run a few samples, make some minor adjustments, and then start production runs. The problem is that the initial evaluation may have been based on safe, by-the-book estimates and calculations. Re-evaluating a bending project might yield substantial material savings.

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