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Nordex opens for business in Arkansas with grand opening of wind turbine plant

November 1, 2010

Nordex USA celebrated the official opening of its flagship wind turbine manufacturing plant in the U.S. October 29. Representing a $40 million investment, the 150,000 square foot plant is one of the most modern production facilities in the wind industry, optimized for lean flow and reduced lead...

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Sizing up the job -

Sizing up the job

November 1, 2010 | By George Winton

Accounting is straightforward, but it’s not iron-clad; fabricators have latitude in the accounting system they use to bid on contracts. A bottom-up approach, one that analyzes all the costs that go into making a component, is suitable for many parts. A top-down approach looks at the part and asks how much the market will bear. Choosing one or the other is a matter of understanding the market for the part.

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22 possible causes of weld metal porosity -

22 possible causes of weld metal porosity

November 1, 2010 | By Phil Evans

Porosity is a weld defect that is fairly common, but also fairly easy to fix. What issues contribute to weld porosity? This checklist gives a welder a good idea of what might be causing the problem.

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Are you maximizing your nesting efforts? -

Are you maximizing your nesting efforts?

November 1, 2010 | By T.R. Kannan

Making cost-effective designs has become a basic requirement in manufacturing, and proper nesting can contribute to this overall goal.

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New technology developments in the fold -

New technology developments in the fold

November 1, 2010 | By David Prokop

Bidirectional bending was a big step forward in the capabilities of folding machines. However, the technology continues to advance with the emergence of faster folding speeds, more tooling flexibility, wider working envelopes, and more specialized folding capabilities.

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The brain and brawn of modern automation -

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010 | By Mike Pellecchia

Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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Tube bending with no straights? No problem -

Tube bending with no straights? No problem

November 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A Wisconsin tube shop invests in an unusual, freeform bending technology that can bend tube sections with no straight sections between bends. Different radii requires no tool changeouts or complex tooling setups. Instead, an operator changes the code in the controller.

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Demystifying die protection -

Demystifying die protection

November 1, 2010 | By Greg Dickerson

Originally die protection was developed just to prevent damage to the tool and die during the operation of a stamping press. As sensor and controls technology knowledge has evolved and stampers knowledge of it has expanded, die protection technology has been expanded into other applications, such as increasing production rates and to perform quality assurance.

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Think before you scrap -

Think before you scrap

November 1, 2010 | By John Mitteer

Before you scrap your iron frame, think about the benefits of using the original frame. Adapting your old cast press frame to new technologies may be easier, cheaper, and greener than you may have thought.

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Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments -

Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments

November 1, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.

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Lincoln Electric to acquire Russian welding consumables manufacturer

October 29, 2010

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mezhgosmetiz-Mtsensk OAO ("MGM"), a privately-held welding wire manufacturer based in the Orel region of Russia. The acquisition will provide Lincoln its first manufacturing operation in Russia as well...

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GM to invest $190 million, add 600 jobs at Lansing Grand River

October 29, 2010

General Motors has announced a $190 million investment in its Lansing Grand River assembly plant for the production of a new Cadillac model. The investment will create 600 jobs and result in the addition of a second shift. According to the company, the announcement brings the total of new U.S....

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Second chances: A different approach to finding workers

October 27, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

  Last week’s "Welding Wire" e-newsletter described what Turner Industries did to find workers for a pipe fabrication shop it built two years ago in Pasadena, Texas. As related in an article on, Personnel Manager Brian Daigle needed to hire 100 workers quickly, because the company had...

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Three Northern Ohio businesses get tax credit to create, retain jobs

October 26, 2010 has reported that three Northern Ohio businesses—U.S. Steel in Lorain, BASF Corp. in Elyria, and U.S. Refractory Products LLC in North Ridgeville—will receive tax credits to create 290 jobs and retain hundreds more, according to the Ohio Department of Development. United...

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part X -

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part X

October 26, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two skewer supports.

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