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The ins and outs of extrusion bending

December 12, 2008

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Extrusions can be tricky to bend and handle. Paying close attention tobender selection, die design, programming, and material handling can help to ensure efficient and productive bending.

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And today's word is ...

December 10, 2008

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Ass-backwards: a slang term that means of or in a way that is particularly contrary to the usual way, confusing—sometimes referred to as putting the cart before the horse.No, I didn't just pull this term out of my & hat. It's plastered across news sites today and being broadcast on...

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HRB price direction continues mixed

December 10, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™U.S. HRB spot price for Dec. 8 dropped 11.8 percent to $614 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the ninth consecutive decline. The world export HRB price dropped 9.2 percent...

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The successful candidate for car czar

December 9, 2008

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Position: Car CzarJob Location: Between a rock and a hard placeJob Description: The Bush Administration seeks a real self-starter to head a new government initiative to rehabilitate portions of the automotive market under duress. The successful candidate must have an extremely positive attitude,...

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Heavy job losses to continue

December 9, 2008

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI)™ declined further in November. The index fell to 102.9, down 1.6 percent from the October revised figure of 104.5, and down over 13 percent...

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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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