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760 manufacturing companies

July 17, 2009 | By Tim Heston

That number bounced around the blogosphere this week as CIT teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. CEO Jeff Peek told news outlets that 760 manufacturing companies could shut down if CIT collapses. And then comes the ripple effect, which is even scarier. CIT is a middle-market lender...

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To celebrate or not?

July 17, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

The U.S.'s birthday has come and gone, and while most of us celebrated in the usual way—a day off from work, a cookout, and some fireworks—how many of us took the time to reflect on our nation"s place in the world? At 233 years, the U.S. is an awfully young country; on the other hand, with a...

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Finding seemingly insignificant flaws Part II

July 17, 2009 | By Richard L. Fisher

Eddy current testing does more than detect product defects. When used with a proper monitoring system on a mill staffed by highly trained operators, it can help to optimize the mill's efficiency. The first part of this two-part article covers eddy current system principles.

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Summer bummer

July 16, 2009 | By Dan Davis

I got a vacation e-mail reply today from a gentleman in Sweden who said he would be gone "Week 29 to Week 31" and would only be checking e-mail on a weekly basis. I guess I'll just check back with him in Week 32? The whole concept of being away from work for a stretch lasting three to four...

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Fabricators and politics

July 15, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Fabricating Update" lead item ruffled feathers, raised hackles, and had this editor ducking for cover as fabricators sounded off about comments from the Obama administration's recently released employment report.The item cited an article that appeared in The Washington Post...

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HRB prices rebound worldwide

July 15, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for July 13 surged 8.7 percent to $501 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the third consecutive increase. The World export HRB price surged 7.8 percent to $481 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth consecutive rise. The...

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Wilson Tool opens South Africa office

July 15, 2009

Wilson Tool International, an independent manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, announced today it has opened a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new office will serve Wilson Tool customers in South...

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Folding technology advancements

July 14, 2009 | By David Prokop

Today's folding technology can help bring a new level of efficiency and capability to a metal forming operation. Among the enhancements in modern folding systems are increased automation and gauging capabilities and the ability to fold an even wider range of materials.

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Descaling tool suitable for heavy-duty applications

July 14, 2009

Dynabrade's air-powered Dynascaler is a descaling and surface preparation tool suitable for heavy-duty applications. The tool powers Roto Peen bonded flap assemblies for removing rust, oxide, scale, old paint, and tough coatings.Hand-held tools are available in both straight-line and right-angle...

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Nitrogen purging system eliminates oxide deposits during brazing

July 14, 2009

Western Enterprises has announced the availability of a system that uses nitrogen for purging oxygen from AC line sets to eliminate oxide deposits during the brazing process.This system, called the HVAC VN series, consists of a regulator with an integrated cylinder valve and a lightweight aluminum...

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Stainless steel electrodes weld high-strength steels

July 14, 2009

Arcos Industries LLC offers bare wire and covered stainless steel electrodes, designed for welding stainless steels to mild steels and for welding high-strength steels that are difficult to weld with ferritic electrodes.Both the bare wire (ER312) and covered (E312) products are suitable for welding...

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Ceramic flap disk provides cool, fast cutting action on hard-to-grind metals

July 14, 2009

Weiler's Saber Tooth™ ceramic flap disk provides cool, fast cutting action on hard-to-grind metals, such as stainless steel. The disk features aggressive, self-sharpening ceramic grain and has a grinding aid to help prevent dulling and glazing.Designed to work with hard, heat-sensitive...

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Coil end welding machine accommodates strip widths 0.250 to 3 in., thicknesses up to 0.060 in.

July 14, 2009

Guild Intl. has developed a welding machine for joining coil ends on production lines producing cored wire. The HMA Welder produces complete edge-to-edge welds on all types of lines producing cored wire from flat strip. It accommodates strip widths from 0.250 to 3 in. and thicknesses from 0.008 up...

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Large vibratory deburring machine introduced

July 14, 2009

Nova Finishing Systems Inc. has introduced the Supernova 2000 large vibratory deburring machine. The 2-cu.-ft., benchtop unit has a 24-in. square metal stand base and a reinforced stainless steel top plate with 12 standard springs, self-leveling feet, and a standard 0- to 60-minute timer.The unit...

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Diverter exhausts air from industrial machinery

July 14, 2009

Nordfab Ducting has introduced a standard-duty diverter that exhausts air only from industrial machinery while it is operating to help reduce the amount of heated or cooled air exhausted from the work area.The diverter can be manufactured from either galvanized or stainless...

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