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Manufacturers detail recession survival strategies in new survey

October 13, 2009

In a new survey conducted in late July by the sponsors of the upcoming FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, in Chicago, 1,046 manufacturers detail their recession survival strategies.To survive what many view as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,...

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ACS Precision adds laser machine

October 13, 2009

ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., has installed a 4,000-W Mitsubishi LXP laser machine, capable of processing material up to 0.75-in.-thick steel and sheets measuring 4 by 8 ft.The laser allows the company to cut thin gauges of material in intricate shapes with speed and accuracy, the...

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GREENKOTE expands production in Germany

October 13, 2009

GREENKOTE® Plc, a global coating technology company with headquarters in Cleveland, has expanded production at its location in Sauerlach, Germany. The new plant production area operates multiple shifts on two production lines to support its customers throughout Europe.The production team...

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OSHA issues final rule updating PPE standards

October 13, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards concerning...

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Jet Edge acquires Calypso Waterjet Systems

October 13, 2009

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., has acquired Calypso Waterjet Systems of Dallas, Texas.Founded in 1992, Calypso Waterjet Systems was a manufacturer of waterjet cutting systems before its departure from the water jet industry in early 2009. Its products include waterjet...

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Sandvik to open service center in China

October 13, 2009

Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandviken, Sweden, has announced plans to open a dedicated service center with its own slitting line in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China, this month.Initially intended to supply strip to customers throughout the Chinese market, the center will offer material finished...

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Critical surface preparation

October 13, 2009 | By Kumar Balan

An estimated 68 percent of all coating failures are attributed to poor surface preparation that could have been prevented. By using cleaning technology that can achieve near-white conditions, you can ensure that paint, adhesives, and other coatings achieve maximum quality with less waste.

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Scrubbing our industry

October 13, 2009 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Today's industrial scrubber technology can help make existing energy companies more environmentally friendly. Fabricators with the right equipment, capacity, knowledge, and opportunity might find a new market in making components for these systems. Find out what it takes.

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Fabricators: Servants to their customers

October 9, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Today's thoughts are inspired by a question posted on the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's group discussion board on LinkedIn. Cecilia Allison, vice president of finance, K & S Tool, Die & Manufacturing Inc.: "OEMs are great at demanding service and charging the supplier if their...

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Fertilizer for job growth?

October 8, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

A few days ago, my fellow blogger, Eric Lundin, wrote a post entitled " Too little, too late," in which he discussed U.S. pipe producers asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose duties on steel pipe imported from China.Eric shed light on the snail's pace at which the legal process...

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Design, build, troubleshoot

October 8, 2009 | By Rob Driver

When a quality stamped product is needed, operating as a team, communication and a solid understanding of the plan is paramount in efficiently producing a stamping die. The three critical phases of producing a capable stamping die are design, build (manufacture) and troubleshooting. Each phase is intertwined and dependent on one another. A design review is an excellent opportunity to develop a plan and review the construction and manufacturing methods that are going to be used to make the components. Ultimately, the challenge is to have gained a profit for your company and produced a stamping die of superior quality.

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Magnetic quick die change system introduced

October 8, 2009

Hilma, Ellisville, Mo., has introduced the M-TECS magnetic quick die change system.The system clamps existing dies without retooling. The clamping force is evenly distributed, which reduces tool wear.Custom engineered for individual applications, the system is designed to provide maximum...

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Mitsubishi EDM partners with Oakland Community College

October 8, 2009

Mitsubishi EDM has announced a new partnership with the Advanced Technology Center of Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills campus. A new Mitsubishi FA20S Advanced Wire EDM is being installed under the direction of Philip Hale, Dean of Technology of OCC, and Dan Meehan, Account Manager for...

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Bedeviled with the details

October 8, 2009

Columnist Gerald Davis shows readers how to deliver just enough detail for visualization in a 3-D drawing, not for manufacturing.

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bending pressbrake greiner

A giant among machines

October 8, 2009 | By Michael Bishop

Greiner specializes in structural steel and heavy plate fabrication. It does work for power plants and the mining industry. In the 33 years the company has been in business, it has done structural steel jobs in an industry where the work always seems to be getting larger and heavier. It recently installed a 40-ft.-long press brake that weighs more than 800,000 lbs.

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