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Flexibility with smart flying shear upgrades

April 14, 2009

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Production flexibility can enable a tube and pipe producer to expand its offerings and customer base and increase its chances of survival in a down economy. One way to achieve this flexibility is to upgrade the operation's flying shear component.

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Would you want to work here?

April 13, 2009

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A visit last week to an OEM of construction equipment made me feel good about manufacturing in America. Based in Salisbury, just north of Charlotte, N.C., Power Curbers Inc. plasma-cuts, saws, welds, and machines parts for curb-making machinery. Like many connected with the construction industry,...

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TMK IPSCO opens Baytown heat treat facility

April 13, 2009

Construction of a new heat treat facility has been completed at TMK IPSCO's Baytown Works in Baytown, Texas. The facility is designed to heat treat and finish mainly seamless tubing and casing sizes...

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Spraying to all fields

April 9, 2009

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The baseball season started earlier this week. Temperatures in the Chicago area barely crept above 50 degrees this week, with snow falling on Sunday, but I witnessed baseball on the television. All is right with the world.So in the spirit of baseball, I'm going to cover a lot of area. Hitters...

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USW joins oil tubular trade case against China imports

April 9, 2009

Seven U.S. oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producers and the United Steelworkers (USW) have filed an antidumping and countervailing duty trade case against China imports with the U.S. Department of...

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'Tell me something good'

April 8, 2009

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As many do before heading off to work each day, my husband and I turn on a local television station to check the weather forecast. This morning, the two items we heard before the weather segment were about a gunman who shot several people in California (can we go a day without something like this...

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Laser resonator enhanced with new features

April 8, 2009

Bystronic has introduced advanced features for its Bylaser 6000 watt resonator.The resonator now incorporates advanced mirror detection systems, end mirror sensor (EMS), and output coupler sensor...

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Deere announces Des Moines layoffs

April 8, 2009

Deere & Company said today that 160 employees of the John Deere Des Moines Works will be placed on indefinite layoff later this month due to reduced market demand for the factory's products.The...

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Gaining market share during tough times

April 6, 2009

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Buy low, sell high. Good rules to live by for the investment-savvy person. (I, being oh-so-not investment-savvy, usually do the opposite.) The phrase could be applied, slightly altered, to a business strategy: Invest during slow times so you can sell when times are good. That sounds like a smart,...

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Machinists denounce F-22 funding cut

April 6, 2009

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today denounced the decision by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to end funding for the F-22 fighter aircraft."Not only is...

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Time to go RVing?

April 3, 2009

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I was talking with a fabricator at the Metals Matters conference in Carefree, Ariz., last week about vacations. I mentioned that one of these days I wanted to pack up the family up in a recreational vehicle (RV) and head to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Based on a similar trip taken by a...

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Are we there yet?

April 2, 2009

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No, you're not a family vacation; no, you're not driving a station wagon on a cross-country trip; no, you're not being bombarded with that question from a back seat full of impatient youngsters. Yes, you're asking yourself that question, and you'd probably like to ask every...

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FMA announces safety award winners

April 2, 2009

The following companies are winners of the 2009 FMA/CNA Safety Award competition, which was based on 2008 safety results:Safety Award of HonorAeroglide Corporation—Cary, NCAK Tube...

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ISM: U.S. manufacturing contraction slows; new order index rises

April 2, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in March for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the sixth consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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April foolery

April 1, 2009

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Today, April 1, is known in the U.S., the U.K., and various other countries as April Fools ' Day, a day in which practical jokes are expected and can be performed without impunity—unless, of course, the joke causes serious harm.My dictionary-that-weighs-a-ton defines practical joke (an...

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