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Iowa exec in line to be first woman chair of NAM

January 15, 2009

Mary Vermeer Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, began her two-year term on January 1, 2009, as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of...

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Robotic Welding Arm

Fabricator meets competition challenge with welding robot cells

January 15, 2009

SituationLB Steel LLC/Coburn Steel Products is a privately held fabricating and machining company with about 300 employees and multiple plants. Approximately 350,000 sq. ft. of its 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harvey, Ill., is dedicated to fabrication.Most of the welding the company does involves...

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A sound investment

January 14, 2009

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Scanning the metal manufacturing news this morning, I ran across a brief item that made me smile. Smiles from industry news don't occur often enough these days. They are almost as rare as receiving a love note from your credit card company that says your interest rate has been lowered because...

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RathGibson announces new CEO

January 14, 2009

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based RathGibson, a global manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has appointed Michael Schwartz to the position of...

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HRB price downdraft bottoming

January 14, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™Western European HRB price for Jan. 12 fell 4.7 percent to $549 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 0.7 percent), ex-works, for the 12th consecutive time. The...

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Analog Digital Graph

Using analog technology to errorproof the stamping process

January 13, 2009

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Ensuring part quality and protecting dies are important considerations for any stamping operation. In-die analog sensors can help stampers reduce setup errors and downtime while achieving optimum part quality. This article discusses different applications for analog sensors.

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Global Economic Crisis

'It's the economy, stupid'

January 13, 2009

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The annual "Fabricating Update" survey of metal fabricators about their main business concerns revealed that the economy, which edged out steel prices as the industry's leading concern in 2008, now outranks all other concerns by a huge margin. This latest survey also polled readers of "Stamping News Brief" and "Tube Talk" for an even greater sampling of the metal manufacturing industry.

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GMAW Gun Feedability

Straightening out GMAW gun feedability

January 13, 2009

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Don't let GMAW wire feed tie you into knots. Familiarize yourself with how to identify wire feedability issues and how to fix them to ensure that you get optimal weld strength and appearance.

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Forklift intended for towing heavy, extremely large loads in rough terrain

January 13, 2009

Sellick Equipment Ltd. has introduced the STT80 tow forklift, designed for towing heavy or extremely large loads in rough terrain.Available in both two- and four-wheel drive, the forklift has a lift...

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Right-angle vacuum disk sander removes material from nonferrous surfaces

January 13, 2009

Dynabrade Inc. has introduced a 5-in.-dia. vacuum disk sander for coatings removal. The tool features a 1.3-HP air motor for controlled sanding. Its vacuum shroud uses brushes to capture airborne...

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Wire feed assist enhanced

January 13, 2009

ELCo Enterprises Inc. has made several changes to its Wire Pilot® wire feed assist. The unit is designed to help a wire feeder move large-diameter wire or long runs through the conduit in welding...

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Self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire designed for X80 pipeline applications

January 13, 2009

Hobart Brothers offers Fabshield X80 self-shielded, flux-cored welding wire for use in X80 pipeline applications. According to the manufacturer, the wire creates welds with high tensile strength and...

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Mesh abrasive wheel runs cool

January 13, 2009

A highly flexible abrasive wheel that runs cool and is suitable for cleaning up welds and discoloration, light grinding, and paint and rust removal is available from Rex-Cut Products Inc.Sigma...

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

January 13, 2009

Weiler's new Saber Tooth™ ceramic flap disk provides cool, fast-cutting action on hard-to-grind metals, such as stainless steel, according to the manufacturer. It features an aggressive,...

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Clutch/brake safety controller developed for eddy current-controlled presses

January 13, 2009

CIECO has released the Automator II press safety clutch/brake controller. The dedicated system provides safety-compliant operation for presses using eddy current clutch/brake controllers.According to...

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