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LSA Laser moves to new facility

September 23, 2009

LSA Laser, Plymouth, Minn., a precision laser processor of components and assemblies for the medical device industry, has moved to new 26,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and office facilities.Located at 5015 Cheshire Parkway North in Plymouth, the new facilities more than double the size of its previous...

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McHenry County (Illinois) EDC to hold manufacturing matchmaking event

September 23, 2009

McHenry County Economic Development Corp.'s (MCEDC) Business Accelerator for Innovation and Collaboration (BAIC) is hosting its second annual McHenry County Manufacturing Matchmaking Event on October 27, 2009. This free event for manufacturers is being held at the Holiday Inn, Crystal Lake, Ill....

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Drawing the bead on weldments

September 23, 2009

Columnist Gerald Davis has a new project thismonth: Model a cage that will hold about 528 lbs. (240 kg) of batteries. Because afictional project manager has not settled onthe specific battery spacing or on thestructural members to use, Davis showsreaders how to make it easy to change thesize as well as the materials used in the cage.

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Flat responsibility in sheet metal modeling

September 23, 2009 | By Gerald Davis

The most important role of a CAD operator is to verify that the design can be flattened. Columnist Gerald Davis provides some guidance on that subject.

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From the frying pan to the fire?

September 22, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

Alternative power trains, advanced propulsion technologies, and automotive battery power are all the buzz. At the NanoBusiness Alliance conference I attended in September in Chicago, a great deal of discussion centered around announcements of the $2 billion U.S. federal grants awarded from the...

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Bystronic hires sales engineer

September 22, 2009

Bystronic Inc. has hired Darren McCarthy as sales engineer for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.McCarthy has 23 years of experience in sales, sales management, and customer service in the machine tool industry. Seventeen of those years focused on the metal fabrication...

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ArvinMeritor completes sale of wheels business

September 22, 2009

ArvinMeritor, Troy, Mich., has announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Wheels business—formerly a division of the company's Light Vehicle Systems segment—to lochpe-Maxion S.A., a Brazilian producer of wheels and frames for commercial vehicles, railway...

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Textron's Bell Helicopter awards Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplierstatus

September 22, 2009

Textron's Bell Helicopter awarded Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplierstatus. Bell's Premier Supplier status requires Latrobe Specialty Steel (LSS), an ISO9001 and AS9100 registered company, to deliver on-time quality material and pass an examination of an on-site team of Bell inspectors."The...

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Proximity makes a difference

September 21, 2009 | By Tim Heston

On a flight to a manufacturing event last week, I read an article in BusinessWeek that got me pretty down. The headline on the magazine cover screamed, "America's Manufacturing Crisis." The topic: Why stuff's invented stateside and sent abroad for manufacturing. "While the...

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Bystronic Canada celebrates one-year anniversary

September 21, 2009

Bystronic Canada celebrated its one-year anniversary on September 2, 2009 with its new service and spare parts location in Mississauga, Ontario. "Bystronic Canada has had a very successful first year in providing a quick service response and spare parts availability to its Canadian customers. The...

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Wind power keeps going

September 18, 2009 | By Dan Davis

The push to develop wind power sources has slowed a bit in 2009, but it's starting to gain momentum again, as attendees at the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's Wind Energy Conference found out Sept. 15 in Elgin, Ill., at Mazak Optonics Corp. Last year more than 8,400 megawatts...

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HRB price falls in China, rises elsewhere

September 18, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB price for Sept. 14 surged 7.2 percent to $607 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price surged 6.0 percent to $604 (on a Euro basis, it rose 4.0 percent), ex-works, for the sixth...

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Combining hydrogen, oxygen, and inspiration

September 17, 2009 | By Tim Heston

I was browsing the news recently when an article about Dean Kamen jumped out at me. You might know him as the founder of FIRST, president of DEKA Research & Development, inventor of the Segway® PT , holder of numerous patents, or one of the keynote speakers at the 2008 FABTECH® Intl. & AWS...

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SMAW: A welder's guide

September 15, 2009 | By Harry Sadler

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Friction stir welding parts

An introduction to friction stir welding

September 15, 2009 | By Jeff Defalco

A relatively new joining process, friction stir welding (FSW) produces no fumes; uses no filler material; and can join aluminum alloys, copper, magnesium, zinc, steels, and titanium. FSW sometimes produces a weld that is stronger than the base material.

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