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May 21, 2009

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There's a conversation in the movie "Clerks" where characters Randal Graves and Dante Hicks, friends and fellow retail store clerks, are talking about Graves' interest in going to a funeral:Dante Hicks: "You hate people!"Randal Graves: "But I love gatherings, isn't it ironic?"How...

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Haven, SOCO form strategic alliance

May 21, 2009

Haven Mfg. Corp., Brunswick, Ga., a manufacturer of tube processing machines, has formed a strategic alliance with SOCO Machinery Co., Ltd. of Taiwan to sell and service respective lines of tube...

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Leapfrogging the competition

May 20, 2009

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Yesterday's "Tube Talk" e-newsletter that went out to more than 10,000 metal tube and pipe industry professionals featured findings from the Turning the Corner survey conducted in the UK by Barclay's Commercial.According to this survey, a majority of UK businesses (54 percent) view the...

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NAVSEA recruits auto workers for shipbuilding

May 20, 2009

The U.S. Navy's largest systems command, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is recruiting displaced mid-career automotive engineering professionals.At a time when many companies are downsizing, NAVSEA...

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BIG Kaiser breaks ground on new facility

May 20, 2009

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., a supplier of high-precision tooling systems, has announced the groundbreaking of a new corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The company and all of its...

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Got to get to work

May 19, 2009

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A keynote speaker at last week's ALAW Laser Applications Workshop—an annual industry conference about lasers in automotive and general fabrication—gave some valuable perspective on the automotive industry. Bernard Swiecki of the Dearborn, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research...

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Technologies help to make shops structurally sound

May 19, 2009

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Tough economic conditions have hit the construction industry as hard as they have many other industries. These problems in commercial construction are affecting structural steel fabricators. New technologies are especially benefiting four important structural steel fabricating processes by reducing labor costs. These represent some of the bigger developments in recent years.

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Riding the right wave in aluminum welding

May 19, 2009

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Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, often is thought of as the most difficult welding process to master. Fortunately for welders, several technological advances have occurred, forcing many to rethink their assumptions. Alternating current (AC) GTAW is no longer...

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Aristo Machines partners with Manchester Tool & Die

May 19, 2009

Aristo Machines Inc., Indianapolis, a manufacturer of tube end forming systems, has announced a partnership with Manchester Tool & Die Inc. (MTD), North Manchester, Ind. MTD now will manufacture,...

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Kennametal to sell high-speed steel drills, related product lines to Top Eastern Drill

May 19, 2009

Kennametal Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its high speed steel drills, related product lines, and assets to Top Eastern Drill Co., Ltd. (TDC). This sale is in...

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Inspecting and verifying fillet weld size

May 19, 2009

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Woolf Aircraft Products Inc. developed an inspection tool that can beused to measure a leg length, as well as the actual throat of a weld.Using these two known measurements, quality assurance personnelthen can determine the actual size and the convexity and concavity ofa specific fillet weld.

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Welding Update for Infrastructure: Selecting filler metals for seismic requirements

May 18, 2009

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FEMA, AWS, and AISC have all released documentation andspecification guidance for structural steel construction projects.Determining which to follow, however, can be a source of confusionfor architects, contract engineers, welding engineers, and weldingmanufacturers.

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Metal forming companies expect little change in next three months

May 18, 2009

According to the May 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain virtually unchanged during the next three...

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OMAX announces settlement in patent litigation

May 18, 2009

OMAX has announced the settlement of the outstanding patent litigation with Flow Corporation, along with the cessation of merger negotiations with the company."Due to the risks and difficulties of...

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Welding Update for Infrastructure: No nonsense with NDT

May 18, 2009

Infrastructure is defined as the basic physical systems that serve a community's population, such as roads, bridges, utilities, water, and sewage. These systems are essential for enabling productivity in the economy, so it is crucial to ensure they are fit for use. Nondestructive testing (NDT)...

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