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The future of energy: stability or volatility?

November 7, 2006

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Senior Editor Eric Lundin looks at changes in supply and demand for energy, and how they have affected the prices for crude oil, gasoline, natural gas, and electricity. He also digests a few predictions to see what fabricators can expect for future energy prices.

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Understanding and motivating the multigenerational work force

November 7, 2006

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Generational conflicts among the work force can drain a company's enterprise energy and diminish productivity. This article, based on the 2006 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show Executive Forum conducted by Dr. Bob Rausch, explains the differences between baby boom and Generation X employees and offers suggestions for melding the multigenerational work force into cohesive, productive teams.

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Coping with change in the workplace

November 7, 2006

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Change is constant in the workplace. Different people react to change in different ways. While some embrace change, others resist or stall the process to the detriment of themselves and their company. This article discusses how individuals can adapt to change more easily and minimize change-induced stress.

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Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part III

November 7, 2006

With constant BHF, conventional steel sheets can be formed with few tryouts. However, with the increasing use of lightweight materials and high-strength steels with low formability, there is a need for precise, localized control of metal flow using MPC systems.

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Stick electrode protection system blocks moisture

November 7, 2006

The Hobart® P-PAK from Hobart Brothers blocks moisture that can lead to stick electrode damage. It is available in 3/32-, 1/8-, or 5/32-in. diameters.The system is available in 5 or 10 lbs. for...

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Belt-free magnetic conveyors offered

November 7, 2006

Belt-free magnetic conveyors from Puritan Magnetics convey stamping scrap, knockouts, and chips and turnings from lathes, mills, presses, and other metalworking machinery.The belt design helps to...

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Tube bender introduced

November 7, 2006

Unison has added the Breeze-100, a 4-in.-dia., multistack CNC tube bender, to its all-electric machine range.The machine offers programmable control over the rotary draw bending process components and...

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Weld clamp provides 15,000 lbs. of force

November 7, 2006

Esco Tool's HOG-TIE™ weld alignment clamp provides 15,000 lbs, of force for positioning two pipes, boiler tubes, flanges, or plates.It comprises two clamping jaws and a steel strap that inserts...

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Welding helmet features Mexican flag design

November 7, 2006

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. now offers an autodarkening helmet that features a Mexican flag design with auto-on and grind mode lens technology.The bright-green metallic helmet features red and white...

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Device rotates fully loaded pallets

November 7, 2006

The PalletPal rotator from Southworth rotates fully loaded pallets. It is suitable for replacing broken pallets, switching to or from in-house shipping pallets, transferring loads to slip sheets, and...

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Band saw suitable for light-duty tube, pipe cutting

November 7, 2006

The H235 band saw from Kalamazoo Machine Tool is suitable for light-duty cutting of tubes, pipes, light structural shapes, and small solids up to 8 in. at 90 degrees.The variable-speed blade runs from...

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Plasma machine drive system redesigned

November 7, 2006

AKS Cutting Systems has redesigned the drive system on its unitized accu-kut plasma systems.The new drive system includes helical rack-and-pinion drives, providing smooth and accurate motion, the...

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Vertical-handle clamps save space

November 7, 2006

Vertical-handle hold-down action clamps from De-Sta-Co allow users to save space without compromising holding capacity.Available in 2002, 2007, and 2010 series, the clamps have an ergonomic handle...

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Welding machine has multiprocess capabilities

November 7, 2006

The Power MIG™ 350MP from The Lincoln Electric Co. has SMAW, GMAW, and flux-cored capabilities, as well as pulsed GMAW, Pulse-On-Pulse™, and Power Mode™.Using Lincoln Chopper...

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Mist collector filters various substances

November 7, 2006

Donaldson® Torit® has introduced the WSO mist collector that filters water-soluble coolants, straight oil, and oily smoke with just a change of the filter cartridge to match the mist type.The...

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