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Welding metals of dissimilar strengths

April 30, 2010 | By Dean C. Phillips

Welding metals of dissimilar strengths requires that a welder consider some specific factors, to ensure a solid joint.

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A guide to portable magnetic drills

April 30, 2010 | By Jeff Miller

On-site hole-making is a common fabrication activity, but not much thought is given to the tool used for the job. As with any job, the right tool can make a real difference in how smoothly the operation goes.

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The 'hole' story about the Tampa Museum of Art

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

How does an architect create a building that mirrors the daylight and a nearby river? In the case of the new Tampa Museum of Art, architect Stanely Saitowitz turned to perforated metal panels that enveloped the entire building, all 96,000 square feet of building surface.

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Batteries power up to own the road

April 30, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

The automotive industry is looking to hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles to electrify the effort to lessen or eliminate fuel emissions and to achieve the new fuel standards. Lithium-ion is considered by many to be the most promising of automotive batteries because of its potential for longer ranges.

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Green efforts save greenbacks

April 30, 2010 | By Dan Davis

When you are president of a company, you might observe things that others don’t even notice. That just comes with the territory when you are dealing regularly with profit and loss statements. Jon DeWys, president of DeWys Manufacturing, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based precision fabricator,...

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Simulation empowers toolmaking creativity

April 30, 2010 | By Guy Goodmonson

Stamping simulation software augments an experienced toolmaker's creativity.

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Big spill, bigger problem

April 29, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

What a difference a week makes. On April 19, Transocean Ltd.’s Deepwater Horizon rig was doing some exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of BP. After a six-year drought that started in 1994, BP had discovered several major oil deposits throughout the last decade: Marlin, 2000;...

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HRB price surge moderates

April 29, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for April 26 surged 6.3 percent to $742 per ton (on a Euro basis, it surged 8.8 percent), ex-works, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price was up 3.2 percent to $772 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the...

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Doing more with less

April 29, 2010 | By George Winton

Loading and unloading tube for fabricating often is a manual process. Because labor rates in the U.S. are higher than those in many other countries, manual loading and unloading isn’t competitive. Using an automatic loader/unloader can change that, moving an operation from red to black.

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No pixie dust for manufacturing jobs

April 28, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Do you ever have one of those days, weeks, or years in which nothing seems to go right? (If you answered "no" to this question, let us all in on your secret.)  I'm having one of those weeks, and I'm attributing all the madness and irritations to the full moon. That's right; I’m blaming...

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FMA Communications Inc. launches Web site

April 28, 2010

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., announces the launch of the new Web site. “ gives us an opportunity to round out our sustainability coverage with timely updates, tweets, and blogs; real-time reports, and cool interactive tools such as an...

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Labor is not a bad word

April 27, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Countless talking heads have argued for and against globalization. Some say it’s an unstoppable force, as companies continue their hunt for the company that gives the most bang for their buck. In manufacturing, that often translates to the cheapest labor that can meet or exceed required quality...

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TRUMPF announces laser division personnel changes

April 27, 2010

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has announced several staff changes within its laser division. David Havrilla has been promoted to manager of products and applications. He has been involved with industrial lasers for more than 23 years and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He...

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Pneumatic gripper withstands hot forming environments - TheFabricator

Pneumatic gripper withstands hot forming environments

April 27, 2010

Bilsing Automation North America has announced the availability of its PSQ40 pneumatic gripper, designed to withstand hot forming environments, such as those required to produce A and B pillars and side and roof rails for automobiles. The 2.65-lb. gripper is capable of 3 million cycles and can...

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Computer-assisted quoting software designed for machining, stamping, fabricating applications

April 27, 2010

BottomLine Industrial Software's Quik Quote plus series II is a computer-assisted quoting Excel® worksheet for machining, stamping, and fabricating applications. The program performs basic and multiple-quantity quotes with estimated profits using real-time hours. The product has built-in...

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