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HRB prices plunge 8 to 24 percent

October 20, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 13 plummeted 23.5 percent to $458 per ton for the second consecutive drop. The world export HRB price dropped 11.1 percent to $799 per...

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Are you ready for a metal fabricating consultation?

October 17, 2008

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I spent yesterday at the grand opening ceremonies for Amada"s newest North American Solution Center in Schaumburg, Ill. It is a very impressive facility that contained the prerequisite meeting rooms, training areas, and demonstration area. It also has a System-Up Area, where all custom-designed...

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CCAT initiative wins national award

October 16, 2008

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has received an award for Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Improvement from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI).The SSTI...

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The new 5S

October 15, 2008

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At last week's FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show with METALFORM in Las Vegas, I walked the show floor, which I'm proud to say I survived. Anyone who attended the show knows what I mean. The show was huge and the aisles were long. The first day, it also was crowded with record...

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Bystronic showcases Beyeler Xpert press brake at FABTECH

October 15, 2008

At the Las Vegas FABTECH/AWS/Metalform trade show, Bystronic showcased the 10,000th Beyeler Xpert press brake, a system that offers users simplified repetition accuracy. The Beyeler Xpert comes...

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Metal forming companies anticipating business decline

October 15, 2008

According to the October 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a severe deterioration in business conditions during the next three...

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How fabricating can change the world

October 14, 2008

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Two machines sitting on a porch facing New Hampshire"s Merrimack River may well change the world. And at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show last week, I got a glimpse of them. Dean Kamen showed a picture of the two little machines during his keynote Oct. 7. They didn"t look like...

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Green cutting with waterjets

October 14, 2008

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Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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Reasons for a press brake upgrade

October 14, 2008

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Modern press brakes add intelligence to the machine control and bring programming offline.

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Reducing setup time in strip leveling

October 14, 2008

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Equations help leveler operators significantly reduce the traditional trial and error during setup.

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Eagles, dragons: Stainless steel takes on many forms

October 14, 2008

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Metal fabricator Kevin Stone uses gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to sculpt massive pieces of art from stainless steel. Read about Stone's creative and technical processes and discover important tips that can improve your stainless steel welding.

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Robotic welder

Don't be marginalized

October 14, 2008

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Peripheral equipment for robotic welding can help maximize the effectiveness of an automated workcell and protect the investment from costly damages. Understanding peripheral equipment is the first step in getting the most out of a robotic workcell.

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Sherry Moser Icicle Necklace

Mining her talent

October 14, 2008

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Imagine growing up thinking you really have no artistic ability and then taking a class that rekindles childhood interests and blows that belief sky high. Such was the case for jewelry-maker Sherry Moser, whose unique and beautiful creations pay homage to her upbringing and her deep love of her surroundings.

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Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008

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Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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Pallet changer, tower, or shelving system with that laser?

October 14, 2008

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When fabricators decide to automate material handling in their laser cutting operations, they have several choices to make. The decision on whether to automate—and what kind of system makes the most sense—will depend on the shop's capabilities, its production capacity, and available floor space. The options cover the full spectrum, from basic systems that simply unload one pallet and bring in another to large racking systems that maintain a full inventory of raw material and cut parts and can transfer those parts to other machines in the shop.

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