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September U.S. machine tool demand up from August, down from year ago

November 10, 2008

In a joint report, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and the Association for Manufacturing Technology have announced that U.S. September machine tool demand increased 32.0 percent to...

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Five things I learned from this election

November 6, 2008

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Maybe you"ve heard that we have a new presidentor president-elect, as someone at the office reminded me. For many of us, the election of Barack Obama is a sign that we now can get on with our lives. The never-ending campaign is finally over. Well, some people don"t want it to end.I"m not going to...

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Chrysler offers buyouts to Belvidere, Ill., plant workers

November 6, 2008

Chrysler has announced that it is offering buyouts to all employees at its assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.—2,400 union workers and 200 administrative staff.The company's U.S. sales were down...

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After the ball

November 5, 2008

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The mind is amazing. Who really knows why it remembers what it does and forgets the rest? This morning, the day after the U.S. presidential election, a song my parents taught my sisters and me when we were children sprang into my mind—totally out of the blue. (We saw a lot of blue and red...

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AK Steel announces December 2008 surcharges

November 5, 2008

AK Steel has advised its customers that a $185 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in December 2008. December 2008 surcharges for the broad range of...

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A hunch on the downturn: This time, it"s different

November 4, 2008

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As I type this, the line at the polling place across the street has finally shown signs of movement. It"s the morning of Nov. 4, and by evening we"ll know who will have the world"s largest bully pulpit for the next four years.Seeing how the numbers are adding up, I won"t envy the winner. The...

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Manufacturing activity declines for third consecutive month

November 3, 2008

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in October for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy concluded 83 consecutive months of growth, said U.S. supply executives...

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3-D CAD drawings in a 2-D world

November 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis discusses the importance of delivering a clear illustration and how it can make an impact on the final fabricated product.

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EuroBLECH—It's a good thing

October 30, 2008

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Well, I"m barely alive and well after a weeklong trip to EuroBLECH in Hanover, Germany. Tell someone who doesn"t have to travel a lot that you are going to a foreign country, and it sounds exotic. Only after those same people have walked a thousand steps through slow-moving airport security;...

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HRB prices drop 4 to 12 percent

October 30, 2008

The SteelBenchmarker™world export HRB price for Oct. 27 dropped 12.1 percent to $702 per ton, FOB the port of export for the sixth consecutive decline. The Chinese HRB ex-works price dropped...

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Welding your way to a six-figure income?

October 29, 2008

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Last week's Welding Wire e-newsletter lead feature discussed a report by Chief White House correspondent for the CBS Evening News, Jim Axelrod, who recently was surprised to learn about a career that requires no college degree and pays six figures.Axelrod reported that "thanks to a program run...

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Durable goods orders post largest gain in three months

October 29, 2008

U.S. factory orders for durable goods rose 0.8 percent in September, the largest gain in three months. The gain is attributed to a surge in demand for airplanes and autos, according to data from the...

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Hydraulic Press Hot Stamping

Hydraulic presses for hot stamping meet weight, safety mandates

October 28, 2008

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Hot stamping of automotive structural safety components developed in response to mandates levied by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 1 to improve vehicle crash integrity while also reducing vehicle weight to help meet fuel efficiency standards. Heating a high-strength steel (HSS) component of a boron-steel alloy to the austenitic range—a super-heated solid solution state, ~ 1,700 degrees F (950 degrees C)—improved drawability, and then quickly cooling the part in a water-cooled die, or quenching, transformed the crystalline structure, increasing the formed component's strength-to-weight ratio.

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Hydraulic Roller Leveler

On the level: An introduction to part leveling

October 28, 2008

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Because of thermal distortion, a laser- or plasma-cut part may not perfectly flat. Here, parts leveling helps ensure parts maintain and exceed their flatness requirements.

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TIG Titanium Tubing

TIG for titanium tubing

October 28, 2008

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Although titanium has a reputation for being difficult to weld, it doesn't have to be problematic. Paying close attention to filler metal selection, cleanness, and use of the shielding gas are three steps to successful GTAW on titanium tube and pipe.

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