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Burny, KALIBURN shape cutting products now available in China

July 14, 2009

ITT Corp., White Plains, N.Y., has announced that plasma shape-cutting parts and consumables under the Burny® and KALIBURN® brands will be stocked at ITT Wuxi, China, starting in third-quarter 2009.On-hand spare part inventory will include pumps, torches, microprocessor boards, I/O boards,...

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Report analyzes worldwide aluminum supply, demand

July 14, 2009

China dominates the global aluminum industry, accounting for one-third of both world production and world consumption of primary aluminum, according to The Economics of Aluminum, 9th Edition, published by Roskill Information Services, London.While China is self-sufficient in aluminum metal and...

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ESAB to restructure Florence, S.C., manufacturing operations

July 14, 2009

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announced today that it is restructuring its Florence, S.C., manufacturing operations to advance a global approach to supplying product and customer support. While the changes outlined today affect the company's employee base in Florence, the company wants to...

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Recessions and industrial safety—enemies? -

Recessions and industrial safety—enemies?

July 14, 2009 | By Kelly Langdon

As you steer your company through the recession, remember that at the end of the day, it really is all about the people. Making safety a priority, especially in tough times, can boost employee morale and increase productivity. A behavioral approach to safety that stresses positive reinforcement can achieve long-lasting safety goals.

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Metal forming companies expect continued strengthening in business conditions

July 13, 2009

According to the July 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect continued strengthening in business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 131 metal...

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Red Bud celebrates 50th anniversary

July 13, 2009

Red Bud, Ill.-based Red Bud Industries, a manufacturer of coil processing lines, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.In 1959, Ken Voges, just 23 years old, sold his 1955 T-Bird to start his own machine shop in a small building on his parent's farm near Red Bud, Ill. His teenage work...

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Credit crunch not going away soon

July 10, 2009 | By Dan Davis

I had a conversation a couple of months ago with a friend who is a manufacturing representative for several metal fabricating companies. The guy is sharp and runs the business as a one-man operation. He's busy and invests in software tools that help him keep track of deliveries and expedite...

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Nowhere to hide

July 9, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

Over the past 10 years or so, the big and growing fear among manufacturers has been the steady, unrelenting intrusion of globalization. One pundit described it as economic Darwinism, a nowhere-to-hide environment in which firms that are flexible, adaptable, and aggressive overtake those that...

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Designing speed-friendly dies

July 9, 2009 | By Rob Driver

Usually the first place stampers look to reduce cost is the labor burden per part, which leads to the inevitable pursuit of producing parts faster. The speed capability of a stamping die is determined by how fast the part physically can be produced and at what speed the tooling fails. The strength of the carrier, how high the part must be lifted, and the mechanical limits of the springs and side action cams (mandrels) limit how fast the tool can run.

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Roll forming multiple gauges with precision

July 8, 2009 | By George Y. Li

Compensating for gauge changes in precision roll forming doesn't necessarily require significant investment. Spaces, the use of gauge spacers, and other technique can help when roll forming parts of multiple gauges.

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A recession takes no prisoners

July 7, 2009 | By Tim Heston

It seems Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star hit a chord last week.Two metal fabricators in Morton, Ill., southeast of Peoria, changed ownership on the same day: Friday, June 26. Morton Welding, previously owned by Michigan-based BHM Technologies, was brought back under local ownership by a...

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Back to school with robotic welding

July 6, 2009 | By Amanda Carlson

Northwest Iowa Community College decided nine years ago that it would commit itself to leading the way in welding technology education. That commitment has not changed as the school recently replaced its 16-year-old robotic welding cell with a Robotic Education cell provided in conjunction by Lincoln Electric and FANUC Robotics.

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Software evolves to take a humanlike approach

July 6, 2009 | By Erik Kettenhofen

Nesting software has evolved to the point where it can "see" shape contours and can determine how they best fit together.

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The hidden costs of laser cutting gases

July 6, 2009 | By John Gabris

Gases for laser operations can be a significant factor in keeping costs down.

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Beware the business books

July 2, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Got a note the other day that the FMA's Research Assistance Center acquired a new book that might be of interest. It's The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. The book provides brief reviews of...

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