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No stimulus for manufacturing

August 17, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Buried within the Institute for Supply Management™'s July Manufacturing ISM Report on Business® is a telling quote from a metal fabricator."No stimulus for manufacturing." Technically, the government has set aside a bit of money. On Thursday the Treasury Department...

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LAI recognized by Inc. 5000 for third consecutive year

August 15, 2009

LAI International Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has announced that it has been named for the third consecutive year to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. This positions LAI...

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What is new is not so new

August 13, 2009 | By Tim Heston

I'm still recovering from a visit to Washington, D.C. It's not that I was taxed to death, even though I left with an empty wallet, or that I was roughed up during an angry AARP demonstration. It's just difficult to immerse myself back into the work world after being more than 750...

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Ford increasing North American production

August 13, 2009

Ford Motor Company today announced it is increasing North American production in the third and fourth quarters to respond to growing demand for new Ford products and to ensure dealers are well stocked with fuel-efficient vehicles eligible for the "Cash for Clunkers" program.Ford is increasing third...

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Decline and rise of the fabricating empire

August 12, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

According to early results of yesterday's "Fabricating Update" survey that asked metal fabricating industry professionals where their companies stand in the recession cycle, 32.5 percent are in serious pain, and 67.5 percent see signs of recovery.For an industry plagued with declining...

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HRB prices rebound

August 12, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for Aug. 10 surged 6.9 percent to $542 per ton, FOB the port of export for the sixth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price surged 5.9 percent to $553 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive increase....

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Foot switch for variable-speed motor drives meets IP56 specs

August 11, 2009

The Linemaster Hercules potentiometer foot switch was designed for use with variable-speed motor drives and is available in select 2-W linear values. It features a cast-iron housing, and most models are offered with a cast aluminum shield in sizes designed to accommodate the standard shoe size or...

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Magnetic fanners handle sheets up to 1/8 in. thick stacked 14 in. high

August 11, 2009

Eriez® Hi-Powr permanent magnetic sheet fanners separate and fan light- or heavy-gauge steel to eliminate doubles when feeding material to presses, brakes, and shears.The sheet fanners do not pry or mar polished and painted sheets, the company states. The enclosed magnetic circuit withstands...

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XRF analyzer facilitates high-speed material sorting, identification

August 11, 2009

Innov-X Systems Inc. has introduced the Omega Xpress XRF analyzer with silicon drift detector (SDD) technology for high-speed material sorting and 100 percent positive material identification in metal applications.The analyzer couples an ultrahigh-resolution SDD with a 40-kV/4-W X-ray tube for...

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Semiautomatic welding guns designed, tested for extreme-environment applications

August 11, 2009

Lincoln Electric has introduced a new line of Magnum® PRO semiautomatic welding guns. The 250, 350, 450, and 550 guns for GMAW, pulsed GMAW, and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) processes are specifically designed and tested for extreme-environment welding applications.They are built for...

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Necking machine designed for aerosol and beverage can makers

August 11, 2009

Hinterkopf offers metal can manufacturing systems with high-precision necking machines manufactured by Schuler.The N40V integrated system is designed for the aerosol and beverage can markets. The press body is separated from the drive forces, and the slide guiding is play-free, both of which...

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Heavy-duty robot supports up to 3,000-lb. payload

August 11, 2009

FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced the new M-2000iA/1200 super-heavy-duty robot. It can support up to a 3,000-lb. payload with a 23.62-in. offset from the faceplate and full articulated motion at the wrist.The robot operates with the company's R-30iA controller, with functions such as...

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Spot welding system features continuous process tape between electrodes, sheets

August 11, 2009

The DeltaSpot spot welding system from Fronius features a continuous process tape that runs between the electrodes and the sheets. This protects the electrodes; brings clean, fresh material to the contact points before each weld; and helps reduce total energy consumption.The flexible and totally...

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Tool offers alternative to replacing entire die in parting applications

August 11, 2009

Wilson Tool's Dura-Die parting tool with replaceable die inserts offers punch press fabricators an alternative to replacing the entire die in parting applications.The replaceable inserts are engineered with the company's Ultima® premium tool steel. The die base is made of shock-resistant steel,...

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Tube cutting system with broad chucking range engineered for heavy tubes

August 11, 2009

TRUMPF's TruLaser Tube 7000 laser cutting system processes tubes inside a tunnel-like safety enclosure and then moves them forward to the brush table or ejects them to a parts container behind the machine. Its heavy-duty drives are engineered for heavy tubes, and it features a broad chucking...

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