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Laser welding update

November 4, 2009 | By David Havrilla

The number of global laser welding applications has increased over the years thanks to steady technology advancements. One of those advancements, the disk laser—a combination of a solid-state laser and a semiconductor laser—has opened the door to several new or improved joining applications.

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Band saw blade basics

November 4, 2009 | By Gene Ramsdell

Making interrupted cuts on materials like structurals, tubes, bundles, and angle iron can wreak havoc on your band saw blade. Not following proper blade break-in procedures can be just as damaging. Following a few tips for both can keep your band saw blade in good working order longer. It can also improve the quality of your cuts.

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The economy: It could be worse

November 3, 2009 | By Tim Heston

The status of...

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One safeguard (not) for all

November 3, 2009 | By Christopher King

No one press brake safeguard works fore all applications.

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Harco acquires new technologies

November 3, 2009

Harco Metal Products, a tube fabricator with facilities in Tempe, Ariz., and Fort Payne, Ala., has announced that it has procured several new machines to complement its existing equipment. These include:CNC tube bending equipment, including rotary arm, free-form multidimensional, roll, ram, and...

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Allied Tube & Conduit celebrates 50th anniversary with flagship facility expansion

November 3, 2009

Allied Tube & Conduit Corp., a business within Tyco Electrical & Metal Products, which is a segment of Tyco International, has announced the grand opening of a 514,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing center in Harvey, Ill.The $30 million investment will double the size of the existing...

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Drafting useful drawings

November 3, 2009

No matter what drafting standards you adhereto, a CAD jockey should always strive todeliver information in the best and mostcomplete format to the manufacturing floor.

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No cracking under pressure for pipeline contractor

November 3, 2009

Progressive Pipeline Inc., Meridian, Miss., found that a new low-hydrogen vertical electrode made a real difference in a pipeline project the company worked on in 2008.

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Manufacturing activity grows for third consecutive month; growth rate highest since April 2006

November 2, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the sixth consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore,...

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How to relieve stress in welding

November 2, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Relieving residual stress through welding technique as well as temperature control can greatly reduce weld distortion.

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Band saw or circular cold saw?

November 2, 2009 | By Frank Truckly

The latest technology advancements between band saws and circular saws have made the choice between the two technologies less clear-cut.

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Say goodbye to hard tooling

November 2, 2009 | By Charles Caristan, Jay Finn

The high-powered fiber laser now can take on the work of the blanking press.

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Everything you wanted to know about overhead cranes

November 2, 2009

Most fabricating operations have an overhead crane, but just what do these companies know about these material handling tools? This feature provides the answers to their questions.

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RIP: High-volume metal manufacturing in the U.S.

October 30, 2009 | By Dan Davis

On the day that everyone was rejoicing about the GDP growth in the third quarter of this year, I'm still thinking about an announcement that Swedish appliance giant Electrolux made earlier this week. Somehow, that doesn't strike me as being great news, particularly for Iowa residents and...

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How can a home-buyer's tax credit help you?

October 29, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

Whether it's a good idea or a bad one is a matter of perspective. It's a tax credit related to a mortgage, and it can put up to $8,000 into the pocket of first-time home buyers. A quick look at housing start permits reveals the sad state of the residential construction industry. In January 2006,...

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