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August 11, 2009
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor today reported preliminary productivity data—as measured by output per hour of all persons—for the second quarter of 2009. The seasonally adjusted annual rates of productivity change in the second quarter were 6.3 percent in...
August 11, 2009 | By David Lechleitner
Implementing a customer-focused strategy can position companies for long-term health. A loyal customer will stick with a company through tough economic times, employee turnover, and even the occasional price increase. This article focuses on how integrated customer relationship management tools can help job shops achieve business objectives.
August 11, 2009 | By Kent Swart
What is plasma cutting, and when is it your best metal cutting option? What information do you need to choose the right plasma system? This article answers these questions and more about plasma cutting.
August 7, 2009 | By Tim Heston
The numbers popping up in the media recently draw an interesting, perhaps conflicted picture of the state of business in the U.S. Here's why.First, there's unemployment. Like many, I expected the unemployment rate to continue its relentless rise past the symbolic 10 percent mark. It...
August 7, 2009
Layoffs continue to permeate the labor market, but more companies in the manufacturing and service sectors are hiring compared with the first few months of 2009, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August...
August 6, 2009 | By Eric Lundin
Ask 10 people what they enjoy most about summer and you"ll get 10 different answers. Ask 10 people how they measure summer, and I"ll bet you"ll also get 10 different, and probably more interesting, answers. I suppose the younger-than-10-years-old set can"t quite wrap their arms around the...
August 6, 2009 | By Paul Williams
New ways to increase production, reduce labor costs, and maximize floor space may be found by revisiting a 50-year old technology—rotary punching. Many part features and patterns can be punched and formed using pull-through rotary units at up to 300 feet per minute(FPM) in materials as thick as 1/16 inch. In addition, cam technology allows rotary punching and forming of material thicknesses up to 0.105 in. (12 gauge). Servo drives empower line speeds as fast as 650 (FPM).
August 5, 2009 | By Vicki Bell
Manufacturers are mad as Hades and speaking out about what they believe to be the lack of support from the Obama Administration.Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), said he has yet to see "anything remotely resembling a policy" from...
August 5, 2009
According to a statement issued Aug. 4 by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), manufacturing technology suppliers reacted with cautious optimism over reports that Ford posted the first sales gain in two years and that U.S. manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July....
August 5, 2009 | By Robert White
High production threading of tube and pipe for use by the petroleum industry is accomplished using either mechanically actuated or digitally controlled, carbide tooled machines. The most effective way to deal with residual stress is to full body anneal each tube prior to machining; however, this may not be economically possible. One alternative is to limit the amount of energy that the tube is subjected to during machining. An examination of the cutting tools that are used to produce threaded product will reveal how the shape of the insert may affect the deformation of the tube.
August 4, 2009
Ford Motor Co. is celebrating production of the all-new 2010 ford Taurus in the historic Chicago Assembly Plant, which has been retooled to build the sedan. Ford invested more than $130 million in the plant for tooling and equipment, along with ergonomic updates."By investing in its Chicago...
August 4, 2009
Situation Addison Machine Engineering, a manufacturer of tube and pipe mills and tooling, found itself struggling to retain new customers and satisfy existing ones. Although the company was long on experience and embraced current technologies, the company had difficulty in expanding its market...
August 3, 2009
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in July for the 18th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the third consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.The report was issued today by...
August 1, 2009 | By Art Hedrick
It seems like every time there is a problem making a good part, the steel is blamed. Often the root problem is the process used to cut and form the steel — the combination of the die, the press, and the lubricant.
August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston
IMEC, a small job shop in southwest Missouri, invests in automation not necessarily to increase capacity, but to increase flexibility.