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Celebrating Manufacturing Day

October 9, 2013

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The many John Q. Publics who think that manufacturing in the U.S. is dying—or worse, who think it’s already dead—got a chance to see what they’ve been missing on Oct. 4, when more than 800 manufacturers throughout the U.S. opened their doors for tours. The main goal of Manufacturing Day is...

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Attractive sculptures, day or night - TheFabricator.com

Attractive sculptures, day or night

October 7, 2013

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Solar Sculptures™, which comprises an artist, a public spaces planner, and an electrical engineer, designs sculptures that use motion sensors and LEDs to come alive at night.

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Nero fiddled, Congress quibbles

September 30, 2013

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On a July evening in 64 A.D., a fire erupted in Rome and is said to have burned for days, eventually destroying three districts and severely damaging seven more (out of a total of 14 districts). Legend has it that the reigning emperor, Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, played the fiddle...

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Good news in sticker shock

September 10, 2013

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If you spend a lot of time looking at economic data, you’re already aware that 2013 hasn’t provided much to get excited about. It has provided glimmers of hope, but nothing to set the world on fire. The unemployment rate has been moving downward, but slowly. Since January it slid from 7.9...

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Know the chemistry, know the process, know the test - TheFabricator.com

Know the chemistry, know the process, know the test

September 6, 2013

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For tube and pipe producers, testing the product on the mill is necessary, but not necessarily optimal. The line speed might be too slow, the mill might have some maintenance issues, and other factors can interfere with online testing. For these reasons, many supplement the online test with an offline test.

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Corrosion-resistant fabrication project enhances nuclear power station’s cooling system - TheFabricator.com

Corrosion-resistant fabrication project enhances nuclear power station’s cooling system

September 6, 2013

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Nuclear power plants use a lot of water to cool the reactors, and when the water intake unit occasionally pulls in a sea lion or a shark, environmentalists go nuts. Dimic Steel Tech bid on a contract to build two huge grates for Southern California Edison to keep marine life out of the water intakes, and had to learn a bit about welding corrosion-resistant steel along the way.

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Could this be it? Part 2

August 22, 2013

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If you try to keep up with all of the experts, seers, and mad scribblers who try to predict which way the economy is heading at any particular time, you’re well aware that consensus in this field is about as rare as dinosaur eggs. The reasons are many, but to simplify: some...

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Who’s behind the steering wheel?

August 13, 2013

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The prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, made headlines this week with a bold campaign strategy: he took a shift as a taxi driver. No, not a gun-toting, bent-on-vengeance sort of Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro’s role as the vigilante cabbie in Taxi Driver, but a mild-mannered taxi driver...

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Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator breathes new life into internal combustion engines

August 9, 2013

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An automobile enthusiast since he has a youngster, Ariel Banco started developing custom-made air intakes after he graduated from college. Eventually he had such a backlog that he quit his professional career to become a full-time fabricator, making air intakes for automobiles, motorcycles, and occasionally airplanes and personal watercraft.

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Happy birthday, Curiosity!

August 7, 2013

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If you heard champagne corks popping on August 6, it was for a good reason. That was the staff at NASA celebrating the first birthday of the Curiosity mission. The rover landed on Mars on August 6, 2012, and has been sending data back to Earth ever since. The mission is an enormous (and ongoing)...

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More horsepower, better fuel efficiency

July 18, 2013

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If you follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules, restrictions, and proposals, you’re already aware that it has mandated a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Carmakers have been moving in this direction for many years, reducing weight where possible,...

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Another technology milestone

July 10, 2013

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Most people have never heard of Eugene Ely, although aviation buffs probably recognize the name. An American test pilot in the early days of aviation, he was the first pilot to take off from a ship (November 14, 1910) and the first to land on one (January 18, 1911). On May 9, 1912, Air Commodore...

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Heavy equipment manufacturer

Better tube bending cuts production time, improves consistency for heavy equipment manufacturer

July 8, 2013

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After decades of using an old manual tube bender with no features, Kress Corp. took a huge leap in technology when it purchased a new bender with CNC, full-color interface, and stacked tooling capability. The result is a 10-fold productivity improvement.

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Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator brings smiles to Sunshine State

June 28, 2013

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After his yacht-building business dried up in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, entrepreneur Scott Gerber decided to build a simple sculpture from tubing. Based on a basic stick figure, the first one was a fisherman. Gerber placed a few around town, encountered some interest, and suddenly a new business was born.

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry

June 3, 2013

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Copper is extremely useful in the HVAC industry, but the high and volatile price can wreak havoc on profit margins. Some fabricators have found that they can substitute a couple of aluminum alloys with good results. However, aluminum isn’t as easy to work with as copper. This article tells how Harco Metal Products developed forming and brazing processes for this not-so-forgiving material.

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