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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II - TheFabricator.com

Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II

June 7, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part III

June 4, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing adds in-die projection welding to its capabilities, eliminating secondary operations and significantly reducing labor costs.

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Curbing waste at Power Curbers

June 4, 2009

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Equipment manufacturer streamlines part flow and drastically reduces WIP and raw stock inventory. Once a part hits the floor, it never goes onto a rack.

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Of freedom and gearheads

June 1, 2009

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A decade ago we watched events leading up to the dot-com-era implosion, and this morning we witnessed a milestone of the drawn-out automotive bust: General Motors is now a bankrupt company. Economic history is peppered with booms, bubbles, and busts of various sorts, but the current automotive...

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Tooling up to bend hard

May 28, 2009

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Different high-tensile-strength metals bend—and spring back—in starkly different ways, so developing a bending strategy takes some serious planning.

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Don't drop the box

May 26, 2009

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Friday was just one of those days. As usual, I drove my daughter to daycare, parked, carried her in, dropped her off, walked out, and saw the back end of my car smashed, with the hood lid looking a bit like a fortune cookie. Because the vehicle's 11 years old, it didn't take much to...

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The hunt for opportunity at ALAW

May 22, 2009

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Before one session at last week's ALAW Laser Applications Workshop, a fabricator stood in the back of the conference room at the Inn at St. John"s in Plymouth, Mich., just outside Detroit. He peered at the small sound board that controlled the microphone at the podium and noted the metal...

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Got to get to work

May 19, 2009

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A keynote speaker at last week's ALAW Laser Applications Workshop—an annual industry conference about lasers in automotive and general fabrication—gave some valuable perspective on the automotive industry. Bernard Swiecki of the Dearborn, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research...

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A different Detroit

May 15, 2009

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"Look at the floor."That was Kent Woody, quality guru at Auto Metal Craft in Oak Park, Mich., a prototype shop just a few miles from the Detroit Three"s epicenter. The concrete floor I looked at was worn from years of use. "That's decades of hi-lo traffic, right there," he said. "That's...

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Keeping the (fire) door open

May 14, 2009

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A manufacturer of fire doors, in the South Bronx grows a business through market diversification and automation, just a few miles north of some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

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Two steps to success?

May 7, 2009

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This is going to sound strange, but a recession like this sometimes feels like a breath of fresh air. If a company can operate through a downturn like this relatively unscathed, that's really something. If a company's inefficient, it shutters its doors. Sometimes bad things happen to good...

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The wind business: Following a passion

May 5, 2009

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This has been a busy few weeks for Eric Isbister. The chief executive at General MetalWorks in Mequon, Wis., north of Milwaukee, held an open house Friday to celebrate 10 years since he and his wife, Mary, took over the fabrication business. Late last month he braved the halls of Hannover Messe,...

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Don't keep the fire burning

May 1, 2009

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I check out weekly news feeds for reports involving metal fabricating, forming, and welding. It's a great way to get a quick feel for the industry and find interesting leads and tidbits for stories.In checking out these leads, I find a common story appearing almost on a daily basis: Welding...

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Heavy hauling, heavy fabricating

May 1, 2009

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Ohio-based Diamond heavy-haul found efficiency in its cutting operations through nesting software by managing remnants and reducing scrap.

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Fewer malls, more factories

April 30, 2009

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I have a feeling something good's going to happen in manufacturing. Maybe not this year or next, but good times are coming.Yes, this is an odd thing to say just days after those dreadful GDP numbers were released. Gross domestic product declined by 6.1 percent during the first quarter, the...

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