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Optoelectronic Guarding

Getting close, bending safe

November 25, 2008

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Press brake operators work under some unique conditions that call for unique considerations in safeguarding.

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Getting it there yesterday - TheFabricator.com

Getting it there yesterday

November 25, 2008

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Greenheck has made a science out of quick lead-times. For most products, customers can place an order and receive a custom fabrication within three to five days, and sometimes in less than 24 hours.

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Marriages in metal fabrication

November 17, 2008

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With the economy a mess, many can"t wait for things to bottom out. But what will it take to get there, and what will happen after all is said and done? Among other things, consolidation has entered the conversation. Analysts view it as inevitable if business conditions persist, and today an analyst...

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Finding those diamonds

November 11, 2008

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My wife loathes when she walks into the family room and sees me watching a certain, shall we say, intense person jumping around a wacky set and talking stocks. OK, I admit it: I like watching Jim Cramer. I"m not a day trader. I don"t live and breathe the Dow. I haven"t even opened my 401(k)...

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Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX

Rocket science, entrepreneur-style

November 11, 2008

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Managers, designers, and manufacturing engineers at Space Exploration Technologies have come up with a new way to design and manufacture a rocket.

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Don't judge a business by its market

October 27, 2008

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During these economically trying times, you would think some companies would have a better shot at emerging from this mess somewhat unscathed, while others might be more vulnerable. But that"s not necessarily the case. Consider news last week of two metal fabricators, one that"s laying off...

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The orders keep coming

October 21, 2008

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Jerry Sadler didn"t look like the news from Wall Street really bothered him. Walking the aisles at the FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show earlier this month, the quality manager at Ameron International had other things on his mind, like customer orders that have been placed through...

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How fabricating can change the world

October 14, 2008

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Two machines sitting on a porch facing New Hampshire"s Merrimack River may well change the world. And at the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show last week, I got a glimpse of them. Dean Kamen showed a picture of the two little machines during his keynote Oct. 7. They didn"t look like...

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Adaptive Bending Laser Sensing

Reasons for a press brake upgrade

October 14, 2008

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Modern press brakes add intelligence to the machine control and bring programming offline.

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Japanese metal fabrication

Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008

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Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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FSI Fabrication Welder

Growing season: Fabricating for agriculture

October 14, 2008

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FSI Fabrication makes products that help farmers quickly and accurately transport feed, grain, and other material.

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Embracing globalization at FABTECH

October 7, 2008

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As the Dow did its dance on a cliff"s edge yesterday, the FABTECH International&reg & AWS Welding Show kicked off with gusto yesterday here in Las Vegas, and the credit crunch seemed refreshingly far away. Why? It"s because Jim Waters has visited Chinese cities with populations of more...

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The SpaceX launch: Who needs government backing?

September 30, 2008

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With all the dire news stories of the past few days, it"s nice to know something went right last weekend. Although it wasn"t on Page 1, the story got coverage, and it was quite significant.The first private company, without government backing, successfully launched a rocket into orbit. On Sunday,...

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The (North) American economy

September 23, 2008

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News of how the American government could take up to $700 billion of bad debt out of the hands of the private sector had the weight of something historic. The move will add as never before to our already mounting national debt. It will reshape the financial landscape, not only of the U.S. but of...

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A Ross way of thinking

September 16, 2008

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What a troubled week. Automotive industry execs spent it in front of Congress saying they need a loan. And of course there are those big weekend stories, with Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy and Bank of America acquiring brokerage giant Merrill Lynch.Hearing and reading all the pundits pine...

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