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Study: China manufacturing costs rising to US level
VideoBriefWalk onto the shop floor at Prince Industries in Shanghai, China and it looks like most other manufacturing plants in this country. It's busy running two shifts, cranking out components that will be shipped to major manufacturers like Caterpillar, Siemens and Honeywell. But change is in the air. The cost of manufacturing in China is going up and rising quickly.
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15 months: Sintel goes from near closure to award-winning welding center
Sintel has gone from having such poor quality steel-fabricated parts for Caterpillar that the West Michigan company was about to lose 70 percent of its business to being made a welding training center for the maker of giant excavators and trucks used in the mining and logging sectors. Sintel employees gathered with a quality assurance engineer from Caterpillar to receive a quality award for welding excellence from the Peoria, Ill.-based construction and mining equipment manufacturer with $65.8 billion in annual revenues.
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Kemppi CEO: Times are changing for welding industry
Manufacturers' Monthly
The CEO of global welding company Kemmpi has commented that its industry is experiencing a number of shifts, including the increasing role of software technology and automation, and demands for welders to be technical experts. He noted the welder of today was required to have much greater knowledge of safety and of the work they were doing, and that safety had become more of a focus.
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What's the right path for manufacturing? Technology and talent
Any effective manufacturing strategy has to include a robust "tech and talent" initiative, which would include a fully funded NNMI, a new system of "manufacturing universities" that promote training and applied research, stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in R&D, workforce training and new machinery and equipment.
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Big spills coming from aging oil pipelines
The Wall Street Journal
Though the industry stopped making what is known as low-frequency, electric-resistance welded pipe by about 1970, it still accounts for more than a quarter of the 182,500 miles of liquid fuel pipelines across the U.S., according to federal data for 2011, the latest available. The accidents come as federal regulators are examining whether state-of-the-art inspection methods are capable of detecting flaws in these old pipe seams.
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  Self Propelled Double Sided Beveling Machine

New DBM 50 plate beveling machine with rotary milling head produces high quality machined bevels that reduce fit up time, weld defects and material handling for plate thickness from ¼” to 2-3/4”(7-70mm). Unique 3D Trolley permits rapid 180 degree inversion of bevel head to perform double sided bevels without flipping over the plate. MORE

A sweet Iron Man helmet tops this list of cool custom welding helmets
Are you a fan of shows like "American Restoration," "American Pickers" and "How It's Made?" Perhaps you are a welder yourself? One thing that we can probably agree on is that welding hoods are pretty cool. We scoured the Internet for some of the coolest customized hoods we could find.
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Avoid these 13 common pitfalls in process pipe welding applications
Miller Welding
As companies push to train new welders, work with new materials, increase quality and productivity and improve safety, it is important to focus on some of these basic variables in the pipe welding process that can affect these efforts. Here are 13 of the most common issues in pipe welding applications and how to resolve them.
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Manufacturing companies still suffering from Europe's business slowdown
The neverending debt crisis in Europe continues to be a drag on earnings for manufacturing companies, from General Electric to Honeywell. Some of them have divisions that helped offset the European slowdown, and sales in emerging markets also helped. But the poor revenue in the industrial sector is not good news for them, or for Europe.
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Program promotes STEM careers for women
Eighth-grader Darlene Richter was curious about the sparks she saw when her dad was welding at home. Richter, of Beulah, N.D., tried welding the first time this year through GUESS Again, a day focused on nontraditional careers for women, such as welding. GUESS Again is part of the Girls Understanding and Exploring Stem Stuff Program sponsored by the North Dakota State College of Science. STEM careers include science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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H&S Tools, Inc. - TS-400

The model TS-400 is a powerful, accurate track saw that improves productivity in waterwall panel replacement projects. The patented track mounting system eliminates wheels and rollers yet slides easily into position and stops kick backs without the need for a lock.
Finishing Stainless Welds a Nightmare?

Capital Weld Cleaners offers the Best Option to remove weld discoloration from stainless steel. Our machines offer a dependable rugged design that will help dramatically reduce finishing time. No more abrasives, no more excessive labor, no more headaches. Contact us for a demonstration at your facility. MORE
Flex-a-Prene® by Direct Wire & Cable

Flex-a-Prene® is the most trusted welding cable in the market today. Flex-a-Prene has the recommended copper stranding according to SAE standards, producing quality welds, while ensuring the safety of you and your equipment. Contact a distributor in your area and ask for Flex-a-Prene, a “Made in the U.S.A.” product.

Business Journal reporter trades pen for welding torch
The Business Journal
VideoBrief Jeff Engel joined Muskego-Norway high school students for a tour of Weldall Mfg. Inc. in Waukesha, Wis., as part of Waukesha County Business Alliance's series of Schools2Skills tours of area manufacturers. The program aims to expose local students to the possibilities of a manufacturing career and demystify what goes on inside a factory.
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Protean in-wheel electric motor to enter production in 2014
Motor Authority
For years, in-wheel electric motors were touted as the next big thing in vehicle electrification. Unfortunately, the technology has never passed the concept phase. However, a company known as Protean has announced that its in-wheel motor design is headed for production.
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Getting 3-D printing and next-gen manufacturing to the factory floor
Scientific American
"Additive manufacturing" offers manufacturers a powerful set of tools for making any number of products cost-effectively and with little waste, a groundbreaking development that promises to help revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector. But what will it take to get the process out of the lab and onto the factory floor? A generous cash infusion, perhaps unsurprisingly, will help — and it is now in the offing.
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Hot Rod Magazine builds Speedway Motors tribute T-Bucket kit
Hot Rod Magazine
When was the last time you built a model car? Do you remember the smell of the glue, the illustrated instructions, the frantic search for that tiny chrome suspension piece you just dropped in the shag carpet — or possibly the dog ate it? We revisited those memories when we took on the build of a Speedway Motors Tribute T-bucket kit.
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SC welding competition offers beautiful art
VideoBrief Teams of student and professional craftsmen channeled their technical and creative talents to create breathtaking piece of art, using only a pile of scrap material for the 4th Annual Welding Sculpture Competition sponsored by ESAB Welding and Cutting Products.
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Infographic: Why manufacturing will be hot again
3-D printing and low-cost computer-aided design will spark a revolution in manufacturing as entrepreneurs become able not just to manufacture products in the U.S. but in their homes and workshops.

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Myths of post-industrial America
The Washington Post
Almost everyone seems to yearn for a manufacturing renaissance. This would, the reasoning goes, kick-start the sluggish recovery. No doubt, millions of Americans endorse this appealing vision. It's make-believe.

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Is there a manufacturing renaissance or not?
The growth in manufacturing has prompted some to proclaim a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. President Barack Obama then fanned hopes in his 2012 State of the Union speech when he called manufacturing the foundation of an economy built to last. Is the renaissance actually underway?

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Boy Scouts gain welding badge as part of new partnership
Plant Engineering
Lincoln Electric and the Boy Scouts of America are working together to help scouts earn the Welding Merit Badge. According to the American Welding Society, more than 140,000 new welders will be needed by 2019. The demand for highly-skilled workers is becoming more acute as older skilled workers approach retirement age and much of the incoming generation of workers lack the skills and technical knowledge that U.S. manufacturers need.
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