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North American Robotics Industry posts best quarter ever
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North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association, the industry's trade group. A total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump of 14 percent in units and 28 percent in dollars over the same quarter in 2011. Orders in the first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20 percent in units and 29 percent in dollars over the same period last year. Orders for spot welding robots, used primarily in automotive solutions, jumped 68 percent in the first half of 2012. More

Jobless claims fall, manufacturing orders rise
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A pair of better-than-expected economic reports in the U.S. added to the breath of relief on Wall Street after Europe's top central banker pledged to do whatever is necessary to preserve the euro. The Labor Department said that initial jobless claims sharply fell, and the Commerce Department reported that new orders for longer-lasting manufactured goods rose at a healthy rate in June. More

A $100,000 factory job: What's uncool about that?
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What's uncool about a $100,000 factory job? These days not much. In fact, factory jobs — once considered back-breaking and low-paying — have become high-tech and high-salaried. Still, young people don't get it, say factory owners, who can't find enough skilled workers. "When I was an apprentice in the late '70s, kids were dying to get into manufacturing. There were plenty of factory jobs," said Joe Sedlak, a machinist who owns the Chesapeake Machine Company in Baltimore. "There are jobs for the taking today. But kids don't want them." More

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Manufacturing's keystone: Skilled labor
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Lately, there has been plenty of talk about how the Marcellus Shale, and natural-gas production in the U.S. in general, is boosting the U.S. economy and creating jobs. What is being overlooked, however, is the secondary — and perhaps longer-lasting — impact of natural-gas production in Pennsylvania: the potential for a substantial increase in base manufacturing and port activity in the Philadelphia region. More

Opinion: Manufacturing, energy go hand-in-hand
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To read and listen to some influential economists and media pundits, you would think that U.S. manufacturing is collapsing and that our nation's economy is becoming entirely "service-based." In fact, U.S. manufacturing is leading the overall economy with greater overall growth, including growth in employment, and a large part of the reason is the power of innovative technology to create productivity. The Federal Reserve's latest monthly report shows that America's industrial sector is continuing to grow. Overall industrial output rose 0.4 percent in June on a monthly basis and by 4.7 percent on an annual basis, marking the 29th consecutive month of annual growth. More

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AWS welding publications now available
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The American Welding Society's Summer 2012 Publications Catalog now is available and features information on the lastest and most up-to-date AWS technical publications. A free PDF download of the catalog is available or you can request a catalog to be mailed to you. All publications are available for order online at the AWS Bookstore. More

Tough job, great pay: Welders badly needed in Tulsa, Okla., area
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While unemployment continues to make national headlines, millions of jobs in America go unfilled because of a lack of trained personnel. Recently, KRMG's Clark Howard spoke to the issue, saying "it is absolutely a terrible thing for the country that we have not been able to play this "match game" effectively, getting people with the right skill set for the jobs that go begging." In the Tulsa, Okla., area, welding is an industry that badly needs trained people. More

Beating the heat: Tips from a pro welder
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Looking for ideas on keeping cool? Ask a man who works with materials that reach temperatures up to 6,300 degrees. Mike Lageose of Martin Service Company has 40 years' experience, and has grown his business from his garage to a sprawling complex of several acres in north Tulsa. He tells KRMG he's learned over the years how to keep himself and his employees working safely through the summer heat. More

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GE applicants need to score high on teamwork in Fort Worth, Texas
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Teamwork is high among the requirements for job candidates at two factories General Electric is opening in north Fort Worth, Texas. GE Manufacturing Solutions, a division of GE Transportation, already has hired about 30 production workers locally to begin learning how to assemble electric drive systems for mining vehicles in the first of the GE plants to open just west of Texas Motor Speedway. The larger railroad locomotive operation is set to open this year, but the company is building a database of job applicants and will begin hiring for those positions within four to six weeks. More

AWS, GSI of Germany partner on conference
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The American Welding Society has partnered with GSI to deliver a unique conference, to be held Oct. 22-23, in Munich. U.S. and European welding standards on numerous topics will be presented, compared, and discussed. With increased globalization and complexity of supply chains, more companies have realized the need to be knowledgeable about multiple national and international fabrication codes and standards. This conference will benefit engineers, inspectors, supervisors, and quality control personnel who are familiar with one set of standards but need to know more about the other set of standards. The conference will be conducted in English. More

Lincoln Electric announces leadership transition
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Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. announced that John M. Stropki Jr., 61, who has been chairman, president and chief executive officer since 2004, will become executive chairman of the board. Also, Christopher L. Mapes, 50, will be named president and chief executive officer of the Euclid, Ohio-based company. Mapes has been serving as chief operating officer since Sept. 1, 2011, and has been a member of the board since February 2010. Both personnel changes become effective Dec. 31. More

Chinese automakers may be forced into bankruptcy
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Some of China's struggling automakers, burdened by debt, may be forced into involuntary bankruptcy, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said. The Ministry said in a published note that it is considering the introduction of a withdrawal mechanism to force near-bankrupt automakers out of the bloated automotive industry. China has around 1,300 automobile makers, including 171 car, truck and bus makers and more than 900 specialty vehicle manufacturers, according to the government. More

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Economist: Keep on manufacturing, Marion County, Ohio
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Playing to its strengths serves a county well, Marion County being no exception, a central Ohio economist said. "I think a real point to bear in mind is that it's critically important that the leadership of Marion County understand their strengths, understand what you have that other parts of the region, other parts of the state, other parts of the country do not have," said Bill LaFayette, owner of Regionomics, a Columbus, Ohio-based economic and workforce strategy firm. More

Japan factory output in unexpected fall in June
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Stoking concerns that turmoil overseas is damaging a recovery in the world's third-largest economy, Japan's factory output turned down unexpectedly last month, official data showed. The output decline came amid growing fears about the fiscal situation in Europe — a major market for Japanese products — and a strong yen hurting demand for products from the nation's factories. Industrial production in June edged down 0.1 percent from the previous month, said the ministry of economy, trade and industry — smaller than a revised 3.4 percent fall in May but well short of market expectations for a 1.6 percent rise. More

Iowa career tip: Welding a hot job
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Year after year, the demand for trained welders grows but the supply dwindles as veteran welders retire. And educators are having a tough time keeping up, with a waiting list at Des Moines Area Community College. DMACC Welding Department Chair Mike Rahn says many learning the trade already have jobs. "A lot of them are already working before they've even finished the program. Employers work with our students just to get them on board. They'll let them go to school a half day, work a half a day." More

Toyota regains top global auto sales spot from GM, with VW in pursuit
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Toyota Motor Corp regained the lead in global car sales over General Motors Co in the first half, with Volkswagen AG poised to move past GM and push the U.S. automaker into third place for the full year. The bigger question is how soon the German auto giant also will pass Toyota and secure the global sales crown — an internal goal that VW management has targeted for 2018 as part of the company's so-called Strategie 18. More

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Welding education returning to FMHS
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Fort Madison High School Principal Greg Smith knows there's a great need for students with vocational and technical education, and after being limited in those types of classes at FMHS for years, the district is focusing on bringing them back, beginning with welding. The Iowa school has gone for several years without any welding, machining, electrical, or mechanical classes other than carpentry, auto, and basic home electricity. The welding program is being considered a stepping stone to creating a valuable and necessary skilled trades program based on math, science and technology at Fort Madison Community School District's high school level. More

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Portland barge, railcar manufacturer picks up steam
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In a massive warehouse at the 58-acre Gunderson plant on the Willamette River, sledgehammers thundered, welding torches hissed with neon sparks and warning bells screamed. Building barges is noisy. "It's not so much the loud noise," said Jason Joy, administrative assistant for Mark Eitzen, Gunderson's vice president and general manager, as he navigated a gauntlet of machines, wires and forklifts. "It's the constant noise." For nearly a century, Gunderson, part of the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Greenbrier Cos., has been building tools for industrial transportation. In 1919, it was wire wheels. Today, it's railroad cars and 17,000-ton capacity barges. More

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