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Is US manufacturing making a comeback — or is it just hype?
The Washington Post
U.S. firms that have long operated abroad are announcing that they're shifting some manufacturing operations back to the United States. And economists are now debating whether these stories are a blip — or whether they signal the beginning of a major renaissances for American manufacturing. It's easy to be skeptical. So far, the effect on jobs has been modest. Yet the optimists counter that the logic of a manufacturing comeback remains compelling.
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Some disassembly required: Exquisite teardowns of everyday machines
Gizmodo
There's an art to a good teardown. Todd McLellan, a Toronto photographer who's disassembled everything from pianos to iPads, has perfected it. McLellan is the son of a carpenter and an electrical technician, so he was born into a world of assembly drawings and spec diagrams. In his career as a commercial photographer, he works on campaigns for new cars and gadgets. But as an artist, he takes them apart.
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Texas manufacturing activity 'stalls' in April
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Texas factory activity was flat in April, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, fell from 9.9 to -0.5. The near-zero reading indicates output was little changed from March levels.
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To serve next-gen aircraft, GE opens 2 new plants
IndustryWeek
GE Aviation hit quite a milestone as it opened two new advanced manufacturing plants. The company invested $130 million to build a composite factory in Ellisville, Miss., and a "super-alloy" plant in Auburn, Ala. By 2017, GE will hire 550 workers to staff these plants.
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Come to Milwaukee and compete in an AWS Robotics Contest
AWS
Robotic welding professionals will compete at the AWS National Robotic Arc Welding Conference & Exhibition taking place in Milwaukee on June 4-5. Prescreened candidates will take a simulated AWS Certified Robotic Arc Welding written examination and will participate in an actual CRAW performance examination with a fully functional ABB robot. The candidates will compete for recognition and free CRAW certification tuition covering training and examination.
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US manufacturing sector to grow strongly through 2013
ThomasNet
Bradley Holcomb, chair of the Manufacturing Business Survey Committee for the Institute for Supply Management, said the manufacturing sector is solid thus far in 2013 and will continue to see steady growth for the rest of the year.
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Robotic friction stir welding automation
Criq via YouTube
VideoBriefFriction stir welding is a solid-state process by which high-quality and high-strength welds in potentially difficult-to-weld alloys are possible. This cutting-edge technology is becoming an increasingly popular choice for manufacturing lightweight transportation structures such as automotive, aerospace, light rail and marine applications.
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Companies hire less, manufacturing growth slows in April
Reuters
The slowdown was primarily due to the effect of tighter fiscal policy through a combination of an increase in payroll taxes at the start of the year and the $85 billion government spending cuts that took effect across the board in March, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, which jointly develops the ADP report.
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Welding institute to expand Troy facility
Dayton Business Journal
The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is expanding its facilities in Troy, Ohio. Thanks to increased demand for welding training and higher enrollment at the school, the Hobart Institute is adding on a 6,400-square-foot structure, which will accommodate up to 60 more students each shift.
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Rethinking manufacturing in America
Automation World
It was all a part of the plan. We were a manufacturing powerhouse, sure, but it was our destiny to move past such mundane realities. Naturally, we'd want to move into higher-level pursuits. “We could spend less time worrying about manufacturing," said Ron Bloom, vice chairman of U.S. investment banking at Lazard. The decline in manufacturing in the United States was not only economically driven, but also politically supported. "But in the past few years, there's been a pretty fundamental rethink," Bloom noted.
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This LS-based V-12 engine is pretty awesome
Motor Authority
VideoBriefWho among us hasn't had the idea? Just chop a couple of engines in two and smush the pieces together: instant V-12/V-16/V-24/awesomeness. Well, the fantasy recipe works, friends. At least it does when you combine it with a suitable dose of extreme welding and cutting skills and a dash of mad genius. V12Baker of the LS1Tech forums has that mixture.
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Join AWS for the Pipelines Conference in Houston
AWS
Welding has always been an integral part of pipeline construction. It all goes back to the days when hand-held oxyacetylene torches were used to connect pipes together in the field. Much has happened since, and what has happened or, better yet, is happening will be the topics for an AWS conference on pipeline welding. The conference will be held on June 4-5 in Houston.
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    9 materials that will change the future of manufacturing (Scientific American)
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Additive manufacturing brings new life to old tools (IndustryWeek)

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Bay Bridge tower welds flawed, need repairs
The Sacramento Bee
Welds on the iconic tower of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are flawed and must be repaired, compounding other problems that have beset the project and could delay its planned September opening. Sources confirmed that the California Department of Transportation is working with contractors to fix defects on portions of 20 welds, each nearly 33 feet long and up to 4 inches thick.
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Workforce training in welding passes hurdle
The Gazette-Virginian
Workforce training in welding took one step closer to becoming a reality for Halifax County residents when the Research and Development arm of the Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a $154,114 request by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.
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Underwater welding students make a splash
Chicago Post-Tribune
VideoBriefDave Hass is a first-year instructor at Kankakee Valley High School in Indiana, so he figured he would go "all in" with his latest classroom project. All in the water, that is, introducing his vocational class students to underwater welding using the school's swimming pool as a test site. Man, what a splash he made.
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Made in Alaska: Bending and welding
KTVA-TV
VideoBriefForks and spoons aren’t just for the dinner table anymore. Two entrepreneurs in Anchorage, Ala., are using utensils to make art. It started when Kurt Hermansen-Jent replicated a piece of silverware art he saw online. He had no idea six months later he and his childhood friend, Kyle Thilmany, would own their own business.
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Dow CEO: Manufacturers need supportive environment
IndustryWeek
For sustainable long-term growth in the sector, which creates more jobs than any other sector, government policies must provide enabling policies, according to a new report.

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Study: China manufacturing costs rising to US level
CNBC
The shop floor at Prince Industries in Shanghai, China is 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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9 materials that will change the future of manufacturing
Scientific American
The future of manufacturing depends on a number of technological breakthroughs in robotics, sensors and high-performance computing, to name a few. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use to make those things.

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Welding students help at Gladstone Harbor
Daily Press
Welding students from Gladstone High School in Michigan received on-the-job training while helping the city renovate the Gladstone Harbor last weekend. Six students worked to unweld remnants of the old dock system from the harbor wall.
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