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Manufacturing, construction and consumer confidence show gains
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Key private indexes of manufacturing and consumer confidence edged up in October, while the government reported an increase in construction spending in September as economic data released indicated moderate economic growth. All three readings were in line with analyst expectations, and came as new private and government data on unemployment pointed toward modest employment gains last month. U.S. factories continued to power up last month after a summer contraction, according to the Institute of Supply Management. The group's purchasing manager's index increased to 51.7, up 0.2 percentage points from September's reading. More



Dreamliner savings meet cabin cool as United's 787 debuts
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United Continental Holdings Inc. is counting on Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner to deliver fuel savings and in-flight cool as the world's largest carrier becomes the first in the U.S. to fly the composite-plastic jet. "If you want to be the world's leading airline, then you need the world's leading airplane, and we have that," Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smisek told passengers and employees in Houston before United's 787 debuted with a flight to Chicago. The Dreamliner has attracted notice for production delays as well as jet-lag-reducing creature comforts. The plane looms large in Chicago-based United's efforts to boost a benchmark revenue gauge and improve operations marred by integration woes from the 2010 merger that created the airline. More

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Honda marks 30 years of US production with 200 new jobs
Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On the occasion of its anniversary Nov. 1, the company announced a new $200 million investment. With that new investment it will bring to $12.5 billion the amount Honda has invested in its U.S. operations since it produced the first Japanese car built in America in 1982. More


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Hot-plate welding offers high-speed advantages
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Hot-plate welding can produce strong, leak-tight plastic assemblies with complex geometries. It is a robust, viable and technically sound joining process that is used to assemble batteries, fuel tanks, fluid reservoirs, taillight lenses and other applications where strong seals are crucial. Traditionally, hot-plate welding offered limited process control, minimal data acquisition capabilities and slow cycle times. But, that's not the case anymore. Today's welders allow engineers to precisely control the motion of the platen, the temperature of the heating surfaces and the force applied to parts. More

Registration still open for Women of Gases & Welding Reception at FABTECH Las Vegas
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There still is time to register for the American Welding Society's Women of Gases & Welding Reception at FABTECH, from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. An evening of networking and a short program will include presentations by Nancy Cole, AWS president-elect; Emily DeRocco, former president of the Manufacturing Institute; and Monica Pfarr, AWS corporate director, workforce development. The reception is free, but registration is required to attend. More



CGA & GAWDA announce inaugural Distributor Safety Award
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The Compressed Gas Association and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association announced the winners of the inaugural CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Award at GAWDA's 68th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colo. Winners also will be recognized at the CGA 2013 Annual Meeting. Coastal Welding Supply Inc., of Beaumont, Texas, won in the more than 100,000 employee exposure hours category, and Willard C. Starcher Inc., of Spencer, W.Va., was recognized in the fewer than 100,000 employee exposure hours category. More


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Welding inspection can reduce costs by detecting discontinuities in the early stages of manufacturing, reducing the cost of rework and extending the life of components by detecting flaws. Non-destructive testing methods can identify cracking, porosity, incomplete penetration, misalignment, inclusions, lack of fusion and similar conditions, which can compromise weld strength. MORE
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Honda Aircraft Company begins HondaJet production
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Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has commenced production on the much anticipated HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet. During a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Fla., the company also highlighted key testing milestones that successfully have been accomplished with the HondaJet moving closer to certification and delivery. More

Fast Track Welding grads snapped up by employers
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Gerald Vine should be the envy of thousands of graduates still looking for work — he recently graduated from the Abilene, Texas, campus of Cisco College and already has a job. Vine was one of 13 graduates from the Cisco College Fast Track Welding Program, which certifies its students in seven weeks. Vine was one of several graduates already offered jobs. Charlotte Speegle, executive dean of Cisco, said she expected all the latest graduates to have jobs. For Vine, who recently moved to Texas from Illinois, it will be his first venture into the workforce. More



Men of steel forge unique welded works in Lewisville, N.C.
Winston-Salem Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a small fire, really, but it makes the coal glow red hot and turns a bar of steel bright orange — warm enough to shape, twist and bend. Sparks fly if it gets too hot. Blacksmiths Frank Naples and Tim Crumley of A&M Welding, which is named for Naples' daughters Anna and Mia, work in Naples' shop in the woods behind his Lewisville, N.C., home. Crumley heats a piece of steel, then takes it to the anvil, picks up his hammer, and in minutes has formed a Colonial 12-sided ball — a traditional circular design often used on the end of a railing, post or handle. Their tools are simple: a hammer and a 340-pound anvil circa 1860 from England. A foot-pedaled power hammer built in 1947 speeds up their work. The two men together work on industrial projects, but it's clear that the art of steel is their passion. More


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Welding is the new hot course on campus
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When Melody Fels first saw the twisted metal, sparks and gas flames, she knew she had found her new home. "I walked into the welding shop, and I thought, 'Oh, how fun. This is where I belong,' " said Fels, 18, one of 10 female students immersing themselves in the expanding field of welding at the Fort Collins, Colo., branch of Front Range Community College. Welding is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States as the construction industry scrambles to replace the bulk of welders entering their 50s and eyeing retirement. More



From trash to treasure
Tampa Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Andy Hamilton visits garage sales and flea markets around Lutz, Fla., it doesn't matter if he finds the hedge trimmers are rusted and the handsaws are dull or slightly bent. Adding large doses of ingenuity, imagination and creativity, plus a spot of welding, he will repurpose those purchases — plus car parts and gadgets — as original art. Visitors at plant shows, green markets, automotive swap meets and craft shows from Tampa and Dunedin to Lakeland and Bushnell probably have seen his wacky work — and likely paused to analyze the metal art. More


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Salina Tech receives $200,000 welding grant
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The skill of welding joins two pieces of metal and now an advanced program at Salina Tech in Salina, Kan., will join newly-skilled workers with jobs. "It is a lot of practice to make it perfect, hours and hours," student Daniel Muchow said. Muchow was 11 when he developed a passion for the trade. "If something broke out at the farm, dad hands it to me, I get in there and help him out," Muchow said. More students could start a career in welding, now that Salina Tech has received a $200,000 grant. The grant will get more tools into the students' hands, which will, in turn, increase the workforce in Salina. More


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Welding scholarship applicants sought
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The owners of JWF Industries of Johnstown, Pa., Bill, John and Tom Polacek, have established a memorial scholarship in honor of their late father, John J. Polacek Sr., who founded the company in 1958 in the back of his pickup. When he died in 1987, son Bill bought the company from his mother. Since then, the family-run business has grown into a large welding, fabricating, machining and powder-coating company with more than 450 employees. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a top employer in the region. In partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, the second annual John J. Polacek, Senior Memorial Scholarship will be available to new and currently enrolled students in the welding technology program. More
 


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