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  • How Steel Shaped the Modern-Day World

    • December 21, 2016

    Steel is a metal alloy made of iron and carbon. It’s high tensile strength and low production cost make it ideal for use in construction. Furthermore, “stainless steel” contains special alloys that protect against rust and corrosion. This otherwise simply metal has changed nearly every aspect of the modern-day world, which we’re going to explore

  • Laser Cutting 101

    • December 15, 2016

    So how does a laser actually work? It starts with the word itself which is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. For the layman, it means “you’re cutting stuff with a very bright beam of light” (which is totally AWESOME even by science fiction standards). Your imagination is the only limit

  • Why Can’t I Get a PPAP for Off the Shelf O-rings?

    • December 13, 2016

    We often get calls from customers looking for O-rings in a hurry.  The caveat is, they are producing a component for an automotive company and a PPAP is required.  We must explain that we cannot provide a PPAP for our off the shelf O-rings.  This makes getting a project off the ground quickly almost impossible.

  • Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to Head American Manufacturing Council

    • December 13, 2016

    U.S. President elect Donald Trump has announced that Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris will take over the American Manufacturing Council in his administration. Trump made this news while speaking to a crowd earlier this month at Grand Rapids, Michigan, saying it’s part of his overall message to “buy American and hire American.” So, how will

  • How the Carrier Deal Could Affect US Manufacturing

    • December 7, 2016

    U.S. President elect Donald Trump is already causing controversy, nearly one month before he officially takes office. He recently announced a deal with Carrier Corp., keeping nearly 1,000 manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. Previously, Carrier had planned to move those jobs from Indiana to Mexico to cut labor costs and increase profits. After talking

  • US Manufacturing Output Increased in October

    • November 30, 2016

    October was a good month for the United States manufacturing industry. According to recent reports, the industry experienced positive output for the second month in October, signaling growth after a short but noticeable period of stagnant activity. Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve released its report on the U.S. manufacturing industry, revealing that factory production

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