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Steel-Tube Shipments Below 2000 Levels

Monday, December 17, 2001
Despite increases in monthly shipments, the trend continues to point downward for the North American steel tubular industry, according to statistics supplied by the Steel Tube Institute of North America. Shipments of mechanical tube rose 10-12 percent in October as compared to September numbers, but trailed October 2000 shipments by 8-10 percent. Shipments thus far in 2001 trails 2000 same-period levels by 17-19 percent. Hollow structural tube shipments rose 10-12 percent in October, but trail October 2000 shipments by 3-5 percent. Year-to-date volume is 9-11 percent behind 2000 levels. Shipments of stainless tubular products increased 4-6 percent in October, but decreased 3-5 percent as compared to last October. Through 10 months, such shipments are 12-14 percent lower than last year. Standard-pipe shipments (4 in. and under) gained 1-3 percent over September and trailed October 2000 shipments by 4-6 percent. Year-to-date, shipments are down 8-10 percent.

Online Source for Info on Shock and Vibration Isolation

Monday, December 17, 2001
Fabreeka International, Inc., Stoughton, MA, announces a newly redesigned website,, filled with application case histories, product specs and helpful information for anyone wanting to learn more about products related to vibration and shock technology. Plenty of photos and technical papers stored as PDFs.

QDC System Set for Rheem Facility in Mexico

Friday, December 14, 2001
Rheem Manufacturing has chosen Lightning Time Savers, Inc., Nicholasville, KY, to provide a turnkey quick-die-change (QDC) system for seven presses at a new Rheem facility in Mexicalli, Mexico. Lightning will provide QDC engineering services and hardware including Optima hydraulic clamps and lifters, Half-Turn mechanical die clamps and Wardcraft Tee-Lift airbag die lifters, two two-tier mobile die carts, one two-station rail cart and several die storage and pre-stage racks. Anticipated startup date is mid-April 2002.


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