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LVD opens new Experience Center

March 29, 2017

LVD Co. nv, a manufacturer of sheet metal and plate fabricating equipment, including laser cutting systems, punch presses, press brakes, guillotine shears, and midlevel automation systems, has opened a new Experience Center (XP Center) at its corporate headquarters in Gullegem, Belgium. The nearly...

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Lightweight shirt offers cooling effect

March 29, 2017

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the WORKSKIN™ lightweight performance shirt to help wearers stay cool and comfortable in warm conditions. Available with long or short sleeves, the shirt is made of CoolCore® fabric, which regulates sweat evaporation to move moisture away from the body and provide a...

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Superb challenges Ohio to invest $891 million in technical training

March 29, 2017

Superb Industries Inc., a high-volume producer of engineered metal and plastic components in Sugarcreek, Ohio, has announced that company President John Miller recently testified at the statehouse before the Ohio House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Development committee about the...

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Global laser cutting machine market to reach $6.72 billion by 2024

March 29, 2017

The global laser cutting machine market is expected to reach $6.72 billion by 2024, according to a new report by New York-based Grand View Research Inc. titled “Laser Cutting Machine Market Analysis by Technology (Solid State Lasers, Gas Lasers), by Process (Fusion Cutting, Flame Cutting,...

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Sinking deep into metal manufacturing

March 29, 2017 | By Tim Heston

In a pinch, a custom sink designer launches a full-blown fab shop within weeks, and ends up with some of the most talented sheet metal workers in the local market.

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EB Industries expands capabilities with high-speed 3-D laser cutting

March 29, 2017

EB Industries, a provider of electron beam and laser welding services in Farmingdale, N.Y., has expanded its laser cutting capabilities by installing a TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 3000 with a TruDisk 4001 laser.The 5-axis laser machine for 2-D and 3-D cutting and welding operations has advanced automation...

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How robots are changing heavy fabrication

March 29, 2017 | By Chris Poole, Dan Alexander

Robots have had a longtime presence in precision sheet metal fab shops, but not so much in companies that worked with structural steel or heavy plate. That's changing, however, because today's automation holds great potential to change the dynamic of heavy fabrication work.

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Industrial manufacturing financial execs express record levels of optimism

March 29, 2017

Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a group purchasing organization for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of the 9th edition of its CFO Survey, revealing the financial projections and top concerns of industrial manufacturing companies. The results show that optimism in manufacturing...

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Shimifrez opens new Ontario facility

March 29, 2017

Shimifrez Inc. has opened a new photochemical machining and electroforming facility in Vaughn, Ont. The $750,000 expansion is expected to create eight jobs. The company uses precision photochemical etching to produce complex, flat metal parts for prototyping and quantity production for such...

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Madden Bolt Corp. earns AISC certification

March 29, 2017

Madden Bolt Corp., a manufacturer of anchor bolts and custom steel fabrications in Houston, has earned AISC certification following more than a year of reprocessing and planning. The firm’s fabricators and welders have met the most stringent specifications for engineering clients building large...

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Direct Metals supplies galvanized bar grating for Illinois overpass project

March 29, 2017

Kennesaw, Ga.-based steel service center Direct Metals has supplied 914 sq. ft. of 1-1/2- by 3/16-in. serrated galvanized 19W4 bar grating from its Waukegan, Ill., warehouse to Grayslake, Ill., for the village’s Washington Street overpass project. The service center provided 90 pieces of bar...

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Safety laser scanner features master/slave functionality

March 29, 2017

Idec Corp. has introduced the SE2L safety laser scanner with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. It is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots, and other moving equipment found in industrial facilities.Master/slave functionality allows one...

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Nidec Minster acquires Vamco Intl.

March 29, 2017

Nidec Minster Corp., a press manufacturer in Minster, Ohio, has announced the acquisition of high-speed feed manufacturer Vamco Intl. Inc., Pittsburgh. Serving the metal stamping industry, Vamco has two locations and about 45 employees. CEO Bryan Gentile and the Vamco leadership team will continue...

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Manufacturing can't do it alone

March 29, 2017 | By Dan Davis

Manufacturing companies that once provided the stepping stone to a middle-class existence for so many in major U.S. cities simply don’t exist. If urban areas are to be revitalized, people will have to come together to make those areas livable for all, not just those in $700,000 flats in a refurbished factory building.

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Getting real about manufacturing’s image

March 29, 2017 | By Tim Heston

For the most part, manufacturing is no longer dark, dirty, and dangerous. Sadly, "for the most part" does not mean "all," as the cover of the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek made abundantly clear.

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