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Done-in-one meets structural fabrication

January 23, 2015

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New system introduces full automation to structural fabrication, including cutting, beam and plate handling, and welding.

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ThyssenKrupp expands Mexico facility

January 23, 2015

ThyssenKrupp Materials de Mexico S.A. de C.V., a unit of ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Inc. (TKMNA), has announced the expansion of its current blanking operations in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. The facility currently offers steel blanking and warehousing services for luminum and steel products in the...

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STI/SPFA announces 2014 Steel Water Pipe Awards

January 23, 2015

Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association, Lake Zurich, Ill., has presented Steel Water Pipe Product of the Year Awards to Jifco Inc., Livermore, Calif., and Mid-America Pipe Fabricating & Supply, Scammon, Kan. Jifco won the 2014 Pipeline Project of the Year Award for its Bay...

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Schuler delivers press line to Hirschvogel

January 23, 2015

Schuler AG, Göppingen, Germany, has delivered an MSL 2-2000 cold forging press to The Hirschvogel Automotive Group, Denklingen, Germany. The press delivers 2,000 metric tons of force to manufacture a variety of shafts for transmissions, drivetrains, and engines. It is the first press line of...

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Major Metals Co. hires VP of operations

January 23, 2015

Major Metals Co., Mansfield, Ohio, has named Wynn H. Kerns as vice president of operations. He leads manufacturing operations for the company’s four high-frequency tube welding mills, 72-in. slitter, and five recutting centers. The company offers carbon steel tubing to A513 T1, T2 and A 787...

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Dielectric Corp. acquires Centerline Machine

January 23, 2015

Dielectric Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis., has announced its acquisition of Waupaca, Wis.-based Centerline Machine Inc., a provider of machined and fabricated parts and products made of steel, composites, and exotic alloys. The acquisition enables Dielectric to offer machining in a variety of...

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Proactive maintenance, predictable performance in metal fabrication

January 23, 2015

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At Midland Metal Products, all machines have asset tags on them. So do calipers and tape measures—and even brooms—and it’s all tracked in a computerized maintenance management system. Tracking asset downtime has made life on the shop floor much more predictable.

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Developing a national, international bending standard for tube and pipe

January 23, 2015

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An update from an article that ran in the September 2013 TPJ, this column describes a research project intended to help eliminate trial-and-error setups, conserve programmers’ time, and help get products to market faster by helping everyone involved in a bending project home in on the optimal bending process before getting started.

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EFD Induction acquires Superior Technologies Europe

January 22, 2015

EFD Induction, based in Skien, Norway, has announced its acquisition of Superior Technologies Europe (STE), a Basingstoke, U.K.-based supplier of impeders, induction coils, and OD/ID scarfing inserts to tube and pipe manufacturers. STE founder Peter Bond continues as managing director of STE and...

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Lincoln Electric names president of global automation

January 22, 2015

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., has promoted Steven B. Hedlund to senior vice president and president, global automation. Hedlund joined the company, a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel...

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Paul Mueller, founder of Paul Mueller Co., dies at age 99

January 22, 2015

Paul Mueller, founder of Paul Mueller Co., a stainless steel manufacturer in Springfield, Mo., died Jan. 19, 2015. Mueller began his career in 1938 as a salesman for Smith Heating in Springfield. He and co-worker Gordon Mann founded Mann & Mueller Heating and Sheet Metal Works in 1940. In 1943,...

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Sandmeyer Steel hires district sales manager for Canada

January 22, 2015

Sandmeyer Steel Co., Philadelphia, a producer of stainless steel and nickel alloy plate products, has named Melanie Mitchell as district sales manager for Canada, replacing the retiring Adam Paterson, who served as the company’s manufacturer’s representative in Canada for more than 10 years....

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Art in motion

January 22, 2015

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Welder and artist Ed Kidera uses his engineering background to create unusual works of art, many of which are dynamic rather than static.

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From the Web: Low wages ‘major’ issue; inside a 3-D machine shop; ‘craftsmanship is still around’

January 22, 2015

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Low wages a major impediment to labor supply; inside Incodema 3D’s facility; job shop named best business in Blue Earth, Minn.; Mississippi shop grows, invests, hires; and craftsmanship is still around.

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Camfil APC promotes four to sales management posts

January 22, 2015

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), Jonesboro, Ark, a global manufacturer of dust-, fume-, and mist-collection equipment, has promoted four members of its sales management team to new positions. John Dauber, who joined the company in 1998 and most recently headed up the U.S./Canada sales team,...

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