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UTC Aerospace Systems delivers 5,000th set of landing gear for Boeing 737

July 31, 2014

UTC Aerospace Systems, Charlotte, N.C., has announced that its Landing Systems facility in Everett, Wash., has delivered its 5,000th set of landing gear for a Next-Generation 737 to Boeing. "Our Everett facility is designed to meet Boeing's need for JIT delivery," said Dave Castagnola,...

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Tandemloc hires design engineer

July 31, 2014

Tandemloc Inc., Havelock, N.C., has appointed Randall Hoeft as a design engineer. He is the principal staffer and office manager of the company’s new product design office in Janesville, Wis. Hoeft has more than 26 years of design and problem-solving experience with below-the-hook lifting...

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A fabricator and community college partnership

July 31, 2014

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When metal fabricator Shickel Corp. sought to boost the overall skill level of its employee base in the face of a more competitive business environment, it went back to school. More specifically, it sought the local community college to help craft a curriculum and implement a class structure to deliver the improved math and shop skills it desired.

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Camera-based measurement system sends waves of productivity through fabrication shop

July 31, 2014

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When Bob Burns, owner of Aero Bending Co., Palmdale, Calif., moved his company to a new and bigger location, he considered adding to the company’s fleet of benders. However, a number of bending machine operators often lined up to measure bent components, creating a bottleneck. Changing to an optical inspection system cleared this bottleneck.

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Newcomb Spring adds QC measurement system for stampings

July 31, 2014

Newcomb Spring Corp., Decatur, Ga., has added Keyence Instant Measurement system at seven of its eight manufacturing plants for quality control inspections of its stampings, flat springs, and wire forms. The system will be added at the remaining plant in 2015. The system uses optical...

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Guarantee program ensures cable performance up to 36 months

July 31, 2014

The Chainflex® guarantee program from igus® helps ensure predictable continuous-flexing cable performance for up to 36 months. The guarantee program provides binding statements about the durability of the company’s Chainflex cables when used inside Energy Chain® cable carriers. The...

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Shiloh Industries to expand in Tennessee

July 31, 2014

Valley City, Ohio-based Shiloh Industries Inc., a producer of fabricated steel and aluminum, stampings, and welded blanks, has announced plans to invest $20 million in a 75,000-sq.-ft. plant in Clarksville, Tenn. The expansion is expected to create about 150 new...

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Fluid recycling systems meet requirements for a variety of applications

July 31, 2014

Eriez® HydroFlow® industrial filtration and fluid recycling systems are suitable for such applications as machining, conventional grinding, creep feed grinding, and CBN grinding and machining. The line of coolant management and recycling equipment includes coolant recycling systems,...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring upturn to continue in August

July 31, 2014

In August hiring rates will increase slightly in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2014. Payroll expansion will continue in both sectors...

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General Carbide receives ISO 9001:2008 certification

July 31, 2014

General Carbide Corp., a manufacturer of more than 50 grades of tungsten carbide tooling for a variety of industrial wear, metal forming and stamping applications, has earned ISO certification. The certification will allow the company to take advantage of new business opportunities in the...

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Wireless foot control installs quickly on welding equipment

July 31, 2014

Linemaster has introduced the Varior RF wireless foot control, a plug-and-go system that is compatible with brand-name welding equipment. The foot pedal operates on three AA batteries, offering 4,000 hours of battery life and 90 ft. of range. The compact receiver plugs into the piece of...

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The people and processes behind poka-yoke

July 31, 2014

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Like anything related to continuous improvement, mistakeproofing requires the right processes, but, perhaps even more important, it also requires the right people. With the right people and processes, real change is possible.

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Plastic package protects thin cutoff wheels during transit, storage

July 31, 2014

Pferd has introduced a recyclable, stackable plastic package for all 4.5-, 5-, and 6-in. cutoff wheels for angle grinders with thicknesses of 0.045 in. and less. The new package strength helps ensure wheel integrity during transit, storage, and handling. The ABS plastic package features an...

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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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Winona Powder Coating secures John Deere certification

July 30, 2014

Winona Powder Coating, a high-volume powder coater based in Etna Green, Ind., has been awarded the JDM F17 certification from John Deere. This paint process qualification enables the company to expand its color coatings offerings to an expanded base of agricultural parts suppliers. In addition...

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