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New squeezes on the small metal fabricator

December 18, 2014

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The custom fabrication market is changing as more customers—with a single-minded focus on price—stipulate new performance demands for quality, delivery, service, responsiveness, and payment terms. Should custom fabricators rethink how they are structured and how they operate to offset what could be fatal weaknesses?

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Laser cutting system’s speed, power, and assist gas pressure regulated in real time

December 18, 2014

Sirius 3015 Plus 4 kW, an automation-ready flying-optics laser cutting system from LVD, is designed to process parts at optimal speeds. The machine can perform silk cutting on stainless to provide a smooth finish. Integrated into the machine is Automatic Laser Cutting (ALC), which uses dynamic...

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Smart equipment choices in structural fabrication

December 18, 2014

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Structural fabricators have a plethora of equipment options to choose from these days, and all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what’s available, as well as keeping a few basic factors in mind, can help a structural fabricator make an educated choice.

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Waterjet cutting machine updated with new features

December 18, 2014

OMAX® Corp. offers the new MAXIEM® 1530 JetMachining® waterjet cutting machine. It features updated digital linear encoders, a Z-axis core with optional multiaxis cutting heads, streamlined abrasive hopper designs, and self-leveling base legs. The unit has the lowest ceiling height in the...

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Camfil APC Americas names VP

December 17, 2014

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a global manufacturer of dust, fume, and mist collection equipment in Jonesboro, Ark., has promoted Thomas (Tomm) Frungillo to the position of vice president, Camfil APC Americas. He assumes full responsibility for the Jonesboro manufacturing facility as well as...

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Xiris signs JSNT Corp. as agent in Korea

December 17, 2014

Burlington, Ont.-based Xiris Automation Inc., a developer of optical equipment used for process and quality control in a number of specialty industries, has signed JSNT Corp. as its exclusive distributor of its products for the tube and pipe industry for Korea. The agreement enables JSNT to...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA obtains Bell Helicopter approval

December 17, 2014

Hermitage, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA) has announced that it has attained an approved supplier status for Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. SAWPA has received approval for the heat-treatment of steel and titanium alloy components used in the production of the helicopters. This...

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Partners Group to acquire Dynacast

December 17, 2014

Partners Group, Zug, Switzerland, a global private markets investment manager, has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Dynacast Intl., Charlotte, N.C., a global manufacturer of small, highly complex metal components, on behalf of its clients. The transaction is expected to close...

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Frost & Sullivan names GE Intelligent Platforms business as 2014 Global Company of the Year

December 17, 2014

Based on its recent analysis of the human machine interface (HMI) market, Frost & Sullivan, Mountain View, Calif., has recognized GE's Intelligent Platforms business with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. GE's foresight in using real-time operational intelligence (RtOI) to...

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Roll-Kraft adds to key management positions

December 17, 2014

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, a provider of roll tooling to the tube and pipe and roll forming industries, has announce additions to its primary management team. James Racco has been hired as general manager – operations excellence for the company’s Roll-Kraft Northern facility in Frankfort,...

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation announces 2015 spring scholarship winners

December 17, 2014

Thirteen students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $2,500 toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int'l.® (FMA). Scholarships were awarded to the following students for the upcoming 2015...

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Laser machine offers versatility for cutting, welding

December 17, 2014

TRUMPF’s TruLaser Cell 3000 is a 5-axis laser machine for fine cutting and precision welding of 2-D and 3-D components. It handles small to medium-sized parts from one-off prototypes to high-volume production. With solid-state laser options, available with up to 8 kW of laser power, the machine...

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Coldwater Machine Co. offers friction stir weld service for short-run and prototype parts

December 17, 2014

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer of equipment and tools for multiple industries, has announced that its Solid-State Joining Center now is providing preproduction, prototype, and low-volume friction stir weld part production. The center has five FWS series friction...

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Maximum sheet metal punching, minimal distortion

December 17, 2014

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Hole-intensive punching work can induce significant stress into the workpiece. To mitigate this requires a careful look at programming and tooling.

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Industrial Innovations to supply plant-wide lubrication system to Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive

December 17, 2014

Industrial Innovations, Grandville, Mich., has announced a new contract with Austin Tri-Hawk Automotive, a manufacturer of automotive structural supports located in Austin, Ind. The contract includes an Pro-Mix V proportional mixing system and the necessary piping, nozzles, and manifolds for the...

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