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Tech Air acquires Gas & Alloy Supply Co.

September 2, 2015

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisition of Gas & Alloy Supply Co. (GASCO), a distributor of gases and welding supplied located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. GASCO becomes part of Tech...

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PPG completes acquisition of IVC Industrial Coatings

September 2, 2015

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG Industries has completed the acquisition of IVC Industrial Coatings Inc., a powder and liquid coatings manufacturer. IVC employs more than 300 people and operates plants in Brazil, Ind.; Grand Haven, Mich.; Atlanta; Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Guangdong, China;...

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Grainger completes acquisition of Cromwell

September 2, 2015

Grainger, a distributor of MRO products in Chicago, has acquired Leicester, England-based MRO distributor Cromwell Group (Holdings) Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Cromwell now operates as a subsidiary of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing growth continues, but PMI down 1.6 percentage points from July

September 2, 2015

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 32nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 75th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Personal air breathing unit delivers grade D breathable air

September 2, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the P-20 personal air breathing unit, which works with the existing filtered compressed air supply. The unit provides grade D breathable air for a proper NIOSH-approved respirator. With the provided 54-in. tool air hose assembly, it allows for a bypass of air for a paint...

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Camfil APC names executive VP

September 2, 2015

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a Jonesboro, Ark.-based manufacturer of dust, mist, and fume collection equipment, has appointed Christian Debus as the new executive vice president in charge of worldwide operations. He is based at the company’s office in Tuttlingen, Germany. Debus started...

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The metal manufacturer and the employee survey

September 2, 2015

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Employee surveys can either be an important tool for improvement or virtually useless. For surveys to be useful, they need to have a purpose and, most important, spur action.

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BTD acquires Impulse Manufacturing

September 2, 2015

Detroit Lakes, Minn.-based BTD Mfg. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp., has acquired Impulse Mfg., a metal fabricator in Dawsonville, Ga. Ron Baysden, Impulse founder and president, will retire at the conclusion of the transaction. Impulse offers services from simple laser...

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Are workers really less productive?

September 2, 2015

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According to the Labor Department, American workers aren’t as productive as they once were. But how do we measure productivity? Perhaps most important, do customers value it?

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Eliminating oxyfuel hazards in your shop

September 2, 2015

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Keeping these tips in mind during safety and performance audits can help you keep the shop floor safe even when potentially dangerous fabricating activities are taking place.

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Moving big fabrications

September 2, 2015

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Delivering a large fabrication in some ways is almost as difficult as creating the piece in the first place. In many instances, the fabrication is awkward in shape and a challenge to move even a short distance. Like everything else, fabricators figure out how to do it, and these are their stories.

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Air filter removes contaminants down to 0.01 micron

September 2, 2015

The 0.01-micron SuperStar filter from Walmec North America is designed to provide clean, dry, compressed air, removing any vapors and contaminants down to 0.01 micron. The four-stage filtration system has flow ranges of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM. It can handle pressure ratings up to 250 PSI. The...

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A little fabricator grows up

September 2, 2015

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Under the stewardship of founders Larry and Gloria Dlouhy, Superior Tube Products grew from a small proprietorship into a midsized fabricator. It is entering its 25th year in business with a new management style, a new strategy, and a new outlook on the future.

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Making joint design, equipment choices for successful orbital GTAW

September 1, 2015

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Orbital welding is a straightforward concept, but the many choices in joint design and equipment features can turn even a simple orbital welding project into something complex. Industry veteran V. John Jusionis discusses three common joint designs and several key equipment features to produce a successful outcome.

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3-D plasma cutting in a 2-D world

September 1, 2015

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R.J. Cyr Co., Maidstone, Ont., had a job for which it needed to cut sections of structural steel beam, but it couldn't do the job profitably relying on a manual approach. After consulting with its plasma cutting table supplier, the company devised a way to add CNC cutting capability into the mix.

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