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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act signed into law

August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to...

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SigmaTEK names regional sales manager for Texas and New Mexico

August 27, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing process automation in Cincinnati, has promoted Brad Stropes to regional sales manager. In this position, Stropes is responsible for increasing the company’s user community throughout Texas and New Mexico. In addition to...

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Industrial Innovations hosts U.S. congressman visit

August 27, 2014

Industrial Innovations was visited by U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., at its Grandville, Mich. Facility to discuss how Congress can help boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through legislation. Huizenga and Troy Turnbull, owner of the company, originally met in Washington D.C. in March 2014...

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Coe Press appoints CFO

August 27, 2014

Coe Press Equipment, a manufacturer of coil handling and servo roll feed equipment in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced the appointment of Dave Boissonneault to CFO. The firm has created the position in response to growth in its coil processing business and the addition of its cu-to-length...

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Permanent lifting magnets lift both thin, thick materials

August 27, 2014

Alfra has introduced permanent lifting magnets for thin and thick materials. One magnet can lift materials as thin as 20 ga. or 2 in. The lever-actuated, nonelectric magnets are small and lightweight. The TML250 lifts up to 500 lbs., and the TML500 lifts up to 1,100 lbs. They offer the highest...

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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Arc Welding 101: Reading between the lines of AWS D1.1

August 27, 2014

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Q: I am a weld inspector and one of my clients builds control panels. A potential customer of theirs requested that they conform to AWS D1.1 standards on a control panel. This seems odd to me. Can a company become AWS D1.1-certified? Is there a certain process they have to go through to become a...

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3M names VP of Personal Safety Division

August 27, 2014

3M, St. Paul, Minn., has named Jose Varela vice president and general manager of its Personal Safety Division. In this role, Varela oversees the company’s global safety business and more than 40 major platforms, including respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection, protective...

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Robots offer long and extended reaches

August 27, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman offers MH50 II series robots. Their flexible design allows them to be used for applications such as machine and press tending, material cutting and handling, coating, and dispensing. The long reach of the robot and the extended reaches of the MH50 II-35 and MH50 II-20 models...

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The economics of small-parts bending

August 27, 2014

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Bending small parts presents various challenges for press brake technicians, who need to make sure they can bend these small parts quickly and, most importantly, safely. Although the best approach to bending depends on the application, the electric press brake can help make the job much easier.

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Fiber laser cutting system designed for process automation

August 27, 2014

Mazak Optonics Corp. offers the new Optiplex 3015 fiber laser cutting system with a Zeta-7 cutting head and Preview 3 control. The cutting head features functions to automate and optimize the fiber laser process, including beam diameter control, nozzle changing, focus calibration, auto focus...

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How to prepare for the aging workforce

August 27, 2014

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The aging workforce is a complex, multifaceted issue, but it has one immutable fact: There will be more older people working than ever before. Older workers can be incredibly valuable to a manufacturer. They have the experience and skill that this industry craves. But you can’t escape biology. As we get older, the body changes, and the workplace needs to account for these changes. The good news is that these changes not only help older workers, but every employee at the company.

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Cutting machine handles pipes, tubes, and flat plate

August 27, 2014

HGG’S new Multi-Profile Cutting (MPC) machine is designed for manufacturers with production volumes that cannot justify dedicated machines for profiling pipe alone. It can be configured to cut a variety of profile shapes, including pipes, box sections, angle bars, and flat sheet metal strips....

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Consumables Corner: Changing over to metal-cored wire in SAW

August 27, 2014

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Q: One of my vendors recently approached me about replacing the solid wire in my submerged arc welding (SAW) application with a metal-cored wire. Should I consider making the change? A: Depending on your application, you should certainly consider making the change. Metal-cored wires can provide...

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AMTI names senior outside sales rep

August 26, 2014

Houston-based Alloy Metals and Tubes Intl. (AMTI) has announced that Christopher Salinas has joined the company as senior outside sales representative. He is responsible for selling instrumentation tubing, as well as tubing used in measurement while drilling (MWD) and logging while drilling (LWD)...

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