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Yaskawa Motoman celebrates 25th anniversary

August 19, 2014

The Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc. (Yaskawa Motoman), Miamisburg, Ohio, marks its 25th year in business this month. The company, previously known as Motoman Inc., was formally incorporated on July 18, 1989 as a 50/50 joint venture between Hobart Brothers Co. and Yaskawa Electric...

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Shell Lubricants commits to Manufacturing Day as sole platinum sponsor

August 19, 2014

On Oct. 3, 2014, manufacturers around the nation will open their doors to the public and host events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to people's everyday lives. Recognizing the importance of the grassroots initiative known as Manufacturing Day, Shell Lubricants stepped up its...

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Aug. 28 webinar to address robotic assembly techniques

August 19, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, Mich., will present a webinar on Aug. 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT. It will describe intermediate techniques in assembling products with robots. Efficiency concepts such as sequential, parallel, and combinatorial assembly will be described. The...

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U.S. Steel closes McKeesport Tubular Operations

August 19, 2014

U.S. Steel has announced that it has idled its McKeesport Tubular Operations in McKeesport, Pa., for an indefinite period of time. The plant produced ERW standard line pipe. The plant closing affects 160...

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Nasmyth Group acquires Technical Metal Finishing

August 19, 2014

Nasmyth Group, a worldwide supplier of precision engineering products and services in Coventry, U.K., has acquired the business and assets of California-based Technical Metal Finishing Inc. (TMF) to create Nasmyth TMF. TMF is a supplier of metal surface finishing, including precision masking,...

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Metal Seal Precision resumes production following plant fire

August 19, 2014

Metal Seal Precision Ltd., a manufacturer of precision metal components and subassemblies, has resumed production following a fire that destroyed a portion of its Mentor, Ohio, plant on July 25, 2014. The fire, which destroyed about one-third of the plant, caused more than $50 million in damage....

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Kennametal CEO to retire

August 19, 2014

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso has decided to retire from the company effective Dec. 31, 2014. Cardoso has served as president and CEO since January 2006 and was elected chairman two years later. He joined the company in April...

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Evana Automation ships two multistation lean manufacturing systems to Tier 1 auto supplier

August 19, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems in Evansville, Ind., has shipped two multistation lean manufacturing systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of electronic components that will assemble and test next-generation lane...

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Clark Metal recognized for community impact

August 19, 2014

Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Pa., was a finalist in the Community Impact category of the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards. The company was recognized for its sustained commitment to growth and development of its employees and the communities in which it does business. Governor Tom Corbett,...

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From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

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Multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A lamps aid in NDT inspection

August 19, 2014

Spectronics Corp. has introduced the Spectroline® TRITAN™ 365 series multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A lamps for NDT inspection. Each lamp features three ultrahigh-flux UV-A LEDs, as well as a white-light LED to illuminate dark work areas. A rubber bumper with a Borofloat® glass lens protects the LEDs...

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Mills Products hires R&D manager

August 19, 2014

Mills Products, Brentwood, Tenn., a metal forming company providing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed David Brinker its R&D manager. Before joining the company, Brinker worked for more than 25 years in the R&D model shop for...

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Association of Steel Distributors scholarship applications due August 22

August 19, 2014

The Association of Steel Distributors (ASD), Chicago, with the support of member Keith Busse, chairman of the board at Steel Dynamics, is offering scholarships of up to $2,000 for children of ASD member employees who have been accepted to a two- or four-year college, graduate program, or vocational...

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Spatial positioning system enables users to project 360 degrees around large parts

August 19, 2014

Virtek Vision Intl. Inc. has released the latest version of its Iris™ spatial positioning system, which enables manufacturers to project laser templates 360 degrees around even the largest parts. Version 1.3 supports the use of multiple vision systems and laser projectors to enable users to...

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Producing a little bit of everything, every day

August 19, 2014

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Legrand’s West Hartford, Conn., plant produces cable management systems and has been on a lean manufacturing journey since the early 1990s. Results of improvement efforts abound, including quick tool-change stations by the company’s punch presses. The FABRICATOR sat down with Michael Kijak, West Hartford plant manager and Rui Monteiro, one of the company’s lean managers, to talk about some of the highlights. Read the article.