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North American robotics market sets new records in 2015

February 10, 2016

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion during 2015, an increase of 14 percent in units and 11 percent in dollars over 2014....

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Alliance Steel acquires Standard Steel & Wire, forms Specialty Steel Division

February 10, 2016

Alliance Steel LLC, a steel service center in Bedford Park, Ill., has acquired the working capital assets and customer list of Standard Steel & Wire Inc. (SS&W), Chicago, while concurrently forming the Specialty Steel Division of Alliance Steel. Dennis Barista, formerly of SS&W, is leading the new...

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NBT announces summer manufacturing camp locations

February 10, 2016

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the foundation of Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), has announced the 30 locations that will be hosting 41 summer manufacturing camps in 2016. The list is still growing, according to the association. Camps will be offered...

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Report reveals drivers of growth in global vacuum heat-treatment market through 2020

February 10, 2016

London-based Technavio has forecast the global vacuum heat-treatment market to post a CAGR of more than 6 percent by 2020, according to its latest report. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global vacuum heat-treatment market for 2016-2020. Based on end...

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Kolene Corp. appoints executive VP

February 10, 2016

Detroit-based Kolene Corp. has appointed Dennis J. McCardle as executive vice president. He is a 27-year molten salt industry veteran at the company and now will spearhead the sales and marketing initiatives for the company's largest revenue segments. McCardle attended Northwood University. He...

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Waukesha Metal Products hosts business tour of Milwaukee students

February 10, 2016

Metal parts and assemblies manufacturer Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., hosted about 20 seventh-grade students from the Golda Meir School in Milwaukee as part of a program launched by the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) aimed at giving nearly 1,800 Milwaukee Public Schools...

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BLM Group USA delivers tube/sheet processing machine to Advanta Industries

February 10, 2016

BLM Group USA, Wixom, Mich., has announced the sale of its LC5 laser tube and flat sheet processing machine to Petersburg, Mich.-based Advanta Industries for its Manning, S.C., facility. Advanta Industries designs and manufactures returnable steel racks and offers custom packaging systems using...

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All-in-one cutting unit works without electricity

February 10, 2016

Hypertherm offers the Freedom 38 PPA™, an all-in-one unit combining plasma, power, and air for cutting in areas without access to electricity. It combines a Powermax125® plasma system with a 38-kW generator and air compressor. Cut capacity for the included plasma system is 1-1/2 in. at a...

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Process audits in manufacturing: Do as the accountants do

February 10, 2016

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The fab shop is ripe territory for unexpected (and usually bad) things to occur. The best operations prevent them by doing as the accountants do. They audit regularly.

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Part-marking on the move

February 10, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Totally enclosed waterjet cutting

February 10, 2016

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After having purchased waterjet cut parts as part of his old job, Dan Sarmiento thought he could develop a better waterjet cutting system. He had his handiwork on display at FABTECH 2015.

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Managing metal fabrication through the generations

February 10, 2016

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Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.

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Keeping pace with fabricating technology

February 10, 2016

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Quality is a given, but delivery time is not. Sjoberg Tool & Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, WIs., knows that, so it has relied on the latest machine tools over the last 40 years to squeeze time out of the production process. It must be working because customers keep coming back—with ever-increasing demands.

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Inflatable dams allow weld purging in tight bends

February 10, 2016

For closure welds, tight bends, T-piece joints, and dome end connections on which a conventional tandem weld purging system cannot be used, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers a line of single-ended inflatable weld purge dams. Manufactured for pipe diameters from 6 to 96 in., these...

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Nesting software connects SOLIDWORKS 3D Design to manufacturing

February 10, 2016

Geometric Ltd. has released NESTINGWorks™ 2016 3-D nesting software for nesting layouts of SOLIDWORKS® parts and assemblies automatically for production. This application is integrated within SOLIDWORKS 2016 software, enabling automated nesting of flat or 3-D part or assembly models made from...

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