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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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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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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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Lean manufacturing prepares lawn care OEM for the future

February 10, 2016

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After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.

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C4 Industrial to hold open house in March at new Dallas facility

February 9, 2016

Houston-based C4 Industrial Inc. will hold a grand opening at its new C4 Industrial Experience Center in Dallas on March 30-31, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will showcase fiber laser, high-definition plasma, waterjet, press brake bending, milling, and turning equipment, with...

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FMA’s Software Council to offer complimentary educational webinar March 3

February 9, 2016

Rockford, Ill.-based FMA’s Software Technology Council has announced it will present an education program on supply chain, lean, and inventory management as a complimentary webinar on March 3, 2016. The Software Technology Council comprises 10 industry leaders representing software providers...

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Twin-stacked conveyor arrangement grabs, compacts chips

February 9, 2016

The MunchMan® II chip and scrap removal conveyor has been introduced by Jorgensen Conveyors Inc. The unit employs a twin-stacked conveyor arrangement at the lower curve and through the incline and chip discharge of the system. The primary and secondary belts run in opposite directions to grab...

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LIA’s Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop set for March 2-3, 2016

February 9, 2016

The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host its annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop on March 2-3, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The two-day workshop will offer keynotes, sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities for professionals involved in manufacturing of complex, lightweight...

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C.I. Hayes installs pusher furnace for brazing, heat treating

February 8, 2016

C.I. Hayes, Cranston, R.I., a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has installed a model BA-M atmosphere pusher furnace for brazing and general heat treating of stainless steel materials for a dedicated processor of select cutlery product lines. The furnace is equipped with a rigid chain indexing drive,...

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Turnkey packages prewired for plasma, laser cutting

February 8, 2016

Osai has introduced CNC turnkey prewired packaged systems for CNC plasma cutting, laser cutting, and milling. The packages are completely digital, with Ethercat servo drives and brushless motors (230 or 400 V) that are prewired and configured for plasma, oxyfuel, and laser cutting systems; milling...

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Ceramic centering pins for welding withstand extreme mechanical stress

February 8, 2016

Doceram has expanded its Cerazur line of centering pins made of blue ceramic. The pins, used to fix the sheets and assemblies in automated welding lines, have a service life that is up to 40 times longer than hardened metal pins, according to the company. The ceramic material, made of...

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Manufacturing technology orders grew in December, but market remains flat

February 8, 2016

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report for December 2015 showed that order values grew 20.4 percent compared to the prior, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. For all of 2015, the year's total orders were down 17.4 percent compared to 2014. While the...

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Morgan Advanced Materials publishes white paper on aluminum processing

February 8, 2016

U.K.- based Morgan Advanced Materials has published a white paper identifying current trends in primary and secondary aluminum processing. The paper examines the current state of the aluminum market with reference to annual growth and future production. The market has an average annual growth...

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Tower storage system available in three designs

February 8, 2016

Kasto Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG offers the Unitower tower storage system in three designs: Unitower for the storage of bar materials; Unitower B for sheet metal, flat products, and containers; and Unitower C, a compact universal store for bars and sheets. The modular systems are available as...

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