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Matheson air separation unit fully operational in Arizona

March 4, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has announced that its new, large-capacity air separation unit (ASU) in Mesa, Ariz., is fully operational. The ASU produces gaseous oxygen, liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, and liquid argon supporting manufacturing industries such as steel, fabrication,...

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Manufacturers advise peers to open doors and minds to Millennials

March 4, 2015

With U.S. manufacturing on an upward trajectory, what will it take to sustain its momentum? Karen Norheim, executive vice president of American Crane & Equipment Corp. and Tracy Tenpenny, partner with Tailored Label Products (TLP), believe they have a big part of the answer. Norheim and Tenpenny...

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Newcomb Spring adds CNC coiler

March 4, 2015

Newcomb Spring Corp., Decatur, Ga., has purchased a CNC spring coiler for manufacturing a variety of compression, extension, and torsion springs in wire diameters up to 0.625 in. The system’s automated features eliminate the need for hand tooling and many secondary processes. The coiler also...

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Robotic blast system adapted for processing aircraft turbine blades

March 4, 2015

Guyson Corp. has designed and built the RB-10-TC robotic grit-blasting machine, adapted for processing aircraft turbine blades in production lots. Developed for lightly attended operation, the machine blasts an entire pallet-load of components without human intervention. A FANUC M-10iA robot,...

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Mobile carts hold tools, provide temporary work surface

March 4, 2015

Creform Corp. has developed a new design for mobile tool carts built with the company’s system of pipes and joints for customization and flexibility. The carts can meet the needs of individual or multiple departments for sharing and transporting tools within manufacturing or assembly plants...

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Manufacturing Skill Standards Council contributes to workforce skills certification goals

March 3, 2015

In June 2011 President Obama endorsed The Manufacturing Institute's five-year goal of 500,000 industry certifications issued within its Skills Certification System. Yesterday, the institute announced that its partners had already issued 419,528 certifications, putting the system on track to beat...

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Software turns disparate data into real-time manufacturing intelligence

March 3, 2015

Hertzler Systems Inc. has released the latest version of its flagship GainSeeker Suite software, which turns disparate manufacturing data into actionable manufacturing intelligence. Version 8.4 helps manufacturers focus on critical issues, take proactive steps quickly, and reinforce a data-driven...

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Sapa to supply structural aluminum tubing for new Ford F-150

March 2, 2015

Chicago-based aluminum extrusion company Sapa has announced its partnership with Ford to supply the 2015 F-150® with structural aluminum tubing and provide ongoing development support for future aluminum extrusion applications. The truck, which features a high-strength, military-grade,...

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Hafendorfer Machine announces expansion in Kentucky

March 2, 2015

Hafendorfer Machine Inc., a provider of machining, fabricating, laser cutting, and welding services in Louisville, Ky., will expand its operations, with plans to add 15 workers in the next few years and another 14 workers during the next 10 years. The $5.9 million expansion will include the...

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Integrated Metal Products moving to larger facility in Ontario

March 2, 2015

Metal fabricating company Integrated Metal Products has announced plans to move to a larger facility in its current city of Guelph, Ont. The new facility will offer 30,000 sq. ft. for the company’s laser cutting, forming, and welding operations. The firm plans to increase its workforce and...

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Quality management software analyzes, controls, manages welding processes

March 2, 2015

Xnet modular quality management software from EWM helps discover potential savings, ensure cost-effective manufacturing, and document every weld. Compatible with Industry 4.0, the software supports networking for complex manufacturing sequences from mass production to one-off items. The software...

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ISM ROB: Down slightly from January, manufacturing economic activity still expanding

March 2, 2015

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th 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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Liquid metal part cleaners designed for use on variety of process lines

March 2, 2015

Two liquid cleaners developed by Birchwood Technologies can be used on a variety of process lines, including blackening, phosphating, and electroplating lines. Safe Scrub M and Safe Scrub® ST cleaners remove oil and surface soils from metal parts before or after processing. The biodegradable...

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CCAT named MassDevelopment Innovation Center

February 27, 2015

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., has been named an Innovation Center under the MassDevelopment’s Manufacturing Innovation Grants program to help the development and growth of small to midsized Massachusetts manufacturers. The program is open to...

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Separation technologies brochure updated

February 27, 2015

Eriez® has announced the release of its newly updated “Equipment for the Metalworking Industry” brochure. The six-page piece showcases the company’s magnetic separation, fluid filtration and recycling, and material handling equipment. The coolant recycling and filtration section covers...

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