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Local Motors launches design challenge for first 3-D printed car

April 16, 2014

Local Motors Inc., Phoenix, has launched the 3-D Printed Car Design Challenge to inform and influence the design of the vehicle that will be manufactured at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago Sept. 8-13, 2014. The six-week challenge continues through May 13,...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product visualization

April 16, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through a hypothetical production development design exercise to show just how different product development CAD work is from production-ready CAD assignments.

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A growing pie for the next generation

April 15, 2014

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How can fabricators attract the best and brightest? According to speakers at The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit, held earlier this year in Austin, Texas, it's about growing the business through progressive management and open communication.

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Hyster lift trucks to include Seegrid vision-guided automation technology

April 15, 2014

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., has announced that it is working with Seegrid®, a provider of vision-guided flexible automated guided vehicles (AGVs), to include Guided by Seegrid® technology on Hyster’s lift trucks. The technology allows Hyster to increase the intelligence of its lift...

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Carl Bechem GmbH announces formation of Bechem Lubrication Technology

April 14, 2014

Carl Bechem GmbH, Hagen, Germany, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of its joint venture partner’s 50 percent interest in Etna-Bechem Lubricants LLC. Carl Bechem has formed a new company — Bechem Lubrication Technology LLC in Chagrin Falls, Ohio — as a result of this...

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Automated slurry-blast system has 2-axis gun motion

April 14, 2014

Guyson Corp. has introduced a 72- by 72-in. wet blasting machine with a 1,500-lb.-capacity powered transfer cart and a gun manipulator that moves the blast nozzles vertically and horizontally in a repeatable programmed routine. Designed for wet-blast cleaning, descaling, and prepolish treatment...

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Electro lifting magnets handle loads up to 12,125 lbs.

April 14, 2014

Lightweight Selecto® continuous-duty electro lifting magnets are available from Eriez®. They can be used individually or in multiples to eliminate the need for hooks, slings, and grabs. The magnets are rated at 100 percent duty cycle for continuous operation. A variety of models are...

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How scalable is contract metal fabrication?

April 14, 2014

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Most of contract metal fabrication serves a local and regional customer base, and that’s one reason small- and medium-sized customer fab shops dominate this business. Aside from upper-tier automotive stampers and similar companies, typical annual revenue ranges in custom fabrication range from $8... Continue Reading

Salvagnini to open office in Canada

April 11, 2014

Salvagnini Canada ULC, a subsidiary of Salvagnini America, will open a new office and warehouse facility in Mississauga, Ont., on May 1. The office will develop into a service and spare part stocking depot. It will be able to deliver most spare parts directly to Canadian customers. Ultimately,...

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Fabricating next-generation workers

April 11, 2014

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A lot has been made of the fact that manufacturers can’t find the right workers. The issue is explored nicely here. But what can’t be denied is that fewer manufacturing workers exist, from almost 14.3 million in 2004 to just over 12 million today. Two major recessions within a 10-year span and... Continue Reading

Pretreatment technology suited for multimetal treatment in automotive industry

April 10, 2014

Chemetall offers the Gardo®Flex pretreatment system for the automotive industry. Combining conventional zinc-phosphate technology with optimized process components, the multimetal pretreatment system has a number of modules available for the entire process — from cleaning and degreasing...

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GM to invest $449 million in electric-vehicle assembly plants

April 9, 2014

In preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles and advanced battery technologies, General Motors will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at two of its assembly plants. The investment includes $384 million at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly for new body shop tooling,...

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Coolant filter delivers extra-fine filtration

April 9, 2014

The patented STAR Filter® from Eriez⪚ HydroFlow® uses a centrifugal pump to draw liquid through a permanent media element with an optional feed of cellulose filter-aid for extra-fine filtration. It typically is installed as a central system with flow rates of more than 250 GPM and...

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Magnetic conveyors convey scrap from stamping presses

April 9, 2014

Belt-free magnetic conveyors from Puritan Magnetics are designed to convey stamping scrap, knockouts, and chips and turnings from lathes, mills, presses, and other metalworking machinery. Internal magnetic assemblies attached to heavy-duty roller chain travel around the inside of the conveyor...

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From the Web 4.09.14

April 8, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about a capital spending boom that may be on the horizon; an Industrial Internet touted to revolutionize machine performance; developments in “invisibility” technology; how prospective shop buyers decided they... Continue Reading