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Sciaky to provide turnkey EBAM system to Lockheed Martin Space Systems

September 22, 2014

Sciaky Inc., Chicago, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of large-scale additive manufacturing systems, has received a purchase order from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Bethesda, Md., to provide a turnkey electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) system for use...

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Stainless steel flat nozzle resists corrosion

September 22, 2014

Exair’s new 1-in., high-power stainless steel flat Super Air Nozzle™ produces a flat, 1-in.-wide airstream with a 16-oz. blowing force when mounted 12 in. from the target. Designed to fit into tight spaces, the nozzle is made of Type 316 stainless steel to withstand corrosive, high-temperature...

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Vacuum clamping system allows creation of various welding fixtures

September 19, 2014

Förster welding systems GmbH offers the Vacufix® vacuum clamping system in connection with the Ergofix® ergonomic manipulator. The clamping system allows the creation of different welding fixtures for sheet metal structures using a single kit. It features patented high-temperature vacuum...

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SEMA awarded federal grant to increase exports of automotive aftermarket products

September 19, 2014

Diamond Bar, Calif., trade organization SEMA, which represents the automotive specialty equipment market, has been awarded part of a $2.2 million federal grant to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and China. The...

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K&S Tool, Die and Mfg. marks 40th anniversary with new name, new website

September 19, 2014

K&S Tool, Die and Mfg., Ixonia, Wis., celebrates its 40th year in business in 2014. To mark the event, the company has changed its name to K&S Mfg. Inc. The firm also has launched a new website at www.ksmfg.com to reflect its position as a vertically integrated contract metals...

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Marlin Steel installs automated welding machine

September 19, 2014

Marlin Steel has added a Versaweld CSR102-1230-3-MFDC NC jig welding system from Ideal Welding Systems to its facility in Baltimore. The medium-frequency, automated welding machine supports welding in three dimensions. Its rotating heads can weld along curved or irregular shapes. The robotic...

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VMG launches program to train veterans to start metal fabricating businesses

September 19, 2014

Veterans Manufacturing Group (VMG) has launched as an organization to train and help U.S. military veterans start their own employee-owned metal fabricating business with donated machine tools. The program will offer veterans paid training in the methods and techniques associated with...

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Spectrum Brands Holdings’ HHI Group to acquire Tell Mfg.

September 18, 2014

Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., a consumer products company in Middleton, Wis., has announced that its Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tell Mfg. Inc., Lititz, Pa., a manufacturer and distributor of commercial doors, locks, and hardware. The...

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DOT Quality Services expands certification programs for structural steel sector

September 18, 2014

Quality auditing and certification firm DOT Quality Services, Chicago, has expanded its quality certification programs for the structural steel sector. The firm now offers specific certification to internationally recognized AWS codes to meet requirements for the transportation and bridge sectors....

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Cee Kay Supply announces organizational changes

September 18, 2014

Cee Kay Supply, St. Louis, an independent supplier of industrial gases and welding and cutting equipment and supplies, has promoted Keith Meuser and Brian Reutiman as regional managers for Missouri and Illinois, respectively. Meuser joined the company in 1997 as a territory manager in St....

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Optomec names Multistation as rep for 3-D metal printers in France

September 18, 2014

Optomec, Albuquerque, N.M., has announced that it has signed an agreement with Paris-based Multistation SAS to be its representative in France for its LENS® family of 3-D metal printers. The printers and print engines are used to repair, rework, and manufacture metal components in materials...

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Kelly Services to host webinar on attracting manufacturing talent

September 18, 2014

Kelly Services Inc., Troy, Mich., a bronze sponsor of Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 3, will host a complimentary webinar titled "Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Today's Critical Manufacturing Talent" on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The webinar will be hosted by Kelly...

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Esmark Industrial Group acquires assets of Pittsburgh Annealing Box

September 18, 2014

Esmark Industrial Group, Pittsburgh, a metals fabrication and manufacturing subsidiary of Esmark Inc., has completed its acquisition of the assets of Pittsburgh Annealing Box Inc, Vanport, Pa., which has conducted business under the name KMA Mfg. since 2003. The new entity, which is a unit of...

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Hand-held XRF analyzer made for cost-effective alloy identification

September 18, 2014

Olympus has released the Delta Element hand-held X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer for scrap metal sorting, positive material identification, alloy QA/QC, and precious metals analysis. The simplified unit is designed to be cost-effective while providing accuracy, speed, precision, and...

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An upgrade can be a game-changer

September 18, 2014

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When a fabricating shop sees its limits being pushed, it may be time for an equipment upgrade. Sometimes a new machine can be a real game-changer.

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