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Accessories help extend reamer life

July 29, 2015

Tregaskiss offers several accessories for the TOUGH GUN™ TT3 reamer that can help extend the unit’s life. A dedicated motor lubricator is available, factory-set for optimal pneumatic oil lubrication. Suitable for damp environments, it extends the warranty of a new reamer, or it can be...

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Analysis shows continuing expansion in fabricated metal product manufacturing

July 28, 2015

The IBISWorld Sector Analysis: Manufacturing shows that despite a continued decline in manufacturing’s share of the U.S. economy (as measured by value added), many manufacturing industries have continued to expand, and the U.S. remains one of the largest manufacturers in the world. Over the...

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MagneGas receives first gasification equipment order from U.S., signs MOU

July 28, 2015

MagneGas Corp., Tarpon Springs, Fla., a technology company that counts among its inventions a patented process that converts liquid waste into MagneGas® fuel, has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Green Gas Supply LLC to expand into Louisiana and Texas with a...

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Caterpillar to bring vocational truck production to U.S. facility

July 28, 2015

Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has announced it will begin independently designing and manufacturing its vocational truck product family at its plant in Victoria, Texas. The plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators. Previously Caterpillar worked with Navistar for the...

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Precision Castparts Corp. acquires Noranco

July 28, 2015

Precision Castparts Corp., Portland, Ore., has agreed to acquire Noranco from MidOcean Partners and PSP Investments for $560 million. Noranco, Pickering, Ont., is a supplier of complex machined and fabricated components for aero-engine, landing gear, and airframe applications. Its largest...

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CNH Industrial celebrates 50 years of operations in Nebraska

July 28, 2015

CNH Industrial N.V. celebrated an important milestone in Nebraska, marking 50 years of operations at its Grand Island plant during an event on July 25. Local dignitaries, including Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson, Grand Island City Council Leader Linna Dee Donaldson, Grand Island Chamber President...

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Formtek names senior vice president

July 28, 2015

Formtek Inc., Cleveland, a Mestek company, has promoted Jack Pennuto Jr. to senior vice president. Pennuto joined the company in 2006 as a member of its sales team and soon was promoted to director of sales and marketing. Pennuto, who has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical...

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Summer help—to hire or not to hire

July 28, 2015

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When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.

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Norsk Titanium appoints president/CEO

July 27, 2015

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi), a Norway-based manufacturer of titanium components for industrial applications, has appointed Warren M. Boley Jr. as president and CEO. Boley will lead the company as it seeks to establish the world’s first industrial-scale direct metal deposition (DMD) manufacturing...

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Sinterite hires sales engineer

July 27, 2015

Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company based in St. Marys, Pa., has hired Josh Parslow as sales engineer. He has worked in the powder metal industry since earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. Sinterite designs, manufactures, and services custom...

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Water saver reduces water on factory floor during welding tip loss

July 27, 2015

Rocon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Flow Monitors Inc., has introduced the DeltaPoint® Drawback, a water saver with an added air cylinder for resistance welders that is designed to reduce water on plant floors during cap replacement. The water saver monitors tip loss by comparing...

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Waterproof connectors withstand harsh environments

July 27, 2015

Mencom Corp. offers a variety of waterproof connectors rated from IP44 to IP68. In the IP (ingress protection) rating, the first digit represents the protection rating against solid foreign objects such as dusts. The second digit represents the protection against the ingress of liquids. Typical...

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Building a fab business

July 24, 2015

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A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.

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Catalog highlights products for conserving compressed air

July 24, 2015

Exair has released Catalog 28, a 192-page technical guide that highlights products for industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and coating applications. The catalog includes products to help companies conserve compressed air, reduce noise, and eliminate dead-end pressures....

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Inflatable pipe stoppers simplify pipe blocking for purging

July 23, 2015

The Pipestoppers® division of HFT® has introduced standard and nonstandard inflatable stoppers for tubes, pipes, pipework fabrications, and ductwork. They help simplify routine maintenance or the blocking of pipes for purging. The stoppers can provide a strong barrier in pipelines to prevent...

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