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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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Coldwater Machine Co. appoints president

July 30, 2014

Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, Ohio, has appointed Tim McCaughey as president. He replaces Jerry Meyer, who served the company as president for 31 years. Meyer remains on the board of directors and as a co-owner of the company with North River Capital, a private investment company based in Fort...

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Scheduling high-mix, low-volume operations

July 30, 2014

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Scheduling remains one of the most complicated, least predictable aspects of contract metal fabrication. But why is this exactly, and what can a shop do to change this? In this first article in a series, Dick Kallage uncovers the answers.

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Renewable-waste cutting fuel cuts faster than acetylene

July 30, 2014

MagneGas Corp. has launched MagneGas® 2, a second-generation cutting fuel made from renewable waste. Independent tests performed by EWI on track-based cutting systems showed that, in comparison to acetylene, the fuel had 38 percent faster cutting speeds on 2-in. carbon steel and about a 34 percent...

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Six students win $1000 scholarships at Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camp

July 29, 2014

Six high school students won $1,000 scholarships at Manufacturing Technology Camp, sponsored by the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce and held at Industrial TurnAround Corp. in Chester, Va. The winners were Todd Fachon, Brandon Harris, and Tamia Johnson from Dinwiddie; Noah George and...

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AT&F India expands facility operations

July 29, 2014

AT&F India Fabrication Pvt. Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of AT&F based in Cleveland, a provider of large-scale welding and steel fabrication, has announced a 94,000-sq.-ft. facility expansion in Chakan, Maharashtra, India. The new manufacturing facility will be completed in early 2015. It will...

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CNH Industrial opens agricultural equipment manufacturing complex in China

July 29, 2014

CNH Industrial has opened a manufacturing complex built in the area of its previous assembly plant in Heilongjiang Province, China. The agricultural equipment manufacturing facility extends over a total area of 4,305,564 sq. ft., of which 1,248,613 sq. ft. are covered. The vertically integrated...

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FABTECH 2014 heading to Georgia

July 28, 2014

FABTECH®, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is expected to attract more than 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 11 to 13. FABTECH exhibits will include live equipment...

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A new kind of skilled workforce

July 28, 2014

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The need for skilled worker continues unabated, but the issue has many wrinkles of complexity. For one, technology has changed the nature of the job.

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Houghton hires director of global M&A and strategic planning

July 28, 2014

Metalworking fluids and services provider Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., has hired Raymond Kelly as director of global merger and acquisition and strategic planning. He leads the company’s M&A efforts for the metalworking and adjacent business segments. Kelly has more than 23 years of...

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CMMS schedules maintenance through automated meter reading

July 28, 2014

Production Process has released the ProductionACE/CMMS, an entry-level CMMS with companion run-hour and cycle count meters that connect to production and auxiliary equipment. The system identifies when maintenance is near due and due based on user-set limits for run hours and cycle count for...

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A matter of asking the right questions

July 28, 2014

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Some purchasers may view a fabricated metal product as a commodity, and if it’s a simple enclosure or flat piece-part, it may well be. But they’re not buying products, really. They’re buying expertise, both in fabrication and in capacity management.

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A second-chance career

July 28, 2014

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A maritime welding program, jointly created by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle College, is part of a greater initiative in Washington state-to return idled workers to gainful employment. The class doesn’t just help the underemployed, it also helps feed the resurging shipbuilding industry in the greater Seattle area.

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Beretta USA to close gun manufacturing plant in Maryland

July 25, 2014

Beretta USA Corp. has announced plans to close its manufacturing plant in Accokeek, Md., citing concern over a new state firearms law that could restrict the company from being able to manufacture, store, or import firearms if some provisions are reinstated in the future. The firm will transfer...

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Core Health & Fitness to expand Virginia manufacturing plant

July 25, 2014

Fitness equipment-maker Core Health & Fitness, Vancouver, Wash., has announced plans to invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit manufacturing plant in Grayson County, Va., creating 250 jobs. The facility has made Nautilus® fitness equipment for more than 34 years. Core Health & Fitness...

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