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Proto Labs wins Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award

March 5, 2015

Prototype and low-volume production parts manufacturer Proto Labs Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., has been awarded a 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award by corporate growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. In its 11th year, the awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders...

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Aerospace materials market worth $18.5 billion by 2019, says report

March 5, 2015

The aerospace materials market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.6 percent between 2014 and 2019 to reach $18.5 billion in terms of value, according to MarketsandMarkets, Dallas. The firm’s report, “Aerospace Material Market by type (aluminum alloys, steel alloys, titanium alloys, super...

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Filter removes contaminants to 0.01 micron

March 5, 2015

The .01 Micron SuperStar filter from Walmec North America is designed to remove vapors and contaminants to 0.01 micron, resulting in clean, dry, compressed air. The four-stage filtration system, which offers flows of 50, 75, and 100 SCFM, can handle pressure ratings up to 250 PSI. It performs...

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The Superior way to implement lean manufacturing

March 5, 2015

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Editor Eric Lundin interviews two individuals who were key in establishing product flow at Superior Tube Co. Inc., tracing the big steps the company took to go from a conventional push system to a lean pull system.

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rate to tick up in manufacturing, services in March

March 5, 2015

In March, hiring activity in the manufacturing and service sectors is expected to increase compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) bLeading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2015. In March, for the 12th straight...

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Ursviken hires national sales manager

March 4, 2015

Ursviken Inc., Elgin, Ill., has named Michael Rose as national sales manager. He has an extensive background in the fabrication industry and worked for a major machinery builder of fabrication equipment for the last 15 years. Rose has sales knowledge and application experience in the pole...

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Metcam extends services to prototype fabrication for R&D

March 4, 2015

Metcam, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, now is offering R&D services, including test unit (prototype) fabrication, for major manufacturers. The company’s metalworking capabilities include laser cutting, punching, forming, hardware...

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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 for manufacturing industries such as steel, fabrication, medical, and...

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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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