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Communications interface simplifies integration of CNC machine tools, manufacturing software

January 28, 2015

NUM has developed a new communications interface option for its CNC systems that complies with the open MTConnect interoperability standard. Known as NUMConnect, the interface can be fitted to new or existing systems and simplifies the integration of CNC machine tools with third-party manufacturing...

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Compressed-air filter removes particles to 5 microns

January 28, 2015

Walmec North America offers a 5-micron compressed-air filter that provides point-of-use filtration of liquids, oils, and other contaminants. The filter is suitable for a variety of applications, including surface preparation, paint spraying, powder coating, air-powered tools, and pneumatically...

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NAM names board of directors

January 27, 2015

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., has announced a new board of directors. Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., has been named as chair, and John F. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., will serve as vice chair for a two-year...

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Durable goods orders declined 3.4 percent in December

January 27, 2015

New orders for manufactured durable goods in December decreased $8.1 billion or 3.4 percent to $230.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down four of the last five months, followed a 2.1 percent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.8...

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EFD Induction Group names VP of operations

January 26, 2015

EFD Induction Group, Skien, Norway, a provider of induction-based industrial heating systems, has appointed Artur Pająk as vice president of operations. Pająk previously worked as director for business line interior for Kongsberg Automotive and in operations and engineering roles for Star...

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MEC announces changes to senior leadership team

January 26, 2015

Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., a provider of metal fabrication, laser and plasma cutting, stamping, forming, machining, welding, tube bending and forming, painting, polishing, brazing, cleaning, assembly and kitting, prototyping, and product testing and validation, has...

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From the Web: Low wages ‘major’ issue; inside a 3-D machine shop; ‘craftsmanship is still around’

January 22, 2015

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Low wages a major impediment to labor supply; inside Incodema 3D’s facility; job shop named best business in Blue Earth, Minn.; Mississippi shop grows, invests, hires; and craftsmanship is still around.

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Camfil APC promotes four to sales management posts

January 22, 2015

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), Jonesboro, Ark., a global manufacturer of dust-, fume-, and mist-collection equipment, has promoted four members of its sales management team to new positions. John Dauber, who joined the company in 1998 and most recently headed up the U.S./Canada sales team,...

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Electron Beam Technologies appoints plant manager

January 22, 2015

Kankakee, Ill.-based Electron Beam Technologies Inc., an OEM supplier of coaxial/composite welding cables and conduit systems for automation, has named Jay Flahive as plant manager. Flahive has more than 17 years of experience in industrial management, including a background in lean Six Sigma...

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Metal fabricators spend big to build capacity

January 22, 2015

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Overall projected capital spending growth has slowed from the dramatic rebound seen postrecession, but the growth continues, especially in capacity-building equipment.

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Getting back to basics—Human element enhances a machine’s potential

January 22, 2015

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In 2014 media headlines claimed that Toyota was replacing robots with humans in its factories. Not so, but the real story is important and encouraging.

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NIMS announces record number of certifications pursued for metalworking jobs

January 21, 2015

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a standards and skill certification body for the metalworking industry in Fairfax, Va., awarded a record number of credentials in 2014 to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the industry. In 2014 NIMS issued 18,947...

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Wrightspeed moves to new location in California

January 21, 2015

Tesla Motors co-founder Ian Wright has announced plans to relocate his company, Wrightspeed, from San Jose, Calif., to Alameda Point, Calif. Wrightspeed designs and manufactures range-extended electric powertrain units that can be installed in existing delivery and garbage trucks to make the...

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The capacity dilemma in custom metal fabrication

January 20, 2015

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During this long, slow economic recovery, there’s plenty of churn in the market. Customers are less hesitant to change suppliers to get what they want. In this environment, having insufficient capacity has become very risky.

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Tech Air acquires McGinnis Welding Supply

January 20, 2015

Tech Air, Danbury, Conn., a distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has acquired McGinnis Welding Supply. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management. McGinnis is a distributor of industrial, specialty, and medical gases with...

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