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Southern Metal Fabricators certified to CSA Standard W47.1

May 21, 2015

Albertville, Ala.-based custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc. has been certified according to the updated Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Standard W47.1 (Division 2) governing the fusion welding of steel. This allows Southern Metal Fabricators to fabricate projects...

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Tico Mfg. produces 400th galvanized yard tractor

May 21, 2015

Savannah, Ga.-based Tico Mfg. has announced the production of its 400th galvanized Pro-Spotter yard tractor at its 117,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in South Carolina. All major metal components of the yard tractor are galvanized, including the entire continuous weld frame, cab protection...

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Decision-making in metal forming

May 21, 2015

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We live in the Information Age. But for many in manufacturing faced with costly decisions in design and manufacturing, it can seem like the Way Too Much Information Age. Large volumes of data and information are available from myriad sources. But publishing accessibility is widespread and easy,...

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Cheese, metal fabrication, and the future skilled worker

May 21, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Millerbernd Systems has evolved into a complex entity--part fabricator, part automation systems provider. It also launched a local education initiative to ensure talent remains in the pipeline.

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ERP software takes mystery out of finished goods costing

May 21, 2015

Global Shop Solutions has introduced FLOOOM, an ERP software that helps manufacturers determine how much individual inventory cost components contribute to the total cost of finished goods. The software measures freight, labor, overhead, outside, other, and material (FLOOOM), allowing users to...

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Laser marking system’s large chamber handles oversized parts

May 21, 2015

Laser Photonics, a subsidiary of Fonon Corp., has released the LaserTower™ Professional CM 3-D marking and engraving system. Its large processing chamber handles oversized parts. The rotary motor is placed on a precision linear bearing track to adapt to various-length circumferential marking...

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Tube connection process speeds assembly of instrumentation systems

May 21, 2015

Parker Hannifin offers flared-cone connection (FCC) technology to help enhance the performance of compression-style tube connections for instrumentation system designers and installers. Designed for working pressures as high as 22,500 PSI, it speeds the assembly of instrument tubing systems for...

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Top manufacturers find innovation at its best at FABTECH Mexico

May 20, 2015

A record-setting 11,100 qualified buyers visited the co-located FABTECH® Mexico, AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico, and COATech shows on May 5-7, 2015, in Monterrey, Mexico. More than 530 exhibiting companies spanned 125,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space, which were all record numbers for the 7th...

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Process modifies, creates new surfaces

May 20, 2015

Micropyretics Heaters Intl. Inc. offers Cascade e-Ion Plasma™ technology for such processes as tool bit coating, nonstick surfacing, glass bending, brazing, sintering, CVD/PVD, and surface cleaning. The reducing beam enables the simple formation of nitrides and oxynitrides for possible use on...

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Briggs & Stratton Corp. acquires Billy Goat Industries Inc.

May 20, 2015

Briggs & Stratton Corp., Milwaukee, has acquired Billy Goat Industries Inc., a Lee’s Summit, Mo., manufacturer of specialty turf equipment. Briggs & Stratton is a producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power...

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Atema names safety director

May 19, 2015

Chicago-based Atema Inc., a private consulting firm that provides quality management and certification for the structural steel industry, has hired Tim Neubauer as safety director. Neubauer, a former senior consultant for the National Safety Council, has more than 15 years of field experience...

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BrassCraft Mfg. names director, OEM and international sales

May 19, 2015

BrassCraft Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of plumbing and flow control products in Novi, Mich., has announced the promotion of Anthony (Tony) W. Achatz as director, OEM and international sales. With more than 10 years of industry experience, he most recently served as national sales manager, OEM/special...

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Ambrell appoints president/CEO

May 19, 2015

Induction heating system manufacturer Ambrell, Scottsville, N.Y., has announced the appointment of Anthony Mazzullo as president/CEO and a director on the company’s board, effective May 26. He succeeds Interim CEO Tom Giglia, who now assumes a critical role focused on leading the aggressive...

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Thybar Corp. hosts Sen. Cullerton to hear concerns of local manufacturing businesses

May 18, 2015

Thybar Corp., a manufacturer of custom sheet metal products in Addison, Ill., recently hosted a visit from Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton. During the visit, the company raised concerns common to many other Illinois employers, which Cullerton promised to discuss with leaders of the Illinois...

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J.L. Becker appoints Southeast sales rep

May 18, 2015

Heat-treating equipment manufacturer J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Ray Monahan as its Southeast sales representative. His territory includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. For the past 16...

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