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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Breathable air from your existing air compressor

July 30, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers its Quality Air Breathing Systems to help users comply with the OSHA requirements for grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air, and the on-board...

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Water-cooling equipment updated

July 30, 2015

Systems Spray-Cooled™ has updated its line of nonpressurized, nonevaporative water-cooling equipment for the global metal and mineral industries. The equipment uses an arrangement of patented water spray nozzles to cool furnace roofs and other surfaces at atmospheric pressure. Updates include...

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Rotary table washer redesigned

July 30, 2015

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the newly redesigned RW7272 parts washer. It features a 25-HP, reservoir-mounted, vertical centrifugal pump that provides about 250-GPM capacity at about 105 PSI. The pump has no bearings, seals, or gaskets to replace. The rotating work basket measures...

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Compressed air filter facilitates point-of-use filtration

July 30, 2015

The 5-micron compressed air filter from Walmec North America provides point-of-use filtration of liquids, oils, and other contaminants. The two-stage filter is available with flows from 15 to 250 SCFM and pressure ratings of up to 250 PSI. It is suitable for applications including surface...

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Simulating the workplace in welding education

July 29, 2015

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West Virginia has launched an educational initiative designed to help welding instructors better prepare students for the workplace. Welder and educator Carlisle Smith explains the program, which is showing promising results.

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MECCO announces new logo, tagline

July 29, 2015

MECCO, Cranberry Township, Pa., a provider of part marking and traceability products, has launched a new logo and tagline. According to the company, the logo visually represents the connectivity that helps its customers integrate marking systems onto the factory floor. The design is inspired by...

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Proto Labs launches rapid magnesium injection molding service

July 29, 2015

Proto Labs Inc., Maple Plain, Minn., has introduced magnesium injection molding into its current rapid manufacturing services. The process enables product designers and engineers to prototype using the same materials and processes used for the final part production. The injection molding...

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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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