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Free videos let students use STEM skills on virtual Toyota assembly line

September 29, 2016

With the support of the Toyota USA Foundation, teachers nationwide now have new resources to help students see real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills in advanced automotive manufacturing settings. Teachers are invited to use Toyota’s three new Spark...

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Belt Technologies obtains ISO 9001:2008 certification renewal

September 29, 2016

Belt Technologies Inc., Agawam, Mass., has received a renewal of its ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems certification.The company produces custom metal belt conveyors for new and existing conveyor...

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Tech Air acquires Liquid Technology, JW Goodliffe & Son

September 29, 2016

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisition of Liquid Technology Corp., Apopka, Fla., and has signed an agreement to acquire the local distribution assets of Linden, N.J.-based JW Goodliffe &...

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Collaborative project brings operational 3-D printed excavator one step closer to reality

September 29, 2016

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, has announced the recent 3-D printing of a prototype excavator using large-scale additive manufacturing technologies.Known as Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the excavator is being 3-D printed in three components—cab,...

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Cordless stud welding machine is portable

September 29, 2016

Nelson® Stud Welding has introduced the Pinnacle™ NCD+ 500b cordless, battery-powered stud welding machine. Its patent-pending design delivers thousands of welds on a single battery charge, states the company.The 18-lb., portable unit comes with a padded shoulder strap for transporting. There is...

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Lex South steel plant opens in Texas

September 29, 2016

Chicago-based Lex Holding Co., a distributor of flat-rolled steel products for a variety of industries, has opened its newest location, Lex South, in Houston. The plant is projected to produce up to 15,000 tons of flat-rolled steel per month, offering cold- and hot-rolled, coated, hot-rolled...

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Modular belt conveyor fits in tight spaces

September 29, 2016

Dorner’s newly redesigned 2200 series modular belt conveyor features additional belt options, an open-frame design, and a universal T-slot. It is suitable for applications within the metalworking, packaging, assembling, and general manufacturing industries. The ladder-style, open-frame design...

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Got to pay your dues in modern-day fabricating

September 28, 2016 | By Dan Davis

As the metal fabricating business gets more complex, shops have to be smart about investing in technology, developing robust information technology systems, and investing in employee training.

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Still Building America—“When there is an opportunity, take it”

September 28, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Justin Webster’s fabricating career began as a spark ignited by his father, who advised him to take a welding class in his freshman year of high school. His journey did not take a linear path, but he now has his own shop and is living his dream. Here’s how he got there.

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Competitive analysis software application helps manufacturers benchmark quotes

September 28, 2016

MFG.com has announced the availability of ShopIQ, a competitive analysis software application that helps suppliers and manufacturers benchmark their bids against quotes from competitors. The tool, which is available to all paid subscribers of MFG.com, eliminates manual data reviews and delivers...

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Beckhoff USA opens sales/support office in Texas

September 28, 2016

Savage, Minn.-based Beckhoff Automation LLC has opened a regional sales and support office in Plano, Texas. The 2,600-sq.-ft. office provides sales and engineering expertise for customers in the south-central U.S.The facility includes sales offices, engineering labs, and training facilities. Local...

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Cast-Fab to close Cincinnati plant

September 28, 2016

Cast-Fab Technologies Inc. has announced it will close its Cincinnati plant in November, eliminating 97 jobs. The company manufactures gray and ductile iron castings, patterns, steel welded fabrications, and precision sheet metal...

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WARDJet announces winners of Build It! Challenge

September 28, 2016

WARDJet, Tallmadge, Ohio, has announced the winners of its Build It! Challenge, a waterjet build-off competition between students and industry professionals held at IMTS 2016. Grand-prize winners received waterjet systems valued at more than $200,000. On the professional side, John Mullet of...

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Accurate Screw Machine achieves AS9100C certification

September 28, 2016

Accurate Screw Machine (ASM), a division of MW Industries Inc., has achieved AS9100 Rev. C certification for its Fairfield, N.J., manufacturing plant. The firm manufactures custom electronic hardware, fasteners, and precision machined components for the aerospace and general industrial...

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Stainless steel air-operated conveyors turn pipe into conveying system

September 28, 2016

Exair’s 303 stainless steel 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac™ air-operated conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim, and other bulk materials. Their small size makes them suitable for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many...

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