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Former FMA board chairman dies

February 16, 2017

David J. Barber, 69, died Feb. 13, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center after a seven-year battle with renal cell cancer. Barber served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 as a personnel management specialist. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and went on to a...

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Bystronic announces new representation in three southern states

February 16, 2017

Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser and waterjet cutting machines, press brakes, automation equipment, and system software, has announced new distributor representation in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with the expansion of the On Point Solutions Co., a distributor partner...

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Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence levels near all-time high in February

February 16, 2017

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the February 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 72.2, leveling off after January’s all-time high index of 73.4.When asked about the outlook for...

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Illegal immigration and manufacturing—a conundrum?

February 16, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

We all have thoughts on the prevailing concerns in the U.S. these days. Families, friendships, and marriages are breaking up over differing options of who should be in the White House and what should be done about various issues—Obamacare, the Keystone Pipeline and the environment in general, and immigration, particularly the current illegal population and refugees. In resolving all of these and other matters, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Workshops for Warriors Inaugural Gala scheduled for April

February 16, 2017

San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors will host its Inaugural Galaon April 20, 2017, aboard the USS Midway in honor of U.S. veterans.The event will include a silent auction, entertainment by the American Bombshells, and guest speakers including Medal of Honor recipient Donald "Doc" Ballard and a...

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Aqueous cleaning system handles rough to fine cleaning

February 16, 2017

Dürr Ecoclean has developed the EcoCWave aqueous cleaning system for rough to fine cleaning. It covers parts cleaning with alkaline, neutral, and acidic media. With its small footprint, the system can be integrated in any production process. It also can adapt to changing cleanliness and throughput...

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How do you measure your shop’s performance?

February 16, 2017 | By Bill Frahm

The use of operational effectiveness and efficiency (OEE) measurements is a good way to get a feel for how a manufacturing operation is performing, but further work needs to be done if a shop really wants to fix what ails it.

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10-year strategic outlook shows North American auto market headed toward instability

February 16, 2017

The North American light-vehicle market is on the verge of confronting significant changes that will lead the industry to a very precarious condition, according to the report “A Ten Year Strategic Outlook for the North American Automotive Market,” available from Commodity Inside. The once...

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Georgia Manufacturing Alliance welcomes Southwire as 2017 Innovator Sponsor

February 16, 2017

The Atlanta-based Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) has announced that Southwire Co. LLC, a wire and cable producer based in Carrollton, Ga., has joined the organization as an Innovator Sponsor for 2017. Southwire operates 32 manufacturing plants, 10 distribution facilities, and multiple sales...

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Eberl Iron Works promotes four key employees

February 15, 2017

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Eberl Iron Works has announced the realignment of staff responsibilities.Thomas A. Huber Sr., who has been with the company for nearly 36 years, has been promoted from plant supervisor to the newly created position of facilities engineer. In addition to maintaining all...

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Siemens partners with U.S. technical schools for L.E.A.P. initiative

February 15, 2017

Siemens has announced the launch of a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called L.E.A.P.—the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE), the effort is designed to give high school and...

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Conveyor-type cleaning system offered in 42 configurations

February 15, 2017

International Thermal Systems (ITS) has introduced the ProCon™ line of standard conveyor-type cleaning systems. It is available in 42 configurations with conveyor belt widths of 12, 18, and 30 in., from one to three stages. All stages are available as ambient or heated. Standard options include...

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Morris Midwest to hold open house March 14-15

February 15, 2017

Morris Midwest, a division of Morris Group Inc., will hold its sixth annual open house and technology show, Morris Madness, March 14-15, 2017, in Roselle, Ill. The event will feature CNC machine tools and live metal cutting demos from Okuma, Tsugami, and Hardinge Group in addition to displays of...

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NIMS, LIFT, and Ivy Tech release new skills credentials

February 15, 2017

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)—one of the Manufacturing USA institutes—and Indianapolis-based Ivy Tech Community College are making available a new set of skills credentials and training to fill the largest number of open...

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SMP appoints president

February 15, 2017

Specialty Metals Processing (SMP), Stow, Ohio, a processor of stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and specialty metals, has named Bob Wilson as president of the company. Wilson has spent his entire career in the metals industry, most recently serving as president of Penn Ohio Metals. Prior to...

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