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M. Davis & Sons names VP of risk management

September 30, 2016

Todd P. Moran has been named vice president of risk management by M. Davis & Sons Inc., a woman-owned, fifth-generation mechanical/electrical contractor and fabricator based in Wilmington, Del. Moran, who has been the company’s safety director since 2000, has more than 20 years of experience in...

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Shift workers and the challenges they face

September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.

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Southern Metal Fabricators hires sales engineer

September 29, 2016

Custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc., Albertville, Ala., has appointed Al Strasburg as sales engineer. Strasburg has 35 years of experience in material handling, having worked for DW Industries, Confab, and Industrial Material Handling. He also is co-founder of Bulk Systems and...

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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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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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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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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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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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Solar Atmospheres Southeast gains Nadcap approval for low-pressure vacuum carburizing

September 28, 2016

Solar Atmospheres Southeast, Greenville, S.C., has completed its first round of surveillance audits for maintaining its AS9100 and Nadcap accreditations. The company also expanded its scope of Nadcap approval to include low-pressure vacuum carburizing.The company offers thermal processing in...

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Drew Industries announces executive change

September 27, 2016

Drew Industries Inc., Elkhart, Ind., has announced that David M. Smith, CFO, will leave the company at the end of 2016 to pursue other opportunities. He has been with the company since September 2015. Brian Hall has been named interim CFO. He will serve in this role until the board elects Smith’s...

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Vertical-acting toggle clamps offered

September 27, 2016

J.W. Winco Inc. offers the GN 810.1 universal-fit, steel, vertical-acting toggle clamp with vertical mounting base.The toggle clamp is case-hardened sheet metal, zinc-plated, with a blue passivated finish. The bearing pins are tempered, and the hand grip is oil-resistant red plastic.The clamp works...

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Survey predicts solid revenues for midsized U.S. manufacturers through 2016

September 27, 2016

Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its 15th annual “Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey,” revealing financial projections and top procurement insights of more than 750 U.S. manufacturing companies. The results show...

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Product helps manufacturer establish mobile-ready websites

September 27, 2016

Global Shop Solutions has released Websites PLUS for Manufacturers. The product provides manufacturers with a modern website that is integrated with Global Shop Solutions ERP software, mobile-ready, customized to their business, and managed for them. Through a strong website and extensive...

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Additive Manufacturing for Metal Fabricators - What are the Challenges & Risks

Additive Manufacturing for Metal Fabricators - What are the Challenges & Risks

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 1:00 PM (CST)

By: CNA

Are you contemplating Additive Manufacturing (AM), a.k.a. 3D Printing in your shop for parts or prototyping? What are the processes applicable for metals? How steep is the learning curve and how do you train your workforce to commence production? What are the risks, business and safety, of moving to AM and how are the similar or different from traditional subtractive processes?

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