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Rafter ships pipe mill upgrade

July 23, 2014

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped a RT-5500 weld squeeze box for a North American OCTG pipe producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing HFI pipe mill. It is sized for up to 7.00-in.-OD by 0.375-in.-wall HSLA steel pipe. The design includes...

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Winners announced for first round of Gene Haas Foundation/NIMS scholarships for schools

July 23, 2014

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Fairfax, Va., and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) have announced the first round of winners of a new scholarship program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers. Danville Community College,...

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Lightweight metals manufacturing institute to open in Detroit

July 23, 2014

The headquarters of a federally funded, $148 million high-tech advanced manufacturing research institute operated by American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) will open in Detroit this fall. ALMMII is a public-private partnership led by Ohio-based manufacturing...

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James Tool Machine & Eng. adds additive manufacturing technology

July 23, 2014

James Tool Machine & Eng. Inc., Morganton, N.C., a provider of precision CNC machining and builder of hydraulic workholding fixtures, now offers additive manufacturing technology. The company offers fused deposition modeling (FDM) using ABS plastic in-house, direct metal laser sintering (DMLS),...

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Industrial Magnetics releases video highlighting magnetic separator

July 23, 2014

Industrial Magnetics Inc., Boyne City, Mich., has released a demonstration video of its SimpleClean™ RotoDrawer™ magnetic housing at www.magnetics.com. It shows the equipment operator gaining easy access to the magnets to perform routine removal of collected metal. The magnetic drawer...

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Mecco Marking & Traceability names sales manager

July 22, 2014

Mecco Marking & Traceability, Cranberry Township, Pa., has promoted Bill Holtzman to sales manager. Mecco is a provider of laser and dot peen marking systems. Holtzman, a graduate of Allegheny College, has been with the company since 2010. He served previously as sales engineer and laser product...

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United Performance Metals’ West Coast branch reaches safety milestone

July 22, 2014

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has announced that its West Coast branch in La Mirada, Calif., has marked six years without a lost-time injury. The West Coast branch was first established in 2008 with a facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. In 2011 the branch grew into a...

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Carpenter Technology partners with Alvernia University on science camp

July 22, 2014

For the third year, Carpenter Technology Corp. has teamed up with Alvernia University to offer 150 Reading, Pa., middle-school students a free, week-long immersion into the world of science, dubbed the Project Exploration Science Institute. Students in grades seven through nine from 30...

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Mills Products hires material manager

July 22, 2014

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Mills Products, a metal forming company producing hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped parts for the automotive and appliance industries, has appointed Kristy Johnson as materials manager. Before joining the company, Johnson worked for 19 years at Maremont Exhaust in...

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Evana Automation ships 24-station assembly/test system to Tier 1 auto supplier

July 22, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., has shipped a lean, 24-station assembly and test system to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems. The flexible, semiautomated system assembles and tests two different automobile power transfer units with 100 percent...

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Steel Dynamics to acquire Severstal Columbus

July 21, 2014

Steel Dynamics Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Severstal Columbus LLC mini-mill, located in Columbus, Miss., from OAO Severstal. The acquisition expands Steel Dynamics' annual steel shipping capacity to 11.0 million tons — an...

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Gas apparatus innovator Loren Charles Smith dies

July 21, 2014

Loren Charles Smith, a well-respected innovator in the gas apparatus industry, died June 25 in Gainesville, Ga. He worked at The Harris Products Group from 1991 to 2012 as a senior project engineer. Smith’s career with The Harris Products Group was a second act in his life. He officially...

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Hexagon acquires Vero Software

July 21, 2014

Hexagon AB, a provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies based in Stockholm, has acquired U.K.-based CAM software provider Vero Software. The acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making quality data fully actionable...

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Dallas Industries appoints Zimmerman McDonald Machinery as representative

July 21, 2014

Dallas Industries, a manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding equipment and controls in Troy, Mich., has appointed Zimmerman McDonald Machinery Inc., St. Louis, to represent the company in Missouri, Kansas, and southern Illinois. Dallas Industries’ press feed and coil handling equipment...

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Ningbo Xinyue Instrument fined for installing used Navitar lenses in new machines

July 21, 2014

The Ningbo Beilun District Bureau of Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC), Zhejiang province, China, has issued an administrative punishment and imposed a fine of RMB 10,000 to Chinese metrology machine-maker Ningbo Xinyue Instrument Co. Ltd. for falsely advertising that its metrology...

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