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Laser made for annealing, ablating on metals

August 5, 2016

RMI Laser LLC has released the A-10 laser marking system. Available in 10- and 20-W versions, the diode-pumped, solid-state, Nd:YVO4, 1,064-nm marking system has a specifically tuned beam that enables the uniform distribution of energy required for annealing and ablating. The machine can...

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Cleaner/degreaser designed for tough cleaning on industrial equipment

August 5, 2016

Permatex® offers Spray Nine® heavy-duty cleaner/degreaser for use in a variety of hard-to-clean applications on heavy-duty commercial and industrial equipment. The all-in-one cleaner removes dirt, grease, and tough soils from all types of equipment while also disinfecting them. The product is...

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NCI to host Manufacturing Day events in Ohio, Nevada, and Texas

August 4, 2016

In celebration of National Manufacturing DaySM 2016, Houston-based NCI Building Systems Inc. is opening three of its manufacturing facilities to the public on Oct. 7 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. As part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase...

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Miles ahead with design and welding

August 4, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

Fed up with waiting on his welding subcontractor, an owner of a landscape design company regained control and gets a creativity boost by learning how to weld.

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AI Industries builds with automation push

August 4, 2016 | By Robert Colman

Some people look at automation in a manufacturing setting as a threat to future job creation. That’s not the case for Surrey, B.C., Canada-based AI Industries. It has invested in automated processing equipment for its structural steel fabricating business and grown its work force simultaneously.

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Type 27 blending wheel finishes fillet welds

August 4, 2016

Rex-Cut’s Type 27 blending wheel, designed for controlled blending, helps fabricators blend fillet welds while keeping the integrity of the weld intact. The wheel is shaped into a curved edge, giving the user the ability to create a true radius shape every time, says the company. The disc is...

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World demand for material handling equipment to reach $176 billion by 2020

August 4, 2016

The “World Material Handling Equipment” study from the Freedonia Group, Cleveland, indicates that global demand for the equipment is forecast to rise 5.3 percent per annum through 2020 to $176 billion. Advances at the global level will be driven largely by market growth in China and other...

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SHRM LINE: Mixed results for hiring in August compared with previous year

August 4, 2016

In August, job creation rates will vary compared with a year ago, as fewer service-sector companies plan to grow payrolls and slightly more manufacturers will add jobs. Layoff rates will also vary, as fewer manufacturers will cut jobs and more service-sector employers will conduct layoffs,...

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New technology enhances ability

August 4, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Change, even for the better, often meets with resistance. If you are skilled at your trade, why do you need newer technology? Here’s why.

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Catalog highlights blowoff, cooling products

August 4, 2016

Exair’s Catalog 30 is a 192-page technical guide offering products for industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating, and static electricity applications. Featured products include air knives, stainless steel air jets, air wipes, vortex tubes, cold gun tool coolers, and...

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NCCA announces annual technical meeting lineup

August 3, 2016

The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA), Cleveland, has announced the lineup for its annual technical meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Sept. 26-28, 2016. The 2016 meeting will kick off with a special educational seminar on pretreatment with David Cocuzzi, NCCA’s technical...

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Striker Systems expands sales management

August 3, 2016

Striker Systems, White House, Tenn., has appointed CAD/CAM industry veteran Daren Sweat as regional sales manager. Sweat, who is responsible for all aspects of the sales process, has more than 25 years of experience, most recently as regional sales manager with Bystronic Inc., where he assisted...

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Safety light curtains cut installation, setup time

August 3, 2016

Orion safety light curtains from ABB Jokab Safety Products offer a simplified selection of functions and settings to help cut installation and setup time. The light curtains are available in three models, each with a different light curtain or light grid configuration. Orion 1 offers finger and...

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The Watermill Group acquires EMI

August 3, 2016

The Watermill Group, a Lexington, Mass.-based private investment firm, has acquired Experi-Metal Inc. (EMI), Sterling Heights, Mich., a provider of prototyping and complex metal formed parts and assemblies for the automotive, aerospace, and other industries. EMI complements its Watermill sister...

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Staying safe while using oxyfuel torches

August 3, 2016 | By Dave Marquard, Kurt Tarkany

The mere presence of oxygen in any sort of industrial application raises the chances of a catastrophic incident. Oxygen safety devices can help to reduce that likelihood.

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