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Distributed manufacturing could be the next industrial revolution, says report

January 8, 2015

Distributed manufacturing (DM)—local, small-scale, rapid design and production—comes from the ability to engineer and make few parts as cheaply as many, rather than high-volume, centralized manufacturing. Currently thousands of products from trinkets to automobiles use DM. However, it's not the...

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Mill Steel president named Service Center Executive of the Year

January 8, 2015

Mill Steel Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that David Samrick, president and CEO, has been recognized as Service Center Executive of the Year by Metal Center News. The company, a flat-rolled steel supplier, marked its 55th year in business in 2014....

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TRUMPF TruLaser 3030 fiber: Fast and Flexible

TRUMPF Inc.

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The TruLaser 3030 fiber features both high speed cutting and processing flexibility, resulting in maximum profitability. The fiber-delivered TruDisk laser excels not only at thin sheet cutting, but also in steel up to 3/4" thick with peak performance, cut quality and low operating cost.

Side guide system helps reduce maintenance in down coiler areas of hot strip mills

January 8, 2015

With the newly developed Eco Slide Disc system, Siemens Metals Technologies offers operators of hot strip mills a side guide system that can be adapted to nearly all existing entry guides. According to the manufacturer, the system elongates the lifetime of wear parts up to 10 times compared to...

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Safety and regulatory overview for powder coating

January 8, 2015

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Like any manufacturing process, powder coating has the potential to be dangerous if the right safety precautions haven’t been taken. By referencing a few key standards, a manufacturer can keep the powder coating line going and the operators safe.

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Metal fabrication and industrial products catalog published

January 8, 2015

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels has introduced a new metal fabrication and industrial products catalog that features Pasco sanding discs, premium resin fiber discs, and an expanded cloth-backed belt program. The 212-page catalog features a broadened coated abrasives section, including specialty...

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Flying high at FABTECH

January 8, 2015

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More than 30,000 visited the FABTECH 2014, a show that had several dominant themes: skilled labor, intuitive manufacturing technology, and supply chain collaboration.

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ShapeGrabber expands U.S. sales network

January 7, 2015

Ottawa, Ont.-based ShapeGrabber, a subsidiary of Quality Vision International (QVI) that manufactures 3-D scanners for industrial applications, has added more than 20 new channel partners across the U.S. The scanners are suitable for quick, complete measurement of complex-shaped parts. They can...

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Winning with improvisation—Repairing an air compressor part

January 7, 2015

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Everyone is familiar with the workaround. You don’t have the ideal part or solution, but you improvise and come up with a workable plan. Here’s how welder Josh Welton used the tools on hand to repair an air compressor part and avoid a trip to a big-box store.

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Dual-tank waterjet cutter allows continuous operation

January 7, 2015

TECHNI Waterjet® has developed a new dual-tank waterjet cutting machine for high-production applications. The I713 5-axis waterjet cutting machine is equipped with the company’s Quantum® NXT55D electric servo pump (ESP). The dual station allows for continuous operation, as one station can...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens launch joint venture

January 7, 2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), Tokyo, and Siemens AG, Berlin and Munich, have launched a joint venture in the metallurgical industry. The new company, Primetals Technologies Ltd. in London, is a globally operating provider of products and services for the iron, steel, and aluminum...

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MultiCam Southeast hires regional sales manager

January 7, 2015

MultiCam Southeast has named Chris Deal as regional sales manager. He is responsible for direct sales and distributor relationships in North Carolina, South Carolina, and northeastern Tennessee. He has more than 15 years of manufacturing and equipment sales experience. The company is an...

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AGV Solutions enters North American market

January 7, 2015

AGV Solutions, a supplier of AGV systems, has opened in Charlotte, N.C. The company’s products include forklift AGVs, unit-load AGVs, and specialty AGVs to handle loads from light duty in hospital logistics to heavy duty in the steel industry. The firm is a collaboration between AGVE, a...

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Adjustable-angle heads do the work of multiple tooling heads

January 7, 2015

Benz offers adjustable-angle heads for machining and milling operations. Because it can be adjusted to tricky angles, a single head can replace and do the work of multiple tooling heads. Available in small to large custom sizes, the heads are engineered for use in general manufacturing and...

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Modular encoder enables angle measurement on large axes

January 7, 2015

RSF Elektronik has unveiled the MSR 40 modular rotary position feedback system for measuring angles on large rotary axes, available from Heidenhain Corp. Typical applications include medical technology, general automation, and auxiliary axes in machine tools and metrology. The optical kit-style...

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