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Scholarship fund to honor Dick Kallage

March 15, 2016

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs foundation has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dick Kallage, an influential member of FMA and columnist for The FABRICATOR magazine. Kallage died of cancer Feb. 18.

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Height-adjustable weld table changes position at the push of a button

March 15, 2016

Dectron USA offers a height-adjustable weld table. Actuators power the table up or down 11 in. at the push of a button for quick positioning of work. Available in a variety of standard sizes, the table features a heavy-duty modular steel frame design, precision-ground top, a variety of tabletop...

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Positive manufacturing news: A well-kept secret during the election season

March 14, 2016

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Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.

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Tempering furnace used for preheating before welding

March 14, 2016

Grieve Corp. has produced No. 837, a 1,450-degrees-F electrically heated tempering furnace, used for preheating before welding and various postwelding heat treatments at a customer’s facility. The furnace’s workspace dimensions are 60 in. wide by 60 in. deep by 60 in. high. Nickel chrome...

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BAE Systems plans expansion in New Hampshire

March 14, 2016

Defense contractor BAE Systems has announced plans to expand its Nashua, N.H., manufacturing facility. The expansion will result in the addition of up to 300 full-time...

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Mechanical Inc. expands Illinois fabrication shop

March 14, 2016

Freeport, Ill.-based Mechanical Inc. has purchased 46,000 sq. ft. of shop space in Rockford, Ill., to expand its existing fabrication shop that was built in 2014. The purchase will increase the company’s ability to provide sheet metal fabrication for its own projects and outside customers. The...

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Deere announces indefinite layoffs at two locations

March 14, 2016

Deere & Co., based in Moline, Ill., has informed employees at two factories in Iowa that they will be placed on indefinite layoff. The workforce adjustment affects about 75 employees at the Dubuque plant and about 50 employees at the factory in Ankeny. The layoff at the Ankeny location, which is...

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International Crashworthiness Symposium scheduled for April 11

March 14, 2016

The International Crashworthiness Symposium will be held April 11, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. at the Centre for Engineering Innovation at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ont. The event is organized jointly by the University of Windsor; University of Waterloo; and the German DLR, Institute of Vehicle...

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Manufacturing technology orders dropped in December, but outlook positive for 2016

March 14, 2016

The "U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders" report (USMTO) for January 2016 showed that order values were down 30 percent from December, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year-over-year orders declined 21 percent. “The drop in orders was not unexpected,”...

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Bilton Welding and Mfg. expands in Canada

March 14, 2016

Bilton Welding and Mfg. Ltd., a manufacturer of custom energy equipment for the oil and gas market, has opened a new location in Vancouver, B.C., which will operate as Bilton BC. According to the company, this expansion opens up additional revenue streams in Canadian markets such as mining and...

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Organizer bag, wrap offer durable storage

March 14, 2016

Milwaukee Tool has introduced a parachute organizer bag and bucket organizer wrap. The bag is designed to stand up and stay open, allowing simplified access to its contents. An external zipper pocket holds hand tools, bits, and accessories. The bags are designed for stacking so users can carry...

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Gordon Brush relocates to California

March 14, 2016

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc., Gordon Brush Wisconsin LLC, and Redtree Industries LLC have moved into a 183,000-sq.-ft. facility in City of Industry, Calif. Their Milwaukee Dustless Brush products will continue to be manufactured in Delavan, Wis., for the time being. Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. is a...

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Optimizing your welding process with ventilation, tables

March 14, 2016

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Is there room for improvement in your welding operation? Choosing the right ventilation system along with flexible worktables can go a long way toward optimizing your welding process.

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Polishing machine automates prep of laser-grade optics

March 10, 2016

United Lens Co. offers the OptiPro PRO 160P CNC polishing machine. It automates the polishing of lenses and glass to help ensure the availability of laser-grade optics. In the e-book A Guide to Pioneering in Polishing with OptiPro PRO 160P, the company explains the machine’s custom...

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Bluff Mfg. donates technology equipment to Ladder Alliance

March 10, 2016

Fort Worth, Texas-based Bluff Mfg., a provider of material handling and warehouse safety equipment, has donated technology equipment to The Ladder Alliance, a nonprofit organization in Fort Worth that helps female victims of domestic violence and low-income women to lead independent and successful...

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