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Ford to build $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico

April 6, 2016

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to build an assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2016. By 2020, the facility will create 2,800 jobs, the automaker reports. The plant will build small cars for export to...

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Hydraulic tables tilt 0 to 90 degrees, hold up to 6,000 lbs.

April 6, 2016

Verti-Lift offers a line of heavy-duty standard and wide-base hydraulic tilt tables that tilt from 0 to 90 degrees and hold up to 6,000 lbs. They are suitable for use in automotive and appliance manufacturing environments, where tilters on the line side allow operators to bring totes to a 45-degree...

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Dengensha America adds technical service engineer

April 5, 2016

Dengensha America, a provider of resistance welding equipment based in Bedford, Ohio, has hired Jack Zhang as technical service engineer. In this position, he provides customer service and support assistance for new and existing resistance welding customers in the U.S. and Canada and troubleshoots...

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Mist collector designed for metalworking industry

April 5, 2016

Clarcor Industrial Air has introduced the SHM SmogHog® media mist collector. Designed for the metalworking industry, it uses a three-stage filtration process that progressively reduces the mist concentration, resulting in greater than 99 percent particle removal efficiency, says the company....

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Lift trucks introduced

April 4, 2016

Big Lift LLC has added two lift trucks to its Joey line. The J1-190 can reach a working height of 22 ft. and accommodates a large battery for extended run times. The J2-72 is a low-level order picker that features a 2,000-lb. total vehicle capacity and can lift 1,500-lb. pallets up to 72 in....

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Egan opens St. Joseph-Benton Harbor office, adds service staff

April 4, 2016

Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. has opened a St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Mich., office. This is the company’s third location, adding to its Grand Rapids headquarters and satellite office in Kalamazoo. The firm offers turnkey services including custom HVAC service preventive...

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Demand variation: Challenge or opportunity in custom metal fabrication

April 4, 2016

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For custom fabricators, demand variation is a fact of life, but this doesn’t mean that a shop can’t mitigate its effect. Lean consultant Jeff Sipes describes several options that can help make life easier, even for shops that deal with extreme shifts in demand.

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in March

April 4, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the first time in the last six months, while the overall economy grew for the 82nd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued April 1...

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Control system allows bending machine network creation

March 31, 2016

Schwarze-Robitec GmbH offers the NxG 2.0 high-performance control system, which allows the user to create a network of bending machines within a company. With the objective to get the bending technology ready for Industry 4.0, the manufacturer integrated fundamental modules into the CNC system....

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Table blast system has simplified access

March 31, 2016

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the 120T table blast system. The unit has two doors for simplified access. The blast cabinet is constructed of ½-in. plate steel cut with a V-slot for loading and unloading access for an overhead crane. A removable safety screen protects the abrasive...

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SHRM LINE: Manufacturing hiring to drop slightly in April compared to a year ago

March 31, 2016

In April, the hiring rate will drop slightly in manufacturing and rise modestly in services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM®) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE®) survey for April 2016. Layoff rates will drop in...

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Cover caps work with angle brackets for profile systems

March 31, 2016

J.W. Winco Inc. offers metric GN 963 cover caps for GN 960 and 961 metric angle brackets for aluminum T-slot profile systems. After the angle brackets are assembled, the RoHS-compliant cover caps are snapped into place via four lugs. They give the angle bracket a finished appearance and protect...

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What brings youth to the sheet metal business?

March 31, 2016

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How can a fab shop bring talented youth into the fold? Two members of FMA’s Young Professionals’ Council tell what sparked their interest--and it isn’t what you might expect.

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Lincoln Electric’s manager of engineering services wins AISC award

March 30, 2016

Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has announced that Duane Miller, manager of engineering services and welding design consultant, has received the Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The award recognizes individuals who have provided...

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Deere announces joint venture with Hagie Mfg.

March 30, 2016

Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. has entered a joint venture with Hagie Mfg., a provider of high-clearance sprayers. In the agreement, Deere acquires majority ownership of Hagie Mfg., which will continue producing sprayers in its current Clarion, Iowa, location. Equipment made by the joint venture...

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