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Metal fabrication on the move

May 9, 2016

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Koester Metals Inc. conquered its growing pains after the recession. It moved to a new facility to follow demand, improved and formalized training, and invested in new technology.

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Flatness sensor made for strip processing, cut-to-length lines

May 6, 2016

Shapeline AB has released the VeriFlat® flatness sensor for standard applications in steel and metal strip processing and cut-to-length lines. The gauge measures flatness data, crossbow, I-units, width, and off-center. It is precalibrated, communicates via Ethernet, and has an analog output for...

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Cincinnati Incorporated provides additive manufacturing systems to Local Motors for microfactories

May 6, 2016

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) has announced the sale of two of its Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) systems to Local Motors for production of 3-D-printed automobiles. Local Motors currently has two microfactories in Phoenix and Las Vegas. The company plans to complete two more this...

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Toolots launches e-commerce site for industrial tools, machinery

May 5, 2016

Toolots Inc., City of Industry, Calif., has launched Toolots.com, an online marketplace and distribution channel that gives visitors fast access to industrial equipment from manufacturers around the world, while streamlining the purchase, delivery, installation, and warranty of these products....

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EOS expands U.S. presence with new facility in Texas

May 5, 2016

EOS has opened its newest U.S. facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The site includes a laboratory where application engineers interact directly with customers, a working showroom containing the company’s additive manufacturing (AM) systems, and an AM Ventures division to help bring startup ideas to...

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CNH Industrial publishes 2015 Sustainability Report

May 5, 2016

CNH Industrial, a producer of numerous brands of tractors and agricultural machinery, earth-moving equipment, and commercial and industrial vehicles, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report. The main environmental results for the company in 2015 are:2 percent reduction in energy...

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

May 5, 2016

In May, fewer employers will add jobs in manufacturing and services compared with the previous year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM®) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE®) survey for May 2016. Layoff rates will also rise slightly in both sectors...

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UTC Aerospace Systems expands presence in Alabama

May 4, 2016

Charlotte, N.C.-based UTC Aerospace Systems has announced it is adding a manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility to its existing location in Foley, Ala. The expansion is expected to create 260 jobs. The 80,000-sq.-ft. building will house the assembly of nacelle components and propulsion...

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System Scale acquires Central Scales & Control

May 4, 2016

System Scale, an employee-owned industrial scale calibration and repair company in Indianapolis, has acquired Denham Springs, La.-based Central Scales & Controls. All existing employees have joined System Scale, and Central Scales owner John Sanders now is in a senior management role with System...

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Centria names executive VP, sales

May 4, 2016

Centria Architectural Systems, Moon Township, Pa., a designer and manufacturer of metal wall and room systems, has named Brad Johnson as executive vice president, sales. Johnson has held leadership roles in the industry for more than 25 years. He began his career at H. H. Robertson, a Centria...

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Heavy-duty, bimetal honing fluid developed for automotive market

May 4, 2016

Houghton Intl. has introduced a water-based metal removal fluid for use in automotive honing operations. HOCUT® 4650 provides high lubricity and detergency while complying with all global chemical regulatory programs, the company states. The fluid contains a combination of additives providing...

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NC feed systems make semiautomatic tools into fully automatic machines

May 3, 2016

Dake Corp. has introduced a line of NC feed systems that can turn semiautomatic ironworkers, cold saws, drill presses, and punching machines into fully automatic production tools. The feed systems feature a freestanding control panel with a digital LCD and infinitely variable programming, a...

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Frost & Sullivan names Divergent 3D as 2016 North American Innovation Award Winner

May 3, 2016

Based on recent analysis of structural manufacturing in the automotive industry, Frost & Sullivan has named Divergent 3D as the recipient of the 2016 North American Technology Innovation Award. The company’s proprietary 3-D metal printing process, enabled by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS),...

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Pressure regulator provides constant operating pressure in gas systems

May 3, 2016

Witt has introduced the 737 LE-HD/S dome-loaded pressure regulator for high-pressure applications. It offers constant gas pressure regardless of varying flow rates and upstream pressures. The previously separate pilot pressure regulator now is integrated to ensure the stability of the dome...

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Benz relocates in North Carolina

May 3, 2016

Benz Inc. has relocated its expanded North American headquarters from Charlotte to Hickory, N.C. The company manufactures tooling for the metalworking and composites industries. The new 10,000 sq.-ft. facility allows for greater inventory. The company will add personnel in its service...

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