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Water saver reduces water on factory floor during welding tip loss

July 27, 2015

Rocon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal Flow Monitors Inc., has introduced the DeltaPoint® Drawback, a water saver with an added air cylinder for resistance welders that is designed to reduce water on plant floors during cap replacement. The water saver monitors tip loss by comparing...

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Waterproof connectors withstand harsh environments

July 27, 2015

Mencom Corp. offers a variety of waterproof connectors rated from IP44 to IP68. In the IP (ingress protection) rating, the first digit represents the protection rating against solid foreign objects such as dusts. The second digit represents the protection against the ingress of liquids. Typical...

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Building a fab business

July 24, 2015

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A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.

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Catalog highlights products for conserving compressed air

July 24, 2015

Exair has released Catalog 28, a 192-page technical guide that highlights products for industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and coating applications. The catalog includes products to help companies conserve compressed air, reduce noise, and eliminate dead-end pressures....

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Inflatable pipe stoppers simplify pipe blocking for purging

July 23, 2015

The Pipestoppers® division of HFT® has introduced standard and nonstandard inflatable stoppers for tubes, pipes, pipework fabrications, and ductwork. They help simplify routine maintenance or the blocking of pipes for purging. The stoppers can provide a strong barrier in pipelines to prevent...

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Omron Foundation donates $25,000 to Illinois FIRST to promote STEM education

July 23, 2015

Omron Foundation Inc., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has donated $25,000 to Illinois FIRST® to promote hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for students ages 6 to 18. More than 300,000 youth and more than 120,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from more than 60...

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Proto Labs expands 3-D printing service into new facility

July 22, 2015

Maple Plain, Minn.-based Proto Labs Inc. has acquired a new facility to expand its 3-D printing service. The 77,000-sq.-ft. facility will allow the digital manufacturing company to house all of its stereolithography (SL), selective laser sintering (SLS), and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)...

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Wallover Oil adds process engineer

July 22, 2015

Wallover Oil Co., Strongsville, Ohio, a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants, has hired Vincent Landino as process engineer. Landino has more than 10 years of experience as a manufacturing engineer, OEM design engineer, quality control engineer, and process engineer. He...

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General Sheet Metal Works to hold groundbreaking ceremony July 28

July 22, 2015

On July 28, 2015, metal fabricator General Sheet Metal Works Inc. will break ground on its new 180,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in South Bend, Ind. Over the next three years, the firm plans to invest more than $25 million in the facility and equipment and create more than 25 new jobs by...

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Economic sentiment among manufacturers softens from recent record high levels

July 22, 2015

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy softened in Q2 2015 compared to the previous nine-year high recorded in Q1 among U.S. industrial manufacturers, according to the Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US, New York. Respondents also trimmed overall growth forecasts...

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J.L. Becker names sales rep for South

July 21, 2015

J.L. Becker Co., a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company and manufacturer of industrial heat-treating equipment based in Plymouth, Mich., has appointed Keith Lloyd as sales representative for the southern U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Lloyd began his career in 1983 selling...

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Cadence celebrates 30 years in business

July 21, 2015

Staunton, Va.-based Cadence Inc., a contract manufacturer serving the medical, life science, and industrial markets, marks 30 years in business in 2015. The company, originally founded as Specialty Blades in 1985 by engineer Martin Lightsey, was developed with the concept of combining CNC and razor...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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Horizon releases corporate video

July 20, 2015

Horizon, East Dundee, Ill., has released the first video in a new series introducing the inner workings of the metal stampings manufacturer. Each film will highlight one of the company’s capabilities. The company plans to release a new video every four to eight weeks, as well as a series of...

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Society of Women Engineers names president

July 20, 2015

The Society of Women Engineers, Chicago, has named Colleen Layman, vice president and power-water management director of HDR, as president. A registered professional engineer, Layman has 20 years of experience in engineering, and she has been involved with SWE more than 15 years. She is...

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