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Reliance Steel & Aluminum completes acquisition of Aluminium Services UK Ltd.

August 4, 2014

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. has announced that effective Aug. 1 it has acquired all of the capital stock of Aluminium Services UK Ltd., the holding company parent of All Metal Services (AMS), an independent raw material service provider to the aerospace and defense industries. Established in...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in July; growth in orders, employment, production

August 4, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Automobiles and artwork

August 4, 2014

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For Monty Kollath, a degree in commercial art and a career in automotive repair work provided a nice living and positioned him well for a little moonlighting as a metal artist. However, Kollath had one more factor in his favor—his job in the auto repair field provides an endless supply of cast-off items suitable for metal sculpture.

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SigmaTEK announces European headquarters relocation

August 4, 2014

SigmaTEK, a supplier of CAD/CAM nesting, material optimization, and shop floor automation software, has announced the relocation of the company’s European Operation headquarters, SigmaTEK Europe Ltd. Effective immediately, the company’s new contact information is: SigmaTEK Europe Ltd., 10/11...

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Fixture supports robotic welding education training systems

August 4, 2014

Lincoln Electric has developed a new welding fixture designed for use on robotic welding education training systems. The patent-pending, three-in-one welding fixture is flexible and compact, enabling the welding instructor to teach common and industry-supported joints and positions in welding....

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Keeping pace with better ergonomics

August 4, 2014

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Every employee at Pentair operates under PIMS, or the Pentair Integrated Management System. PIMS encompasses everything from continuous improvement and hiring practices to safety and ergonomics. Concerning the last, the company instituted new material handling technology within a tightly run tank fabrication line in Delavan, Wis. The line has no WIP and, hence, little margin for error.

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Thermal mass flowmeter provides gas line control for industrial ovens, furnaces

August 4, 2014

The ST75 air/gas flowmeter from Fluid Components Intl. measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases, and air in small line sizes. It is suitable for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers, and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs. The...

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Is a press brake or plate roll the right tool for the job?

August 4, 2014

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Some metal fabricating shops rely on press brakes and bump forming to make cylindrical shapes, while others are more adept at using plate rolling machines. This feature explores the factors involved in determining whether a press brake or a plate roller is the right machine for the job.

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Table blaster redesign eliminates lower screw auger

August 4, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the redesigned 48T table blaster, which features an integral dust collector and a small footprint. The new design eliminates the need for a lower screw auger, reducing wear while improving efficiency, reports the company. The air intake is more...

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Cut-to-length lines bring blank production in-house

August 4, 2014

Coe Press Equipment offers Value-Added series cut-to-length lines, designed to allow fabricators and metal stampers to produce blanks in-house. They are built using the manufacturer’s standard equipment, configured to meet each customer’s specific needs. The systems can process coil from 12...

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Superior Industries to close manufacturing facility in Arkansas

August 1, 2014

Superior Industries Intl. Inc., a manufacturer of aluminum wheels for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles in North America, will close its manufacturing plant in Rogers, Ark., as part of an initiative to reduce costs and enhance its global competitive position. The company expects to cease...

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Registration open for annual Made in New Jersey event in celebration of Manufacturing Day

August 1, 2014

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP), Morris Plains, N.J., has opened registration for its yearly Made in New Jersey event in celebration of the third annual Manufacturing Day. The event, to be held Oct. 3 at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J., will celebrate...

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Manufacturing leaders identify six critical issues for industry in the year ahead

August 1, 2014

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, Mountain View, Calif., the global business network for senior industrial executives, has established a new Critical Issues Agenda for manufacturing for 2014 to 2015. The council has focused the new agenda on six critical issues: Factories...

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Grasche USA launches new website

August 1, 2014

Grasche USA, a manufacturer of saw plates and steel cores based in Hickory, N.C., has launched a website at www.grasche.com. It provides an overview of the company’s history, capabilities, and product lines. Customers can request a quote online and download PDFs of complete stock price lists,...

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Laserdyne receives order for fiber laser system from Chaoyu Technology Co.

August 1, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has finalized an order with Chaoyu Technology Co. Ltd., Beijing, for a 430BD 6-axis fiber laser system. The machine will be used to precision-weld, drill, and cut 2-D and 3-D stainless steel microelectrical components used in applications such as...

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