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MIE Solutions names VP of marketing

November 4, 2016

MIE Solutions, a Garden Grove, Calif.-based provider of production control software for the manufacturing sector, has promoted Susan Gonzalez to vice president of marketing. Gonzalez joined the company as digital marketing manager in...

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Methods 3D opens seven U.S. additive manufacturing labs

November 4, 2016

Methods 3D Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools Inc., Sudbury, Mass., has completed additive manufacturing laboratories in each of Methods Machine Tools’ seven technology centers: Sudbury; Detroit; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Los Angeles. The labs are...

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Press brakes feature hydraulic crowning system

November 4, 2016

Megafab has introduced the Piranha line of press brakes. The WPH and WPB models feature the EasyCrown™ hydraulic crowning system, which eliminates guesswork and rework by compensating automatically for deflection through hydraulic cylinders in the brake’s bed. The operator programs the part,...

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Artist keeps ’em guessing

November 3, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Metal artist Chris O’Rourke goes a little further than most artists do, focusing on attention to detail. Many fabricators are more than a little mystified as to just how he did what he did, and most are equally perplexed when they realize how much time and effort he puts into his work.

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Structural fabricator has trial-by-fire leadership succession

November 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Bass Mechanical, a mechanical contractor and structural fabricator in southeast Pennsylvania, has transformed during the past two years. The company founder died unexpectedly, and his 27-year-old son, who at one point did not plan to enter the family business, is setting the stage for long-term growth.

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Wiegel Tool Works launches website, celebrates 75th anniversary

November 3, 2016

Wiegel Tool Works Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at www.wiegeltoolworks.com. The redesigned site features simplified navigation and sharper photography showing detail in the company’s tight-tolerance stamped parts. The firm will mark its 75th anniversary in business with an...

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SHRM LINE: November hiring rates to be mixed compared with a year ago

November 3, 2016

In November, more manufacturers will add jobs compared with the previous year, while service-sector employers will hire at a lower rate. Layoff rates will also decline in both sectors compared with November 2015.A net of 41.4 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in November (48 percent will hire,...

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What is metal fabrication and where is the industry headed?

November 3, 2016 | By Aaron Continelli

Today’s metal fabrication shops are far different from those operating in the booming post-World War II economy. A fluctuating market, cyclical industries, and the need for sophisticated equipment and quick turnaround times in both production and output have shops scrambling to maintain profitability.

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The Welding Institute launches group for women in engineering

November 3, 2016

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, U.K., has established the Tipper Group especially for women in the engineering profession. Inspired by the success of the National Women in Engineering Day celebrations at parent company TWI on June 23, 2016, the institute has launched the group to provide events...

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9-in. cordless angle grinder produces 2,400 W

November 3, 2016

Metabo Corp. has introduced WPB 36 LTX BL 230, which the company says is the first 9-in. cordless angle grinder. It combines a 36-V brushless motor and a lithium high-density battery to produce 2,400 W (21 amps), which is equivalent to the company’s corded 9-in. W 24-230 angle grinder. The...

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Solar Atmospheres presidents receive MTI awards

November 3, 2016

Souderton, Pa.-based vacuum heat-treating company Solar Atmospheres has announced that Corporate President Roger Jones has won the 2016 M. Lance Miller Legend Award from the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The award recognizes current or former MTI members for their...

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Vari-Form load beam assembly meets requirements for 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

November 3, 2016

Livonia, Mich.-based Vari-Form has designed and manufactured the front-end load beam assembly for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica®, a minivan re-engineered from the ground up and built on a new platform. “Very tight packaging was one of the challenges we faced on this technically advanced van,”...

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EDAC Technologies acquires Flanagan Industries

November 3, 2016

EDAC Technologies, Cheshire, Conn., has acquired Flanagan Industries, an aerospace engine component manufacturing business located in Glastonbury, Conn.EDAC Technologies is a precision manufacturing company serving the aerospace and industrial markets. Core competencies include in-house design and...

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Amada: Flexibility Through Setup Time Reductions & Offline Programming

Amada: Flexibility Through Setup Time Reductions & Offline Programming

November 3, 2016

By: Amada America, Inc.

The degree of flexibility goes up dramatically when you utilize a machine like the HG ATC." - Tom Bosko, Plant Manager, TROX USA, Inc., Cumming, GA

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Virtek to open office in U.K.

November 3, 2016

Waterloo, Ont.-based Virtek Vision Intl., a provider of laser templating and quality inspection systems, has announced plans to open a European office in Manchester, U.K.The new office will showcase a product showroom featuring core technology with the ability to run on-site product demos for...

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