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President Obama announces new manufacturing innovation hub in Knoxville, Tenn.

January 12, 2015

President Obama has announced the latest in a series of partnerships aimed at boosting advanced manufacturing, fostering U.S. innovation, and attracting well-paying jobs that will strengthen the middle class. A Knoxville-area-based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities, and...

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AMT names VP of manufacturing technology

January 12, 2015

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has named Tim Shinbara as vice president – manufacturing technology. He has extensive experience in industry engineering, manufacturing technology, and additive manufacturing technology. His predecessor, Paul Warndorf, assumes the...

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ALMMII to open Detroit innovation acceleration center Jan. 15

January 12, 2015

ALMMII, the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will hold a grand opening at its innovation acceleration center at 1400 Rosa Parks Blvd. in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility is part of a national network of research...

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Rethinking the production meeting

January 12, 2015

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Metal fabricators are better at manufacturing than holding meetings, but some sort of regularly occurring production meeting is needed to get everyone on the same page. Several fabricators offer their opinions as to what works best for them in their production powwow.

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SHRM LINE: Mixed hiring outlook at beginning of 2015

January 12, 2015

In January, manufacturing hiring activity will increase, and the service-sector hiring rate will drop marginally compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2015. In January, for...

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ITEC announces installation of world’s largest tube and open profile cutting machine

January 9, 2015

Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. (ITEC), Chicago, has announced the installation of a 24-in.-capacity TTM Laser S.p.A. FL600 3-D tube and open profile laser cutting machine with 60-ft. processing capacity at Steel and Pipe Supply, Manhattan, Kan. According to ITEC, the machine is the largest of its...

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Spirol receives 2014 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

January 9, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Spirol Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of engineered components for fastening and joining in Windsor, Ont., has received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM has 2,300 North American suppliers, and Spirol is one of 80 companies to receive the...

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Intelligrated launches redesigned spare parts procurement website

January 9, 2015

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, an automated material handling systems provider, has launched a redesigned spare parts procurement website at www.ontimeparts.com. The site offers a new design and improved back-end integration to connect customers with an inventory of more than 75,000 OEM and...

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Improving quality through good change: Metcam tackles kaizen

January 9, 2015

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All manufacturers seek to improve processes and ROI. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, has seen significant improvement since beginning its kaizen initiative in late 2013. What follows is the company’s blueprint for kaizen success.

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Ford retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 9, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of longtime Technical Instructor Chuck Ford following 51 years of service. In addition to sharing his extensive welding knowledge with thousands of students over the years, Ford served as a member of AWS (past...

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Pushing the solid-state laser speed limit

January 9, 2015

Solid-state lasers theoretically could cut through thin sheet at up to 1,000 meters per minute, though no machine in the world can drive a laser at that speed. But new approaches to laser cutting are bringing laser cutting speeds closer to the theoretical maximum.

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Congress approves manufacturing program--with an asterisk

January 9, 2015

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Congress fulfilled President Barack Obama's wish to set up a network of manufacturing innovation centers across the U.S., but there is a catch: The effort won't have its own budget. The endeavor will have to be funded through existing budgets in the Department of Energy and the Pentagon.

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T. J. Snow personnel certified as resistance welding technicians

January 8, 2015

Five service techs at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based T. J. Snow Co., plus CEO Tom Snow, recently became among the first in the U.S. to receive the certified resistance welding technician (CRWT) designation offered by the American Welding Society (AWS). A 100-question exam tests applicants’...

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Baker retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 8, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of Librarian and Editor Martha “Marty” Baker following 38 years of service. Baker was responsible for the Hobart Institute website, www.welding.org. She also worked on The World of Welding quarterly magazine,...

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