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Manufacturing Day gains three new sponsors

September 2, 2014

Manufacturing Day™ 2014 has announced the addition of three new supporters, with Kronos Inc. joining as a Silver sponsor and MSC Industrial Supply Co. and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. joining as Bronze sponsors. Manufacturing Day, Oct. 3, 2014, is an annual national event, executed at the...

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OEM Fabricators expands in Wisconsin

September 2, 2014

OEM Fabricators, a provider of contract manufacturing, supply chain optimization, and design assistance to OEMs, has announced plans to expand into Phillips, Wis. Its current operation in Prentice, Wis., will be moved to the new location, along with the 28 current employees. According to the...

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Kia to open automotive plant in Mexico

September 2, 2014

South Korean automaker Kia Motors Corp. has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in an assembly plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The plant, slated for completion in the first half of 2016, is expected to produce 300,000 vehicles per...

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ABB marks 125 years in Finland

September 2, 2014

ABB marks its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland provides power transmission and distribution systems, building technology, sustainable transportation, renewable power, and industrial automation and marine systems....

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Ductless ventilation system removes welding smoke

September 2, 2014

The Clean Air Tower from Kemper is a ventilation system suitable for production halls and workshops where local extraction of welding smoke is insufficient or impossible. It protects employees and machinery from welding smoke contamination and fine dust. The freestanding, two-stage filter unit...

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Bead Industries announces scholarship program for Connecticut community college

September 2, 2014

To commemorate its 100-year anniversary, Bead Industries, New Haven, Conn., has established The Bryant Family Scholarship Fund at Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn., to benefit its manufacturing and engineering programs. The scholarship establishes a $25,000 endowed gift to help...

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating celebrates 20 years in business

September 2, 2014

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., Masury, Ohio, has marked its 20th anniversary selling conventional slit and oscillate coils. The company provides the coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steels. The firm can provide coils with 20 to 25 miles of continuous...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in August; PMI highest since March 2011

September 2, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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GTAW torch welds in hard-to-reach places

September 2, 2014

The CK Flex-Loc GTAW torch from CK Worldwide Inc. is suitable for welding in hard-to-reach places. It uses a 360-degree rotating head that locks in any position, allowing the user to position the head at any angle. Interchangeable heads allow simplified changeout of different head and tungsten...

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Synthetic lubricant designed for use on galvanized steel

September 2, 2014

IRMCO has developed the first oil-free lubricant for use on automotive electrogalvanized and galvannealed metals. The synthetic stamping lubricant is designed for use on zinc-coated sheet metal. During development, the company performed a twist compression test, which measures the coefficient of...

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Software documents inverter welding machine data, tracks costs

September 2, 2014

EWM offers ewm Xnet software, designed to help ensure comprehensive welding quality assurance and the optimization of all welding tasks. The software facilitates the connection of all of the manufacturer’s Multimatrix inverter welding machines to visualize and document their data, track costs,...

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True Temper Precision Industrial Division launches new website

August 29, 2014

True Temper Sports’ Precision Industrial Division, Memphis, Tenn., has launched a new website at www.truetempertube.com. The site is designed to provide customers and members of the industrial tubing market simplified access to information about the company’s drawn-over-mandrel (DOM) carbon...

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Beckwood installs 25-in.-dia. sheet hydroforming press for customer

August 29, 2014

St. Louis-based Beckwood Press Co., a manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and sheet hydroforming presses, has built and installed a Triform deep draw sheet hydroforming press for a U.S. science, technology, and engineering company. The model 25-10-12SC features a 25-in.-dia. forming area,...

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Pietro Rosa TBM partners with Rolls-Royce

August 29, 2014

Pietro Rosa TBM, Derby, U.K., a manufacturer of compressor airfoils for jet engines and complex aerostructural components, has signed a long-term contract with Rolls-Royce plc for the production of a new concept airfoil for the Trent XWB engine. This contract is the result of more than three...

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The miraculous effect of spare capacity

August 29, 2014

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The traditional cost-based approach to manufacturing promotes using your resources—people and machines—to the fullest extent, but this can wreak havoc in high-product-mix manufacturing, especially in contract operations with varying and unpredictable levels of demand. This is where the value of spare capacity comes into play.

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