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A trophy fit for Titletown

January 27, 2017 | By Amanda Carlson

A Wisconsin metal fabricator created a 10-ft. replica of the Lombardi Trophy and mounted it in the yard outside of its Green Bay-based tailgate house. Why? Because Packer freedom is a way of life.

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Managing the three legs of the custom metal fabrication stool

January 27, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Technology has become the ticket to entry for metal fabrication. But when a fabricator buys a new machine, it doesn’t stay secret for long. So what really sets a company apart from its competitors? Past speakers at FMA events give some insights.

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Athader S.L. to provide two slitting lines to Nova Steel

January 27, 2017

Athader S.L., based in Renteria, Gipuzkoa, Spain, a company within The Bradbury Group, has announced it will install two ultrahigh-strength slitting lines that handle coils weighing up to 80,000 lbs. at Nova Steel.A line with a slitting capability of 0.375 by 74 in. will be installed at the...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design changes involve changes to CAD hierarchy

January 27, 2017 | By Gerald Davis

To assist with smooth transitions during design changes, columnist Gerald Davis shows a work flow for changing a part into an assembly.

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Toyota creates 400 jobs in Indiana

January 27, 2017

Toyota Indiana has announced plans to add 400 jobs at the plant in Princeton, investing $600 million in retooling, new equipment, and advanced technologies to meet demand for the Highlander® midsize SUV. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will add 40,000 Highlanders annually. The...

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UniCarriers Americas adds Rapidparts as supplier

January 27, 2017

Marengo, Ill.-based material handling equipment maker UniCarriers Americas Corp. has strengthened the DURA-LIFT® all-makes offerings provided to its dealer network by adding Rapidparts as a parts supplier.Dealers now will have access to thousands of new all-makes replacement parts supplied from...

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GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing

January 27, 2017

Detroit-based General Motors has announced it will invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations. These investments follow $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion GM has invested in its U.S. operations since 2009.The new investments cover multiple new vehicle,...

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Continuous improvement in metal fabrication: Role changes in a lean transformation

January 27, 2017 | By Jeff Sipes

This month, columnist Jeff Sipes walks through the typical day of a production supervisor before and after a lean transformation.

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High-current HTL encoders suitable for high-disturbance environments

January 27, 2017

Leine & Linde has introduced the FSI 800 series rotary encoders for rugged motor drive applications. Available in North America through distributor Heidenhain Corp., the encoders come with high-current HTL signals, which also makes them suitable for high-disturbance environments. Featuring long...

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LVD Strippit opens two regional customer support centers

January 26, 2017

Fabricating equipment manufacturer LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has announced the opening of its Southeast Support Center in Charlotte, N.C., serving the South Atlantic and East South Central states, and its Southwest Support Center in Farmers Branch, Texas, serving the Southwest and Central states,...

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RTI Surgical names CEO

January 26, 2017

RTI Surgical Inc., Alachua, Fla., a surgical implant company, has named Camille Farhat as CEO effective March 15, 2017. He will succeed interim CEO Robert P. Jordheim, who will resume his role as CFO. Farhat previously served as president/CEO of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), an operating...

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ETCO Inc. celebrates 70 years of manufacturing

January 26, 2017

ETCO Inc. is marking 70 years in business as a manufacturer of custom precision stampings. The company has manufactured these products in Rhode Island since its inception in 1947 and at its automotive headquarters in Bradenton, Fla., since 1978. The firm was founded as the Electric Terminal Corp....

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MCA announces 2016 Chairman’s Awards

January 26, 2017

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Chicago, has recognized eight outstanding MCA member building projects with 2016 Chairman’s Awards. The awards are given based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project...

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Metal spinning machines designed for Industry 4.0

January 26, 2017

Denn has introduced the NTR line of CNC metal spinning machines. According to the manufacturer, the series is designed under the terms of Industry 4.0, which encompasses a number of contemporary automation, data exchange, and manufacturing technologies. The user connects the machine to the...

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GMAW gun maintains energy efficiency in challenging applications

January 26, 2017

Wire Wizard® Welding Products has launched PowerBall® GMAW semiautomatic and robotic welding guns. The gun features an ergonomic handle with comfort grip and adjustable trigger pull. A higher-amperage output helps make the gun energy-efficient while handling challenging welding applications. The...

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