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Fume extraction system connects to capturing elements or external systems

July 17, 2015

ULT AG has introduced the LAS 160 laser fume and dust extraction and filtration system. The low-noise device can be equipped with suitable capturing elements such as hoods and extraction arms, or it can be connected to external systems for automated operation via a D-Sub interface. The system...

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Titan Metal Worx certified to ISO 9001:2008

July 16, 2015

Machining and fabrication services provider Titan Metal Worx, Fort Wayne, Ind., has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. The scope of the compliance registration includes the design and manufacture of burn plates, machined components, wire harnesses, and fabricated weldments. The scope of...

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Cloud-based software helps simplify complex project portfolio management

July 16, 2015

KeyedIn® Solutions has released version 5.8 of its KeyedIn Projects software for project and program management. The software’s integrated Report Writer includes filtering options to view data in new ways and can schedule and e-mail reports automatically. Users can drill down into dashboard...

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Matheson to build second air separation unit in Los Angeles area

July 16, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has announced plans to build a second large-capacity air separation unit (ASU) in the Los Angeles area. The company is a provider of industrial, welding, and safety supplies; medical, specialty, and electronic gases; gas-handling equipment; purification systems;...

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From the Web: Luring a $100 million facility; R2D2; fab lab; and metals make American manufacturing

July 16, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals

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GM invests $1.4 billion in Arlington, Texas, plant upgrades

July 16, 2015

In its largest single plant investment in the U.S. this year, General Motors has announced it will invest $1.4 billion in improvements to its Arlington Assembly Plant, Arlington, Texas, for the production of full-size SUVs. The investment allows the plant to be reconfigured with a new paint...

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Knowing and appreciating the craft of metal fabrication

July 15, 2015

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The recipe for precision metal fabrication includes technology and craft. We hear a lot about the technology, but not so much about the craft.

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Zontec hires sales and marketing leaders

July 15, 2015

Cincinnati-based Zontec Inc., an international developer of SPC software, has added David Kennard as sales manager and Travis Nipper as marketing manager. Kennard has more than 10 years of sales experience in various industries including transportation and construction and more than six years of...

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Wallover Oil hires chemist

July 15, 2015

Wallover Oil Co., a Strongsville, Ohio-based producer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants, has hired Michael Wojtalewicz as chemist. He served most recently as an analytical lab senior technician at BASF. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Baldwin Wallace...

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Employee engangement drives the manufacturing economy

July 15, 2015

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Automation and other advanced manufacturing technology have become the ticket for entry to compete in custom fabrication, but people still make the difference.

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De-Sta-Co consolidates U.S. manufacturing operations

July 15, 2015

De-Sta-Co, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced it will consolidate several U.S. manufacturing operations for its workholding and automation products to a new site in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Consolidation will occur in multiple phases over the next 18 to 24 months. It includes phasing out...

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Cartridge collector handles high airflows with low pressure drops

July 15, 2015

AAF International® offers the OptiFlo® RC cartridge collector. Features include a patented active mandrel to help improve filtration efficiency, a quick-release door for simplified maintenance and minimized leakage, and a cartridge support mechanism for cleaning efficiency. The unit is...

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Building a manufacturing workforce

July 15, 2015

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Alexandra Industries, a producer and fabricator of aluminum extrusions in Alexandria, Minn., recognized the need to get involved in the local school district to boost the image of manufacturing in the eyes of students. But it didn't just volunteer to send over speakers. It heavily influenced the curriculum at the new high school and donated new manufacturing technology.

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Vance Metal marks 135 years in business

July 14, 2015

Geneva, N.Y.-based Vance Metal, a large-capacity metal fabricator and weld shop, celebrates 135 years of business in 2015. The company was founded Aug. 7, 1880, when James R. Vance started Vance Boiler Works with a newly patented boiler. The company made its first winery tank in the early 1990s...

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Remy to be acquired by BorgWarner

July 14, 2015

Remy Intl. Inc., Pendleton, Ind., has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by BorgWarner Inc., a provider of powertrain components and systems. Remy Intl. is a manufacturer, remanufacturer, and distributor of alternators, starter motors, and electric traction motors for the automotive...

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