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Quality Industries adds to leadership team

February 26, 2015

Quality Industries Inc., La Vergne, Tenn., a precision metal fabricator offering engineering and design, customized manufacturing and assembly, finishing and coating, and supply chain management, has named Chris Fann as senior vice president of operations and Gary Carter as vice president,...

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Genius Solutions software to be integrated into ÉTS operations, logistics curriculum

February 26, 2015

Quebec-based Genius Solutions, a developer of ERP manufacturing software for small to midsize custom manufacturers, has announced an agreement with Montreal's École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) to grant the university the right to use its Genius Manufacturing software for teaching purposes in...

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Solid-state interface relays switch loads up to 240 VAC

February 26, 2015

Idec Corp. has announced the addition of RV8S solid-state interface relays to its RV8 DIN rail product line. The relays feature 100-mA to 3-A switching capability in a compact, 0.24-in. space. Other features include high switching cycles, extended operating life, and high-speed load switching....

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No-drip siphon-fed atomizing nozzles stop liquid flow

February 26, 2015

Siphon-fed atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. require no liquid pressure and can be used with gravity-fed liquids or lift liquids from a siphon height as high as 36 in. The nozzles can be used on liquids up to 200 centipoise. They work the same as standard atomizing nozzles, except that when...

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MiTek acquires M&M Mfg. Co.

February 25, 2015

MiTek Industries Inc. (MiTek®), Chesterfield, Mo., a global supplier of engineered products, proprietary design software, and automated equipment for the broad construction and industrial end markets, has acquired M&M Mfg., Fort Worth, Texas. M&M Mfg. is a producer of sheet metal products,...

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Mobile cart holds multiple reels of hydraulic hose

February 25, 2015

Creform Corp. has developed a new mobile cart design for an off-road construction equipment manufacturer to use in transporting and holding various-size reels of hydraulic hose. The cart, built using the company’s 42-mm pipe and joint system, has an 800-lb. capacity. According to the company, the...

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Matheson acquires Hawaiian assets and operations of Air Liquide America

February 25, 2015

Matheson, Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired the Hawaiian assets and operations of Air Liquide America LP. The acquisition includes five locations, including an air separation unit, on four islands. The acquisition allows Matheson to expand into a new market. The company previously did not have...

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Main Tape names inside sales specialist

February 25, 2015

Cranbury, N.J.-based Main Tape, a manufacturer of surface protection films and graphics transfer tapes for the metal fabrication, automotive, electronics, construction, and graphics and sign printing industries, has announced that Sharon Hart has joined the company as an inside sales specialist....

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Energy secretary unveils more than $55 million to advance fuel-efficient vehicle technologies

February 25, 2015

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced more than $55 million in funding to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean-energy economy. These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption and support...

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Slim-design encoders fit in compact applications

February 25, 2015

Heidenhain has introduced the slim-design ECI 1118 rotary encoder. With a thickness of 0.39 in. and a diameter of about 1.46 in., the encoder can fit into compact applications. Resolution is 18 bits, and accuracy is +/-120 in. The encoder’s counterpart is the EBI 1135 model rotary encoder,...

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Features added to reality-based weld training system

February 25, 2015

Miller has added features to its LiveArc™ reality-based weld training system, which uses motion-tracking technology to provide students with immediate feedback to help them advance their welding skills. The system now is available with a welding positioning arm for training in out-of-position...

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Ford trains thousands of Kansas City Assembly Plant workers to support F-150 production

February 24, 2015

Since May 2013, more than 8,000 skilled trades and production workers at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant have undergone an intensive training program to support production of the all-new Ford F-150®. The production training program was designed to support the...

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Whitcraft Group announces $234 million contract to supply parts, assemblies to Pratt & Whitney

February 24, 2015

The Whitcraft Group, Eastford, Conn., has signed a 10-year, $234 million contract to supply parts and assemblies to United Technologies' (UTC) Pratt & Whitney division for its next-generation PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine family. Whitcraft will produce sheet metal components and...

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Samco names business development manager for Rolling Division

February 24, 2015

Samco Machinery, Toronto, has appointed Darryl Levesque as business development manager for the Rolling Division. Levesque has more than 17 years of progressive automotive industry experience. Past positions include account management, new business development, global product management, and...

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