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Initiative launched to develop standards for additive manufacturing

December 4, 2014

U.K.-based Lloyd’s Register Energy has launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies worldwide to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry; the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rates in manufacturing not expected to slow down in December

December 4, 2014

In December, job creation rates will increase in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2014./p> In December, for the ninth straight...

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D&S Mfg. to expand in Wisconsin

December 3, 2014

Custom manufacturer D&S Mfg. has begun work on a 9,300-sq.-ft. addition to its facility in Black River Falls, Wis. The current addition plans were laid out during the previous expansion, completed in 2009. Since that expansion, additional equipment acquisitions have filled the building. The...

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Manufacturers urge Congress to pass important tax extenders legislation

December 3, 2014

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Cleveland, and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Independence, Ohio, have urged Congress to pass a tax extenders bill this month that makes key tax provisions used by U.S. manufacturers permanent, including the R&D Tax Credit,...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Cap-offs, springs, and threads

December 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.

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BLS: Manufacturing productivity up 2.9%, labor costs down 1.3% in 3rd quarter

December 3, 2014

The revised, third quarter 2014 productivity and labor cost report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.3 percent annual rate, as output increased 4.9 percent and hours worked increased 2.4 percent. From the third...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A reason to smile

December 2, 2014

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According to November manufacturing data, industry hummed along in November, shrugging off the economic slowdown in much of the rest of the world. Drew Greenblatt isn't surprised.

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Global welding products market expected to reach $23.78 billion by 2020

December 2, 2014

A new market report from Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research, “Welding Products Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020,” indicates that the global welding products market, valued at $17.47 billion in 2013, is expected to reach...

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AGCO names Diamond Mfg. as North America Supplier of the Year

December 2, 2014

Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has announced that Diamond Mfg., Wyoming, Pa., has received its 2014 North America Supplier of the Year Award. Diamond Mfg. was one of five companies to receive a supplier award. The company is a provider of...

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Antifatigue welding mat also protects against sparks

December 2, 2014

ALECO® has introduced the Comfort Weld™ antifatigue welding mat. Constructed of self-extinguishing material, the fire-retardant mat guards against sparks and hot metal. Its slip-resistant pebble surface provides ergonomic qualities that enable welders to stand comfortably, minimizing the pain...

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Welding helmet delivers filtered air into breathing zone

December 1, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the VIKING™ PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) 3350 welding helmet. The PAPR draws air from the environment through a HEPA filter located on the belt and delivers filtered air in the breathing zone of the auto-darkening helmet. This model, which offers...

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General Sheet Metal to relocate in Indiana

December 1, 2014

General Sheet Metal, South Bend, Ind., has announced plans to move outside the city, to St. Joseph County. The metal fabricating company will build a 22.6 million, 170,000-sq.-ft. building. The expansion is expected to create 28 new...

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SUPERB Industries announces expansion, addition of 50 jobs

December 1, 2014

SUPERB™ Industries, Sugarcreek, Ohio, has been awarded a contract by Alevo Mfg., part of the Swistzerland-based Alevo SA Group, that will create at least 50 jobs and require a 12,000-sq.-ft. addition to the current facility. The project, dubbed "Operation Moonshine" because some of the...

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ISM ROB: Down slightly from October, manufacturing economic activity still expanding

December 1, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th 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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How a small company competes in a big way

December 1, 2014

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This month Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Michael Chirchirillo, operations manager at Cary, Ill.-based Chirch Global Manufacturing, about how the fabricator developed the Chirch Global Manufacturing Network, a group of 14 family-owned businesses, all in different competitive markets, that collaborate to compete. Read the story.

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