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MIT Professional Education launches Rapid Prototyping Technology short course

May 12, 2015

MIT Professional Education has added a new course, Rapid Prototyping Technology, to its lineup of short programs. Running July 20-24, 2015, on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Mass., the course will provide participants hands-on exposure to processes commonly used to fabricate prototypes rapidly....

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Winnebago Towables to expand in Indiana

May 12, 2015

Winnebago Towables has announced plans to expand its operations in Middlebury, Ind., creating up to 150 new jobs by 2019. The company, which is a subsidiary of Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc., invested about $5.4 million to purchase four previously leased facilities that cover...

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Lift truck made for indoor and outdoor use

May 12, 2015

UniCarriers Americas Corp. offers the Platinum II Nomad® series lift truck, designed for use indoors and outdoors. Built on a compact frame, the truck rides on solid pneumatic tires, which allow it to be used outside on paved surfaces. Models are available in 3,000-, 3,500-, and 5,000-lb....

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Getting the most for your tube bending buck

May 12, 2015

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Understanding the basic tube bending methods, including their capabilities and limitations, can help you uncover the best and most economical way to achieve a quality bend.

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Manufacturing Technology Inc. sends largest friction welding machine to Pratt & Whitney

May 12, 2015

Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI), South Bend, Ind., has shipped what it says is the world’s largest friction welding machine to aerospace company Pratt & Whitney. The machine, which is 20 ft. tall and weighs about 400,000 lbs., will friction weld large-diameter aircraft engine...

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Rebuilding services offered for workholding magnetic chucks

May 12, 2015

Walker Magnetics offers rebuilding and repair services for its workholding magnetic chucks. The firm recently received a 36- by 48-in. chuck for repair after 77 years in use. The company still had the drawings associated with its build in 1938 and was able to use the drawings to rebuild the...

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Midwest Group One announces name change

May 12, 2015

Minneapolis-based Midwest Group One, comprising Randbright, Midwest Sandright, and Midwest Automation, has changed its name to Midwest Automation LLC in an effort to simplify its corporate brand identity. The company continues to manufacture deburring, finishing, polishing, and wet dust...

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Large-bed servo press line enhances auto supplier’s efficiency

May 12, 2015

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Automotive supplier of seating components Paul Craemer GmbH of Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany, replaced two presses lines requiring press-to-press automation with one 35-foot tall, 48- by 25-ft. servo transfer press.

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NJMEP launches MarketShift initiative to assist defense contractors

May 12, 2015

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP), Cedar Knolls, N.J., has partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), and the federal government to launch an initiative program. The program, called MarketShift, was developed...

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Green laser-line scanner performs on highly reflective materials

May 12, 2015

ScanR is the sixth generation of CMM laser scanners from Perceptron for scanning highly reflective and carbon-fiber parts. This green laser-line metrology scanner has wide coverage of color spectrum and reflectivity, improved material coverage, a thin laser line with high signal-to-noise ratio...

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Arc Welding 101: Plugging holes and pinholes

May 12, 2015

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Q: I am machining a bearing housing made out of 1045 and I have to plug and weld some cross holes. I am also using gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) to eliminate a weld that is too large. My problem is that I am getting pinholes in my weld. Is it because I am welding 1018 to 1045? We didn’t machine...

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Sintering furnace belt pretreated for longer life

May 12, 2015

Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced Knuckleback™ Platinum, a new woven T314 stainless steel conveyor belt used in the final sintering stage in powdered metal production lines that produce parts for automobiles and home appliances. A pre-oxidation process provides surface protection to...

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Volvo Cars selects South Carolina for first U.S. factory

May 12, 2015

Volvo Cars, Rockleigh, N.J., will build its first U.S. factory in Berkeley County, S.C., investing up to $500 million in a facility that can produce up to 100,000 cars per year. Construction will begin in early autumn 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018....

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Replica cars? There’s a kit for that

May 12, 2015

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A component (kit) car manufacturer in Wareham, Mass., made two big process changes that helped streamline its manufacturing operations.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design for manufacturing

May 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides an overview of using CAD to develop a better design, which leads it to being more manufacturable.

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