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Keeping an eye on Mexico

June 12, 2015

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No matter what happens with Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority, Mexico is moving forward with its plan to be the manufacturing hub to not only the U.S., but the world.

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating hires accountant/office manager

June 12, 2015

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., Masury, Ohio, has hired Lana Hixson as accountant/office manager. She has an associate’s degree in accounting from Trumbull Business College and has previous experience in accounts payable. The company is a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils...

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KeyedIn Solutions wins Best Green Product at ISA Sign Expo

June 12, 2015

KeyedIn® Solutions, a SaaS-based software company providing sign industry-specific software, has announced that KeyedIn Manufacturing - Sign Edition won the Best Green Product Award based on attendee voting at the ISA Sign Expo. The event took place April 9-11, 2015, in Las Vegas. KeyedIn was...

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MetoKote receives Honda Supplier Performance Award

June 12, 2015

MetoKote Corp.’s facility in Huber Heights, Ohio, is one of 53 suppliers recognized by Honda for outstanding performance in supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles. This is the second year in a row that the facility has received...

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User interface enhanced for more flexible configuration of price quote process

June 12, 2015

Infor has made enhancements to the user interface of Infor Configure Price Quote (CPQ). The new personalization capability allows organizations to differentiate themselves in their markets with visual layout design and custom style functionality. This allows for tailored content and presentation of...

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Tower Intl. receives Gold Award from Ford

June 11, 2015

Tower Intl. Inc., a global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, has received a Gold Award from Ford Motor Co. The company’s Bellevue, Ohio, factory received the award, which recognizes supplier manufacturing sites that demonstrated superior quality,...

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R&D Update: Forming aluminum alloys at elevated temperatures, Part 1

June 11, 2015

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To reduce vehicle weight, automotive manufacturers are using advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) and aluminum alloys, formed at room temperature, as well as hot stamping of boron steels. A few OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers also have started warm forming aluminum alloys, usually 5000 and 6000 series,...

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Using cored wire in submerged arc welding applications

June 11, 2015

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Like all arc welding processes, submerged arc welding (SAW) requires the right consumables for the specific application to achieve optimal results. Are cored wires right for yours?

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Conveyance system carries autobody sections through robotic workstations

June 11, 2015

Kuka Systems North America LLC has announced the commercial launch of its Pulse carrier conveyance system for automotive car body assembly lines. The patent-pending concept uses linear synchronous motor technology provided by MagneMotion of Devens, Mass., to move body sections through robotic...

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MEC named top fabricator for fifth consecutive year

June 11, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Mayville Eng. Co., Mayville, Wis., has been named first on the FAB 40 list of the nation’s largest fabricators, which is published by The FABRICATOR® magazine. The employee-owned company serves customers in the agriculture, commercial vehicle, construction,...

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Battery-powered videoscope inspects tubes, pipes

June 11, 2015

The new Lenox VideoFlex Turbo series battery-powered remote imaging system features four-way tip articulation and an integrated control/display handpiece with a 3.5-in. LCD. The portable videoscope is suitable for inspection of aircraft engines and turbines, airframes, process tanks and vessels,...

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JMT appoints two laser specialists

June 11, 2015

Salt Lake City-based JMT, a provider of machine tools to the metal fabrication industry, has appointed two new staff members to technical positions to support its laser products. Johntanna (JT) Messer has been hired as laser sales engineer. In this role, he is responsible for evaluating...

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All-electric tube bender designed for HVAC applications

June 11, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the 4-Runner, a multipurpose, compact tube bending machine for a variety of applications, but especially HVAC.The machine can be configured as a dedicated tube bender for a specific production application or a complete process that includes straightening from coil,...

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Electric press brake line adds 24-ton models

June 11, 2015

LVD Strippit has expanded its Dyna-Press series of compact, portable, high-speed electric press brakes with two 24-ton models that offer higher capacity and a longer working length. The series is designed for bending small parts. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the electrical servo-driven...

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Die Science: Slug pulling—Causes and solutions

June 11, 2015

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Slug pulling in a stamping die can be costly and frustrating. One pulled slug can cripple production. What Is Slug Pulling? When a pierce punch creates a hole, it also produces scrap, called the slug. When the slug sticks to the face of the punch during withdrawal or comes out of the button...

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