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The Makings of an Effective Job Shop: The Key Is Knowledge

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Epicor Software Corp.

Length: 60:00

Presented by Dick Kallage, principal of KDC & Associates Ltd., and author of Improvement Insights in The FABRICATOR. What would other fabricators say if they had a chance to walk around your fabricating facility? Could they navigate the floors easily without tripping over work-in-process? Would they see visual communication tools to keep everyone updated on the day's job schedule? Would they constantly have to swing their heads as they looked for lift trucks shifting work from one end of the facility to the other?

Making your welding operation safer with source-extraction systems

December 10, 2015

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Ventilation systems help make the air safer in welding operations. Source extraction offers optimal benefits for welders.

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U.S. expected to lead as the top manufacturing nation by 2020, says Deloitte report

December 9, 2015

The U.S. is expected to become the most competitive manufacturing nation over the next five years, with the current leader China sliding into second position, according to the upcoming "2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index" report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.'s Global Consumer &...

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Robotic blast system adapted for grit blast surface preparation

December 9, 2015

Guyson Corp. has introduced a new version of its RB-10 robotic blast system that is adapted for grit blast surface preparation of gas turbine blades and buckets up to about 3 ft. long. The system’s 60- by 60-in. finishing chamber is designed with a heavily reinforced 60- by 48-in. vestibule...

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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation awards manufacturing scholarships

December 9, 2015

Fifteen students pursuing careers in manufacturing each earned $2,500 or $3,500 toward their postsecondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. For the spring 2016 semester, NBT awarded...

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Congress finally commits to infrastructure investment

December 9, 2015

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The recently approved highway bill increases domestic content and funding for railway cars.

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Epic Systems appoints business development coordinator

December 8, 2015

Epic Systems Inc., a multidiscipline engineering and fabrication firm in St. Louis, has promoted Eric Coale to business development coordinator. He oversees the commercial stages of packaging systems and custom machines projects, coordinates contract negotiations, and manages industrial customer...

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Waukesha Metal Products welcomes seventh-graders as part of Be the Spark campaign

December 8, 2015

On Dec. 3, Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., hosted 23 students from Alcott School as part of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives' (COSBE) Be the Spark Education Tours program. The seventh-graders were welcomed by President/CEO Jeff...

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The IFH Group acquires Bowman Mfg.

December 8, 2015

The IFH Group Inc., Rock Falls, Ill., a producer of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and fabricator of custom hydraulic reservoirs and fuel tanks, has acquired Bowman Mfg. Co. Inc., Arlington, Wash., to create The IFH Group West LLC. Bowman’s manufacturing operation, in an...

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CNA leader elected to FMA’s Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation

December 8, 2015

Franklin Maccotan, director and industry leader of manufacturing for commercial insurance writer CNA, has been elected to serve as a director for a two-year term on the board of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA),...

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Orbital stretch wrapping machines wrap products fed by conveyor

December 8, 2015

Tab Industries LLC offers the Tab Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch wrapping machines. The machines can be fed from a chain, belt, or roller conveyor. Featuring a patent-pending design that keeps the wrapping ring stationary while the film is wrapped around a horizontal axis, the unit is...

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Southern Metal Fabricators adds wing for automated finishing operations

December 7, 2015

Custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc. has opened a new wing at its facility in Albertville, Ala., adding 30,000 sq. ft. to its shop floor, most of which is devoted to an automated finishing operation. This allows the company to bring all blasting and painting for its...

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Mio Metals promotes nine nonprofits to help raise awareness, donations

December 7, 2015

San Francisco-based Mio Metals, a manufacturer of custom metal products with less than 10 employees, is devoting its December marketing budget to raising awareness for nine nonprofit organizations. With a specifically curated Giving Guide, the company has selected nonprofits based on their mission,...

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Superior Tube veteran retires

December 7, 2015

Superior Tube Co. Inc., Collegeville, Pa., has announced the retirement of longtime company executive John Reinhart. Employed in 1969 at the company’s facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Reinhart started as a draftsman in the plant engineering department and worked his way up to become project engineer...

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Matheson acquires 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply

December 7, 2015

Matheson, a provider of welding and industrial gases, supplies, and equipment based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply Inc., an independent welding supply company with seven facilities in central Texas. Matheson is the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso...

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