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Fabricating a mobile lounge

March 30, 2016

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Gorilla Fabrication in South Carolina has made a name for itself in fabricating food trucks. A request for a mobile bar, however, forced it to expand its building skills.

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Membrane dryer keeps compressed air clean, dry with four-stage filtration

March 30, 2016

The WNA AMD-035 membrane dryer is available from Walmec North America. It features four-stage prefiltration, a flow rating of 35 SCFM, and maximum working pressures of 150 PSI. The first- and second-stage filters remove moisture, liquids, dust, rust, scale, and other contaminants to 5 microns....

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The industry shifts gears

March 29, 2016

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The staff at Messe Düsseldorf provides an overview of the steel tube and pipe market. The recent drop in the crude oil price has taken much of the attention off of the energy industry, and automotive has pulled ahead. The article contains quite a bit of information on the latest research into alloys for the automotive industry, specifically from three Tube® Düsseldorf exhibitors.

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Solar Atmospheres of California to expand

March 29, 2016

Solar Atmospheres of California Inc. (SCA) has announced plans to expand its Fontana, Calif., facility. The $5 million investment is part of a long-term corporate strategy to increase the firm’s West Coast development and commercial capacity. The expansion will add 25,000 sq. ft. to the...

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Still Building America—One automotive masterpiece at a time

March 29, 2016

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There are dream cars and dream jobs. Combining both has allowed J.D. Hendrickson to achieve his dream career. Here’s the short story of how he got there.

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Switchable magnetic ground clamps designed to stay cooler

March 29, 2016

Magswitch Technology has introduced a new line of magnetic ground clamps. The second generation of the product series features a new fin design with increased surface area to help lower temperature by about 27 percent. It offers 300, 600, and 800 amps for a strong hold in the shear or vertical...

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Aluminum Extruders Council elects president

March 29, 2016

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has elected Jeff Henderson to be its next president. Henderson succeeds Rand Baldwin, who has been the council’s president since 2000. AEC is an international association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in...

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Ducommun wins design contract from Airbus

March 29, 2016

Ducommun Inc. has received a contract from Airbus to produce titanium structures for engine support on the A320neo (new engine option) aircraft. Ducommun will manufacture these titanium engine support structures using its proprietary hot forming and super-plastic forming processes at its operation...

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OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

March 28, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction. The final rule, which reflects current...

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Manufacturing resource book released in 30th edition

March 28, 2016

Industrial Press Inc. has published the 30th edition of Machinery's Handbook, a comprehensive, practical book that presents the fundamental and essential aspects of manufacturing practices. The book is designed as a reference for mechanical, manufacturing, and industrial engineers; designers;...

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Weber Specialties Co. adds fiber laser

March 28, 2016

Weber Specialties Co., Schoolcraft, Mich., has added a 3-kW fiber laser to its production floor. The additional capacity will allow the company to service existing programs and expand its offerings in short-run metal parts. The company is a full-service manufacturer providing metal stamping,...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using animation tools in design review

March 28, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis shares some best practices when it comes to creating animations and movies for design review purposes.

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Novaria acquires Ferco Tech, L&E Eng., and GGF Mfg.

March 28, 2016

Fort Worth, Texas-based Novaria Group, a supplier of products to the aerospace and defense industries, has acquired substantially all the assets of Ferco Tech, Dayton, Ohio; L&E Eng., Indianapolis; and GGF Mfg., Jamestown, Ky. The three business units, collectively operating as Ferco Aerospace,...

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All American Open Machine Time LLC website targets small job shops

March 28, 2016

All American Open Machine Time LLC (AAOMT) has launched a website at www.allamericanopenmachinetime.com targeted at small job shops. Developed by John Benadum, a former machine shop owner, machinist, and sales engineer, the website provides advertising and introduction services for U.S. contract...

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SPC software updated with efficiency dashboards

March 28, 2016

Zontec Inc. has released version 9.0 of its Synergy 1000™ SPC software. It features the new Key Performance Indicator dashboard, which allows users to assess, track, and analyze factors contributing to production efficiency at a glance. Improvements also have been made to the application that...

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