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Solar Atmospheres of California obtains SAFRAN/SNECMA approval

February 2, 2015

Fontana, Calif.-based Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) has attained an approved supplier status for SAFRAN/SNECMA. SCA has received approval for several heat-treatment processes. The approved processes include stress relieving, solution heat treatment, normalizing, homogenization annealing,...

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Manufacturing Day 2014 smashes all participation goals

February 2, 2015

Manufacturing Day 2014 exceeded all expectations, with events extending far beyond Oct. 3 to officially wrap up on Dec. 12. A total of 1,679 events were held across North America, in all 50 states, three Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico. For the first time, more than a dozen virtual events...

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Gripper accessory provides increased sensing capability

February 2, 2015

PHD Inc. has released the JC1STP teachable two-position switch mounting kit for its series 8400 and series 190/191 grippers. Mounting kits provide the switch plate with slots for either one or two switches to mount to the bottom surface of the grippers. Using two switches allows sensing of up to...

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ISM ROB: Down 1.6 percentage points from December, manufacturing economic activity still expanding

February 2, 2015

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th 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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Sioux Corp. quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2008

January 29, 2015

Sioux Corp., a manufacturer of industrial pressure washers, steam cleaners, water heating and chilling systems, steam generators, and related custom equipment in Beresford, S.D., has announced that its quality management system now is certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. The certified quality...

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Fiber laser marker converts high pulse frequencies into short marking processes

January 29, 2015

The TruMark 5020 fiber laser marker from TRUMPF Inc. offers high pulse frequencies and pulse-to-pulse stability for metal applications that require high speed and a high edge quality. The unit’s scanner module converts pulse frequencies of up to 1 mHz into a correspondingly high processing...

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From the Web: Finding a niche; faking a roar; falsifying welding certificates

January 29, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Meeting global competition by finding a niche; faking an engine’s roar; students sue over bogus welding certificates; bright future for girls in welding; and apprenticeships make a difference.

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Metal Sales metal wall panels clad condo building in Los Angeles

January 29, 2015

Metal Sales™ Mfg. Corp., Louisville, Ky., has provided T2630 perforated and solid metal wall panels for Cloverdale749, a 10,500-sq.-ft. residential structure located in Los Angeles. “We specified metal because we know it works well in the Southern California climate,” said Lorcan...

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Dengensha America adds customer sales and service support for southern states

January 29, 2015

Bedford, Ohio-based Dengensha America has appointed Curtis Dietrich as southern sales associate, responsible for customer relations, sales, service, and support in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Dietrich has opened an office in Cincinnati to...

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Breathing system monitors air quality for OSHA standard compliance

January 29, 2015

Martech Services Co. offers the Quality Air Breathing System, which the company says helps users comply with the OSHA requirement for Grade D breathable air. When placed near the point of use, the system works with the existing compressed-air supply. The four-stage filtration filters the air,...

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Singapore agency establishes facility for sustainable production technologies

January 28, 2015

Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) has launched a new facility that allows companies to breathe new life into old product components by reusing them in their manufacturing processes. Located at Singapore's first eco-business park, JTC CleanTech Two@ CleanTech Park,...

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Round-over dies round edges of fenders, custom panels

January 28, 2015

Van Sant Enterprises offers Ron Covell’s round-over dies for metal fabrication. Suitable for rounding edges of motorcycle fenders and custom panels for hot rods, the dies are precision-machined from heat-treated steel and can handle up to 16-ga. mild steel. Rolls are available in four sizes:...

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Fabricating and mounting a “quick-quote,” heavy-duty utility truck rack

January 28, 2015

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Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.

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Coldwater Machine opens South Carolina office

January 28, 2015

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co. has announced the opening of a sales office in Greenville, S.C. The company offers custom machines and automation equipment such as robotic workcells, vision inspection systems, and assembly lines, as well as solid-state welding technologies including...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Metal marking

January 28, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the CAD operator through the process of creating a drill index.

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