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Cartridge dust collector requires fewer filters

October 1, 2014

Donaldson Co. Inc. has introduced the Donaldson® Torit® Downflo® Evolution (DFE) cartridge dust collector. The unit features the MaxPulse™ cleaning system and MERV 15-rated Ultra-Web® nanofiber cartridge filters. It requires fewer filters to help decrease maintenance time and cost of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in September, but PMI fell 2.4 percentage points

October 1, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th 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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Alcoa Foundation, Discovery Education to host virtual field trip Oct. 3 for classrooms nationwide

September 30, 2014

Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education, Silver Spring, Md., a provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will celebrate Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3, 2014, with an interactive virtual field trip. The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip...

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MSC Industrial Supply opens customer fulfillment center in Ohio

September 30, 2014

MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, N.Y., a distributor of metalworking and MRO supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, has opened a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Columbus, Ohio. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility — the company’s fifth CFC — employs 100 people...

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Turkish Machinery co-sponsors MDA North America show at IMTS 2014

September 30, 2014

Turkish Machinery, based in Ankara, Turkey, recently co-sponsored the inaugural Motion, Drive and Automation (MDA) North America tradeshow in conjunction with IMTS 2014, held in September in Chicago. The MDA North America show, which introduced attendees to a variety of motion control topics,...

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P&ID software upgrades 2-D drawings, streamlines workflow

September 30, 2014

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Using 2-D software in a world that has transitioned to 3-D software can be a difficult task. When Cougar Fuel Systems looked for new software, it looked for a system that also would shorten its product design time and manage the many design and production tasks. It found a suitable system when it purchased Smap3D P&ID and Smap Piping from CAD Partner Products Inc.

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Metcam receives 2014 Infor Excellence in Action Award

September 29, 2014

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has been recognized by Infor, one of its key software vendors, with an Excellence in Action Award in the financial excellence category. The award honors organizations that have deployed Infor...

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Having the right information at the right time

September 29, 2014

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Advanced Metal Components has endured tragedy and evolved into a major employer in rural Swainsboro, Ga. Part of it comes from having the right technology, but most of the company’s evolution has involved a perception change about inventory management.

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EFD Induction receives order for two induction welding machines

September 26, 2014

Induction heating company EFD Induction, Madison Heights, Mich., has received an order for two of its Weldac solid-state induction welding machines from a North American roll forming company. The machines, which will be used to weld profiles and beams, employ IGBTs that are nearly...

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Canadian Welding Bureau opens welding training and testing facility in Alberta

September 26, 2014

The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) has announced the opening of its western region office in Nisku, Alta. The $6.5 million project already has created more than 100 local jobs during its construction. The 18,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer education, training, and certification for welders,...

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Process control card offers seven strategies for controlling the grinding process

September 26, 2014

Schmitt Industries Inc. has added a new multifunctional process control capability to its line of SBS balancing and process monitoring products for the grinding industry. The SBSExactControl™ process control card offers up to seven strategies for precision monitoring and control of the...

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Wet-blasting system introduced

September 26, 2014

Vapormatt offers the Sabre wet-blasting system, designed for companies in the aerospace and composites sectors. The dual-nozzle arrangements help enhance versatility and deliver consistent, controllable results on components of varying shapes and complexity. The control and monitoring systems...

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DHA Filter makes dust cartridges pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 25, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla.-based DHA Filter has announced it will partner with Komen North Florida to spread breast cancer awareness to the U.S. manufacturing community. For the month of October, the company will replace its blue helix pleat stabilizers — which lock the pleats of the dust cartridge —...

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MK Precision named to Philadelphia 100 list of fastest-growing companies

September 25, 2014

Medical device contract manufacturer MK Precision, Philadelphia, has announced it has earned a spot on the Philadelphia 100, which honors the fastest-growing privately held companies in the greater Philadelphia region. To receive this distinction, a privately held company in the region must...

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AIP Aerospace launches Ascent Aerospace

September 25, 2014

Brian Williams, CEO of AIP Aerospace (AIPA), Santa Ana, Calif., has created Ascent Aerospace, a wholly owned unit of AIPA. Ascent Aerospace will be organized into two groups: Ascent Tooling Group (including Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries, and Global Tooling Systems), a provider of...

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