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Cambridge Engineered Solutions expands operations to five countries

September 8, 2014

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, Cambridge, Md., has expanded international operations, adding new representatives in five countries to sell and service its metal conveyor belts, filtration, and wire cloth products. Polymer now serves as the company’s exclusive representative in Russia. With...

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Lift unit simplifies gas cylinder exchange

September 8, 2014

Ziamatic Corp. (Zico) has introduced the Quic-Release horizontal cylinder lift model QR-CL-H for transporting and changing gas cylinders. The unit lifts and lowers M through J gas cylinders to help reduce the chance of operator strain or back injury during cylinder exchange. Once secured, the...

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Enjoying the good times; prepared for the other times

September 5, 2014

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The U.S. economy appears to be chugging along with no real obvious obstacles in the near future. Having said that, metal fabricators are ready should an economic slowdown emerge. Two major recessions in a decade will do that to a company.

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AIT forms strategic partnership with Elbit Systems of America

September 5, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Advanced Integration Technology (AIT), a global industrial automation and tooling company delivering fully integrated plant floor systems to the aerospace industry, has announced its strategic partnership with Elbit Systems of America to assume responsibility of some of Elbit...

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Modular multiplexor connects up to 250 devices

September 5, 2014

Heidenhain offers TTL, inductive, and analog interface modules for its MSE 1000 modular multiplexor, allowing for connection of up to 250 devices and the acquisition of measured values via Ethernet. The unit allows the user to plug in nearly any type of gauge and collect all data on numerous...

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Reel connects to any welding machine

September 4, 2014

Hannay Reels offers the power or rewind SWCR series reels, suitable for use with a single conductor electrode cable or grounding lead. A declutching arbor and nonsparking ratchet assembly prevent damage when reverse winding. A cable stop should be...

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SHRM LINE: Mixed month of hiring expected in September

September 4, 2014

In September hiring rates will increase in the manufacturing sector and drop in services compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2014. For the sixth straight month,...

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Ambrell names president/CEO

September 3, 2014

Ambrell, a manufacturer of induction heating systems in Scottsville, N.Y., has promoted Tom Giglia to president and CEO. Richard Rosenbloom, former CEO and co-founder of the company, is retiring but will become a senior adviser to the company and remain on the board of directors. Giglia joined...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Creating animations to explain the invention

September 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through the steps needed to create a 3-D CAD movie that can be used to bring an assembly or product idea to life.

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TPJ celebrates 25 years

September 3, 2014

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Editor Eric Lundin recounts some of the more interesting articles published in TPJ since it was founded in 1990, discusses some of the trends, and provides some input from early members of TPA’s board of directors.

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Arcam acquires strategic partner DiSanto Technology

September 3, 2014

Arcam, a provider of 3-D printing technology for metals based in Mölndal, Sweden, has acquired its strategic partner DiSanto Technology, Shelton, Conn., a contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants. According to Arcam, the combination of its EBM® (electron beam melting) technology and...

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Cantilever clamps do not twist

September 3, 2014

Kant-Twist™ cantilever clamps from Industrial Magnetics Inc. hold two pieces together, without walking off-center, for spot welding, drilling, and bolting operations. The cantilever design provides a 4-to-1 clamp ratio to eliminate distorting and twisting of workpieces. The free-floating jaws...

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Tech Air acquires US Oxygen & Supply and Specialty Air Technologies

September 2, 2014

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has acquired US Oxygen & Supply of Arlington, Texas, and Specialty Air Technologies of Long Beach, Calif. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management. US...

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NN Inc. acquires Autocam

September 2, 2014

NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., a manufacturer of metal bearings and precision metal components, has completed the acquisition of Autocam Corp., a manufacturer of system-critical components for fuel systems, engines and transmission, power steering, and electric motors. John Kennedy, founder and...

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Manufacturing Day gains three new sponsors

September 2, 2014

Manufacturing Day™ 2014 has announced the addition of three new supporters, with Kronos Inc. joining as a Silver sponsor and MSC Industrial Supply Co. and Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. joining as Bronze sponsors. Manufacturing Day, Oct. 3, 2014, is an annual national event, executed at the...

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