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Aqueous cleaning system achieves aerospace cleanliness standards

February 19, 2015

MecWash Systems offers the fully automatic, customizable, self-contained Midi aqueous cleaning system. According to the manufacturer, the system meets the highest cleanliness and inspection standards, including those for medical and aerospace. Suitable for cleaning applications within a...

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Adapters suitable for mold and die applications

February 19, 2015

Techniks Inc. offers the SFS12 Modular ShrinkFIT system. The adapters feature an internal drawbar design for improved holding power and faster tool changes, states the manufacturer. Suitable for mold and die applications, the adapters are available for 0.125-in. up to 0.5-in. tool shanks, as...

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CB Fabricating expands facilities, production capacity

February 18, 2015

Anderson, Ind.-based sheet metal fabricator CB Fabricating Inc. has announced that in less than a year it has expanded its production capacity by 75 percent, added a second shift, and hired three full-time employees to meet growing demand from clients in multiple industries. The firm added an...

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Aluminum Extruders Council supports currency manipulation legislation to address unfair trade

February 18, 2015

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., is in agreement with the efforts and recent statement of The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), an organization of manufacturers, workers, and others dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of U.S. trade laws. The committee...

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Top-five U.S. utility company approves MagneGas2 as replacement to acetylene

February 18, 2015

MagneGas Corp., Tampa, Fla., has announced that one of the five largest electric utilities in the U.S. has approved MagneGas2® fuel to replace acetylene at its power and repair facilities. After testing the fuel for more than a year, the utility found that the cut speed was faster than acetylene...

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Meritor earns Top 20 Product Award from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

February 18, 2015

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor® Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has earned Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) magazine's 2015 Top 20 Product Award for its P600 series heavy-haul planetary axles. The award honors the...

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Matheson acquires Sims Welding Supply

February 18, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has acquired Sims Welding Supply, Long Beach, Calif. Sims, a supplier of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases, as well as welding equipment and supplies, operates out of seven locations in Southern California. Commenting on the acquisition, Scott Kallman,...

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Metal fabrication meets a seller’s market

February 18, 2015

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Manufacturing is cool again, and fabricators wanting to sell their business are benefiting from a seller’s market. Nevertheless, high revenue concentration, a shallow talent pool, poor cash flow, reliance on sales from a single sector, and other factors still throw up red flags.

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Why buy new tooling for a sheet metal hand brake?

February 17, 2015

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When bending with a hand brake, you can use the tooling that came with the machine, but investing in a tool with a radius on the punch nose has its benefits.

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MSC Software acquires Simufact

February 17, 2015

Newport Beach, Calif.-based MSC Software has announced the acquisition of Simufact Eng., a provider of simulation tools for metal forming and welding processes. "Too often, our customers tell me that poorly understood manufacturing processes result in products that don't function as designed...

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M. Davis purchases facility in Delaware

February 17, 2015

M. Davis, a manufacturer of skids, storage tanks, and structural steel frames in Wilmington, Del., has acquired a fabrication facility in Newark, Del. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility, which features three 20-ton overhead cranes, doubles the company’s current...

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Are you imprisoned by your information technology?

February 17, 2015

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With rapid application deployment platforms, software can be tailored to an individual company's needs in a very short time frame.

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BorgWarner equips Volkswagen diesel engines with turbocharger technology

February 17, 2015

BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., is supplying its variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers for the newly developed 1.4-l, three-cylinder diesel engines from the Volkswagen Group. Engineered to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, the turbochargers boost the performance of the 55- and...

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Topped parts pouch keeps hardware, tools secure

February 17, 2015

Ergodyne offers the Arsenal® topped parts pouch in 20-oz. water-resistant canvas and waterproof tarpaulin. Featuring a hands-free, self-closing Trap Door™ top, the pouch stores small parts, hardware, and tools, preventing these items from falling out and providing simplified retrieval....

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven models

February 16, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows why using a design table makes sense for those models in which reasonably limited changes take place.

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