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North American robotics market records strongest opening quarter ever

April 28, 2016

The North American robotics market has set new records to begin 2016, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered 7,406 robots, valued at about $402 million, during Q1 2016. This is a new record among opening quarters—7 percent higher...

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Koike Aronson names new president

April 28, 2016

Arcade, N.Y.-based Koike Aronson, a manufacturer of metal cutting and positioning equipment, has appointed James McAuliffe Jr. to the positions of president/COO. He most recently served as CFO at Rigidized Metals Corp. He has extensive experience in finance, distribution, acquisitions,...

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Wolter Group appoints corporate sales manager

April 28, 2016

Wolter Group LLC, Brookfield, Wis., has appointed Erika Lau as corporate sales manager of the Material Handling Systems Group for its Wisconsin Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handling facilities. A graduate of MSOE – Milwaukee School of Engineering, Lau has more than 10 years of extensive...

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Eriez announces staff promotions

April 28, 2016

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has announced the reorganization of its metalworking group, which includes promotions for three team members. Andy Kloecker has been promoted to manager, distribution and material handling. In addition to his current responsibilities for metalworking distributor sales and the...

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Customized enclosure designed for CMM

April 28, 2016

Hexagon Mfg. Intelligence has released a customized protective enclosure for the Tigo SF shop floor CMM. The Tibox protects CMMs from dust, airborne pollutants, and oil particle suspension in extreme workshop conditions. The enclosure protects the machine while preserving the accessibility...

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Applications: Deburring machinery improves quality, speed in flame-cut part production

April 28, 2016

Situation Eisen- und Stahlhandel Straub GmbH, a family-owned company based in Lichtenau, Germany, processes more than 4,000 tons of steel per month. The core business is cutting and bending concrete reinforcement steel and cutting, drilling, and sandblasting steel profiles. The company also...

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Purging system handles high-temp pipe joints

April 28, 2016

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® has developed the HotPurge® inflatable pipe purging system for heat-treated chrome and high-strength stainless steel pipe joints in which the temperatures might be as high as 1,400 degrees F for many hours. The system allows the purge to be continued safely...

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Winona Powder Coating adds fourth large-capacity production line

April 27, 2016

High-volume powder coater Winona Powder Coating LLC has announced plans to add a fourth large-capacity production line to its Etna Green, Ind., facility. The 167,000-sq.-ft. plant currently houses powder coating lines with five-stage washers, automatic and manual coating booths, and digitally...

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Punch press tooling creates bends up to 90 degrees

April 27, 2016

Wilson Tool International® offers Opti-Bend tooling for punch press operations. The tooling allows sheet metal fabricators to create bends up to 90 degrees on the punch press, which helps eliminate the need for secondary operations at the press brake. The tooling includes a rotating cam in the...

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FMA Metal Fabrication Lab holds open house

April 27, 2016

The future is officially a brighter place for students in Palatine, Ill., and for the manufacturing industry at large. On April 26, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) and Harper College held an open house to show off the new $1.5 million FMA Metal Fabrication Lab. Attendees were able...

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U. S. Steel files ITC complaint

April 27, 2016

United States Steel Corp. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate an investigation under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 against the largest Chinese steel producers and their distributors. The 337 complaint alleges illegal, unfair methods of...

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Stärke Material Handling Group expands dealership network in Quebec

April 27, 2016

Industrial lift equipment manufacturer Stärke Material Handling Group, Thorold, Ont., has added J-Spec Atelier Mécanique to its network of independent dealerships in Quebec. The firm provides equipment sales and rental, customer service, and technical support in Saint Amable, Que., and the...

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SME survey results reveal parental misconceptions of manufacturing careers

April 27, 2016

Dearborn, Mich.-based SME has released results from a national survey of parents on their views related to careers in manufacturing. The results show that parents do not necessarily have the most up-to-date information or perspective on manufacturing and the opportunities available. "The...

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Gas-shielded wires formulated to produce low manganese emissions

April 27, 2016

Hobart has introduced the FabCO® Element™ 71C and 71M gas-shielded, flux-cored wires. According to the manufacturer, the wires are formulated to produce manganese emissions less than those of similarly classified filler metals available in the marketplace. Both wires offer enhanced...

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Lantek names chief commercial officer

April 27, 2016

Lantek, Mason, Ohio, has appointed Juan José Colas as chief commercial officer. Colas, who serves on the board of directors, is responsible for global commercial strategy and business development for the corporation, as well as the two key markets of U.K. and France. Colas previously worked at...

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