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Methods Machine Tools to hold open house at Arizona technology center

October 1, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, will hold an open house at its technology center in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 5-6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. The company...

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Skilled labor crisis, or a crisis of character?

October 1, 2014

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We call it a "skilled labor crisis," but is it really about skill? Skills can be taught. The real challenge may be much broader.

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Electric tube hone handles bore IDs up to 35.41 in.

October 1, 2014

Sunnen’s new HTR all-electric job shop tube hone combines servo precision and cycle automation features with constant spindle power and 0.004-in. stroke repeatability to hone blind bores or correct tight spots in a bore without operator intervention. The machine handles bore IDs up to 35.41...

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From the Web: Manufacturing Day and comebacks

October 1, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Obama to participate in Manufacturing Day; Wisconsin fabricator wins #MfgDay14 video contest; students take to the road for heavy metal tour; an industrial ghost town seeks rebirth; and Rockford, Ill.-based Roper Whitney experiences a comeback.

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Ameristar Mfg. recognized for participation in John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process

October 1, 2014

Ameristar Mfg., Mankato, Minn., has earned recognition in the John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process (JD CROP), a supplier suggestion process within Deere & Co.’s Achieving Excellence program. Ameristar Mfg. supplies fabricated and stamped metal parts to John Deere’s operation in...

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America in Recovery website connects companies with ex-offender potential employees

October 1, 2014

Houston-based charity America in Recovery, created by Larry Keast, president and CEO of Venturetech, a manufacturer of heavy equipment for the oil industry, has announced the launch of a website to connect companies with potential employees who need a second chance after legal mistakes landed them...

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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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Report predicts growth in advanced robotics for manufacturing

October 1, 2014

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory, and trainability, industrial manufacturers are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage, according to a report released by PwC US in...

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Optical weld seam inspection system works on highly reflective materials

October 1, 2014

Vitronic offers the fourth-generation VIROwsi optical inspection system for fully automated inspection of weld seams in industrial manufacturing processes. The system can be used to configure weld seams, inspection methods, and inspection limits and track them clearly. The HDR-3D sensor...

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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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Laser system designed for 3-D metal processing

October 1, 2014

Jenoptik’s Lasers & Material Processing division offers the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® BIM (beam in motion) robot-based laser machine for cutting and welding metals. The system features a laser robot arm in which the laser beam delivery is fully integrated. The laser beam is coupled in through the...

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Arc Welding 101: Tackling trim in pulsed MIG welding

October 1, 2014

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Q: We use the pulsed-spray-transfer GMAW process in our shop. When setting weld voltage, we can adjust the trim between 0.5 and 1.5. What do those numbers mean, and how do they relate to weld voltage?Corey G. A: Pulsed-spray-transfer welding equipment has challenged the conventional wisdom we’ve...

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Pipe sealing plugs offered

September 30, 2014

The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques has released a set of literature describing its line of pipe sealing plugs and stoppers. The accessories can be used for low-pressure water or air testing of pipe systems in water, gas, oil, and other fluid industry pipe work, as well as...

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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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