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The art and science of metals purchasing

August 31, 2016 | By Alan Bear, CPPM, CPP

Materials purchasing is both an art and a science. You need the knowledge and strategy to negotiate with intelligence. You need the art of relationship-building, including good ethics and solid integrity.

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Cy-Laser American adds to staff, shifts headquarters

August 31, 2016

Fiber laser cutting system manufacturer Cy-Laser America LLC has appointed Massimo Denipoti as president. He has many years of experience in bringing Italian machine tool companies to the U.S. and serves as a partner in Venture Systems, the import and distribution company that helped Italy-based...

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Would your shop survive a natural disaster?

August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.

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Abrasive disc line includes depressed-center, cutoff, and flap discs

August 31, 2016

Osborn has introduced a new line of abrasive products that includes depressed-center grinding discs, cutoff discs, and flap discs. The line is designed to deliver fast cutting, heavy stock removal, long service life, application material versatility, and smooth finish.The discs, offered in...

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Entries sought for 2017 Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition

August 31, 2016

Wauconda, Ill.-based ET Foundation, the educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2017 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Cash scholarships will...

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Using dry filtration to capture plasma cutting fumes

August 31, 2016 | By Josh Delson

A dry filtration system for plasma cutting removes all potentially harmful contaminants from the shop air and helps to eliminate the threat of a dust explosion. It also might prove to be a much more effective plasma cutting approach when compared to plasma cutting on a water table.

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Blending disc finishes hard-to-reach areas

August 31, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced the Blendex U™ Turbo blending disc. Made with a heat-resistant, nonwoven matrix, the disc provides a consistent finish without smearing, says the company. Self-sharpening grains allow for high material removal on many different surfaces, including steel,...

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Atlas API Training course to introduce quality control for welding

August 30, 2016

A new online training course offered by Atlas API Training, Houston, is designed to reduce the learning curve associated with becoming a quality control professional for welding in the petrochemical and power industries. The online course, titled Introduction to Quality Control for Welding, is...

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Mobile product makes customer relationship data available from anywhere

August 30, 2016

Global Shop Solutions has released its new Mobile Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product. The product lets salespeople, customer service reps, and company executives who use the ERP system see customer data from their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.Customers can view sales...

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Pacesetter Steel Service CEO named Mid-Market Rising Star

August 30, 2016

Aviva Leebow Wolmer, CEO of Pacesetter Steel Service Inc., Kennesaw, Ga., is the recipient of the 2016 CEO Connection® Mid-Market Rising Star Award.Wolmer was responsible for creating Pacesetter University before transitioning first to vice president for people and subsequently executive vice...

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Brixey & Meyer Capital acquires Stillwater Technologies

August 30, 2016

Dayton, Ohio-based Brixey & Meyer Capital (BMC) has announced it has acquired Stillwater Technologies, a Troy, Ohio-based supplier of precision machining and resistance welding systems to the communications, aerospace, defense, automotive, and energy sectors. Stillwater currently has about 90...

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App helps fabricators choose saw blades

August 30, 2016

Kinkelder has developed a free saw blade app for smartphones and tablets, designed to provide information on specific cutting applications and the use of the company’s saw blades. The app allows users to find their local Kinkelder distributor, choose the most suitable saw blade for their specific...

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ASMAG Group looks to take over Ingenia

August 30, 2016

The ASMAG Group, Almtal, Austria, a provider of tube and profile manufacturing machinery, currently is in negotiations on the takeover of Ingenia GmbH, Linz, Austria, which went into insolvency on July 20, 2016. The effort depends on the successful restructuring of Ingenia, which ASMAG estimates...

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Order fulfillment velocity makes the difference

August 30, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Haydon Corp. was an early adopter of business software, and it continues to use its enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform comprehensively. The software, along with standard business practices baked into the company’s DNA, has helped the roll former maintain an extremely short order fulfillment cycle.

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Protective packaging paper withstands sharp metal edges

August 30, 2016

Cortec offers CorShield® VpCI®-146 reinforced paper that provides corrosion protection and tear strength. The Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting (VpCI) paper can be used to package ferrous and nonferrous metals and finished goods with pointed, oddly shaped, or sharp edges that would typically...

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