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Plymouth Tube to auction off retired equipment Dec. 2-9

November 18, 2015

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has announced details of an online auction it is holding for retired equipment. The auction, to be held Dec. 2-9, 2015, will feature equipment and machinery no longer needed in the company's ongoing operations. Tube producing and metal fabricating equipment...

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Rotary table washer offered

November 18, 2015

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the newly redesigned RW 2836 parts washer. It features a 7.5-HP, reservoir-mounted, vertical, centrifugal pump with about 65-GPM pump capacity at about 60-PSI pressure. The pump has no bearings, seals, or gaskets to replace. The rotating work basket...

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Quality assurance method for weld joints wins Swedish Steel Prize University Challenge 2015

November 18, 2015

Sweden-based SSAB has announced that Thomas Stenberg, a PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, has won the Swedish Steel Prize University Challenge 2015 with a quality assurance method for weld joints. “Good weld quality affects the fatigue strength of components,...

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FABTECH 2015: Innovation to serve the company, not the process

November 18, 2015

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A certain excitement permeated this year's show, and it wasn't just about this incredibly fast laser, that press brake that eliminates setup time, or that welding power source that connects to the cloud and simplifies welding parameter selection. It was about how all these technologies and more can work together to make a shop better.

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Hobart Institute of Welding Technology opens student resource center

November 18, 2015

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT) has opened a new student resource center at its Troy, Ohio, campus to help students find a job upon successful completion of its welding training. The new center merges the employment assistance center and welding resource library into a...

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Colfax announces retirement of ESAB CEO

November 17, 2015

Colfax Corp., a global manufacturer of gas and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services, has announced that Clay Kiefaber will retire Dec. 31, 2015, from his position as president/CEO of ESAB and executive vice president of Colfax. Matthew Trerotola, president/CEO of...

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SafanDarley to open U.S. branch in Baltimore

November 17, 2015

Netherlands-based SafanDarley is opening SafanDarley North America in Baltimore, offering sales, service, and spare parts to U.S. customers and dealers. The facility, which will include an experience center showcasing the company’s machines, as well as a sales and service training center,...

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FABTECH, community, and normalcy

November 17, 2015

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FABTECH was bigger than ever. The terrible news on Friday puts things in perspective, and yet shows just how valuable the "normalcy" of a trade show, and a healthy industry, really is.

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FABTECH 2015 celebrated manufacturing strength and innovation in Chicago

November 17, 2015

FABTECH® 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment, and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries, welcomed more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 43,836 attendees from more than 90 countries in November to Chicago’s...

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The Manitowoc Co. announces plans to close Cleveland facility, California warehouse

November 16, 2015

The Manitowoc Co. Inc., Manitowoc, Wis., has announced its intention to move products currently manufactured at its Cleveland facility to other locations, along with an anticipated shutdown of this facility. These operational changes are part of a strategic initiative to address production...

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Southern Folger forms Southcross Custom Fabrication

November 16, 2015

Southern Folger, a detention equipment company based in San Antonio, Texas, has formed Southcross Custom Fabrication (SCF), a dedicated venture focused on providing metal fabrication and process development in extended industry settings. Growing from a lengthy history of comparable services...

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Mills Products donates 70 turkeys to charity for Thanksgiving

November 16, 2015

In commemoration of its 70th anniversary, Athens, Tenn.-based metal fabricator Mills Products Inc. has donated 70 Thanksgiving turkeys to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Love Thy Neighbor Project in the name of its customers. Founded in 1945 by Herbert E. Mills, the company uses hydroforming,...

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Gilchrist Metal Fabricating hosts panel discussion with Gov. John Kasich

November 16, 2015

Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co., Hudson, N.H., hosted Republican presidential candidate and current Governor of Ohio John Kasich for a town hall discussion on Nov. 13. The discussion brought together Kasich and a number of local business leaders as part of the governor’s series of town hall...

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Rust, mill scale remover is environmentally friendly

November 16, 2015

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced CORROKLEEN™ 44 rust remover, a citric acid-based gel cleaner that removes rust and mill scale. According to the company, the cleaner is safer for users and the environment than traditional grinding, sanding, media blasting, or...

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Legacy migration services help preserve legacy data

November 16, 2015

Theorem Solutions offers tailored and automated legacy migration services to help users with the seamless transfer of legacy data to a new system while managing the execution of data migration tasks, automating repetitive tasks, and using available hardware and software resources. Different...

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