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Solar Atmospheres of California adds large-furnace capacity

May 7, 2015

Solar Atmospheres of CA has added large-furnace capacity to its facility in Fontana, Calif. The furnace allows the company to handle a multitude of diverse processing parameters that exist in the vacuum heat-treating industry. The furnace has an 84-in.-dia. by 144-in.-long hot zone. Maximum...

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Methods Machine Tools expands Southern California operation

May 7, 2015

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories based in Sudbury, Mass., has expanded its Southern California technology center. The firm has added eight sales/application engineering and service personnel at the location and offers a full line of...

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Enerfab acquires Foley Co.

May 6, 2015

Enerfab Power & Industrial Inc., Cincinnati, a provider of construction, electrical, and maintenance services in the energy and chemical industries, has acquired Foley Co. from Varistar Corp., a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp. Foley Co. delivers mechanical and construction services focused on...

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ATS Systems appoints CEO

May 6, 2015

ATS Systems, a provider of workholding and automation accessories for metal cutting in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has appointed Allen Goad to the role of CEO. Goad previously served as CEO at Affero Aerospace and Defense, worked in a variety of senior executive roles for Natel Eng., and...

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Effectively controlling hazardous welding fumes and gases

May 6, 2015

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Effectively reducing hazardous welding fume and gas exposure requires much more than opening windows and running fans, which in most cases does little to alleviate the problem. Here are some options to make the welding workplace much safer.

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Crane brakes made for frequent start/stop cycles on cranes, conveyors

May 6, 2015

The MagnaShear™ motor brake from Force Control Industries employs oil shear technology to provide long service life in demanding crane applications, especially those with frequent start/stop cycles, the company reports. Oil shear technology transmits torque between lubricated surfaces,...

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Container organizes job site items

May 6, 2015

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the Jobsite Organizer. It offers eight small and two large removable bins that can be mounted on common job site materials using the integrated screw slots. A seal around the perimeter of each bin prevents small items from migrating from one bin to another, and the...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design as a process

May 5, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis uses CAD to explore different means to design a metal widget.

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Peifer Welding celebrates 50 years in business

May 4, 2015

Peifer Welding, Ronks, Pa., celebrated 50 years in business with an open house celebration on April 24. The company was founded in 1965 by Christian Peifer, a skilled welder, performing mostly wrought iron railing work. In 1980 the company’s focus moved to commercial and industrial work, with a...

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GM announces $5.4 billion in U.S. plant investments

May 4, 2015

Pontiac, Mich.-based General Motors has announced plans to invest $5.4 billion in U.S plant improvements during the next three years. This includes $783.5 million for three Michigan facilities: $124 million at the Pontiac Metal Center, $520 million for tooling and equipment for future new vehicle...

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U.S. ranked No. 1 in FDI Confidence Index for third straight year

May 4, 2015

Two-thirds of companies plan to return to pre-financial crisis levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) by 2016, according to the 2015 FDI Confidence Index® from global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The index’s 15th edition, “Connected Risks: Investing in a Divergent...

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Coldwater Machine appoints account manager

May 1, 2015

Coldwater, Ohio-based Coldwater Machine Co., a designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision equipment for a variety of industries, has announced the appointment of William Schuck as account manager responsible for the Kentucky, Indiana, and southern Ohio territory. Schuck has more than 30...

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System connects baseball hat to welding helmet

May 1, 2015

ArcOne® offers CapGear™ to allow wearers to add comfort while showing off their favorite team. With the patent-pending rack-and-pinion system, forward and back adjustments are simplified. The wearer can change between a welding helmet and grinding visor by just sliding one out and the other...

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Control monitors coolant concentration levels in recycling system

May 1, 2015

Prab Inc. has introduced a new feature for monitoring and controlling coolant concentration in its Guardian™ coolant recycling system. The AC3 (automatic coolant concentration control) continually monitors coolant concentration levels and adjusts automatically to maintain programmed ratios...

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AT&F to open facility in India

April 30, 2015

Cleveland-based AT&F has announced plans to open a large-scale steel fabrication facility in Chakan, India, in early summer. The facility will fabricate and assemble metal components for OEMs in the construction, transportation, mining, building, and automotive...

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