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Ball expands in Southeast Asia

May 21, 2014

Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., has announced plans to build a one-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Myanmar. The plant, located in the Yangon area, will complement Ball's existing operations in Southeast Asia. The most recent was a joint venture plant in Vietnam, which began production...

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Worthington Industries announces expansion plans in South Carolina

May 20, 2014

Worthington Industries Engineered Cabs has announced plans to expand its metal fabrication facility in Florence County, S.C. The $2.5 million project will add 40 jobs at the facility, which currently employs about 300 people. The company is a designer and manufacturer of custom-engineered...

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From the Web: Tallest flagpole in NA; hydroformers on Sci Channel; society needs welding to function

May 20, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Designing the largest flagpole in North America no easy task; tube hydroforming featured on “How It’s Made” series; Florida fabricator encourages people to ‘actually build something’; South Carolina welding instructor pens opinion piece welding’s importance; and a Minnesota welding program’s students easily find jobs.

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Hand-held system provides durable, tamper-proof markings

May 20, 2014

MARKATOR® offers the FlyMarker® PRO MOBIL portable, cordless marking system for use throughout the factory. This third-generation dot peen marker has high marking speed; weighs 10 lbs.; and creates deep, durable markings, the company states. Marking is produced by an electromagnetic-driven...

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Antifog, antistatic formula helps extend eyewear life

May 20, 2014

Gateway Safety offers its Kleen View® lens cleaning products, designed to extend the life of eyewear. The products feature a fast-drying, silicone-free formula that includes an antifog, antistatic ingredient that improves dirt resistance. Safe for use on any of the company’s eye- and...

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Study reveals striking shifts in global manufacturing costs over the past decade

May 20, 2014

Manufacturing cost competitiveness around the world has changed dramatically over the past decade — so much so that many old perceptions of low-cost and high-cost nations no longer hold, according to new research released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Chicago. In manufacturing, Brazil...

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Powerful bar magnets are compact

May 20, 2014

Offered in various sizes, Eriez® bar magnets are suitable for use in many metalworking applications. The magnets are available in two styles: Bantam Magnets™ and Magna-Bars™. Bantam magnets remove ferrous contamination present in small amounts in shallow flows of powders, granules, fibers,...

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WorldAutoSteel launches AHSS Guidelines version 5.0

May 20, 2014

At the Great Designs in Steel automotive conference, WorldAutoSteel announced the launch of the Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines (AHSS Guidelines) version 5.0, the largest and most comprehensive update since its first publication in 2004. The guidelines provide AHSS...

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MSI sells Machinery Tooling & Supply division to DXP Enterprises

May 20, 2014

Machinery Systems Inc. (MSI), Schaumburg, Ill., has announced the sale of its Machinery Tooling & Supply company to DXP Enterprises Inc., a Houston-based industrial distributor of technical products and services for MRO, OEM, and capital equipment customers. DXP has more than 178 locations...

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Dynamic Fabrication nearly doubles Southern California facility

May 19, 2014

Dynamic Fabrication Inc., a custom contract manufacturing company, has expanded its Orange County, Calif., operating facility from 12,000 to 22,000 sq. ft., nearly doubling the workspace to accommodate its fabrication, welding, and machining operations. DFI provides close-tolerance custom...

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Cortec establishes Biotechnology Campus in Florida

May 19, 2014

Cortec® Corp., St. Paul, Minn., has opened the Cortec Biotechnology Campus in Sarasota, Fla. The 36,000-sq.-ft. research facility comprises office, manufacturing, warehouse, and two laboratory areas. The plant houses equipment for the manufacture of the company’s Nano-VpCI® coatings and...

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Control unit supplements existing drive with universal vector control, encoder feedback

May 19, 2014

Siemens Industry Inc. has announced the availability of the new Sinamics CU250S-2 control unit for use with its Sinamics G120 variable-speed drives. The unit provides vector control with encoder feedback. Additionally, the operation of single-axis applications with exact speed and torque control...

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Welder training system features reality-based operation

May 19, 2014

Miller Electric Mfg. Co.’s LiveArc™ reality-based training system is designed to recruit, screen, train, and manage welder trainee performance via a live welding arc. The system features advanced motion-tracking technology that provides critical feedback to improve welding skills. The system...

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Mexico and metal fabricating

May 16, 2014

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On the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's easy to see that Mexico has really flourished. But today's success is not a guarantee for tomorrow's prosperity. Being a low-cost leader in manufacturing is not a long-term plan for survival. Just ask China.

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Documenting a Defense

May 16, 2014

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Any product and its components could be subject to a liability claim. Just ask any car manufacturer and its suppliers. Do you know what you need to do in the event of even the hint of a lawsuit?

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