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Welding education tools assist with training

February 22, 2016

Realityworks Inc. has introduced the RealCareer™ Weld Defects Kit and RealCareer Bend Tester for welding educators and trainers. The kit is designed to teach users how to inspect common welds and how to identify and correct common weld defects and discontinuities by addressing their machine...

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North Carolina RIA approves funding for Elite Tube and Fab, Metcore Industrial Solutions

February 22, 2016

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved a $750,000 loan to support the reuse of a vacant building in Lexington, N.C., by Elite Tube and Fab Co. The company, a subsidiary of Steele Tube Inc., manufactures sheet metal parts used by NASCAR® racing teams, as well as coils...

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Microfiber apparel offers evaporative cooling to workers

February 22, 2016

Ergodyne has added four new products to the Chill-Its® microfiber evaporative cooling line: the 6700MF bandana with tie, 6705MF bandana with hook and loop, 6710MF triangle hat, and 8935MF ranger hat. These woven products are made with evaporative cooling technology to help workers combat...

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Dick Kallage, contributor to FMA and The FABRICATOR®, dies at 72

February 22, 2016

Dick Kallage, co-founder and principal of KDC & Associates, died Feb. 18. He was 72. In 2002 Kallage co-founded KDC & Associates, a Barrington, Ill.-based firm that specializes in competitiveness, turnaround, and operational performance issues facing small and midmarket manufacturing companies....

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Global 3-D printer market to reach CAGR of 56 percent until 2020, says study

February 22, 2016

According to “Global 3D Printer Market 2016-2020,” a research study released by London-based Technavio, the global 3-D printer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 56 percent to 2020. Automotive is the largest segment of the global 3-D printers market, says the report. Sales of...

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Pass-through cylinder blaster cleans 375 gas cylinders in eight-hour shift

February 22, 2016

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has introduced the GC-440 pass-through cylinder blaster. The machine cleans about 375 gas cylinders in an eight-hour day on a continuous flow-through basis. The entrance and exit table holds eight cylinders for staging at each end. The unit is designed for cylinder...

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O'Neal Mfg. Services names president

February 19, 2016

O’Neal Mfg. Services (OMS), a Birmingham, Ala., firm that offers outsourced manufacturing of fabricated metal components and welded subassemblies, has hired Larry Whitehead as president. He has extensive experience leading several large steel-related fabricating and manufacturing businesses over...

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Control system allows creation of bending machine network

February 19, 2016

Schwarze-Robitec GmbH offers the NxG 2.0 high-performance control system, which allows the user to create a network of bending machines within a company. With the objective to get the bending technology ready for Industry 4.0, the manufacturer integrated fundamental modules into the CNC system....

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RoboVent unveils Clean Air Initiative

February 18, 2016

RoboVent, a provider of clean air technologies for manufacturing based in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced a new program to help industry leaders and plant managers understand and address air quality issues in manufacturing facilities. The RoboVent Clean Air Initiative will include a...

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No such thing as too safe

February 18, 2016

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A recent fatality at an industrial site underscores the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. You can never be too safe.

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Talan receives 2016 Evolution of Manufacturing Award

February 18, 2016

Talan Products Inc., a metal stamper and manufacturer of tooling and engineered parts based in Cleveland, has announced it has received a 2016 Evolution of Manufacturing Award in recognition of its regional leadership in manufacturing practices and innovation. According to CEO Steve Peplin, the...

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A new course for education

February 18, 2016

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A Colorado school district recognized not everyone was destined for college, so it launched a new curriculum approach as a result. The school is going to embrace vocational education.

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CFO survey reveals confidence among U.S. midsized industrial manufacturers for 2016

February 18, 2016

Prime Advantage, a group purchasing organization for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its eighth edition of the CFO Survey, revealing the financial projections and top concerns of industrial manufacturing companies. The results show that optimism in manufacturing among the...

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Caterpillar announces new responsibilities for officers

February 18, 2016

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced several administrative changes. Doug Hoerr, previously vice president with responsibility for the Wear Components & Aftermarket Distribution division, has been named as vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground...

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Improving metal forming performance

February 18, 2016

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What does your stamping operation do to improve metal forming efficiency? The key is to learn more about the metal, conduct practice runs in the virtual world, and pass along knowledge to co-workers.

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