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Germanischer Lloyd, igus develop cable test standards

June 10, 2014

The Germanischer Lloyd (GL) classification group and igus®, East Providence, R.I., have jointly developed a new test standard for using cables for motion control applications aboard ships and in offshore applications without custom certified solutions. They have certified 328 Chainflex®...

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Variable-height rest made for use with modular welding tables

June 10, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the BuildPro™ variable-height rest. It is adjusted by hand with the turn of a knurled band for control in very small height adjustments. The adjustable rest can be inserted into any fixturing hole on the manufacturer’s modular welding table surface for use...

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Triton Metals to invest $2.3 million in Indiana facility

June 9, 2014

Fabrication shop Triton Metal Products has announced plans to invest $2,316,720 in new equipment at its Hamilton, Ind., facility and add four new jobs. Triton Metal Products and Industrial Steering Products relocated to Hamilton in 2010, from Bryan, Ohio. The shop provides laser cutting,...

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XCMG opens wholly owned manufacturing base in Brazil

June 9, 2014

Construction machinery manufacturer XCMG, based in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China, has opened a manufacturing facility in Pouso Alegre, Minas, Brazil. As the first overseas wholly owned manufacturing base of the company, the facility covers 8,611,128 sq. ft. The $2 billion plant will produce 7,000...

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Regal Beloit to close two plants

June 9, 2014

Regal Beloit Corp., Beloit, Wis., a manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls, and power-generation products, has informed employees at its Mount Sterling and Winchester, Ky., locations of its decision to cease operations at both facilities. The products and...

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MSSC wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

June 9, 2014

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), Alexandria, Va., has received a Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Manufacturing Leadership Summit in recognition of its contribution to resolving the persistent shortage of higher-skilled production workers through its Certified Production...

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MMFX Steel Corp. appoints VP of sales and marketing

June 9, 2014

MMFX® Steel Corp. of America, a provider of high-strength steel products in Irvine, Calif., has appointed Kevin McKown as vice president of sales and marketing. He is responsible for the growth of acceptance, use, and marketing of the company’s products throughout North America. McKown has...

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De-Sta-Co appoints president

June 9, 2014

De-Sta-Co, a manufacturer of positioning and holding equipment in Auburn Hills, Mich., has appointed Mats Ceder as president. He succeeds John Podczerwinski, who announced his retirement after leading the company for the past three years. Ceder comes to the company from Genesis Attachments, a...

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Manufacturing executives recommend strategies for closing the gender gap

June 9, 2014

While the U.S. manufacturing industry is experiencing an economic resurgence, the industry's ongoing skills gap is affecting 80 percent of employers and is exacerbated by the underrepresentation of women, according to a new report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. Challenges and...

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FAB 40: Growing on a bedrock of data

June 9, 2014

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For many fabricators in this year’s FAB 40, smart use of information has become the bedrock of high-product-mix metal fabrication. As that bedrock becomes stronger, fabricators may continue to grow even larger.

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SHRM LINE: Manufacturing hiring rate expected to jump sharply in June

June 9, 2014

In June hiring rates will reach four-year highs for the month in the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. For the month of June, job creation will expand in...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 3 percent year-to-date

June 9, 2014

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $91.53 million according to AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO program), was down 20.4 percent from March but up 9.8...

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Industrial washer’s wraparound spray bars provide 360-degree coverage

June 6, 2014

Peterson Wash and Blast Systems has released the CBW 3012 industrial washer. Its wash zone is 30 in. wide by 12 in. tall on a chain mesh belt conveyor. The redesigned unit is made for standard manufacturing applications. Belt flow speeds are adjustable from 2 to 34 FPM on a continuous...

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Fabricating thoughts from the road

June 6, 2014

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Editor-in-Chief Dan Davis picked up some interesting tidbits about ways to win employee loyalty and bringing younger workers into your company during his travels in May.

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Modular metal panel systems available in two styles

June 5, 2014

Centria has introduced Intercept™ modular metal panel systems, available in aluminum, zinc, and copper. The panels come in two styles: the V-Trac and the Entyre. The V-Trac system offers a monolithic design that can be installed vertically or horizontally. The concealed-fastener panels,...

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