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Matheson acquires Sims Welding Supply

February 18, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has acquired Sims Welding Supply, Long Beach, Calif. Sims, a supplier of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases, as well as welding equipment and supplies, operates out of seven locations in Southern California. Commenting on the acquisition, Scott Kallman,...

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Metal fabrication meets a seller’s market

February 18, 2015

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Manufacturing is cool again, and fabricators wanting to sell their business are benefiting from a seller’s market. Nevertheless, high revenue concentration, a shallow talent pool, poor cash flow, reliance on sales from a single sector, and other factors still throw up red flags.

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Why buy new tooling for a sheet metal hand brake?

February 17, 2015

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When bending with a hand brake, you can use the tooling that came with the machine, but investing in a tool with a radius on the punch nose has its benefits.

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MSC Software acquires Simufact

February 17, 2015

Newport Beach, Calif.-based MSC Software has announced the acquisition of Simufact Eng., a provider of simulation tools for metal forming and welding processes. "Too often, our customers tell me that poorly understood manufacturing processes result in products that don't function as designed...

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M. Davis purchases facility in Delaware

February 17, 2015

M. Davis, a manufacturer of skids, storage tanks, and structural steel frames in Wilmington, Del., has acquired a fabrication facility in Newark, Del. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility, which features three 20-ton overhead cranes, doubles the company’s current...

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Are you imprisoned by your information technology?

February 17, 2015

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With rapid application deployment platforms, software can be tailored to an individual company's needs in a very short time frame.

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BorgWarner equips Volkswagen diesel engines with turbocharger technology

February 17, 2015

BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., is supplying its variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers for the newly developed 1.4-l, three-cylinder diesel engines from the Volkswagen Group. Engineered to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, the turbochargers boost the performance of the 55- and...

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Topped parts pouch keeps hardware, tools secure

February 17, 2015

Ergodyne offers the Arsenal® topped parts pouch in 20-oz. water-resistant canvas and waterproof tarpaulin. Featuring a hands-free, self-closing Trap Door™ top, the pouch stores small parts, hardware, and tools, preventing these items from falling out and providing simplified retrieval....

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven models

February 16, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows why using a design table makes sense for those models in which reasonably limited changes take place.

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Ball acquires two Sonoco metal end and closure plants

February 16, 2015

Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., has acquired Sonoco's metal end and closure facilities in Canton, Ohio. The Canton plants, which employ approximately 100 people and produce multiple-sized closures for the food can market, will become part of Ball's global metal food and household products packaging...

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Cabinets help users stay organized

February 16, 2015

Vidmar® offers the 5S cabinet. It fulfills lean, 5S, and kaizen storage requirements by organizing workspaces to improve work flow and efficiency. According to the company, the cabinet stores the same amount of items as five open shelving units. Features include Plexiglas® or solid hinged...

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The college track passes right by manufacturing

February 13, 2015

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As educators push for their students toward a college-prep curriculum, students are missing out on possible vocational training opportunities and the manufacturing industry is missing out on young talent.

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Tower Intl. plans sales of two China joint ventures

February 13, 2015

Tower Intl. Inc., Livonia, Mich., an integrated global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, has reached a preliminary agreement to sell one of its China joint ventures, subject to Chinese government approval. Closing is expected midyear 2015. The...

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System purifies metal finishing rinse water

February 13, 2015

Birchwood Technologies offers the Ion Exchange system to purify rinse water for reuse in metal finishing systems. It is suitable for process lines using room-temperature blackeners, zinc phosphate, and manganese phosphate processes. The system allows the user to operate a metal finishing process...

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From the Web: Warning for chocoholics; love locks; doggie business; robot revolution

February 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Metal in your chocolate; a new spin on locks; fabricating for dog owners; a traveling CNC mill, and a manufacturing revolution.

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