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Metal fabrication and the Internet of things

August 12, 2014

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If the majority of activities in a supply chain added value, what kind kind of world would that create?

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Tools for proofreading

August 12, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains why proofreading is not just the domain of copy editors and how a CAD software function can help with the proofing job.

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DeWys Mfg. hires inside sales and marketing coordinator

August 11, 2014

DeWys Mfg., Marne, Mich., has hired Bridgette Clock as inside sales and marketing coordinator. Clock is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in marketing. DeWys Mfg. provides precision metal fabrication to clients in industries such as office furniture and commercial...

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Manufacturing technology orders rise in June

August 11, 2014

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 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 up 12.6 percent from May, but down 2.1...

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Compact fiber laser marking/machining system integrates into production line

August 11, 2014

Technifor’s TF450 50-W fiber laser system integrates into a production line and, according to the manufacturer, marks twice as fast as the 30-W version. The laser beam vaporizes material to create an unalterable marking and is suitable for deep engraving of steel, stainless steel, aluminum,...

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Third annual Manufacturing Day set for Oct. 3

August 11, 2014

An estimated 1,500 manufacturing events across the country will mark the third annual Manufacturing Day, taking place Friday, Oct. 3. Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role manufacturing plays both in local communities and in the nation. The 2013...

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Make government work

August 11, 2014

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The act of not reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. is just the latest example of how the extreme dysfunction found in Congress is slowing down what could be a more robust economic recovery.

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ESAB’s management systems achieve triple worldwide recertification

August 8, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 recertification for its quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems. This triple recertification covers all of the company’s activities, people, and units...

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Cadence Inc. acquires new capabilities, expands internationally

August 8, 2014

Staunton, Va.-based Cadence Inc., a contract manufacturer and maker of complex components and subassemblies for medical device and life sciences companies, has acquired three operating business units of Plainfield Precision Holdings: Plainfield Precision, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Plainfield Precision,...

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Becknell Industrial to develop headquarters for Poynter Sheet Metal

August 8, 2014

Becknell Industrial, an Indianapolis-based developer of industrial properties, has announced that construction is underway on a 100,440-sq.-ft. industrial facility for Poynter Sheet Metal, a sheet metal and custom metal crafter, in Greenwood, Ind. Poynter's new facility will feature 28-ft. clear...

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American Axle to build tech center at Michigan headquarters

August 8, 2014

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. has announced plans to invest about $20 million in its Detroit headquarters to add a technical center. The facility, which will be used to produce prototypes and test manufacturing lines, is expected to employ 75 to 100 people. Construction is...

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TRUMPF presents 2014 awards to sales representatives

August 8, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial laser systems, has presented its 2014 sales achievement awards. Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., received the Outstanding Representative Performance Award in recognition of the company’s...

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Praxair launches workforce development program

August 7, 2014

Praxair Inc. has launched a Skills Pipeline program, a multifaceted approach to help address the growing need for skilled workers in today’s global economy. The first phase of the program will provide more than $300,000 to train 100 new welders in an accelerated one-year curriculum in Louisiana....

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Ford, suppliers work together to develop industry-first technologies for Mustang, F-150

August 7, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has announced details on new development techniques used to create its 2015 Mustang® and F-150®. As the company embarks on its most aggressive product launch year to date, it’s looking to its suppliers to help differentiate its products. Among the supplier technologies being...

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Honda Power Equipment Mfg. celebrates 30 years of production with $8.5 million capital investment

August 7, 2014

Honda Power Equipment Mfg. marked the 30th anniversary of operations at its Swepsonville, N.C., facility by announcing an $8.5 million investment to innovate production processes and add new products. The investment includes a new line for producing two-stage snow blowers and preparation for adding...

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