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Quaker Chemical launches website for fire-resistant hydraulic fluids

December 11, 2014

Quaker Chemical has introduced a new website at www.quintolubric.com for the QUINTOLUBRIC® fire-resistant hydraulic fluids. The site lists Quaker’s Fluid Power products by hydraulic fluid category: HFA (high water content fluids), HFC (water glycol fluids), and HFD (synthetic water-free...

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The Burtek Group announces acquisition of Process Fab Inc.

December 11, 2014

The Burtek Group, Chesterfield, Mich., has acquired Process Fab Inc. (PFI), based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The acquisition brings together spaceflight and aerospace suppliers Votaw Precision Technologies Inc. and PFI under the Burtek portfolio. The Burtek Group, which comprises Burtek...

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Timken world headquarters receives LEED Gold certification

December 11, 2014

The Timken Co., which manufactures bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, and chain and offers power system rebuild and repair services worldwide, has announced that its world headquarters building in North Canton, Ohio, has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council®....

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The unemployment rate keeps falling

December 11, 2014

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The headline unemployment figures provide quite a few reasons for optimism. The unemployment rate is low and falling, as is the number of layoffs. However, a deeper look paints a more complete picture of the current job market, and it reveals a few weaknesses.

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Business system gives manufacturers a path to the cloud

December 11, 2014

KeyedIn® Solutions offers KeyedIn Manufacturing software, which the company says is the industry’s first fully custom-configurable software that can adapt to any manufacturing environment. Developed on the company’s Konfigure™ platform, the software provides business management tools...

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Seco/Warwick modernizes furnace lines at Seat Components

December 10, 2014

Seco/Warwick, Świebodzin, Poland, currently is completing the modernization of the first of two pusher furnace lines for automotive components at Seat Components in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. The project began in March 2014. The first modernized line is finishing the final testing...

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Lucifer Furnaces delivers heat-treating furnace to Precision Solutions

December 10, 2014

Warrington, Pa.-based Lucifer Furnaces, a manufacturer of heat-treating furnaces and industrial ovens, has delivered a Red Devil RD8-KHE24 furnace to Precision Solutions, Richmond, Utah, a machine shop specializing in custom tooling. The dual-chamber unit has working dimensions of 12 by 14 by 24...

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Miyachi America donates laser marker to Workshops for Warriors

December 10, 2014

Miyachi America Corp., a manufacturer of welding, marking, cutting, and micromachining equipment and systems based in Monrovia, Calif., has donated an LMF2000 fiber laser marker along with related safety equipment to Workshops for Warriors (WFW), a nonprofit organization that provides vocational...

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The Systems Group names president

December 10, 2014

The Systems Group (TSG), El Dorado, Ark., a group of companies engaged in fabrication, plant maintenance, and construction for steel mills, foundries, metal processing plants, petrochemical plants, and manufacturing facilities, has announced the appointment of Lee Morgan as president. He...

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IDC reveals worldwide manufacturing predictions for 2015 and beyond

December 10, 2014

Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp. (IDC) recently hosted the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2015 Predictions web conference, providing organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends and new developments that might be on the horizon. "IDC...

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Researchers convert CO2 and slag into valuable resource

December 10, 2014

Researchers at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, have opened a pilot plant that converts CO2 and slag, the byproduct of steel manufacturing, into a valuable mineral product. The product, precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), is used in such products as plastic, paper, rubber, and paint. "We are...

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Metcam completes, implements nine kaizen project

December 9, 2014

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has announced its completion of nine process improvements since it began its kaizen initiative in early 2014. Kaizen, which is Japanese for “good change,” is a business philosophy of continuous...

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Oxlean Mfg. announces $2.1 million expansion in Louisiana

December 9, 2014

Oxlean Mfg. will invest $2.1 million to expand and modernize its steel fabrication facility in Walker, La. The company, which is retaining 27 existing jobs, will create 73 new jobs at the facility and 122 indirect jobs. The project will include the installation of advanced robotic technology,...

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Economic growth continues in 2015, says forecast

December 9, 2014

Economic growth in the U.S. will continue in 2015, according to projections in a semiannual economic forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM). In the forecast, purchasing and supply management executives share their expectations for a...

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SME names executive director/CEO

December 9, 2014

SME, Dearborn, Mich., has named Jeffrey M. Krause as its executive director and CEO, effective Dec. 15. In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization, while also leading day-to-day operations and working closely with customers and stakeholders. Since...

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