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Cartridge filter design reduces replacement frequency

May 14, 2014

The DeltaMAXX dust collector cartridge filter from Imperial Systems can be used with all types of cartridge dust collectors. According to the company, the filter’s surface loading technology and nanofiber surface contribute to extended life. Because dust does not become embedded in the...

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From the Web: Tool and diemaker for 50 years partly to blame for the worker shortage

May 13, 2014

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Developments affecting the spring/stamping industry; something to consider when opening a plant in a new location Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Praise for a tool and diemaker’s 50 years’ service highlights a reason for the worker shortage; A spring/stamping company VP lists 5 developments he believes will affect the industry; a stamping company’s move to El Paso has paid off, despite some difficulties; lawmakers attempt to make it less lucrative for companies to leave the U.S.; and this summer job is a blue-print for teaching entrepreneurship.

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Coiled tool lanyards reduce snags, trip hazards

May 13, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Squids® 3130 coiled cable lanyard in small and medium sizes. The compact system keeps the length of the lanyard close to the anchoring point, reducing snags and trip hazards. Suitable for those working at heights and in tight areas where snag hazards are a...

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TigerStop to celebrate 20th anniversary with open house

May 12, 2014

Vancouver, Wash.-based TigerStop, a supplier of automated stop/gauge and pusher systems under the TigerStop and SawGear brand names, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house July 31 and Aug.1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, to be held at the company’s headquarters located at...

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Matheson Air Separation Plant fully operational in north central Florida

May 12, 2014

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has completed the construction of a new, large-capacity Air Separation Unit in Lakeland, Fla. Inspection and testing have been completed, and the plant is fully operational. The new ASU is part of Matheson's ongoing strategic expansion plan to invest capital in...

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TRUMPF enters joint venture for 3-D printing

May 12, 2014

TRUMPF, Ditzinger, Germany, has entered a joint venture in additive manufacturing with Italian laser manufacturer SISMA S.p.A. to co-develop production systems for 3-D printing of metal components. The new enterprise, TRUMPF SISMA S.r.l., is based in Piovene Rocchette near Vicenza, Italy. SISMA...

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Atlas Machine & Supply opens Welding Solutions Center

May 8, 2014

Industrial engineering and manufacturing company Atlas Machine and Supply Inc. has opened the Welding Solutions Center in its main facility in Louisville, Ky. The center houses a custom-built, large-capacity welding machine, believed to be the largest of its type in North America. The machine,...

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Titanium Industries relocates California facility

May 7, 2014

Titanium Industries Inc. (T.I.), based in Rockaway, N.J., has relocated from its facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to an 84,000-sq.-ft. facility in Garden Grove, Calif. All registrations, including ISO 9002 and AS9100, were approved for this location. The company supplies most product forms...

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KeyedIn Solutions director appointed as founding member of FMA’s Software Technology Council

May 7, 2014

Minneapolis-based KeyedIn™ Solutions, a cloud enablement company that develops specialized business applications for the manufacturing industry, has announced that Dave Lechleitner, director of manufacturing excellence and presales, has been appointed as a founding member of the Software...

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Manufacturing growth to continue in 2014

May 7, 2014

Economic growth is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2014, according to the Spring 2014 Semiannual Economic Forecast, released by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), Tempe, Ariz. Expectations for the remainder of the year...

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FABRICATOR subscribers receive 50 percent off conference on profitability through sustainability

May 6, 2014

FMA’s Sustainable Manufacturer Network will host the Sustainable Manufacturing Conference May 20-21, 2014, at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville Conference Center in Naperville, Ill. For subscribers to The FABRICATOR®, FMA offers 50 percent off the cost of registration. This...

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Documentary film "American Made Movie" to serve as official movie for Manufacturing Day 2014

May 6, 2014

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced that the feature documentary film "American Made Movie," which focuses on small to large companies that have had success with products made in the U.S. despite foreign competition, will serve as the official movie...

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Chromalloy labs receive ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation

May 6, 2014

Chromalloy, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has announced that the six labs at its Engineering Center of Excellence have received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, validating international standards requirements for testing services. The company provides services for gas turbine components, from...

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A.G. Miller celebrates centennial anniversary

May 6, 2014

The A.G. Miller Co., Springfield, Mass., marks its 100th year in business this year. Adolph G. Miller founded the company in 1914, with a large part of his business coming from the automobile industry. He secured contracts with the Springfield-based Rolls Royce Co. for production of fenders, hoods,...

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Sump cleaners help minimize machine tool downtime

May 6, 2014

Eriez® offers HydroFlow® sump cleaners in cost-effective styles, including drum-top cleaners and reversible liquid vacuums. The drum-top sump cleaner is a vacuum unit that converts an existing open-top drum into a machine tool sump cleaner. It sucks up tramp oils, used oil, and waste...

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