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Wisconsin company part of worldwide effort to help cool Japan's nuclear reactors

April 7, 2011

A Wisconsin company is part of a global effort to help contain Japan's damaged nuclear reactors. Putzmeister America Inc., based in Sturtevant, Wis., is a division of heavy equipment manufacturer, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH (PCP). The two affiliates are sending four additional boom pumps to...

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AMT: Year-end 2010 industrial laser shipments up 37 percent from 2009

April 6, 2011

Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2010 are reported at $356.2 million, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Unit sales jumped 44.9 percent for a total of 1,210 units. CO2 lasers accounted for 88.5 percent of the value of shipments, which is...

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NAM calls for swift passage of Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

April 6, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement today on the announced deal between the White House and the Colombia government on the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: "This agreement is essential to job creation and our global...

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Regal Beloit acquires technology company Ramu Inc.

April 5, 2011

Regal Beloit Corp., Beloit, Wis., has announced that it has acquired Ramu Inc., a motor and control technology company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, backed by the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Ramu Inc. is a start-up company founded by Krishnan Ramu with a research and development...

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SMS Elotherm North America names VP of engineering, development

April 5, 2011

Elotherm, a manufacturer of induction heating, heat-treating, and welding systems in Cranberry Township, Pa., has hired Josef Wagner as vice president of engineering and development. Before joining the company, Wagner worked at EFD Induction in Freiburg, Germany, where he was responsible for the...

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Single-point ground welding machine handles wire bundles of up to 0.79 sq. in. - TheFabricator.com

Single-point ground welding machine handles wire bundles of up to 0.79 sq. in.

April 5, 2011

Sonobond Ultrasonics has developed the SPG 2600 ultrasonic spot welding machine for manufacturing single-point ground terminals, which help solve the problem of electrical noise caused by today's intricate automobile systems. The unit's tooling is designed to gather as many as 18 wires into a...

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Weiler donates to training for returning vets - TheFabricator.com

Weiler donates to training for returning vets

April 4, 2011

Weiler Corp., Cresco, Pa., has donated wire brushes, grinding wheels, hand brushes, and tools for a veterans training program run by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA). UA has partnered with the U.S. military to create the...

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Software combines laser drilling, airflow measurement - TheFabricator.com

Software combines laser drilling, airflow measurement

April 4, 2011

FlowComp™, a closed-loop hardware and software feature that combines laser drilling with airflow measurement on Laserdyne 795 and 450 multiaxis laser systems, has been introduced by Prima Power North America. The feature has applications in both aerospace and land-based turbine engine...

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GSM Industrial announces leadership changes

April 4, 2011

GSM Industrial, a fabricator and installer of custom industrial steel products based in Lancaster, Pa., has announced several changes to its executive leadership. Brian Dombach has been named executive vice president and general manager. An employee since 2009, Dombach previously led the outside...

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Inspection software, point cloud viewer allows data import from various measuring systems

April 4, 2011

Capture 3D has introduced GOM's new software release, GOM Inspect. The free software, available for download at www.gom.com/3d-software/gom-inspect.html, allows users to import scan data from various types of measuring systems with several point cloud and inspection functionalities. Mesh...

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Jagemann Stamping appoints manufacturing manager

April 4, 2011

Jagemann Stamping Co., Manitowoc, Wis., a manufacturer of deep-drawn and progressive metal stampings, has appointed Daniel (Skip) Dunmire as manufacturing manager. He is responsible for the management and oversight of press floor manufacturing activities and the logistics department. Dunmire...

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Inaugural Manufacturing for Growth meeting draws hundreds

April 4, 2011

More than 650 manufacturing executives attended the inaugural Manufacturing for Growth (MFG) meeting, held March 3-6 in Chandler, Ariz. The event was organized by AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), the National Tooling and...

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5S or 6S: What's the safe choice?

April 1, 2011

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Everyone wants a safe work environment, but some companies feel that the safety needs to be a separate category of 5S, making it 6S. Others argue that the safety is clearly covered in the 5S methodology. Both may be right.

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Laser cut turning parts

Diverse, quick, and growing

April 1, 2011

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Tennessee job shop finds success through diversifying its capabilities, from laser cutting, press brake bending, and robotic welding, to milling, turning, and boring. The shop turns around many jobs in only a few days.

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small parts inventory

Manage your small-parts inventory better

April 1, 2011

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By trusting your vendors to deliver small parts in a regularly scheduled manner to your facility, you are learning a valuable lesson about the nuts and bolts of efficient supply chain management

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