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From the Web: Fabricators in the thick of battle; how to be a preferred stamper; gearhead photos

June 3, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How fabricators support warfighters on location; what it takes to be the stamping company of choice; rebuilding a chassis in 29 photos; how to foster innovation; and new fabricating jobs heading to South Carolina.

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Quick-change vise jaw system reduces setup time

June 3, 2014

The CARVEsmart™ quick-change vise jaw system is designed for production and toolroom applications. It presents an alternative to attaching vise jaws to a vise using face-mounted cap screws. The patented system employs three from the top, channeled clamping elements and a dovetailed jaw design...

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Kennametal receives CIO 100 Award

June 2, 2014

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., has been named to IDG's CIO magazine CIO 100 Awards, highlighting the top 100 innovative companies that effectively use information technology to create business value. The company received this honor for its knowledge database called NOVO™, designed to support...

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Chicago metro region designated one of 12 "Manufacturing Communities"

June 2, 2014

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Gov. Pat Quinn, D.-Ill., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., have announced that the Chicago metro region is one of the first 12 locations to be designated a “Manufacturing Community” through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)...

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Manufacturing Talk Radio to cover all aspects of U.S. business, industry

June 2, 2014

Manufacturing Talk Radio™ will broadcast live across the Internet on Tuesday, June 3, at 1:00 p.m. EST with Brad Holcomb, the committee chair who prepares the Institute for Supply Management® Manufacturing Report on Business®, and Tony Nieves, committee chair of ISM's Non-Manufacturing Report...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in May; growth in orders, employment, production

June 2, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Stereo microscopes designed for industrial use

June 2, 2014

Nikon Metrology has introduced three stereo microscopes. The SMZ1270 has the largest zoom ratio in its class; the SMZ1270i includes intelligent features; and the SMZ800N is an economical model with enhanced optics and operability. With their newly redesigned optics and advanced features, the...

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KPMG report forecasts era of "disruptive complexity" focused on profitable growth

May 30, 2014

Manufacturers are entering into a new era of “disruptive complexity” that is fundamentally changing the way they compete and succeed, according to the 2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook (GMO) from KPMG, New York, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services....

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Commoditization: Is it inevitable?

May 30, 2014 | By Dick Kallage

The digital revolution has changed the game of metal fabrication. How can business owners differentate their companies? Contributing writer Dick Kallage begins a new series to answer that question.

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ADF opens facility in Montana

May 30, 2014

ADF has announced the official opening of its steel fabrication and welding facility near Great Falls, Mont. The company also is building a 42,000-sq.-ft. paint shop on the property. Since it became operational in January, the new plant has created 80 jobs. The company intends to add more...

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IWDC raises more than $20K for Wish For Our Heroes Foundation

May 30, 2014

IWDC, an Indianapolis-based cooperative of North American independent welding distributor members, has raised more than $20,000 for the Wish For Our Heroes (WFOH) Foundation. The cooperative topped its fundraising goal during its Sales & Purchasing Convention in May. Raffles and donations in the...

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Eaton to close plant in North Carolina

May 30, 2014

Eaton Corp., based in Cleveland, has announced plans to close a facility in Charlotte, N.C. Production of the commercial vehicle clutches formerly performed at the plant will be moved to facilities in Auburn, Ind., and San Luis Potosi, Mexico, eliminating about 90...

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No playbook for metal fabricating

May 30, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Fabricators might have something in common in the way that they bend, cut, form, and join metal, but the way that they run their businesses is completely unique.

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Numet names CEO, CFO

May 29, 2014

Numet Mfg. Techniques, a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies for jet turbine engines, has promoted Mark Roscio to president and CEO and Scott Kokosa to CFO. Roscio previously served as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He is one of the original owners who...

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H.C. Starck receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

May 29, 2014

The Fabricated Products Div. of H.C. Starck, Newton, Mass., has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance. H.C. Starck maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month...

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