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Sheet metal forming software designed for digital planning, validation - TheFabricator.com

Sheet metal forming software designed for digital planning, validation

October 14, 2013

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has introduced AutoFormplus R5 software for sheet metal forming. It provides a variety of features for digital planning and validation of sheet metal processes and parts. New section plots allow for results to be charted along selected geometry sections, and a newly developed...

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Delivery cart maneuvers in tight aisles - TheFabricator.com

Delivery cart maneuvers in tight aisles

October 14, 2013

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a spinner-style pup cart that can be tugged behind a larger delivery cart and detached quickly. The compact cart measures 36.25 by 25.5 in. and 41 in. high to allow access through walkways and narrow spaces. It features six wheels, double handles, two...

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Lantek opens Holland branch - TheFabricator.com

Lantek opens Holland branch

October 11, 2013

Lantek, a U.K.-based developer of sheet metal and structural steel software, has opened a new branch in Holland that will serve customers in Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. This is the company's 15th service and support office...

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Industrial Innovations names distributor in Mexico

October 11, 2013

Industrial Innovations, Wyoming, Mich., has announced the addition of Sofka S.A. De C.V., a provider of fluid management systems in Monterrey, Mexico, as a new distribution partner. In addition to representing Industrial Innovations' Spra-Rite proportional mixing/spraying equipment and its MSR...

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Mobile table designed for use with a tapping arm - TheFabricator.com

Mobile table designed for use with a tapping arm

October 11, 2013

Ohio Laser's new Mobile Tapping Table XL, designed for use with a tapping arm, features all-welded steel construction for heavy-duty industrial and manufacturing work environments. With a flexible tapping and assembly area that can be moved throughout a plant, the table complements flexible cell...

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Vacuum accessory keeps dust collection work areas clean - TheFabricator.com

Vacuum accessory keeps dust collection work areas clean

October 11, 2013

The Clean Sweep pneumatic vacuum accessory from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) adds a high-vacuum wand to a low-vacuum dust collector such as the Farr Gold Series® cartridge collector. The accessory unit removes fugitive dust from around the dust collector and adjacent work areas and...

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SigmaTEK announces regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

SigmaTEK announces regional sales manager

October 10, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting software and manufacturing process automation in Cincinnati, has promoted Steve Ties to regional sales manager. In this role he is responsible for directing sales throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Ties has more than...

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Study reveals opportunities for U.S. manufacturers to excel

October 10, 2013

The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), Torrance, Calif., has released a summary of its results from the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) study. The study measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems and resources, and performances in six key strategic areas necessary for...

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Permian Tank and Mfg. breaks ground in South Dakota

October 10, 2013

Texas-based steel tank manufacturer Permian Tank and Mfg. has broken ground on a new facility in Belle Fourche, S.D. The plant, expected to open in July 2014, will create about 65 jobs....

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Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Getting ready for public disclosure

October 9, 2013

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains how the presentation of the estimate to the customer will require some preparation.

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Corrosion protection paper includes moisture barrier - TheFabricator.com

Corrosion protection paper includes moisture barrier

October 9, 2013

Using patented, recyclable, and repulpable technology, Cortec® has produced VpCI®-144 multimetal moisture-barrier, corrosion-inhibiting paper. The paper is an environmentally safe alternative to polyethylene and wax papers, with water vapor barrier properties that are comparable to...

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Triangle Mfg. earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

October 9, 2013

Triangle Mfg., Oshkosh, Wis., has announced its certification as an ISO 9001:2008 compliant manufacturing company. To become certified, the company underwent an evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial...

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Health care reform: Navigating pay or play - TheFabricator.com

Health care reform: Navigating pay or play

October 9, 2013

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For business owners, one of the most dramatic changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act will be what has come to be known as the “pay or play” provision, under which many employers will need to provide employee health care coverage or pay a tax.

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Adding rocks to the knapsack: A roadblock to continuous improvement

October 9, 2013

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There’s nothing wrong with tackling the low-hanging fruit, unless it kills the big improvement initiatives that can really make you better.

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How top performing metal fabricators get it done - TheFabricator.com

How top performing metal fabricators get it done

October 9, 2013

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FMA’s recently released Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey digs deep into the numbers. The results give a realistic view of the industry and reveal how successful its top performers can be.

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