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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013

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Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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The art, science, and frustration of sales forecasting

June 28, 2013

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Forecasting, while seemingly futile at times, is something fabricators should take seriously instead of dismissing it as some hocus-pocus best left to Wall Street analysts, politicians, and tarot card readers.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013

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In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013

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While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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About good people working together - TheFabricator.com

About good people working together

June 28, 2013

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Collaboration between creative minds--employing some refreshing cut-to-the-chase rationality to uncover the best processes for the product at hand--may be why people catch the manufacturing bug.

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Blissfield Mfg. expands Michigan facility, closes Portland plant

June 26, 2013

Blissfield Mfg. has announced plans to expand its Blissfield, Mich., location as it transfers production operations from its Jay Products facility in Portland, Ind., which will close, to the Blissfield plant. The company expects to add 73 jobs by 2016, as well as up to $1.5 million in new...

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Amerivet Solutions expands to manufacture complex metal designs

June 26, 2013

Amerivet Solutions LLC, Rochester, N.Y., a sourcing company servicing all branches of government from federal to municipal, has expanded its facilities to include complex metal design and fabrication manufacturing. The company currently is working with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on...

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Yamaha to expand vehicle production in Georgia

June 25, 2013

Japan-based Yamaha Motor Mfg. Corp. has announced the opening of a second assembly plant in Newnan, Ga., which will produce a new utility vehicle and all of the company's ATVs. The manufacturer expects to hire 100 additional employees....

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SigmaTEK puts CAD/CAM nesting program demo online

June 25, 2013

SigmaTEK has launched a demo page of its SigmaNEST Version 10 CAD/CAM nesting program at www.sigmanest.com/en-us/version-10/. The new release features an advanced nesting engine offering speed, material savings, and automation, the company reports. The site contains an interactive look at the new...

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Specialty Alloys and Stainless Ltd. expands in Ontario

June 20, 2013

Specialty Alloys and Stainless Ltd. is building a 5,200-sq.-ft. addition to its custom metal fabrication production facility in Lively, Ont. The expansion project also includes the installation of two cranes and a laser cutter. The company manufactures products for mining and other industrial...

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DeWys Mfg. hires buyer

June 20, 2013

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has announced the addition of Matt Heinz as its new buyer. In this role, he is responsible for managing the supply chain, which includes purchasing and supplier selection. Heinz recently graduated from Michigan State University with a...

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System attaches to 55-gal. drum for HEPA-quality vacuuming - TheFabricator.com

System attaches to 55-gal. drum for HEPA-quality vacuuming

June 19, 2013

Exair offers the heavy-duty HEPA Vac. It attaches to a 55-gal., open-top drum, turning it into a HEPA-quality industrial vacuum cleaner. The vacuum filters contaminants to HEPA requirements in dusty environments requiring frequent cleaning. The 82-dBA unit's prefilter stops larger particles,...

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Fiber laser performs marking, engraving, ablation - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser performs marking, engraving, ablation

June 19, 2013

TRUMPF® offers the TruMark 5070 marking fiber laser, featuring increased average output power and a high repetition rate. Its high pulse frequency makes the laser suitable for deep engraving on metal or ceramics, ablation, and high-speed laser marking of metals and plastics. Features...

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CAD/CAM software based on artificial intelligence - TheFabricator.com

CAD/CAM software based on artificial intelligence

June 19, 2013

Lantek has launched a new 2013 version of its CAD/CAM software. It features new developments for efficient nesting, punching, machining, and tube profile cutting, as well as ways to control simple to sophisticated data in a manufacturing plant. It is compatible with all machine makes and can be...

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Thunder Mfg. opens stamping plant in Kentucky

June 19, 2013

Toronto-based Thunder Tool & Mfg. Ltd. has opened Thunder Mfg. USA Inc., a new $2.2 million metal stamping operation in Richmond, Ky. The plant will employ 45 people to manufacture metal components for automotive engines and transmission mounts....

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