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Power Magnetics marks 45 years in business

April 21, 2014

Trenton, N.J.-based Power Magnetics Inc. recently celebrated its 45th anniversary as a designer and manufacturer of custom transformers, AC reactors, and DC inductors. The company’s products are used in power conditioning applications in the oil and gas, mining, solar, wind, communications,...

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Suspended electromagnets remove tramp metal from conveyed materials

April 21, 2014

Eriez® SE series 7000 suspended electromagnets remove tramp metal from recycled materials, ores, and almost any nonferrous material conveyed in heavy burden depths on flat conveyors or chutes. The company offers 23 magnet sizes, 69 standard models, and hundreds of designs. The air-cooled,...

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Dot peen system makes marks that are readable after coating

April 21, 2014

Equipment Sales Co. offers the Flymarker Pro dot peen marking system. The 10-lb., battery-powered unit is equipped with a strong magnet to create deep, durable markings. According to the company, the markings are readable after a coating process as well. The control unit is installed in the...

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Wind energy meets the sail

April 21, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Metal fabricator Pete Agtuca launched a product several years ago, but it failed to gain acceptance in the marketplace. He now has his second wind. He’s applying the science behind that failed product—generator technology that can generate electricity at low rotations per minute—to wind power generation.

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Asking all the right questions

April 21, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Texas is known for two or three commodities, namely cattle, oil, and barbecue, but the state has plenty of manufacturing, too. It’s a good environment for a fabricator and an entrepreneur with the imagination to come up with new products and build prototypes, regardless of the industry or market. Devin Gerland, found of JackRabbit Manufacturing, is one such entrepreneur.

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MVEs: More valuable employees

April 18, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Drew Greenblatt firmly believes that Marlin Steel, Baltimore, is only as successful as the talented crew that works on the shop floor. That's why the company's management team has created a Skills Matrix, ensuring that the shop always has someone who can stand in and perform the job of someone else.

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CR Metal Products receives Caterpillar Bronze Certification

April 18, 2014

St. Louis-based metal fabricator CR Metal Products Inc. has received Caterpillar Bronze Certification as part of Caterpillar’s Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP). This annual certification is awarded to companies that demonstrate high-class performance in quality, planning, service,...

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U.S. industrial manufacturers’ optimism about domestic outlook rises

April 17, 2014

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Q1 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US. The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the...

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Hendrick Mfg. appoints VP of manufacturing

April 17, 2014

Hendrick Mfg. has appointed Tom Mosca as vice president of manufacturing for Hendrick Mfg., Carbondale, Ill., and Hendrick Metal Products, Elgin, Ill. He has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, driving continuous improvement by using lean and Six Sigma philosophies. Mosca...

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Metalworking Solutions hires new staff

April 17, 2014

Metalworking Solutions, a provider of sheet metal components and assemblies in Chattanooga, Tenn., has hired Josh Janeway as quality manager and Kenneth Garmany as director of business development. Janeway has eight years of experience leading ISO efforts in various organizations. Garmany has...

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Mobile app aids selection of nontoxic cleaning products

April 17, 2014

Walter Surface Technologies has released the Bio-Circle Cleaner Selector Guide, a mobile app for use with Apple® iOS® devices such as the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod Touch®, as well as Google® Android™ devices. Available now in multiple languages, the app is designed...

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80/20 homework

April 16, 2014 | By Dick Kallage

Before a company looks to increase its inventory buffer as a step to improve on-time delivery, a shop should exhaust less expensive options first. These homework assignments may help fabricators explore those options.

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Local Motors launches design challenge for first 3-D printed car

April 16, 2014

Local Motors Inc., Phoenix, has launched the 3-D Printed Car Design Challenge to inform and influence the design of the vehicle that will be manufactured at IMTS – the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago, Sept. 8-13, 2014. The six-week challenge continues through May 13....

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Product visualization

April 16, 2014 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through a hypothetical production development design exercise to show just how different product development CAD work is from production-ready CAD assignments.

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A growing pie for the next generation

April 15, 2014 | By Tim Heston

How can fabricators attract the best and brightest? According to speakers at The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit, held earlier this year in Austin, Texas, it's about growing the business through progressive management and open communication.

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