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Getting swept away in 3-D CAD modeling

April 1, 2009

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Like an extrude or revolve, a sweep is a tool for modeling a 3-D shape. A sweep consists of three basic elements--a profile, a path, and a set of rules for "sweeping" the profile along the path. A sweep can be a powerful tool when modeling 3-D shapes, according to columnist Gerald Davis.

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Selling during good times, bad times

March 19, 2009

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Although tough times are upon us, an economic downturn doesn't have to put all plans on hold. If you own a middle-market company (one that has a transaction price between $5 million and $250 million) and you are interested in selling it, a slumping economy is no reason to hesitate. In fact, putting your company on the market during a slowdown can have several benefits.

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AP: U.S. pledges $5 billion to support auto parts suppliers

March 19, 2009

The Associated Press has reported that the U.S. government will lend major auto-parts makers $5.0 billion through its Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) as compensation for merchandise they have...

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Metal forming companies expect sluggish activity during next three months

March 16, 2009

According to the March 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect continued difficult conditions during the next three months. Conducted...

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Airtronics recognized for contributions to San Jose economy

March 16, 2009

San Jose, Calif. Mayor Chuck Reed and Council Member Madison Nguyen recognized Airtronics Metal Products in a commendation presented to company executives at at a recent San Jose City Council meeting....

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AP reports GM does not need March bailout money

March 12, 2009

The Associated Press has reported that General Motors will not need the $2 billion loan installment for March that it requested from the U.S. government in February.According to the AP, GM CFO Ray...

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Air foot switches conform to UL standards for wet, dry environments

March 10, 2009

Linemaster Switch Corp. has introduced air foot switches designed to conform with UL standards and to operate in a variety of environments, both wet and dry. Air impulse bulbs are positioned on the...

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Light-duty stacker has 62-in. lifting height, 1,500-lb capacity

March 10, 2009

Presto Lifts Inc. has introduced a line of fully powered stackers with a lifting height of 62 in. and a 1,500-lb. capacity. The new Power Stak™ Lite line is a group of light-duty stackers with a...

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Inline machine cleans castings, forged parts up to more than 25 tons /hr.

March 10, 2009

The Wheelabrator® Continuous Rocker Barrel machine is designed for inline cleaning of castings and forged parts. Several machine sizes are available to satisfy production requirements ranging from...

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Nesting technology increases pressure washer pump seal life

March 10, 2009

Hotsy has added NESTechnology™ (Nested Seal Technology) to its high-pressure pumps, used in industrial-grade pressure washers.With this technology, the pump nests the seals of the pump's...

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Multiquip appoints GCE president

March 10, 2009

Mike Howlett has been appointed as the new president of Multiquip's General Construction Equipment internal division. He joined the company in 1995 as operations manager and was promoted to vice...

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RathGibson hires CFO

March 10, 2009

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing in Lincolnshire, Ill., has appointed Jon Smith as CFO. In his 30-year career, he has...

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D&S Mfg. qualifies for development incentives

March 10, 2009

The Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce has named D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., as eligible to receive a $250,000 state income tax credit through the Western Wisconsin Technology Zone. This program...

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'Greenergy'—the Next Big Thing

March 10, 2009

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Since the dot.com boom and bust, everyone from investors to manufacturers to geeks have been looking for The Next Big Thing.

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U.S. machine tool demand falls to record low in January

March 9, 2009

Reuters reported that U.S. January machine tool demand fell 59.2 percent to a record low $94.95 million from $232.59 million in December, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors'...

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