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Contest spotlights hometown industry

October 3, 2011

OEM manufacturer Tap Associates, Mariposa, Calif., has announced the establishment of the Machined in America contest. This national effort is organized for machine shops and manufacturing companies to participate in a fun but serious campaign to promote hometown pride and work in the U.S. Via the...

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Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems - TheFabricator.com

Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems

October 3, 2011

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has delivered two Laserdyne 795XL seven-axis BeamDirector® systems to contract manufacturer Ace Precision Machining Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis., for laser processing of components for the aerospace and power-generation industries. In addition to the two...

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LAI Intl. wins ACE Award

October 3, 2011

LAI International Inc., Phoenix, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has won its fourth consecutive ACE (Arizona Corporate Excellence) Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized in September as a Top-50 private company ranked by revenue. LAI was the only...

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Survey reveals manufacturers' top economic concerns

October 3, 2011

Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has released the findings from its latest semiannual Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top financial concerns of small and midsized U.S. manufacturers for the second half of 2011. The findings reveal that most of these...

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HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating - TheFabricator.com

HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating

October 3, 2011

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced Tri-Flow, a new filtration concept that delivers HEPA-like performance with a MERV 16 rating. The compact filters serve as an alternative to bag, cartridge, and pocket filters, which typically are rated MERV 10 to 13. According to the company, the filters provide...

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Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention - TheFabricator.com

Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention

October 3, 2011

ITW Muller has introduced the Octopus SideKick™, a second carriage that can be added to almost any new or existing Octopus stretch-wrapping machine. The unit operates as an independent film carriage that automatically rotates into primary wrapping position when the film is breaking or...

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PMA to host inaugural Women in Manufacturing Symposium

September 26, 2011

More than 150 women executives, managers, and supervisors will gather in Cleveland Oct. 25-26, 2011, for the first Women in Manufacturing Symposium, hosted by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). The event, designed for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, will...

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Scarf chopper cuts at line speed - TheFabricator.com

Scarf chopper cuts at line speed

September 26, 2011

The Sweed® scarf chopper model TS450 from Sweed Machinery chops fed tube scarf continuously into small cut lengths at line speed for as long as the line is running. The chopper has been updated with a more robust feedworks to allow for a higher scrap-pulling capacity, according to the...

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Dome pressure regulator in preassembled set suitable for use in confined spaces

September 26, 2011

Witt-Gasetechnik offers the 757LE, its largest dome pressure regulator with 2-in. ID (DN50), as a preassembled set, including control module, pre- and postpressure gauges, and connecting parts. The pressure regulator set is ready for installation and tested; it only needs to be inserted in the gas...

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ITW Muller wins Greener Package™ Environmental Impact Award - TheFabricator.com

ITW Muller wins Greener Package™ Environmental Impact Award

September 26, 2011

ITW Muller, a manufacturer of stretch-wrap equipment and film based in Arlington Heights, Ill., has won the 2011 Environmental Impact Award from Greener Package. Its OctoMAX™ monitoring system, used on the Octopus 303 rotary ring stretch-wrapping machine, won the award in the packaging...

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Thermocouple cable designed for continuous-flexing applications

September 19, 2011

A thermocouple cable designed for continuous-flexing applications is available from igus®. Chainflex® CF Thermo for temperature-sensing equipment, available in types J, K, and T, acts as a thermocouple extension link. Featuring an abrasion-resistant PUR outer jacket, the cable can be used in...

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Canada to get its own FABTECH show in 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Canada to get its own FABTECH show in 2012

September 19, 2011

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), and American Welding Society (AWS) have announced plans to launch the first FABTECH® Canada, to be held March 20 to 22, 2012, at the Toronto Congress Centre. The event will showcase the...

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Service Metal Fabricating helps fabricate 9/11 Memorial

September 19, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial at ground zero, unveiled Sept. 11, 2011, consists of a beautiful memorial park showcasing 152 brass plates positioned around the memorial pools built in the footprints of the twin towers. Service Metal Fabricating, a family business in Rockaway, N.J., was chosen...

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American Photonics builds new facility

September 14, 2011

American Photonics Co. has completed construction of its new manufacturing facility in Sarasota, Fla. The new facility quadruples the company's former capacity. APC produces CO2 laser cutting, welding, and marking optics for the manufacturing, military, aerospace, medical, and scientific markets....

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Welding a viable option for women seeking lifelong career

September 14, 2011

When it comes to sheet metal welders, the lyrics "Anything you can do, I can do better" isn’t a phrase of competition or ego. Women welders in the industry are the minority — by far — but a few of them are looking to show their male counterparts that when it comes to their craft, the question...

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