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Robotic blast system designed for coating workcells - TheFabricator.com

Robotic blast system designed for coating workcells

January 30, 2013

Guyson Corp. has designed and built a 7-axis robotic grit-blast machine configured for precision roughening of component surfaces in a production thermal spray coating cell. The model RB-RSSA-8 has a 54- by 46-in. blast process chamber that is 42 in. tall. A single pressure-blast nozzle is fed...

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Helped by a 10 percent increase in aircraft demand, U.S. durable goods orders up 4.6 percent in December

January 29, 2013

New orders for manufactured durable goods in December increased $10.0 billion or 4.6 percent to $230.7 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up seven of the last eight months, followed a 0.7 percent November increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3...

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Low-profile fan changes perceptible temps by 5 to 15 degrees - TheFabricator.com

Low-profile fan changes perceptible temps by 5 to 15 degrees

January 29, 2013

MacroAir has introduced the AirElite fan. It features a 0.5-HP motor, onboard electronics, and fully integrated control system. The housing compartment powers the fan’s six airfoil blades, which use a NASA-engineered wing design, so there is no need for a separate motor control panel....

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Coolant sump cleaner/dispenser mounted on electric truck for mobility - TheFabricator.com

Coolant sump cleaner/dispenser mounted on electric truck for mobility

January 28, 2013

Cecor has introduced the model CP50-200/200CB5 coolant sump cleaner/dispenser for coolant recycling programs in large metal machining operations. The unit is mounted on an electric truck for mobility. The sump cleaner sucks up machine tool sump contents down to the bare metal in minutes. The...

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Industrial washer includes wash, phosphatizing sections - TheFabricator.com

Industrial washer includes wash, phosphatizing sections

January 28, 2013

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the MRW 4830 wash and phosphatizing system. The washer has a 48-in.-tall by 30-in.-wide wash zone. The redesigned system can be heated with either natural gas or electric heating elements in both the wash and phosphatizing sections. The washer's pump...

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Imaginetics makes staffing changes

January 28, 2013

Imaginetics, Auburn, Wash., a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies for the aerospace industry, has announced several staff changes in connection with its recent acquisition by Kidd & Co. The company has promoted Scott Strong to president. With more than 20 years of...

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Kidd & Co. acquires Imaginetics

January 28, 2013

Kidd & Co. LLC, Old Greenwich, Conn., a private investment firm focused on the middle market, in collaboration with Centerfield Capital Partners, has acquired Imaginetics Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Located in Auburn, Wash.,...

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Cleaner brings contaminants to surface

January 24, 2013

Aero Clean SLC from Chemtool Inc. is a water-based, pH-neutral cleaner that uses specialty surfactant systems for cleaning all aluminum alloys, as well as nonferrous alloys and specialty ferrous alloys. The cleaner works at temperatures from room temperature to 180 degrees F. It removes...

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Meritor remanufactured brake shoes recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Product Quality Leadership

January 23, 2013

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor's Aftermarket business has been awarded the prestigious 2012 North American Industry Product Quality Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan for the company's remanufactured brake shoes. The award was announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas. "We recognize...

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Tools added to metrology software

January 23, 2013

Hexagon Metrology Inc. has announced the release of PC-DMIS 2012 MR1 metrology software. It is used for the collection, evaluation, management, and presentation of manufacturing data. It offers model-based definition support, resulting in point-and-click measurement plans. A user can import a CAD...

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Nebraska approves new route for Keystone XL Pipeline; NAM urges President Obama to approve the project

January 22, 2013

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg issued this statement after Nebraska Governor JDave Heineman approved the new Nebraska route for the Keystone XL pipeline: "Gov. Heineman's decision is another positive step that we hope will...

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WTTI achieves ISO 17025 accreditation

January 22, 2013

Welder Training & Testing Institute (WTTI), Allentown, Pa., has received its initial accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 in the field of mechanical testing. The following tests are published on the institute's scope: tensile, bend, fillet weld, nick break, macroetch, Brinell hardness, Vickers...

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Goff's Enterprises names dealer development manager - TheFabricator.com

Goff's Enterprises names dealer development manager

January 22, 2013

Goff's Enterprises Inc., Pewaukee, Wis., has added Michael Wells as a dealer development manager. Based in Olean, N.Y., he works with dealers on the East Coast and in the Midwest to help improve performance through continual training and targeted sales efforts. Wells has more than 17 years of...

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Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards recognize 122 women for excellence in manufacturing

January 22, 2013

The Manufacturing Institute,Washington, D.C.; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich.; University of Phoenix; and Deloitte, New York, have announced the recipients of the first Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. The inaugural STEP...

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Miyachi Unitek appoints president/CEO - TheFabricator.com

Miyachi Unitek appoints president/CEO

January 22, 2013

Miyachi Unitek Corp. (MUC), a manufacturer of welding equipment and laser systems in Monrovia, Calif., has named David Fawcett as president and CEO. For the past two years, he served as COO of Miyachi Europe Corp. (MEC). Fawcett first worked with the company as a manager at ACAL, a U.K.-based...

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