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Supply chain collaborates on bending project

March 1, 2010

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Faced with a daunting bending contract and a short timeframe, Rick Williams of Rockford Process Control (RPC) sought cooperation from a tubing supplier, bending machine manufacturer, and a tooling supplier at the beginning of the project. The information exchange enabled RPC and its supply chain partners to develop a process, deliver a bender, and engineer and manufacture tooling without the benefit of tubing samples.

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The Apple iPad in manufacturing

February 23, 2010

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On Wednesday 27th January 2010 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveiled their latest creation - the iPad Tablet. Billed primarily as a consumer device, Jobs positioned the tablet somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop and priced it from an attractive US$499. But is there room for it in business,...

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NAM: Manufacturers call President Obama's $1 trillion health-care proposal 'disappointing'

February 23, 2010

As President Obama offered his new health-care plan Feb. 22, National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler issued the following statement expressing concerns with the proposal: We are...

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Welders on welding

February 23, 2010

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Based on feedback from "Welding Wire" subscribers, you have to wonder if CareerCast.com interviewed any welders when compiling its 2010 list of the best and worst jobs. Welding was the No. 5 worst job on the list, and welders question its ranking.

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Metal formers expect business conditions to remain fairly steady over next three months

February 15, 2010

According to the February 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect conditions to remain fairly steady over the next three months....

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Waste not, want more

February 11, 2010

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In recent years General Metal Works, Mequon, Wis., has leaned heavily on practices that eliminate waste in its shop floor operations and kept its work force engaged. The efforts have paid off in that no layoffs have occurred during the recent economic downturn, and the company is still on track to finish with $10 million in sales revenue in 2009. The company also has been named the winner of The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010.

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Ohio governor visits Wayne Trail Technologies, commends company for helping its work force retool and stay current

February 11, 2010

February 2, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland visited Wayne Trail Technologies in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Company officials took Strickland for a tour of the facility before he addressed employees and state...

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Stretch film suitable for stabilizing odd-shaped loads

February 9, 2010

Yellow Jacket, marketed by ITW-GaleWrap, offers Jacket Wrap™ machine film for use with Yellow Jacket machines for securing palletized loads on the forks of the forklift. The wrap is resistant to...

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Airless, swing-table shotblast system introduced

February 9, 2010

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has announced the release of the 36 ST airless, swing-table shotblast system. The worktable is attached to the blast door, so that when the door is opened, the table swings...

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Fume extraction hoods suitable for robotic and hard automation systems

February 9, 2010

Lincoln Electric Automation has introduced fume extraction hoods for robotic and hard automation systems. The Statiflex® filter bank filtration system offers MERV 16-rated filters and automated...

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Digitizing waterjet allows reverse engineering

February 9, 2010

WARDJet offers a waterjet system with a digitizing capability, allowing reverse engineering of physical parts that have no drawings or electron files. Large parts can be laid on the waterjet table,...

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Press brake monitoring system detects even small foreign bodies

February 9, 2010

Pilz offers the PSENvip camera-based protection system for visual monitoring of press brake bending processes. When installed on the upper die of a press brake, the system detects even small foreign...

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Pressure washers, steam cleaners introduced

February 9, 2010

Sioux Corp. has introduced the E-series all-electric line of pressure washers and steam cleaners. Each machine has a compact, portable design for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing conveyors,...

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3-D scanner captures images from all angles, combines them into one

February 9, 2010

Exact Metrology Inc. has introduced the MH 3-D scanner from Artec. The lightweight, hand-held 3-D scanner allows users to scan target objects from any angle. The scanner requires no mounts or markers....

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Metalworking fluid works with cast and wrought-iron aluminum alloys, stainless steels, titanium, and high nickel alloys

February 9, 2010

Chemetall has introduced Tech-Cool® 35052, a premium-grade, chlorine EP-activated, heavy-duty, semisynthetic metalworking fluid designed for use with cast and wrought aluminum alloys, stainless...

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