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Camfil releases video case study

April 16, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., has published its first video case study at www.farrapc.com/videos/1010. The 6-min. video testimonial describes how Toyo Seat USA, an automotive seat manufacturer, used Gold Series® fume...

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Antispatter compound protects surfaces from welding spatter buildup

April 16, 2012

Pico Chemical Corp. has introduced Pico Weld Kote HD, an environmentally friendly, water-based antispatter compound that protects metallic work surfaces, welding gun nozzles, tips, jigs, and fixtures from hot welding spatter buildup. The oil-free concentrate is applied by spray, brush, swab, or...

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Whirlpool opens new manufacturing facility in Tennessee

April 16, 2012

Whirlpool Corp. has opened its new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., for the production of cooking products. The $200 million project — which the company says is the largest premium cooking plant in the world — includes a 1 million-sq.-ft. production facility and a 400,000-sq.-ft....

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3-D CAD: Bill-of-materials construction inproject documentation--Part I - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Bill-of-materials construction inproject documentation--Part I

April 16, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis takes a look at the appropriate way to construct a bill of materials as he continues his cutting table project.

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The problem with estimating using paper and pencil - TheFabricator.com

The problem with estimating using paper and pencil

April 16, 2012

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Metal fabricating companies that rely on a seasoned worker who knows all of the production processes like the back of his hand and transfers that experience into the job estimating function are common. Fabricating operations that run that department smoothly and efficiently with no fears of inaccurate or inconsistent quotes while still relying on that one person's experience are pretty uncommon. The fact is that a majority of shops are taking huge risks by estimating jobs based on tribal knowledge and paper and pencil. Software can help change that.

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Delivering orders on time, every time - TheFabricator.com

Delivering orders on time, every time

April 16, 2012

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Considering the demands from OEMs, stellar on-time delivery now is just as important as quality, and manufacturing cells may help a fabricator attain that stellar on-time delivery.

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Shimco designated Premier Supplier by Bell Helicopter

April 13, 2012

Shimco, Markham, Ont., has received the prestigious Bell Helicopter Premier Supplier Award. This designation recognizes the company's business processes and quality products, including precision-manufactured parts, laminated and edgebond shims, tapers, and spacers. To qualify for the award, a...

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Tube 2012 presents record number of exhibitors

April 12, 2012

The recent staging of Tube 2012 International Tube Trade Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany, closed with record exhibitor numbers and increased visitor participation. A total of 1,184 exhibitors from 48 countries showcased their products in 527,400 sq. ft. of net exhibit space — an increase of 9.4...

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Superb Industries names manager of engineering, business development - TheFabricator.com

Superb Industries names manager of engineering, business development

April 12, 2012

Superb Industries, a manufacturer of engineered metal components and assemblies in Sugarcreek, Ohio, has announced that Paul Rogers joined the company as manager of engineering and business development. He has more than 25 years of senior-level engineering, manufacturing, and sales experience....

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United Performance Metals expands California plant, hires inside account manager - TheFabricator.com

United Performance Metals expands California plant, hires inside account manager

April 12, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has added processing capabilities for flat-rolled product, as well as in-house shearing and slitting, to its 52,000-sq.-ft. branch in La Mirada, Calif. The service center processes specialty stainless and high-temperature alloy sheet and coil to...

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RoboVent opens Minneapolis office

April 12, 2012

RoboVent, a U.S. manufacturer of ventilation and filtration equipment for industry, has opened an office in suburban Minneapolis. Proximity to key industries including defense contractors, marine manufacturing, food processing, and composites manufacturing prompted the company to open the new...

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HRB prices rise slightly in China, trend downward elsewhere

April 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 9 increased 0.2 percent to $583 per ton for the sixth consecutive increase. The U.S. spot HRB price decreased 0.5 percent to $759 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after three consecutive rises and unchanged two weeks ago. The...

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Interface allows unfolding, import of CAD files from within nesting software

April 11, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l has introduced new CAD interfaces to AutoPOL for Windows® and AutoPOL G2 3-D CAD and unfolding software packages. The interface allows users to unfold and import CAD files from within Jetcam Expert nesting software, providing a seamless work flow from 3-D CAD to bending,...

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Manual clamps designed for extreme applications

April 11, 2012

DE-STA-CO offers the 5000 series HD clamps for the welding, automotive, agriculture, and transportation industries. This heavy-duty, manual toggle clamps feature rugged construction. Their pivot points comprise hardened pins inside durable steel bushings; the pins do not rotate in the joint. The...

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Job shop software integrates with accounting system

April 10, 2012

Exact's JobBOSS Starter Edition software for small job shop now integrates seamlessly with the Intuit QuickBooks accounting system. The software package is designed to help smaller job shops create quick or highly detailed customer quotes; track labor, outside service, and material cost; and...

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