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The evolution of nickel alloys and welding materials

January 7, 2013

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Since he first heard his uncles discuss the nickel-plated bumpers and hubcaps on their 1937 Plymouths, welding expert Carl Smith has witnessed the use of nickel and its alloys evolve. Long used in the energy sector, the materials have seen an increase in popularity because of EPA regulations.

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Plasma cutters added to cost estimating software library

January 4, 2013

MTI Systems has added high-definition plasma cutting machines to its Costimator® cost estimating software library, offering updates and laser cost-saving comparison options. The software now includes Hypertherm Hy-definition and Hy-performance plasma cutters in its library of 3,500 workcenters....

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Teledyne EMS to expand Tennessee facility

January 4, 2013

Teledyne Electronic Mfg. Services has announced plans to expand its Lewisburg, Tenn., manufacturing facility to accommodate a new product line. The $9.78 million project will create 96 new jobs. The company designs, manufactures, and services products for the aerospace, computer, government,...

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Solidus Industries closes sheet metal fabrication plant

January 4, 2013

Solidus Industries Inc. has announced plans to close its sheet metal fabrication in Vestal, N.Y., eliminating 48 jobs. The closing is expected to be complete Jan. 25. Layoffs began Dec. 21....

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Caster Concepts names territory sales rep for East Coast

January 4, 2013

Caster Concepts Inc., Albion, Mich., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has promoted Kurtis Myers to territory sales representative for the East Coast region. He has served as the company's purchasing and inventory manager for the past five years. Myers is a 2007 graduate...

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Blue Giant Equipment opens facility in North Carolina

January 4, 2013

Blue Giant Equipment Corp., Brampton, Ont., has launched its U.S. operation, Blue Giant Equipment LLC, by opening a new manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C. The plant manufactures and distributes dock seals and shelters, including fixed and inflatable seals, stationary and retractable truck...

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Waukesha® Metal Products recognized for job creation

January 4, 2013

Sussex, Wis.-based Waukesha® Metal Products is featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc.’s Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years. The metal forming manufacturer generated 45 jobs from 2008 to 2011, placing it No. 5 among...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in December, following one month of contraction

January 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December following one month of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 43rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued January 2 by Bradley...

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LINE survey: Manufacturing sector hiring rate will reach 4-year high for month of January

January 3, 2013

In January, hiring activity will increase in both manufacturing and services compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2013. In January, for the sixth consecutive month, the hiring...

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Oil, cars, and credit

December 20, 2012

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Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl., gives perspective on what fabricators can expect for 2013. Several important factors are sure to play a role: domestic oil production, car sales, and the state of credit. Watch videos from this presentation.

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Small air nozzle delivers precision blowoff - TheFabricator.com

Small air nozzle delivers precision blowoff

December 20, 2012

Exair's new Pico Super Air Nozzle™, at only 0.19 in. dia., is one of the smallest available, states the company. It provides precision blowoff with a directed high-volume, high-velocity airflow. The air nozzle projects less than 0.5 in. past the mounting surface, which permits installation...

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Compact positioner handles pieces more than 1,100 lbs.

December 19, 2012

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome offers the LD-600R, a compact tilt/turn positioner that can handle pieces weighing more than 1,100 lbs., 6 in. off the table. It features a standard footswitch and pendant controls, as well as a protractor dial indicator. The compact size and square footprint design allow...

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Mayville Eng. Co. to purchase Center Mfg.

December 18, 2012

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc., Mayville, Wis., has acquired Center Mfg. Inc., a Michigan-based manufacturer of metal products for the commercial vehicle, power sports, agriculture, construction, automotive, and military industries. As a result of the acquisition, Center becomes a division of the MEC...

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Caster Concepts breaks ground on new addition

December 18, 2012

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has broken ground on a 21,000-sq.-ft. addition to its current headquarters in Albion, Mich. Construction is expected to be completed mid-summer 2013. The addition will bring CCI's facility to about 65,000 sq. ft. The...

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Reworked order control software requires less than 30 min. training

December 17, 2012

Jetcam has launched a new version of its Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) software. JOC Lite II has been reworked from the ground up as a user-installable product requiring less than 30 min. of training. The software allows users to create order lists remotely of either components or complex...

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