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USMTC:Manufacturing technology consumption down 60.4% for 2009

February 8, 2010

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $219.60 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors'...

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Hard hat respiratory system retrofits to welding helmets

February 8, 2010

ArcOne's® new Clean-Air Flow™ respiratory system with hard hat is the first of its kind allowing welders to retrofit any ArcOne welding helmet into a hard hat respiratory system, the company...

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21st century marketing for fabricators

January 19, 2010

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As existing customer bases shrink, fabricators must take advantage of all possible mediums to attract new customers. Those who establish a strong online presence stand the best chance of reaching prospective buyers, 60 percent of whom begin the buying process online.

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Metal forming companies increasingly optimistic; majority expect uptick in orders

January 19, 2010

According to the January 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies are increasingly optimistic as the new year kicks off. Conducted monthly,...

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Patriot Welding & Fabrication LLC

January 15, 2010

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534 Mammoth Road Pelham, NH 03076 603-635-9755 By: Bill and Christen Grinley 1/15/2010 OPENED FOR BUSINESS: My wife of 19 years, Christen, and I opened in the summer of 2002 as a sole proprietorship. Today, nearly 10 years later, we operate as an LLC with a 51/49...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill

January 15, 2010

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Gerald Davis begins this year with a series of product development case studies, taking an idea and creating the virtual model of it.For this first installment, Davis designs a barbecue grill.

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2010 Capital Spending Report indicates rebuilding set to begin

January 14, 2010

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The metal fabricating and forming market isclearly in a rebuilding mode after theeconomic downturn in 2009. The 2010 FMACCapital Spending Survey indicates thatcompanies are interested in spending money oncapital equipment, around $1.3 billion worth,but that's down significantly from the $2.2that was expecting to be spent in 2008.

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Online program simplifies cable carrier configuration

January 13, 2010

igus® Inc. has announced the launch of a new E-Chain® Configurator program that enables users to custom build a cable carrier with cables and internal separators online quickly. The user then...

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Hybrid linear bearing combines rolling, sliding

January 13, 2010

The DryLin® WJRM hybrid bearing from igus®, a manufacturer of cable carrier systems for automated machinery, has developed with the goal of reducing driving force, especially in applications...

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Energy tube cable carrier is airtight

January 13, 2010

igus®, a manufacturer of cable carrier systems for automated machinery, has developed the RX energy tube especially for the machine-tool industry that is almost 100 percent chip proof. The tube,...

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Horizontal guiding system designed for long travel applications

January 13, 2010

Metal chips can be a problem in long travel or gliding cable carrier applications. To combat this, igus® has developed Guidelok, a horizontal guiding system designed for cable carriers in the...

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Air filtration unit requires no ductwork

January 12, 2010

RoboVent has introduced the WeldPro XT series air filtration unit for controlling weld smoke and fumes.The unit is a self-contained weld station with an adjustable-height workbench with side shields...

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Pneumatic rod lock addresses overtraveling, drifting, bouncing, reverse traveling

January 12, 2010

Advanced Machine & Eng. Co. has introduced the AMLOK® RLN series power-off pneumatic rod lock to help solve problems of overtraveling, drifting, bouncing, and reverse traveling. The rod lock can...

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Electromechanical NC joining module allows close spacing on assembly line

January 12, 2010

Kistler has developed the Type 2152B electromechanical NC joining module for applications such as press fitting valve seat rings and valve guides.The module's shape and a center distance of 2.76 in....

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Weld antispatter available in automatic refilling spray bottle

January 12, 2010

Walter Surface Technologies offers Air Force AF-Weld antispatter product in a patented automatic refilling spray bottle. The system comprises an automatic refilling station, a refillable aluminum...

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