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Metcam honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award

November 16, 2010

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that the company is the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton...

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Caterpillar Inc. to acquire mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International

November 15, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt). The acquisition is based on Caterpillar's key strategic...

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Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts - TheFabricator.com

Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts

November 15, 2010

Malcom Co. Inc.'s hot air knife systems can be custom-configured with one or more hot air blowers, specialty deflectors, air nozzles, or tunnels and various control options to blow air heated up to 1,000 degrees F at pressure up to 4.5 PSI. They are suitable for drying machined metal, castings,...

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Melitron to build solar inverters for Sustainable Energy Technologies

November 15, 2010

Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ont., has been selected by Sustainable Energy Technologies to provide contract manufacturing services required to build its SUNERGY™ solar inverter. Sustainable Energy Technologies is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of power inverters for grid-connected solar PV...

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GRT-Mars forms strategic alliance with Intermatic

November 15, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Juarez, Mexico, operation of Intermatic Inc., Spring Grove, Ill. The alliance will offer manufacturing systems to OEMs in North America and Latin America. GRT-Mars is a contract manufacturer...

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Another day, another economic recovery - TheFabricator.com

Another day, another economic recovery

November 12, 2010

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One Columbus, Ohio, job shop recovered quickly from the recession. The organization has a history of financial conservatism and pragmatism—and today’s black ink is a testament to the shop’s success.

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Using watts, again - TheFabricator.com

Using watts, again

November 12, 2010

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A West Coast metal fabricator, Laser Cutting Northwest developed a product called the regenerator, which generates electricity from exhausted air. One application includes dust collectors for laser cutting systems. Installed into the shop’s own systems, the regenerator produces enough electricity to power a third of the shop lights.

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Grainger honors veterans through expanded scholarship program

November 11, 2010

Facilities maintenance supplier Grainger has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, the company will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community...

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FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta draws more attendees, fills more floor space than previous Atlanta show

November 11, 2010

The 2010 FABTECH exposition and conference drew 22,000 visitors to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 2-4 to experience the latest manufacturing innovations and discuss industry issues — an increase of 12 percent from the 2006 Atlanta show. The annual event is the largest tradeshow...

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The weakest link in fabrication often is made of paper

November 9, 2010

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Fabrication shops traditionally have relied on stand-alone software systems for various business functions and filled in the gaps with a paper trail. Today’s integrated systems can alleviate the headaches associated with paper-based tracking and make your operation more efficient.

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September manufacturing technology consumption up 66.1 percent

November 8, 2010

September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $399.76 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 66.1...

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Camfil Farr APC opens sales, service office in Puerto Rico

November 8, 2010

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., has opened a sales and service office in Gurabo, P.R., for support of customers in the Caribbean region. The office provides sales and technical support, as well as a warehouse that stocks...

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New educational center features automated welding, cutting systems

November 8, 2010

Airgas Great Lakes has opened a new Automation Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Developed in partnership with Retro Systems, Hypertherm, Motoman, and Miller, the facility adjoins Airgas' 28th Street retail store. The facility's equipment includes a Retro Systems Hornet HD dual-side drive cutting...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI

November 8, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.

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A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters - TheFabricator.com

A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters

November 8, 2010

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A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.

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