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Industry flocks to FABTECH - TheFabricator.com

Industry flocks to FABTECH

January 6, 2012

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Despite economic uncertainties heading into 2012, the metal fabrication industry came out in full force at November’s FABTECH show. More than 35,000 walked the show floor, which featured more than a half million square feet of exhibit space.

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LINE survey: Hiring rate will fall again in January in manufacturing and services

January 5, 2012

In January, for the third consecutive month, hiring activity will decrease and job cuts will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January...

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United Performance Metals earns nonconventional machining NADCAP approval

January 4, 2012

The laser cutting facility installed early in 2011 at United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, recently was audited and certified in accordance with the requirements of the National Aerospace Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). NADCAP is an accreditation organization that...

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ISM ROB: While U.S. manufacturing finishes out the year on a positive note, fabricated metal products sector contracts

January 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 31st consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued January 3 by Bradley J....

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Sciaky enters U.S. DoD agreement with Lockheed Martin

December 20, 2011

Sciaky, Inc., a provider of welding systems and services in Chicago, has entered a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. With assistance from the DoD Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, Sciaky, a subsidiary of Phillips Service...

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Pneumatic-tire forklift lifts loads up to 17,500 lbs, heights up to 26 ft.

December 20, 2011

Nissan Forklift Corp. has introduced the GO6 series heavyweight, pneumatic-tire forklift truck to its Platinum line. Featuring a diesel engine, the truck can lift loads of up to 17,500 lbs. and heights of up to 26 ft. The engine’s turbo charger creates more power by forcing compressed air into...

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MERV 16-rated environmental control booth provides HEPA-level filtration - TheFabricator.com

MERV 16-rated environmental control booth provides HEPA-level filtration

December 20, 2011

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced the Tri-Flow environmental control booth. Designed for use in plant areas where dirty or noisy tasks need to be confined to their own workspace, the booth provides HEPA-level filtration performance and has a MERV 16 rating. It is 99.999 percent efficient on particles...

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3-D CAD: Library features - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Library features

December 20, 2011

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD users how to create a feature for the library so that it may be used in other models.

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8 hidden costs of material utilization

December 20, 2011

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Be sure to properly identify the hidden costs of material utilization to ensure that the gains outweigh the expense.

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Survey: 85 percent of manufacturing executives see manufacturing returning to U.S.

December 16, 2011

According to a survey conducted by Cook Associates Executive Search (www.cookassociates.com/executive-search), 85 percent of manufacturing executives see the possibility of certain manufacturing operations returning to the U.S., with 37 percent citing overseas costs as the major factor. Nineteen...

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U.S. economy can grow 3 percent in 2012 if key issues addressed 'coherently'

December 16, 2011

If the U.S. addresses "in a coherent manner" four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators...

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Computer-assisted quoting software creates simple to complex quotes

December 14, 2011

Quik Quote™ quoting software is an Excel® worksheet that uses computer-assisted quoting technology to create simple to complex quotes, regardless of an individual's computer skills. The software provides nine modules that can have different labor rates with unlimited expansion. According to the...

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DeWys Mfg. adds space to Marne location

December 14, 2011

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. has announced plans for a building addition to its existing 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Marne, Mich. The 24,000-sq.-ft. addition will feature new metal fabrication equipment and will serve as home to DeWys University, where the company will offer an in-house...

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Waukesha Metal Products acquires Metal Skills Plus

December 14, 2011

Waukesha® Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., has acquired certain assets of Metal Skills Plus LLC of DeForest, Wis. The strategic acquisition expands Waukesha's capabilities and provides additional diversification of its customer base and markets served. Some of these new markets include industrial...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 80.5 percent from 2010

December 13, 2011

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $463.32 million according to AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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