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Fisher Barton marks 40 years in business

November 7, 2013

The Fisher Barton Group has marked the 40th anniversary of its first shipment of lawnmower blades. The company has since expanded into a family of eight manufacturing companies providing industrial components, product and process improvements, and coating technologies. Founded by metallurgist...

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The potential of collaborative manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

The potential of collaborative manufacturing

November 6, 2013 | By Tim Heston

As globalization took hold in recent decades, Tony Chirchirillo was keenly aware of how many viewed manufacturing. He decided to change that perception in an unconventional way—by forming a network of noncompeting, complementary companies.

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A metal fabricator’s quiet transition - TheFabricator.com

A metal fabricator’s quiet transition

November 6, 2013 | By Tim Heston

The management buyout of the Schott metal fabrication division was, for many employees, a quiet affair. But transitioning to become an independent enterprise did call for major changes behind the scenes.

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Portable area lights enable true color perception - TheFabricator.com

Portable area lights enable true color perception

November 5, 2013

Air Systems Intl. Inc. has introduced the Air Light-II™ portable area lighting system. It is designed with a stable platform; IP68-rated light heads; and a 12-VDC sealed, 35-amp-hour AGM lead acid battery for use in any weather condition. The Dual model provides 1,800 lumens of light,...

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Robotic welding system designed for education, training - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding system designed for education, training

November 5, 2013

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc™ ML (mobile learning) system, a pre-engineered, fully contained robotic welding system for education and training. The system is designed to demonstrate, develop, and teach proper welding techniques, robot programming, and...

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Job Shop Consumption Report shows improvements in third quarter

November 5, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 3rd Quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle. The inaugural issue of...

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Epic Systems hires project manager

November 5, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, an engineering and fabrication firm, has announced the hiring of Mike Wodicker as project manager. He specializes in process engineering and project management for modular process systems. A graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s...

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Going cellular: A year later - TheFabricator.com

How cellular manufacturing can work in contract manufacturing

November 5, 2013 | By Tim Heston

For the past year one contract fabricator in Georgia has operated under the cellular manufacturing concept. Even in the shop’s high-product-mix environment, the concept is working—even thriving.

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Apple picking for the 21st century - TheFabricator.com

Apple picking for the 21st century

November 5, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Phil Brown Welding of Conklin, Mich., designed and fabricated the Apple Harvester, a machine that makes picking apples easier, faster, and allows for picking at night, not just during daylight hours.

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HFC Fabrications acquires Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co.

November 4, 2013

HFC Fabrications, a Sun Valley, Calif., manufacturer of equipment using sheet metal fabrications, stampings, precision machined parts, and electronic assemblies, has acquired Clark Tool & Die and Stamping Co. and formed the new entity HFC-Clark, a tool, die, stamping, fabrications, and...

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Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

Clark Metal Products hires regional sales manager

November 4, 2013

Clark Metal Products Co., a custom sheet metal fabricator in Blairsville, Pa., has hired Joseph Griffin as acting regional sales manager representing the Virginia and North Carolina territories. Griffin's duties include developing, managing, and defining target markets within the southern...

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SHRM LINE: Steady hiring and few layoffs expected in November

October 31, 2013

In November, the pace of hiring in manufacturing and services will rise compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2013. In November, for the 16th consecutive month, the hiring rate...

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Super Steel ranks No. 6 in job creation in Wisconsin

October 31, 2013

Milwaukee-based manufacturer Super Steel has been recognized by Inc. magazine with a Hire Power Award for its growth and continued hiring. The company is ranked No. 6 among private business job creators within the state of Wisconsin over the past 18 months. Super Steel is a contract manufacturer...

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CNC digitizing canned cycle introduced

October 31, 2013

Diversified Machine Systems has introduced a simplified CNC digitizing canned cycle developed by Fagor Automation. Designed to reduce digitizing setup time, the cycle allows the operator to set up the CNC machine center in a few minutes for digitizing simple or complex parts by using a single...

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Parmatech makes changes to management team

October 29, 2013

ATW Companies Inc., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services based in Warwick, R.I., has announced that Parmatech Corp., its custom-manufactured metal injection molded (MIM) components and services subsidiary in Petaluma, Calif., has added new staff members and promoted...

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