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Rigid Global Buildings releases company video

January 30, 2014

Rigid Global Buildings, a Houston-based manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings, has released a company video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxZimIMOi2Q highlighting how the firm operates. The video covers the company’s services in metal building acquisition, including assignment of a...

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Charles Caristan

Sustaining metal fabricating success

January 30, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators can’t find the right manufacturing talent. Customers are more demanding. The current workforce is overworked. How can fabricating companies keep up? The FABRICATOR’s Editorial Advisory Board has some suggestions.

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step file

Your friend, the STEP file

January 30, 2014 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the STEP file and how it can be used to interact with customers in a more complete way.

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Days in the lives

January 30, 2014 | By Dick Kallage

To find time to dedicate to continuous improvement activities, a metal fabricator should have a good idea what employees do every day before assigning additional tasks.

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How to get rich—slowly

January 30, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s 2013 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey suggests that people can find fulfilling careers—especially monetarily—if they are willing to learn the trade and acquire additional skills during their careers.

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Plex appoints CFO

January 30, 2014

Plex, a provider of cloud-based ERP for manufacturers in Troy, Mich., has announced the appointment of Don Clarke to the position of CFO. Most recently serving as CFO at Eloqua, Clarke's experience includes raising growth capital, multiple IPOs, and roles as both president and CFO. He has a...

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The factory worker stigma

January 29, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The factory worker—that is, the skilled technician—makes the products others have researched and engineered, and you can’t have a domestic manufacturing industry without them.

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Pass-through blasting unit blasts leading, trailing edges of work area

January 29, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the RT 1212 pass-through blaster. It features a blast width and height of 12 by 12 in. The redesigned unit's blast wheels are arranged to blast leading and trailing edges of the work area. It also incorporates starters with phase loss and imbalance...

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H.C. Starck's Newton facility awarded Industry Week's 2013 Best Plants

January 29, 2014

H.C. Starck's plant in Newton, Mass., has been awarded Industry Week's 2013 Best Plants. The implementation of a world-class manufacturing program with 5S, Six Sigma, and lean techniques yielded significant improvements in the facility’s manufacturing operations, increasing product quality,...

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Growth in auto industry to drive demand for permanent magnets

January 29, 2014

The global market for permanent magnets is expected to reach $31.18 billion by 2020, driven in part by growth in the global automobile industry, according to a new study, “Permanent Magnets Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts to 2020,” by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco....

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Coolant recycling system

Coolant recycling system extends life of coolants, wash water

January 29, 2014

Prab's Guardian coolant recycling system is designed for operations with industrial coolant or wash water reservoirs. According to the manufacturer, the system reduces waste fluids up to 90 percent by recycling used coolants. Free-floating and mechanically dispersed tramp oils are reduced to...

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In praise of snow plows

January 28, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

As I write this, I’m watching the snow fall outside my office window. If you’re in a part of the world that has seen far too much snow this winter, you’re probably thinking, “Big deal.” Actually, for those of us in parts of the country that seldom see snow, it is a big deal. It’s...

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The Flag Co. expands collaboration with Watts Machine and Mfg.

January 28, 2014

A new team effort between The Flag Co. Inc., Acworth, Ga., and its longtime manufacturing partner, Watts Machine and Mfg., Canton, Ga., has resulted in a new website for Watts at www.wattsmachineandmanufacturing.com and growth in its robotic gripper and custom parts divisions. The Flag Co.’s...

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Coolant Cleaners

Coolant cleaners help extend the life of coolant, cutting tools

January 28, 2014

Eriez® HydroFlow® permanent magnetic and rare-earth coolant cleaners are designed for use with surface grinders, gear grinders, honing and lapping machines, broaches, milling and drilling machines, face grinders, and oil-reclaiming machines. According to the manufacturer, the cleaners...

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TPS Acquisition acquires Theis Precision Steel

January 28, 2014

TPS Acquisition LLC, Plainfield, Ill., has acquired Theis Precision Steel Corp., including all of its assets and operations located in Bristol, Conn. The company has been renamed Theis Precision Steel USA Inc. TPS Acquisition LLC is a private group of Connecticut investors with metal stamping,...

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