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20 students earn manufacturing scholarships from FMA

June 20, 2011

Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling $30,000. The 2011 winners are: Nicholas Cullum,...

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CCAT expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

June 20, 2011

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., has expanded its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) to include a machining applications laboratory. At the AMC, new technologies are evaluated, proven, and transferred to production. The center allows for development...

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Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider

June 20, 2011

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman Robotics has been an authorized provider since 1993,...

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Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr.

June 20, 2011

GaleWrap has introduced the GW-4100 robot pallet wrapper. Designed for use with the company's oriented film, the wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. and features a telescoping mast for accommodating loads up to 6 ft. 11 in. high. Features include a fully automated wrap-up/down cycle, built-in...

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Metcam environmental policy

Implementing an environmental policy

June 18, 2011

No longer a green dream, environmental stewardship is becoming an imperative for manufacturers and fabricators. Thanks to its nearly decade long efforts, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam has made impressive strides toward achieving this goal.

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Shankel to retire as president, CEO of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association; Youdell named successor

June 15, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) announces the retirement of Gerald M. Shankel as president & CEO, effective October 1. The FMA Board of Directors has appointed Edward S. Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc., FMA’s publishing arm, to succeed...

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HRB downward price trend slowing

June 15, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for June 13 rose 1.4 percent to $738 per ton, FOB the port of export, after falling three weeks ago. The Western European HRB price slipped 0.1 percent to $814 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 3.6 percent), ex-works, for the second...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 105.3 percent in 2011

June 13, 2011

April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $396.92 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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Seconn Fabrication shop floor

Don't waste a good recession

June 7, 2011

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When others sat on the sidelines praying for a miracle during the Great Recession, Seconn Fabrication added 25,000 square feet, invested in new equipment, implemented a new MRP system, refocused its marketing efforts, and tackled other projects to better prepare itself for the economic rebound.

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MEC Robotic Welding

How a big fabricator grows even bigger

June 7, 2011

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Mayville Engineering Co. of Mayville, Wis., has grown into a metal fabrication powerhouse, with seven plants that altogether employ more than 1,000 workers. But it hasn’t been an easy ride. Less than a decade ago, MEC was struggling to find its way. Today, the company has a conservative, healthy balance sheet, and plenty of runway room for serious growth.

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Get the most from your quoting software

June 7, 2011

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Even a modern quoting software package is no guarantee that all job estimates will be done consistently and correctly. But tips, such as investigating the software's full capabilities and establishing master routing templates, can help the software meet those high expectations.

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LAI International wins Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council

June 3, 2011

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, won a Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council. The company was recognized as Outstanding Small-to-Medium Manufacturer of the Year at the AMC's...

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Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag - TheFabricator.com

Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag

June 3, 2011

In addition to removing mild steel and aluminum slag, TRUMPF's new TruTool TSC 100 removes stainless steel slag. The slat cleaner can be used on flatbed laser machines with an output of up to 7 kW. It removes slag from the sides of the slats as well as in spaces between and right up to the...

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GRT-Mars changes name

June 3, 2011

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced its name change to Mars Intl. Inc. The company continues to operate in its current structure, and all contact information remains the same. The company has changed its domain name and Web site address to www.marsint.com, but the old e-mail and site...

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Pleated bags for baghouses help lower energy costs - TheFabricator.com

Pleated bags for baghouses help lower energy costs

June 3, 2011

Apel Intl. Inc. has introduced the patented Pulse-Jet™ pleated bag to help lower energy costs and increase baghouse efficiencies. Serving as an alternative to fabric bags and cages, the pleated bag features top- and bottom-load designs, two to three times the filter life, 99.99 percent...

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