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Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication

April 30, 2013

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Fabricating know-how and modern machine tool technology help Tie Down Engineering, Atlanta, balance its made-to-stock and made-to-order product line operations with a growing contract fabrication operation.

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Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition - TheFabricator.com

Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition

April 30, 2013

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Coordinating fabrication, welding, assembly, and painting within a high-mix, low-volume environment is neither new nor easy. The effort at one such fabricator demonstrates the commitment required, tools applied, lessons learned, and benefits realized when adopting cellularized flow manufacturing in a traditional, departmentalized organization.

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Innovative Tool purchases 5-axis laser

April 25, 2013

Innovative Tool, Fraser, Mich., has installed its first 5-axis laser cutting center. The company provides manufacturing services and products for the prototype and short-run production industries....

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TriTech Solutions USA installs Techni Waterjet system

April 25, 2013

TriTech Solutions, a new metal fabricating company in Appomattox, Va., has installed a waterjet system from Techni Waterjet. The machine can cut metal up to 6 in. thick. Its tilted head allows it to cut a beveled edge, as well as cut along the length, width, or height of an object....

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Welding training under the arc light - TheFabricator.com

Welding training under the arc light

April 25, 2013

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Virtual weld training tools have emerged in recent years, and some organizations have looked to them to help beginners learn welding basics before firing up the arc. Meanwhile, others are looking for a training device that better reflects the real-world activities associated with welding in a manufacturing environment. A new training device has emerged to bridge that virtual world with the real world.

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MRP webinar to present best practices for fabrication, quoting, invoicing, and creating POs

April 24, 2013

SigmaMRP™, Cincinnati, a supplier of business management systems for the manufacturing and fabrication industries, has announced its upcoming webinar, "Best practices to run a full fabrication job from quote to invoicing and creating POs," scheduled for May 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Topics will...

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Spika Welding wins manufacturing award

April 24, 2013

Spika Welding, Lewistown, Mont., has received the first Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Montana Manufacturing Council, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. The company, a 40+ employee family enterprise, produces maintenance stands for aerospace and military applications. It...

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Central Virginia Manufacturers opens in Virginia

April 24, 2013

Central Virginia Manufacturers, a new sheet metal fabrication company, has opened a 58,000-sq.-ft. location in Bedford, Va. The job shop expects to hire about 15 people at its current size....

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Jagemann Stamping to expand

April 24, 2013

Jagemann Stamping Co., a manufacturer of deep-drawn and progressive metal stampings and fineblanking, has announced plans to add up to 50,000 sq. ft. and 100 jobs at its Manitowoc, Wis., location by 2014. The addition, a result of growth in the company's key business segments, is expected to be...

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Small and midsized manufacturers continue growth expectations

April 24, 2013

Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its fifth annual Group CFO Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies' CFOs in 2013. These CFOs remain optimistic about financial prospects and are...

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GE adds two assembly lines to Appliance Park location

April 24, 2013

GE has added two assembly lines costing more than $100 million to its Appliance Park location in Louisville, Ky., for manufacturing front-load washing machines and dryers. This is the first time the company has produced a front-load washing machine and matching dryer from one of its U.S. plants....

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E-course highlights weld discontinuities and defects

April 24, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has released a new online course called Discontinuities and Defects, designed for people involved in arc welding inspection, quality control, engineering, and supervision. The online course contains five video segments, totaling a run time of 70...

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CAD/CAMConnect launches reviews site

April 24, 2013

CAD/CAMConnect™, Austin, Texas, an online resource that consolidates information on manufacturing technology to help simplify the buying process, has launched an extension, CADCAMReviews.com, where mechanical engineers, machinists, and design professionals can research and get advice on all types...

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Surviving the storm - TheFabricator.com

Surviving the storm

April 24, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy wasn't kind to Architectural Grille, Brooklyn, N.Y., in late October 2012. Waters from a nearby canal flooded the shop and ultimately destroyed all fabricating equipment, which was paid for. The insurance companies and local officials didn't offer much help either. The Giumenta family didn't throw in the towel, however. They are determined to rebuild and do it with the latest technology available.

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Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Watching the clock in the fabrication sequence

April 24, 2013

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In this fifth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes the use of time standards that are based on shop experience to guide the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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