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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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American Industrial Partners purchases Heil Trailer from Dover

January 10, 2012

American Industrial Partners, New York, a middle-market private equity group focused on acquiring and improving North American-headquartered industrial businesses, has purchased Heil Trailer Intl., Athens, Tenn., from Dover Corp. Heil Trailer is a global provider of engineered tank and specialty...

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3-D CAD: Project definition - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Project definition

January 10, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis focuses his 3-D CAD skill on designing a welding table. He invites readers to participate in the creation of this support structure.

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Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012 - TheFabricator.com

Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012

January 10, 2012

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Manufacturing technology consumption took an unprecedented dive during the recession, but since then the industry has bounced back dramatically. In the metal fabrication arena, most technology categories are experiencing some healthy gains, as reported by the 2012 Capital Spending Forecast, a study compiled by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.

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Manufacturing technology orders maintained strength in November

January 9, 2012

November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $430.17 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Kaman appoints leader of value-added services group

January 9, 2012

Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., Bloomfield, Conn., has appointed Gary Yingling as director and general manager, shops and services. He directs the fabrication, assembly, production, material management, capital assets, planning/forecasting, control, and operational quality of the company's...

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Cintas launches online contest to celebrate new-product release

January 9, 2012

In conjunction with the release of the new Carhartt Rental Active Jacket, Cincinnati-based Cintas has launched its search for the “Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew.” Contestants can enter the contest by submitting a short essay and photo at www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew. Contest organizers...

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Rotary scrap choppers introduced - TheFabricator.com

Rotary scrap choppers introduced

January 9, 2012

Red Bud Industries has introduced dual helical scrap choppers. They are offered on the company's slitting lines, multiblanking systems, and cut-to-length lines with edge-trim systems. The dual helical design uses a scissor-type cutting action, reducing noise and increasing cutting action...

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Maysteel expands production operations with Mexico plant

January 9, 2012

Allenton, Wis.-based Maysteel LLC, a manufacturer of precision sheet metal enclosures, is expanding its sheet metal fabrication operations with the addition of a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility, which is expandable to 100,000 sq. ft., is expected to begin production in...

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Lessons learned lead to big bounce back - TheFabricator.com

Lessons learned lead to big bounce back

January 9, 2012

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A&E Custom Manufacturing was on the ropes financially in the early 1990s, but the lessons learned during that struggle helped to put it in a position to rebound strongly after the downturn of 2009. In fact, they have been steadily rebuilding the business since the second quarter of 2009 and haven't looked back.

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Introducing Solid-State Technology - TheFabricator.com

Introducing solid-state laser technology

January 9, 2012

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Although the solid-state laser is considered new in metal cutting processes, the first laser demonstration in a laboratory in 1960 was a solid-state laser. CO2 lasers turned out to be more practical for cutting metals, but solid-state lasers are making headway. Understanding laser equipment and the physics involved in generating a laser beam helps to explain the capability differences between CO2 and solid-state lasers.

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How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts - TheFabricator.com

How to enhance design for manufacturability efforts

January 9, 2012

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Metal stampers that produce to print aren't positioning themselves for a prosperous future. They are providing a simple function—one that most shops can provide easily. Today stampers need to offer up expertise along with metal forming capabilities. They need to be able to recognize an opportunity where they can influence product design so that development and manufacturing costs can be minimized. They need to prove their value to customers so that the customer is reluctant to go looking for more value from another competitor. Eagle Wings Industries Inc., Rantoul, Ill., has some ideas on how to do just that.

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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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