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Combi announces strategic partnership with Motion Control Robotics

April 2, 2014

Canton, Ohio-based Combi Packaging Systems LLC, a provider of customized end-of-line packaging equipment, and Motion Controls Robotics, Freemont, Ohio, a provider of robotic automation systems, have announced a strategic partnership to integrate robotic pick-and-place technology with ergonomic...

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Sample kit helps engineers find appropriate bearing material

April 2, 2014

The dry-tech® box from igus® Inc. is a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right bearing material for their applications. The box contains a set of card overlays that filter the bearing choices by criteria. The sample box includes an array of iglide® bearings, from iglide...

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Start/stop technology reduces hydraulic press energy consumption

April 2, 2014

AP&T has introduced a frequency drive system in its hydraulic presses to help save energy — similar to the start/stop function found in modern vehicles. The system controls the speed of the electrical engines, which then control the load-sensing hydraulic system found in the company’s...

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Draw-wire unit covers up to 98.43 ft.

April 2, 2014

The Leine & Linde WDS series draw-wire length measurement unit from Heidenhain provides up to 98.43 ft. of position data for lifts, factory doors, hoists, and gantry systems. The unit can be used with either absolute or incremental rotary encoders. The draw-wire unit’s measuring length is...

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Vertical storage system operates in 250 sq. ft.

April 2, 2014

The Vidmar® STAK system stores and retrieves heavy, bulky items vertically, up to 18 ft. high, with an adjustable racking system comprising removable, adjustable pallets and a captive lifting and handling device. According to the company, the system can operate fully in as little as 250 sq. ft....

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Wiley Metal Fabricating recognized by Wabash National

April 1, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has received a Platinum Award from Wabash National Corp. in recognition of its excellence in supply chain delivery, quality, cost, and innovation. Wabash National Corp., Lafayette, Ind., is a producer of semitrailers and...

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Reshoring Initiative wins 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award

April 1, 2014

Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative®, led by founder Harry Moser, has been named by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council as one of the winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards in the category of Industry Advocacy. The awards program recognizes companies and...

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Device lifts up to 1.76 tons

April 1, 2014

Konecranes offers the ATL Vertical Lifter to meet the handling requirements of a variety of industries. It features a maximum lifting capacity of 1.76 tons and absorption of torque up to 4,000 Nm. The pneumatic manipulators are ceiling-based systems made up of an XA crane system and a telescopic...

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From the Web 4.01.14

April 1, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How Fabricating Metal Products fared in March; an interesting animal-related product development; the future of a U.S. manufacturing nemesis; college graduates’ job search; and fabricators selling through Etsy.

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Wet blasting machine delivers edge radii within ±5-micron tolerance

April 1, 2014

The Vapormatt Sabre wet blasting machine is designed for small- to medium-volume manufacturers, coating centers, and R&D facilities. The nozzle arrangement focuses blast guns on the critical faces and cutting edges, delivering edge radii within ±micron tolerance of specification and a...

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Casters handle loads up to 1,200 lbs.

April 1, 2014

Caster Concepts offers a line of casters that it claims are maintenance-free. They can handle loads up to 1,200 lbs. by distributing downward pressure over a large area. Derived from a traditional caster using a bearing race held together by a kingpin, the kingpinless swivel bearing holds the yoke...

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E-book offers strategies for sheet metal fabrication sourcing

March 31, 2014

ETM Mfg. has published a free e-book, Estimating Sheet Metal Fabrication Costs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding How Fabricated Parts Are Estimated. It focuses on all of the cost components that comprise a fabricating quote — material costs, labor costs, overhead costs, and shipping...

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Chillers maintain metalworking fluids at consistent temperature levels

March 31, 2014

PolyScience offers DuraChill recirculating chillers to provide temperature control for metal forming, machining, and welding equipment. DuraChill chillers have cooling capacities from 5.2 to 33.4 kW at 68 degrees F. They are available in air- and water-cooled models. The 1.5-, 2-, and 3-HP...

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Bainbridge Mfg. to build new headquarters in Georgia

March 31, 2014

Bainbridge Mfg. LLC has announced it will invest $10 million in a new headquarters in Decatur County, Ga. The company will add 1.6 million sq. ft. to an existing 180,000-sq.-ft. facility. The project will create 100 jobs in the first year, with a total of 240 jobs and $100 million investment over...

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Apprenticeship, North Carolina-style

March 31, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Max Daetwyler Corp., a Huntersville, N.C.-based contract manufacturer, has evolved significantly to serve the changing business needs in the custom machinery arena. Its approach to employee skill development has evolved as well, with a growing regional partnership founded on the concepts behind European-style apprenticeships.

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