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"Fabricating industry continues to show its mettle," says association president

October 7, 2011

The current decade promises to be one of the most exciting periods in recent memory for the metal fabricating and forming industry, according to Ed Youdell, president and CEO of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. In a recent feature article, Youdell credited...

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Advance Mfg. celebrates 50th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Advance Mfg. celebrates 50th anniversary

October 7, 2011

Advance Mfg. Co. Inc., Westfield, Mass., marks 50 years in the precision machining industry in 2011. Founded by Tony Amanti in 1961 with $10,000, a handful of employees, and a few machines, the firm now employs nearly 200 at its 120,000-sq.-ft. facility and remains family-owned and -operated....

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Adjustable shim lifts, supports 10,000 lbs - TheFabricator.com

Adjustable shim lifts, supports 10,000 lbs

October 7, 2011

Pinpoint Laser Systems has introduced the Microshim, a precision, adjustable shim for machine adjustment and leveling in production plants, machine shops, utilities, and other industrial facilities. Typical applications include positioning large machinery, leveling grinding equipment, adjusting...

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Gas blending system allows for blending, diluting up to five component gases - TheFabricator.com

Gas blending system allows for blending, diluting up to five component gases

October 7, 2011

The Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. has introduced the Parker gas blending system. It allows users to blend or dilute up to five component gases to produce customized gas mixtures. The system draws from five separate pure gas sources to generate a controlled blend....

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Durable Technologies established to manage three business units

October 7, 2011

Durable Mecco, Durable Machine, and VisiMark have become part of Durable Technologies, Worcester, Mass., the top-level entity created to manage these different business units. The company reports it is improving internal communications capabilities, expanding its technical team, and adding...

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Hiring activity for October appears weak

October 6, 2011

Continuing a recent pattern of weak job growth in the U.S., hiring in October will be limited in the manufacturing sector and will fall in the service sector compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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FMA Communications names group publisher - TheFabricator.com

FMA Communications names group publisher

October 5, 2011

David Brambert has been named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). As group publisher, Brambert is responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in September for 26th consecutive month

October 3, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 28th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued October 3 by Bradley J....

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Contest spotlights hometown industry

October 3, 2011

OEM manufacturer Tap Associates, Mariposa, Calif., has announced the establishment of the Machined in America contest. This national effort is organized for machine shops and manufacturing companies to participate in a fun but serious campaign to promote hometown pride and work in the U.S. Via the...

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Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems - TheFabricator.com

Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems

October 3, 2011

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has delivered two Laserdyne 795XL seven-axis BeamDirector® systems to contract manufacturer Ace Precision Machining Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis., for laser processing of components for the aerospace and power-generation industries. In addition to the two...

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LAI Intl. wins ACE Award

October 3, 2011

LAI International Inc., Phoenix, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has won its fourth consecutive ACE (Arizona Corporate Excellence) Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized in September as a Top-50 private company ranked by revenue. LAI was the only...

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Survey reveals manufacturers' top economic concerns

October 3, 2011

Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has released the findings from its latest semiannual Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top financial concerns of small and midsized U.S. manufacturers for the second half of 2011. The findings reveal that most of these...

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HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating - TheFabricator.com

HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating

October 3, 2011

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced Tri-Flow, a new filtration concept that delivers HEPA-like performance with a MERV 16 rating. The compact filters serve as an alternative to bag, cartridge, and pocket filters, which typically are rated MERV 10 to 13. According to the company, the filters provide...

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Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention - TheFabricator.com

Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention

October 3, 2011

ITW Muller has introduced the Octopus SideKick™, a second carriage that can be added to almost any new or existing Octopus stretch-wrapping machine. The unit operates as an independent film carriage that automatically rotates into primary wrapping position when the film is breaking or...

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PMA to host inaugural Women in Manufacturing Symposium

September 26, 2011

More than 150 women executives, managers, and supervisors will gather in Cleveland Oct. 25-26, 2011, for the first Women in Manufacturing Symposium, hosted by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). The event, designed for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry, will...

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