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Using watts, again - TheFabricator.com

Using watts, again

November 12, 2010

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A West Coast metal fabricator, Laser Cutting Northwest developed a product called the regenerator, which generates electricity from exhausted air. One application includes dust collectors for laser cutting systems. Installed into the shop’s own systems, the regenerator produces enough electricity to power a third of the shop lights.

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Grainger honors veterans through expanded scholarship program

November 11, 2010

Facilities maintenance supplier Grainger has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, the company will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community...

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FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta draws more attendees, fills more floor space than previous Atlanta show

November 11, 2010

The 2010 FABTECH exposition and conference drew 22,000 visitors to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 2-4 to experience the latest manufacturing innovations and discuss industry issues — an increase of 12 percent from the 2006 Atlanta show. The annual event is the largest tradeshow...

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The weakest link in fabrication often is made of paper

November 9, 2010

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Fabrication shops traditionally have relied on stand-alone software systems for various business functions and filled in the gaps with a paper trail. Today’s integrated systems can alleviate the headaches associated with paper-based tracking and make your operation more efficient.

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September manufacturing technology consumption up 66.1 percent

November 8, 2010

September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $399.76 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 USMTC program, was up 66.1...

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Camfil Farr APC opens sales, service office in Puerto Rico

November 8, 2010

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., has opened a sales and service office in Gurabo, P.R., for support of customers in the Caribbean region. The office provides sales and technical support, as well as a warehouse that stocks...

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New educational center features automated welding, cutting systems

November 8, 2010

Airgas Great Lakes has opened a new Automation Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. Developed in partnership with Retro Systems, Hypertherm, Motoman, and Miller, the facility adjoins Airgas' 28th Street retail store. The facility's equipment includes a Retro Systems Hornet HD dual-side drive cutting...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part XI

November 8, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis has turned his attention to the sliding charcoal plan, but this particular component challenges the top-down modeling approach that has been used up until this point in the project.

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A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters - TheFabricator.com

A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters

November 8, 2010

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A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.

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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring in manufacturing expected to increase slightly in November compared with year ago

November 5, 2010

The U.S. private sector labor force is expected to make small gains in hiring in November, but the pace of job increases has slowed considerably in recent months, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November...

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ISM October ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

November 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Nov. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Great Dane Trailers breaks ground for Statesboro plant

November 1, 2010

Great Dane Trailers has begun building a new manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Ga. The project represents an investment of $33.5 million by the company and is expected to create more than 400 jobs over the next four years. The new plant will produce single- and multitemp refrigerated trailers to...

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AutoForm files patent infringement lawsuit against ETA

November 1, 2010

AutoForm Eng. GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland, has filed a lawsuit against Engineering Technology Associates Inc. (ETA), Troy, Mich., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit involves AutoForm's United States Patent No. 7,623,939 (the 939 patent), entitled "Method for...

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Economic analyst explains how U.S. can increase exports

November 1, 2010

Nobody doubts that the U.S. must get better at exporting, says Dr. Chris Kuehl. There was a call earlier in 2010 to increase exports by 5 percent in the next few years, but there was nothing to support that goal in subsequent speeches, and congressional action has actually made things worse....

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Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr.

November 1, 2010

GaleWrap, an ITW Corp. company, offers the GW-3500™ all-in-one mobile pallet wrapper and pallet jack as an alternative to conventional hand wrapping. The unit wraps up to 25 loads/hr., runs at 11 RPM, and offers a wrapping height of 71 in. The pallet is 32 to 40 in. wide by 48 in. long....

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