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Continuous improvement: Do you have a handle on flow

May 23, 2016

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Manufacturing is all about flow, both of physical products and information. You can plan for good flow. But if you let it evolve on its own, you will be dealing with the waste and efficiency that evolution creates.

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DeWys Mfg. names product development engineer

May 23, 2016

DeWys Mfg. Inc., a metal fabricator in Marne, Mich., has promoted Nate Lillibridge to product development engineer. He joined the company five years ago in the maintenance department, where he gained experience in all aspects of the manufacturing process. Lillibridge is attending Grand Rapids...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Comparison of two animation tools for creating walk-through tours

May 23, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating walk-through animations. The use of a camera following a path is discussed.

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Report predicts welding equipment market will grow at 5 percent CAGR to 2020

May 19, 2016

RnRMarketResearch.com has released “Global Welding Equipment Market 2016-2020,” which reports that analysts forecast the global welding market to grow at a CAGR of 5 percent during the period 2016-2020. A key trend boosting market growth is the redressal of the growing gap in the skilled...

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Fabricators are in the information business

May 19, 2016

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Fabricators aren't selling just parts anymore. They're selling their ability to partner and communicate with customers.

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Toolots plans manufacturing exchange summit to promote trade between U.S., China

May 19, 2016

Toolots Inc., a company that provides a factory-direct e-commerce platform for international manufacturers to purchase and sell industrial tools, machinery, and technology, has announced its Inaugural Manufacturing Exchange Summit. The event will be held at its headquarters in Cerritos, Calif.,...

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Forecast predicts economic growth in manufacturing to continue through 2016

May 19, 2016

Economic growth in manufacturing is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2016, according to the "Spring 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast" from the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), Tempe, Ariz. Fifty percent of respondents from...

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Cleanliness inspection system provides all-in-one scan

May 19, 2016

Olympus has launched the CIX90 technical cleanliness control system. It provides cleanliness inspection with an intuitive interface that provides step-by-step guidance to users. The dedicated turnkey system is optimized for fast, accurate, and reproducible particle detection that delivers...

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More investment needed in shop classes in schools, says FMW Fasteners survey

May 19, 2016

According to the latest business survey from FMW Fasteners, an online provider of anchor products, nuts, bolts, socket products, and screws based in Houston, its customers are calling for more investment in shop classes. Seventy percent of the 300 survey participants said there's not enough...

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ET Seminar Committee names winner of Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence

May 18, 2016

The Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence has been presented to current ET Seminar Committee Chairman Craig Werner. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the ET Seminar Committee, Wauconda, Ill., is given to an aluminum extrusion industry professional who has demonstrated outstanding qualities...

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Device stacks empty pallets

May 18, 2016

Automation Plus, a Division of CSF Inc., has added product to the Pallet Return Device (PRD) line. The product now can be used anywhere that empty pallets are stacked. The stand-alone unit is suitable for use in manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and warehouses. The operator lifts...

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Wet electrostatic precipitator offers fine particulate control

May 17, 2016

Bionomic Industries Inc. has launched the HEI™ wet electrostatic precipitator system for fine particulate control. The system incorporates discharge electrode technology that can be sized to specific applications and concentrates a high intensity ionizing corona in strategic areas within the...

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Afco Systems expands European operations and sales

May 17, 2016

Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Afco Systems, a manufacturer of racks, cabinets, enclosures, and air containment systems for the data center and telecommunications industry, has expanded its manufacturing and sales capabilities in Europe. Through a strategic partnership with Byrne-Mech, a precision...

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LED string light set made for general work areas

May 16, 2016

Larson Electronics offers a 3,900-W LED string light set designed for general work areas. Featuring 26 LED light fixtures at 150 W each, the light set provides 338,000 lumens. This unit is UL1598-approved and suitable for inspection activities and temporary illumination in wet locations. Each...

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LIFT spearheads team to develop computer models that predict corrosion

May 16, 2016

Detroit-based LIFT -- Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, has announced the formation of a team of manufacturers and universities that will work to develop a database...

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