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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, but at slower rate than February

April 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 46th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued April 1 by Bradley J....

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Challenge Mfg. announces $10.3 million expansion

April 3, 2013

Challenge Mfg. Co., Walker, Mich., a manufacturer of engineered metal stampings and modular assemblies for the automotive industry, has announced plans to expand existing operations in the cities of Holland and Walker, investing $10.3 million and adding 180 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the...

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On Time Fab to expand

April 3, 2013

On Time Fab Inc., a custom metal fabrication shop in Owensboro, Ky., has announced plans to double the size of its building and add new equipment, including a plasma table that the company says will increase flexibility and decrease finishing time. The shop, which builds custom handrails, stairs,...

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Seating pins also function as feet

April 3, 2013

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 6321.1 seating pins in metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant seating pins are fabricated of tempered, hardened steel. The pins are 0.26 to 0.79 in. long, with head diameters from 0.24 to 1.57 in. In addition to their use in positioning the parts of a jig assembly, they...

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Surface treatments add wear resistance to complex components

April 3, 2013

UltraFlex™ wear-resistant surface treatments from Kennametal are designed for components with complex geometries in the power-generation and oil and gas industries. The treatments provide metallurgical-bonded, void-free cladding for critical components in demanding environments. They protect...

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Compact palletizer frees up space

April 1, 2013

QComp Technologies Inc. has introduced the QComp 5G palletizer. Its compact, modular design frees up floor space, allowing users to stack bags, cases, and trays at any point in their production line to eliminate conveyor runs to specialized palletizing areas. The unit's robot performs 20...

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Industrial Innovations installs lube management system at Tier 1 stamping plant

March 28, 2013

Industrial Innovations, Wyoming, Mich., has announced the installation of its plantwide lubrication management system at a Tier 1 automotive stamping facility in Ohio. The system comprises a Triple Pro-Mix 5 system capable of mixing a lubricant at three different ratios simultaneously and four...

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Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility - TheFabricator.com

Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility

March 28, 2013

In commemoration of ASM Intl.'s 100th anniversary, Solar Atmospheres Inc., Souderton, Pa., will donate a vacuum furnace to ASM for use in its Teaching Lab at its headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio. The $250,000 furnace, expected to ship in June, will allow students to perform a variety of...

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Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating adds paint booth

March 28, 2013

Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating, Waite Park, Minn., has added a paint booth to its current fabrication capabilities. The 30- by 120-ft. booth has a 28-ft. ceiling. The $1 million investment allows the company to move painting processes in-house to complement its cutting, shearing, rolling,...

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Impulse Manufacturing launches website

March 28, 2013

Impulse Manufacturing, Dawsonville, Ga., a supplier of metal fabrication products and services, has launched a new website at www.impulsemfg.com. It features an overview of the company’s capabilities and quality processes. Visitors can research the company's metal fabrication services in website...

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SigmaTEK Systems to hold annual productivity seminar series

March 28, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing automation systems, has announced that its SigmaTEK Academy will take place May 14-15, 2013, in Cincinnati. The seminar brings together fabricators, cutting machine suppliers and OEMs, manufacturing software...

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CCAM unveils research, product development facility

March 28, 2013

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) near Richmond, Va., a research-based collaboration among the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and manufacturing companies worldwide, has unveiled its new, 62,000-sq.-ft. research facility. The...

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PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes - TheFabricator.com

PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes

March 27, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp. has released FX Tube, a PC-based software system for tube and pipe processing, for use on the Mazak Fabri Gear machine. The new system can create complex pipe shapes via imported solid models, 2-D CAD data, or internal drafting features. The input system defines geometric...

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Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages - TheFabricator.com

Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages

March 27, 2013

Physik Instrumente (PI) LP offers a new motion controller for closed-loop precision positioning systems. The C-884, a 4-axis digital servo controller, controls motorized linear translation stages and rotary positioners with high accuracy and repeatability, the company reports. The high-speed...

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Durable goods orders rose 5.7 percent in February, largely due to gains in transportation

March 26, 2013

New orders for manufactured durable goods in February increased $12.4 billion or 5.7 percent to $232.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up five of the last six months, followed a 3.8 percent January decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.5 percent....

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