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FMA, TPA seek applicants for industry awards

March 5, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association Intl.® (TPA) seek applicants for two industry awards. The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2011,...

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METALCON International 2010 to be held in October

March 5, 2010

The 20th annual METALCON International Conference and Exhibition for metal construction products and technologies will be held Oct. 20-22, 2010, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Sponsored by the...

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M&M Mfg. hires VP of commercial business development

March 5, 2010

M&M Manufacturing Co., a Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturer of rectangular, spiral, and round duct pipe and fittings for commercial and residential applications, has hired Larry Cook as vice president of...

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SME recognizes young leaders

March 5, 2010

SME has announced the winners of the 2010 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Richard E. Morley Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The award, which recognizes people age 35 and younger for...

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Quality Tool adds turret punch/laser

March 5, 2010

Quality Tool Inc., a metal fabrication contract manufacturer based in St. Paul, Minn., has added the Amada® EMLK3610NT turret punch/laser system with servo-electric drive. The machine's customized...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part III

March 1, 2010

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Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically

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Why lean manufacturing won't make you rich — Part II

March 1, 2010

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Manufacturers often believe at least one of three common lean manufacturing misconceptions. Knowing about these misconceptions and understanding why they're not true will help set you on a path to incorporating lean tools into your manufacturing structure.

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Supply chain collaborates on bending project

March 1, 2010

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Faced with a daunting bending contract and a short timeframe, Rick Williams of Rockford Process Control (RPC) sought cooperation from a tubing supplier, bending machine manufacturer, and a tooling supplier at the beginning of the project. The information exchange enabled RPC and its supply chain partners to develop a process, deliver a bender, and engineer and manufacture tooling without the benefit of tubing samples.

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The Apple iPad in manufacturing

February 23, 2010

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On Wednesday 27th January 2010 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveiled their latest creation - the iPad Tablet. Billed primarily as a consumer device, Jobs positioned the tablet somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop and priced it from an attractive US$499. But is there room for it in business,...

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NAM: Manufacturers call President Obama's $1 trillion health-care proposal 'disappointing'

February 23, 2010

As President Obama offered his new health-care plan Feb. 22, National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler issued the following statement expressing concerns with the proposal: We are...

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Welders on welding

February 23, 2010

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Based on feedback from "Welding Wire" subscribers, you have to wonder if CareerCast.com interviewed any welders when compiling its 2010 list of the best and worst jobs. Welding was the No. 5 worst job on the list, and welders question its ranking.

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Metal formers expect business conditions to remain fairly steady over next three months

February 15, 2010

According to the February 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect conditions to remain fairly steady over the next three months....

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Waste not, want more

February 11, 2010

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In recent years General Metal Works, Mequon, Wis., has leaned heavily on practices that eliminate waste in its shop floor operations and kept its work force engaged. The efforts have paid off in that no layoffs have occurred during the recent economic downturn, and the company is still on track to finish with $10 million in sales revenue in 2009. The company also has been named the winner of The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010.

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Ohio governor visits Wayne Trail Technologies, commends company for helping its work force retool and stay current

February 11, 2010

February 2, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland visited Wayne Trail Technologies in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Company officials took Strickland for a tour of the facility before he addressed employees and state...

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Stretch film suitable for stabilizing odd-shaped loads

February 9, 2010

Yellow Jacket, marketed by ITW-GaleWrap, offers Jacket Wrap™ machine film for use with Yellow Jacket machines for securing palletized loads on the forks of the forklift. The wrap is resistant to...

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