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BCN Technical Services expands press rebuild capabilities

January 13, 2009

BCN Technical Services has completed a 13,000-square-ft. addition to its Hastings, Mich., facility specifically designed for the refurbishment and assembly of small to medium-size mechanical and...

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Kennametal to cut 1,200 jobs

January 13, 2009

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal, which said that demand for its tools and advanced materials have been hurt by customers' actions to keep inventories low, has announced that it is cutting more than...

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We're all in this together: Fighting negativity

January 13, 2009

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Even in the best of times, negativity can rear its ugly head and create problems in the workplace. In today's turbulent economic climate, fighting negativity may seem an almost impossible task. However, it's more important now than ever to keep negativity at bay. This article explains why.

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EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming

January 13, 2009

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EuroBLECH is a celebration more than anything. Most of the booths have plenty of tables and, usually, a bar for customers, distributors, business partners, and friends to swing by, chat, have a drink, and talk about life both in and out of the industry. In fact, unlike shows in North America, a visitor will find materials suppliers—the folks that make the metal sheet, plate, and tube—among the exhibitors. Everyone comes together for this global event.

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Machine tool demand falls

January 12, 2009

Reuters has reported that U.S. November machine tool demand fell 34.7 percent to $185.57 million from $284.27 million in October, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and the...

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Manufacturing sector economist outlines four steps necessary for rebound

January 5, 2009

A substantial economic rebound, particularly as it relates to U.S. manufacturing, will occur in 2009 only if four factors trend in a positive way, said Dr. Chris Kuehl, the economic analyst for the...

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Sketching in a 3-D CAD System

January 1, 2009

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes different approaches to sketching in a 3-D environment.

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Metal formers expect slight improvement

December 17, 2008

According to the December 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to improve slightly, yet remain difficult during...

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Lockout scissor hasp accommodates multiple padlocks

December 16, 2008

Fortress Interlocks has introduced the lockout scissor hasp for locking off dangerous machinery in the workplace.Employees who use the lockout/tagout safety procedure can lock multiple padlocks onto...

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Vertical carousel improves operator ergonomics

December 16, 2008

The Remstar MegaStation® vertical carousel is designed to occupy minimal floor space, increase productivity, and improve operator ergonomics in fabricating equipment applications, according to the...

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Modular heavy-duty welding table provides 2-ton load capacity

December 16, 2008

Strong Hand Tools™ manufactures the BuildPro™ series of welding tables. Designed for modular, simplified use, the table is constructed of precision, hardened steel plates with 5/8-in....

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MRP system integrates with provider's CAM, nesting software, or stands alone

December 16, 2008

Jetcam Intl. has introduced a comprehensive MRP system suitable for all types of manufacturing companies, from one-off and small-batch manufacturers to process manufacturers and high-volume/repetitive...

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Cost estimating module designed for machining, sheet metal fabrication

December 16, 2008

MTI Systems has introduced a feature-based cost estimating module within its Costimator software.The current version, V9.0, provides users with feature-based cost models for machining and sheet metal...

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Rotary fixture marks cylindrical, multiple-sided parts

December 16, 2008

Kwik Mark Inc.'s KwikTurn rotary fixture is suitable for marking around cylindrical and multiple-sided parts. The modular construction features a base with an adjustable headstock and tailstock. The...

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Load cells are accurate to 0.3 percent

December 16, 2008

For OEM equipment and custom machinery, Baumer Ltd. has introduced DLRx load cells, which are sensors designed to measure force in a range of harsh industrial environments. Featuring IP65/IP67...

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