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Ultrachem updates website

September 10, 2013

Ultrachem Inc., New Castle, Del., has updated its online resource, www.ultracheminc.com, for premium-grade synthetic oils and greases for the OEM and industrial maintenance markets. The new website includes multilingual product handbooks and brochures, cross-reference guides, and product data...

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Manufacturing Day 2013 gains four new sponsors

September 9, 2013

Manufacturing Day 2013 has gained four more sponsors, with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) both joining at the Silver level, and Women in Manufacturing (WIM) and the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) joining at the...

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Leggett & Platt to expand Missouri facility

September 9, 2013

Leggett & Platt has announced plans for a $5 million expansion of its Flex-O-Lators facility in Carthage, Mo. The plant makes automotive seating components. The expansion will add 28,000 sq. ft. to the plant and create 12 jobs. The company, which has 130 locations in 17 countries, produces...

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Applied Fusion installs second super-large electron beam welder - TheFabricator.com

Applied Fusion installs second super-large electron beam welder

September 9, 2013

Precision metal fabricator Applied Fusion, San Leandro, Calif., has completed the installation of its second 8-axis, CNC, large electron beam welding machine. Its 125-ton, 64-cu.-m vacuum chamber provides a large working envelope, and the 65-in., tiltable rotary table with a Z-axis movement...

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Metal laser sintering services offered

September 6, 2013

Prototype Casting Inc. offers direct metal laser sintering services for creating parts involving complex geometries. The process delivers fast, accurate metal fabrication, according to the company, and allows the prototypes to be tested vigorously because of its compatibility with most alloys....

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Ford Motor Co. Fund invests $120,000 in engineering scholarships

September 5, 2013

The Ford Motor Co. Fund has granted $120,000 to the SME Education Foundation, Dearborn, Mich., to support the Ford Blue Oval Scholars Operation Better World – Detroit program and the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ). This year, through the Blue Oval Scholars program, the company awarded $250,...

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Shimifrez's Concord facility earns AS9100 Rev. C

September 5, 2013

Shimifrez Inc., a fabricator of photo-etched, light-gauge metal components, has announced that its Concord, Ont., facility has achieved certification to the AS9100 Revision C standard. The AS9100 standard supplements ISO 9001:2008 with requirements tailored to the aerospace industry. The company...

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Fears of a U.S. manufacturing skills gap in the near term are overblown, says report

September 5, 2013

The U.S. skills shortage will be less of a problem than many people believe in the short term, and it is unlikely to prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing in the next few years, according to a report, "The U.S. Skills Gap: Could It Threaten a Manufacturing Renaissance?" from The Boston...

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Rechargeable battery unit kit provides long-term backup for CNC machines

September 5, 2013

FANUC America Corp. - FANUC CNC offers a rechargeable battery unit kit that provides long-term backup power for CNC machines and eliminates the use of disposable batteries. The unit enables one CNC system to be connected from a power source to the servo amplifiers. It contains a rechargeable...

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Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs - TheFabricator.com

Stand-alone application performs DFX validation of product designs

September 5, 2013

Geometric Ltd. has launched Geometric DFX, a stand-alone application for carrying out design for X (DFX) validation of product designs. Powered by the company's DFMPro® design-for-manufacturability system, the application uses the CGM 3-D modeling kernel from Spatial Corp. Spatial's 3-D...

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Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price

September 5, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.

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So you want to sell? - TheFabricator.com

So you want to sell?

September 5, 2013 | By Christopher Geier

A seller wants to improve the business to drive higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples. EBITDA indicates the profitability of a company and is considered when assessing its valuation during the sales process. As a company’s EBITDA consistently moves higher, so will the value of the company.

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Blast the silos to unlock potential - TheFabricator.com

Blast the silos to unlock potential

September 5, 2013 | By Jeff Sipes

In a company with silos, departmental functions rarely interact, and workers within those departments are focused solely on their core assignments. These silos perpetuate inward thinking, turf protection, and subpar results for customers. To improve, an organization needs to tear down these structures.

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So, exactly what are you going to improve?

September 5, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Cycle time? Labor performance? It’s easy just to pick a random area for improvement, but if a metal fabricator really wants to change operations dramatically, time and effort are needed to identify the root causes in the greatest need of correction.

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The industry gets a quarterly physical - TheFabricator.com

The industry gets a quarterly physical

September 5, 2013 | By Tim Heston

According to the inaugural Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report, released in July, business isn’t horrible, but it’s not gangbusters either.

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