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Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues

March 7, 2013

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In this third installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes why an estimator cares how well a project fits the capabilities of the shop.

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D&S Mfg. integrates robotic welding cell

March 6, 2013

To meet the goal of a large increase in its robotic welding cell envelope, D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies, and weldments, has integrated a new robotic welding cell featuring two ABB IRB 2500 6-axis robots, two Lincoln welding power...

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Koester Metals announces plans to relocate to Indiana

March 6, 2013

Koester Metals, Inc. (KMI), a manufacturer of sheet metal fabrications and enclosures, has announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Defiance, Ohio, to Fremont, Ind., creating up to 44 new jobs by 2018. The company will invest $2.7 million to move its headquarters and operations to its...

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Caster Concepts hires director of sales

March 6, 2013

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of casters and wheels in Albion, Mich., has hired Jamie Long as director of sales, working throughout the U.S. and Canada. Long has extensive sales management and strategic planning background, having previously served as national sales manager for Hotsy Corp....

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BTD to open new location in Minnesota

March 6, 2013

BTD has announced plans to add 100,000 sq. ft. of operations in Lakeville, Minn. The new location is the company's sixth overall and third in Lakeville, giving the company a total of 800,000 sq. ft. The company reports that production at its five other locations in Minnesota and Illinois will be...

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MRP system designed for fabrication industry

March 5, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems has introduced SigmaMRP™. Developed for the specific requirements of the fabrication industry, the manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system manages transactions and communication with customers and suppliers, inventory of goods and raw materials, and departmental and...

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Sapa Extrusions North America adds friction stir welding capacity

March 5, 2013

Aluminum extrusion company Sapa Extrusions North America, Rosemont, Ill., has completed a joint development project with H.F. Webster Inc. that provides Sapa with exclusive access to one of the largest commercial panel friction stir welding machines in North America. Friction stir welding is a...

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Robovent expands into the abrasive blast industry

March 5, 2013

Robovent, a provider of air filtration and ventilation systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced its expansion into the abrasive blast industry. The company will introduce new mobile dust collectors designed to require less floor space than the products currently used in the industry, the...

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low amperage, plasma marking

Introduction to plasma marking

March 4, 2013

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Fabricators mark parts for various reasons using different technologies, each with its own benefits. This article describes several marking options and further discusses plasma marking.

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Nesting software

Nesting software makes the intelligent connection

March 4, 2013

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Nesting software continues to evolve. Once a relatively simple program that allowed you to achieve a fairly decent nest with minimal engineering, today’s software provides enhanced material management and whole-operation connectivity.

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Enhancing the customer relationship

March 1, 2013

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Innovation has been said to be at the heart of business success, but in a contract fabrication company that often doesn't work with product development or design, where is that innovation? According to Jeff Mengel, partner and a leader in Plante Moran's manufacturing group, innovation doesn't apply to just products. It can also be about changing a customer relationship. Read the article.

An alchemy of intentions - TheFabricator.com

An alchemy of intentions

March 1, 2013

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METAL LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., is not your typical custom fab shop. Along with taking on architectural fabrication jobs, the company also handles restoration of antique and contemporary vehicles, performs product research and design, and fabricates custom sculptural projects. If that weren't enough, METAL has plans to release its own line of custom tables and routinely opens its doors to the public for art showings and as a musical venue, truly pushing itself to the forefront of the Ann Arbor arts and entertainment scene.

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SigmaTEK Systems celebrates 20 years in business

February 27, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC marks its 20th year in business in 2013. Founded in 1993, the company provides CAD/CAM nesting software and associated manufacturing business automation systems. SigmaTEK's nesting systems are designed for plasma, laser, punch, oxyfuel, waterjet, router, knife, tube/pipe, and...

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Radius Steel Fabrication earns Canadian Welding Bureau certification

February 27, 2013

Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor, a provider of customized steel fabrication for the agricultural machinery industry in Sioux City, Iowa, has secured company certification from the Canadian Welding Bureau for the CSA Welding Standard 47.1. The Canadian Welding Bureau is an independent,...

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Ice Industries adds capacity at Mexico facility

February 27, 2013

Ice Industries, Toledo, Ohio, has announced that it is adding five metal stamping presses, plus ancillary equipment, at its Apodaca/Monterrey, Mexico, production facility. The mechanical presses have capacities from 150 to 1,000 tons. All include feeders, straighteners, and coil handling equipment....

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