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Compact parallel grippers can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths

September 27, 2010

PHD has announced the release of the series GRA gripper. The compact, precision gripper, available in four sizes, can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths. Its slim design allows ample space for stacking grippers in confined areas.The factory-set jaw guide system helps minimize...

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Modular system offered for workbench, tool storage - TheFabricator.com

Modular system offered for workbench, tool storage

September 27, 2010

Shure Mfg. Corp. offers the SHURETECH® modular system for workbench and tool storage requirements. Preconfigured workstations are available in double-bay (16-ft.) or single-bay (8-ft.) configurations. Customers can also design a workstation by selecting individual components and adding...

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Brilex Industries enters joint-venture agreement with Excent Group

September 27, 2010

Brilex Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a supplier of medium- and large-sized fabrications, machining, and assembly to heavy industry worldwide, has purchased a 50 percent ownership stake in Enexa Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of The Excent Group, France. Enexa is the fifth company to join the...

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Internal combustion forklift introduced

September 27, 2010

Crown Equipment has unveiled an internal combustion Crown C-5 series pneumatic-tire, industrial forklift for heavy-duty and outdoor applications. The class V forklift is equipped with an industrial John Deere Power Systems engine and a dual, open-core radiator that offers independent engine and...

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FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey

September 27, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at the FMA Store (www.fmastore.org). The survey details...

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Felling Trailers adds sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Felling Trailers adds sales rep

September 27, 2010

Felling Trailers Inc., an industrial trailer manufacturer and service provider in Sauk Centre, Minn., has appointed Daniel "Boone" Larsen as inside/outside sales representative. With Larsen in this position, the company anticipates an increase in brand awareness and sales in the Midwest and...

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Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager - TheFabricator.com

Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager

September 27, 2010

Woodlawn Mfg., Marshall, Texas, has announced that Cory R. Mayo has joined the company as plant manager. Mayo previously served as director of operations for two Stoneridge plants, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems for the automotive, truck, and agricultural markets....

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Timken completes acquisition of QM Bearings and Power Transmission

September 22, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ferndale, Wash.-based QM Bearings and Power Transmission Inc. That location, as well as manufacturing facilities in Prince George, British Columbia, and Wuxi, China, along with distribution facilities in Ontario, Texas, and...

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Lincoln Electric pipeline welding seminar scheduled for October

September 21, 2010

Lincoln Electric will offer a free pipeline welding seminar for contractors and professionals in the pipeline industry. The two-day session will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the company’s corporate headquarters in...

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SME presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference

September 21, 2010

The demand for sustainability is growing stronger every day, and manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment while increasing profitability. To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, the Society of...

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NEX Solutions ranks 38th on Inc. 5000 list

September 21, 2010

Inc. magazine has ranked NEX Solutions, Litchfield, Mich., 38th in the manufacturing category and 1,883rd overall on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company's ranking is based on a three-year growth of 144 percent. "Economic conditions...

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LAI International wins third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence

September 21, 2010

LAI International Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has won its third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized Sept. 16 as a Top-50 Private Company ranked by revenue at the 16th Annual Arizona Corporate...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX

September 16, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.

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Lean inventory complements lean production - TheFabricator.com

Lean inventory complements lean production

September 16, 2010

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Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.

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Metal formers expect steady conditions during next three months but are increasingly cautious as end of quarter draws near

September 14, 2010

According to the September 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies continue to expect steady business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 134 metal...

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