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Pass-through blasting unit blasts leading, trailing edges of work area

January 29, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released the RT 1212 pass-through blaster. It features a blast width and height of 12 by 12 in. The redesigned unit's blast wheels are arranged to blast leading and trailing edges of the work area. It also incorporates starters with phase loss and imbalance...

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H.C. Starck's Newton facility awarded Industry Week's 2013 Best Plants

January 29, 2014

H.C. Starck's plant in Newton, Mass., has been awarded Industry Week's 2013 Best Plants. The implementation of a world-class manufacturing program with 5S, Six Sigma, and lean techniques yielded significant improvements in the facility’s manufacturing operations, increasing product quality,...

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Growth in auto industry to drive demand for permanent magnets

January 29, 2014

The global market for permanent magnets is expected to reach $31.18 billion by 2020, driven in part by growth in the global automobile industry, according to a new study, “Permanent Magnets Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts to 2020,” by Grand View Research Inc., San Francisco....

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Coolant recycling system

Coolant recycling system extends life of coolants, wash water

January 29, 2014

Prab's Guardian coolant recycling system is designed for operations with industrial coolant or wash water reservoirs. According to the manufacturer, the system reduces waste fluids up to 90 percent by recycling used coolants. Free-floating and mechanically dispersed tramp oils are reduced to...

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In praise of snow plows

January 28, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

As I write this, I’m watching the snow fall outside my office window. If you’re in a part of the world that has seen far too much snow this winter, you’re probably thinking, “Big deal.” Actually, for those of us in parts of the country that seldom see snow, it is a big deal. It’s...

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The Flag Co. expands collaboration with Watts Machine and Mfg.

January 28, 2014

A new team effort between The Flag Co. Inc., Acworth, Ga., and its longtime manufacturing partner, Watts Machine and Mfg., Canton, Ga., has resulted in a new website for Watts at www.wattsmachineandmanufacturing.com and growth in its robotic gripper and custom parts divisions. The Flag Co.’s...

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Coolant Cleaners

Coolant cleaners help extend the life of coolant, cutting tools

January 28, 2014

Eriez® HydroFlow® permanent magnetic and rare-earth coolant cleaners are designed for use with surface grinders, gear grinders, honing and lapping machines, broaches, milling and drilling machines, face grinders, and oil-reclaiming machines. According to the manufacturer, the cleaners...

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TPS Acquisition acquires Theis Precision Steel

January 28, 2014

TPS Acquisition LLC, Plainfield, Ill., has acquired Theis Precision Steel Corp., including all of its assets and operations located in Bristol, Conn. The company has been renamed Theis Precision Steel USA Inc. TPS Acquisition LLC is a private group of Connecticut investors with metal stamping,...

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Web based time clock

Web-based time clock stores data in the cloud

January 28, 2014

ExakTime offers ClockPoint Connect, a browser-based time clock that stores data securely in the cloud. Users can track time and attendance from any computer with any web browser; no software or installation is required. The site asks users to log in with a user name and password, then clock...

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Oakworks names executive VP/CIO

January 28, 2014

Oakworks Inc., a designer and manufacturer of medical positioning equipment, medical treatment tables, and accessories in New Freedom, Pa., has appointed Andreas “Andy” Ludwig as executive vice president and chief information officer. Before joining the company, Ludwig served as global head...

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Welding Gas

Welding gas cylinder blast system designed for fast processing

January 28, 2014

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has released its redesigned GC111-A welding gas cylinder shotblaster. This unit uses the PowerMax center-fed blast wheel for fast processing and an optimized impact angle to the foot ring of acetylene bottles and the concave ends of oxygen cylinders. It...

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FABTECH 2013

FABTECH breaks records—again

January 28, 2014

The manufacturing sector appears strong for the near term. New technologies are emerging to help make fabricating a more productive exercise. Fabricators have positioned themselves to grow. All appears right in the metal fabricating world.

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Jetcam opens Sydney, Australia, location

January 27, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, has formed Jetcam Pacific Pty. in Sydney, Australia. The company offers sales and service for existing and prospective customers in the sheet metal and composite manufacturing sectors. Its Expert software is suitable for companies from small sheet metal shops to...

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truck bodies

Controlling its own fabricating future

January 27, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Altec, a manufacturer of truck bodies and related products, tried the outsourcing route me to stay on top of expanding fabricating jobs, but the headaches were too great to maintain such an arrangement. The company decided to take metal fabricating back in-house by setting up a new facility in Burnsville, N.C., and with the addition of some key equipment, it hasn't looked back.

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More than button-pushers wanted

January 24, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As metal fabricators claim they are unable to find young workers interested in working in metal fabricating for entry-level wages, the machine tool makers have responded by trying to take the “shop knowledge” that is commonly locked in the head of a few experienced shop floor workers and moving...

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