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Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages - TheFabricator.com

Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages

March 27, 2013

Physik Instrumente (PI) LP offers a new motion controller for closed-loop precision positioning systems. The C-884, a 4-axis digital servo controller, controls motorized linear translation stages and rotary positioners with high accuracy and repeatability, the company reports. The high-speed...

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Durable goods orders rose 5.7 percent in February, largely due to gains in transportation

March 26, 2013

New orders for manufactured durable goods in February increased $12.4 billion or 5.7 percent to $232.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up five of the last six months, followed a 3.8 percent January decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.5 percent....

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East Coast Metal Fabrication to expand in Nova Scotia

March 26, 2013

East Coast Metal Fabrication has announced plans for a major capital upgrade and modernization of its fabrication operation in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The company has received a provisionally repayable loan of $600,000 from Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. (ECBC), a federal Crown corporation in Canada...

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Aluminum resistance welding adaptive schedule helps improve consistency - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum resistance welding adaptive schedule helps improve consistency

March 26, 2013

WeldComputer Corp. has introduced a weld schedule for its resistance welding Adaptive Control® to address the challenges of aluminum welding. The aluminum adaptive weld schedule controls weld quality by automatically compensating for multiple sources of variations such as material surface...

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Mestek Machinery acquires ISM Machinery

March 25, 2013

Mestek Machinery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has acquired ISM Machinery, a manufacturer of spiral duct fabricating machinery in Grayslake, Ill. Mestek Machinery, through its Lockformer, Iowa Precision, Engel, and Lion brands, is a provider of automated rectangular duct fabricating machinery. Bryan...

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Manufacturing sector energy use, energy intensity down since 2002

March 25, 2013

Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Washington, D.C. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate...

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Washtenaw student to represent U.S. in welding competition

March 25, 2013

Alex Pazkowski of Saline, Mich., a student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., will represent the U.S. in Leipzig, Germany, in the welding competition during the biennial WorldSkills Competition, July 2-7, 2013. A member of SkillsUSA, the Leesburg, Va., organization that represents...

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Temperature indicators available in more than 100 temperature ratings - TheFabricator.com

Temperature indicators available in more than 100 temperature ratings

March 25, 2013

Tempilstik°® temperature indicators from LA-CO Industries Inc. make marks that melt within 1 percent of their rated temperatures, according to the manufacturer. Lot numbered for NIST traceability, the indicators are supplied in an adjustable aluminum holder with pocket clip. More than...

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Software allows building of multiple-component worksheets

March 21, 2013

Jetcam Intl. has launched Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) Premium II. The software provides a way to build unlimited worksheets of components remotely for nesting, either manually or automatically. Able to support multiple Expert systems from the manufacturer, it can send CAD files for tooling to...

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Picosecond laser designed for high-throughput processing - TheFabricator.com

Picosecond laser designed for high-throughput processing

March 21, 2013

Coherent Inc. has introduced the Talisker 1000 series ultrafast industrial laser. The high-power picosecond laser is designed for high-throughput, precision materials processing applications in the semiconductor, solar, medical device, consumer electronics, and automotive industries. Three...

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Dry vacuum holds 110 gallons - TheFabricator.com

Dry vacuum holds 110 gallons

March 21, 2013

Exair has introduced the 110-gal. Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ system, an industrial-duty vacuum cleaner designed to vacuum high volumes of dry material rapidly. The compressed-air-powered unit has no motors or impellers, so it is suitable for the cleanup of abrasive materials such as steel...

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National Robotics Challenge to be held April 11-13

March 19, 2013

The National Robotics Challenge promotes innovation and helps stimulate creativity in students using robotic technology. Students from 70 schools across nine states will compete April 11-13 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, Ohio, in one of the few open-platform educational competitions....

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Nordyne to close Missouri plants

March 19, 2013

Nordyne, St. Louis, a manufacturer of heating and cooling products, has announced it will gradually relocate its split system and furnace manufacturing lines to a new manufacturing campus in Saltillo, Mexico. The move will affect about 700 employees in the Boonville and Poplar Bluff, Mo.,...

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Service Stampings earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

March 19, 2013

Service Stampings Inc., Willoughby, Ohio, has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. The company provides precision metal stamping and steel fabricating, with services from design and engineering assistance to multiple-spindle drilling and tapping, assembly, and finishing....

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FMA partners with Kelly Services® to help members find skilled workers

March 19, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced an affinity partner program with Kelly Services, a staffing, outsourcing, and consulting company in Troy, Mich. The program provides FMA member companies with the opportunity to obtain skilled manufacturing...

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