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Manufacturers announce open house schedules for Manufacturing Day

September 12, 2012

Several manufacturers have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event on Oct. 5, 2012, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. The event sponsors...

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Tenere opens program sales office in California

September 12, 2012

Tenere Inc., a mechanical integrator and fabricator in Dresser, Wis., has established a new program and sales office in Northern California. Manager Chad Korbel has been with the company for 10 years, working with customers to coordinate and manage product introductions, engineering developments,...

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Video takes viewers on virtual tour of dust collector

September 12, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC) has partnered with Arkansas State University's Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) to create a 3-D animated video titled "Clean Air Rocks" at www.camfilfarrapc.com/videos/77. The 3.5-min. video takes viewers on a virtual tour through the inside of the...

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Force Control adds rep group for western U.S.

September 12, 2012

Force Control Industries, a manufacturer of oil shear brakes and clutch brakes in Fairfield, Ohio, has added a new manufacturer's representative group for a trio of western states. Mountain States Reps & Associates supports Force Control distributors and customers in Utah, Colorado, and...

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LA-CO Industries adds 'Find a Marker' search tool to Markal website

September 12, 2012

LA-CO Industries, Elk Grove Village, Ill., manufacturer of Markal® industrial markers, has unveiled a new, multilingual website at www.markal.com featuring what the company says is the industry's first "Find a Marker" online search tool. The search engine allows users to select the marking tools...

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EOS names VP

September 12, 2012

EOS of North America Inc., Novi, Mich., a developer of design-driven, integrated e-manufacturing systems for industrial applications, has appointed Tim Morris as vice president. His duties include managing sales and marketing, service and application engineering, and administration. He oversees a...

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Website provides CAD/CAM info to mechanical engineers, design professionals

September 12, 2012

Manufacturing One Source LLC has launched a free online service, www.cadcamconnect.com, where mechanical engineers and design professionals can find a variety of CAD/CAM products, reviews, deals, and information. The service partners with multiple CAD/CAM/CAE product and service providers to offer...

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Welding tables feature five-face design - TheFabricator.com

Welding tables feature five-face design

September 11, 2012

Strong Hand Tools® is an authorized U.S. distributor of German-made Siegmund welding tables for heavy-duty fixturing applications. They feature a one-piece, five-face design with 0.98-in.-thick reinforced steel plate for a rigid work surface with flatness within 0.012 in. Load capacity is...

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Proper Television looking for a Canadian car-obsessed, fabricator-welder

September 7, 2012

Proper Television is looking for a Canadian car-obsessed, fabricator-welder to join the cast of a new TV series filming in Las Vegas. The right candidate must be a Canadian citizen living in the U.S. or Canada who loves cars and is a fabricator-welder with at least 5 years’ experience in MIG and...

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Swagelok acquires Innovative Pressure Technologies

September 7, 2012

Swagelok Co., Solon, Ohio, has acquired the assets of Innovative Pressure Technologies (IPT), Erie, Pa. IPT is a manufacturer of high- and medium-pressure and subsea valves, fittings, and fluid control devices used mostly in oil and gas, chemical/petrochemical, waterjet cutting, automotive, and...

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Bushwick Metals acquires Tarco Steel

September 7, 2012

Bushwick Metals LLC, Bridgeport, Conn., has announced the acquisition of Tarco Steel Inc. and Metal Fab LLC, a steel service center and fabrication shop in Binghamton, N.Y. The companies will now be known as Tarco Steel, a Division of Bushwick Metals LLC. The service center serves the energy,...

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How do welding emissions fit into your emissions inventory? - TheFabricator.com

How do welding emissions fit into your emissions inventory?

September 7, 2012

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Most EPA inspectors used to pay scant attention to welding fumes; these days they warrant much more attention. Regrettably the EPA relies on AP-42, a document that is thorough in some areas but not too detailed in welding processes. This means an overly zealous inspector might rate your facility as emitting more than it really does, forcing you to implement expensive and unnecessary controls

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3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Setting up a costing tool

September 7, 2012

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Cost analysis within 3-D modeling software won't replace cost estimating, but it still can be a helpful tool.

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Balancing sales forecasts with reality - TheFabricator.com

Balancing sales forecasts with reality

September 7, 2012

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How can a fab shop use customers' sales forecasts effectively for in-house production planning, but at the same time not rely on them too much? It's a balancing act, but if done effectively, it can prove to be highly beneficial for a fabricator.

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The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest - TheFabricator.com

The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest

September 7, 2012

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The results are in from FMA's 2012 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey and the message is clear: Raw material and work-in-process inventory eats cash. Successful fabricating shops have figured out a way to avoid excess inventory scenarios.

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