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How to start, establish, and grow a welding or manufacturing business

October 22, 2013 | By Vicki Bell

Many welders and other highly skilled workers likely have thought about going into business for themselves, but lacked the business knowledge required to launch a successful venture. A new book endeavors to provide that knowledge.

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Rotary encoder employs Profibus communications - TheFabricator.com

Rotary encoder employs Profibus communications

October 22, 2013

Heidenhain offers Leine & Linde's new version of a rotary encoder supporting condition monitoring systems. The model 862, which incorporates the Profibus DP communication interface, is a heavy-duty incremental encoder for tough motion control environments, such as those in the steel and wind...

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Control software optimizes waterjet tool paths - TheFabricator.com

Control software optimizes waterjet tool paths

October 21, 2013

OMAX® Corp. has introduced Intelli-MAX® 20 intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the tool paths of the company's abrasive waterjet systems. The new automatic tool path planning engine in the software improves the artificial intelligence of the waterjets, creating less...

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Super Steel marks 90th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Super Steel marks 90th anniversary

October 21, 2013

Milwaukee-based Super Steel marks its 90th year in business in 2013. The company was founded in 1923 to manufacture metal windows and doors. It gradually began manufacturing metal cabinets, switchboards, air coolers for generators, and bombs for World War II. Today the company is a contract...

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Manufacturing execution management software digitizes paper-based processe

October 17, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has introduced Proficy for Manufacturing Discrete (PfMD) manufacturing execution management software. It provides digitized standard operating procedures, advanced dispatch capabilities, and structured capture of quality data to support real-time decision-making and...

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Dust collectors designed for high-volume air cleaning - TheFabricator.com

Dust collectors designed for high-volume air cleaning

October 17, 2013

Large-capacity dust collectors from Micro Air® Clean Air Systems provide high-volume air cleaning to control process dust and powders. A modular design allows multiple units to be bolted together to handle large air cleaning requirements or to accommodate future facility expansion. The dust...

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MTI Systems unveils new company website

October 16, 2013

MTI Systems Inc., West Springfield, Mass., has launched a new website at www.mtisystems.com that highlights its Costimator cost estimating software product for discrete manufacturers. The new site allows visitors to gain a better understanding of how the software works and the various uses of the...

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Epic Systems adds project engineer - TheFabricator.com

Epic Systems adds project engineer

October 16, 2013

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, an engineering and fabrication firm specializing in project management and automation for pilot and production-scale process plants and systems, has announced the hiring of Tim Schelp as project engineer. He is responsible for engineering and management activities...

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SigmaTEK Systems schedules webinar on CAD modeling for cutting

October 15, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC has scheduled a webinar, "From Solid Model to Cut Parts," for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11:00 a.m. ET. The webinar will cover importing CAD models, generating fast and accurate quotes, automatically scheduling and reassigning jobs according to machine availability, automatically...

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JetCuts appoints general manager - TheFabricator.com

JetCuts appoints general manager

October 15, 2013

JetCuts, a New Berlin, Wis., waterjet cutting service provider, has named Shannon Stangel as general manager. Stangel has more than seven years of experience in the waterjet cutting...

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Ruskin Mfg. to close West Virginia plant

October 15, 2013

Ruskin Mfg., Fairmont, W.V., plans to close its plant in West Virginia in July 2014 and lay off 185 workers. The company attributes the pending closure to a decline in commercial construction markets. The plant's operations will be transferred to facilities in Lexington, Ky.; Geneva, Ala.,; and...

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General Sheet Metal Works names VP/COO - TheFabricator.com

General Sheet Metal Works names VP/COO

October 15, 2013

General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind., a provider of prototype-through-production metal fabrication, has appointed Taylor Lewis as vice president and COO for the company. She has been working as a consultant for the company since February 2012 in the areas of executive and strategic...

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Colson Caster website landing page highlights U.S.-made products

October 15, 2013

Colson Caster, a manufacturer of standard and custom caster and wheel products in Jonesboro, Ark., has created a website landing page at www.colsoncaster.com/usamade4series as part of its Made in the USA initiative. The landing page provides direct access to literature and specifications on the...

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Sheet metal forming software designed for digital planning, validation - TheFabricator.com

Sheet metal forming software designed for digital planning, validation

October 14, 2013

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has introduced AutoFormplus R5 software for sheet metal forming. It provides a variety of features for digital planning and validation of sheet metal processes and parts. New section plots allow for results to be charted along selected geometry sections, and a newly developed...

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Delivery cart maneuvers in tight aisles - TheFabricator.com

Delivery cart maneuvers in tight aisles

October 14, 2013

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a spinner-style pup cart that can be tugged behind a larger delivery cart and detached quickly. The compact cart measures 36.25 by 25.5 in. and 41 in. high to allow access through walkways and narrow spaces. It features six wheels, double handles, two...

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