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NAM: Manufacturers take legal action to protect jobs against radical environmental policy

November 2, 2011

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has announced that it has taken action this week against what it says is a frivolous lawsuit that would have catastrophic economic consequences for manufacturers and businesses throughout the U.S. The California-based environmental groups' suit...

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Kennametal named among America's safest companies

November 2, 2011

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that it has been named one of America's Safest Companies by EHS Today, an environment, health, and safety industry publication. Kennametal was selected among America's Safest Companies for its comprehensive commitment to employee health and safety....

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John Deere Pavilion announces major renovation

November 2, 2011

The John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Ill., has been a top attraction in the Quad Cities and the state of Illinois since it opened in 1997, drawing millions of guests from around the globe to visit one of the most comprehensive agricultural exhibits in the world. To ensure it continues to be a...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing growth slows in October

November 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 28th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued November 1 by Bradley J....

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Bassett Mechanical names vice president of manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Bassett Mechanical names vice president of manufacturing

October 31, 2011

David Williams has joined Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna, Wis., as vice president of manufacturing. He is responsible for overseeing the manufacturing division, including sheet metal fabrication, piping, and pressure vessel fabrication. Most recently Williams was vice president of operations at...

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Fabrico acquires Johnson Tool & Mfg. - TheFabricator.com

Fabrico acquires Johnson Tool & Mfg.

October 31, 2011

Contract manufacturer and engineering services provider Fabrico Inc., Oxford, Mass., has acquired Johnson Tool & Mfg., Inc., Charlton, Mass., which specializes in the short- to medium-run manufacture of high-tolerance components, assemblies, tools, and gauges. The acquisition adds precision...

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abas-USA receives No. 1 ranking for business software

October 31, 2011

Sterling, Va.-based abas-USA has announced that its business software has been ranked No. 1 in a recent independent ERP user satisfaction survey conducted by i2s, Intelligent Systems Solutions. The study consisted of 1,923 interviews with companies in 17 countries. Survey participants have been...

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Adventures in titanium—WPS

October 26, 2011

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Your customer wants two pieces of metal welded together. Why should you bother with a welding procedure specification? Because conformity leads to quality and enhances safety.

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Industry economist says nearshoring strategy will boost U.S. manufacturing jobs

October 24, 2011

The phenomenon of nearshoring — the relocation of manufacturing production to countries that provide less expensive production processes and are closer to the end consumer — offers the potential for a mass return of jobs from China to the North American market and will get under way sooner...

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Shaw establishes fabricating, manufacturing joint venture in Brazil

October 24, 2011

The Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge, La., has announced a new joint venture between Shaw's Fabrication & Manufacturing Group and Empresa Brasileira de Solda Eletrica S.A. (EBSE), a manufacturer and fabricator in Brazil. The joint venture, EBSE Shaw Spool Solutions Fabricação de Sistemas de...

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NAM document outlines plan for U.S. economic growth

October 24, 2011

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., has published a plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work. Called A Manufacturing Renaissance: Four Goals for Economic Growth, the document is based on NAM's Manufacturing Strategy and features the policies needed to...

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3-D CAD: Producing a 2-D flat layout from 3-D data - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Producing a 2-D flat layout from 3-D data

October 20, 2011

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After demonstrating how a 3-D concept model can be turned into a production model, which is useful for as long as the project has the green light, columnist Gerald Davis takes a look at how you can take a concept model and turn it into a simple flat layout for CNC fabricating equipment.

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Who's calling? Your machine tools - TheFabricator.com

Who’s calling? Your machine tools

October 20, 2011

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The evolution of the smartphone has provided the opportunity to improve notification systems to include vital information along with the standard message. Imagine having real-time access to machine and production status from home or the cabin. But like an iceberg, there is more to it than meets the eye, and what you don’t see is far more important than what you do.

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Time is money--so, so much money - TheFabricator.com

Time is money--so, so much money

October 20, 2011

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Quick-response manufacturing (QRM) focuses on what’s called the “manufacturing critical path time,” or MCT. In manufacturing, time is money--in fact, it’s a lot more money than many realize. Rajan Suri uncovers why in his new book

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Need a light--now? - TheFabricator.com

Need a light--now?

October 20, 2011

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Phoenix Products Co.--a high-mix, low-volume lighting products manufacturer--has implemented an improvement methodology called quick-response manufacturing, and realized dramatic improvements in lead-times. One light fixture that used to take eight weeks to manufacture now only takes two.

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