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Concept Systems hires sales manager

August 13, 2013

Concept Systems Inc., an industrial systems integrator with offices in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and North Carolina, has hired Michael Lindley as its new sales manager. His duties include developing, managing, and growing the sales team; working within target markets to define the company's...

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McGregor Metalworking Companies appoints president

August 13, 2013

McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, Ohio, has named Tom Wright as president of its five facilities. Wright has spent his career in manufacturing, specifically with Tier 1 suppliers to the automotive market. Having served most recently as plant director of Gestamp Automocion in Alabama,...

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FabSuite, Novaranda form steel fabrication software partnership

August 13, 2013

Steel fabrication software provider FabSuite, Williamsburg, Va., and Novaranda, a developer of hybrid-cloud technology in Venlo, Netherlands, have teamed up to develop application software for steel fabricators. According to FabSuite, the partnership will allow cloud delivery of its software...

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Educational welding posters updated, released in color - TheFabricator.com

Educational welding posters updated, released in color

August 13, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has updated its 13-poster set of educational posters and released them in color versions. The posters, laminated with an easy-to-clean coating, measure 35 in. wide by 23 in. high. Poster topics include types of welds, SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW, plasma arc...

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Compression latch designed for high-vibration environments

August 12, 2013

Dirak has introduced the 1-067 compression latch, designed for applications that require quick, secure locking in high-vibration environments. The latch provides a compression range of 0.276 in. for environmental gasket sealing and helps reduce noise and rattle caused by vibration. It has a...

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Portable vacuum collects dust at point of source - TheFabricator.com

Portable vacuum collects dust at point of source

August 12, 2013

Ruwac has introduced the Extract Vac point-of-source extraction vacuum. The portable system offers continuous-duty operation and filtered separation for collecting fine dust particles into a solid all-metal container. With extended filter options such as HEPA, the vacuum provides a sanitary...

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Temperature controller is self-contained with power supply

August 12, 2013

Oven Industries Inc. offers the 5R6-900 benchtop laboratory temperature controller with ramp/soak capabilities. The device can be plugged into the wall as a self-contained temperature control system that has its own power supply. The solid-state MOSFET, bidirectional, compact unit features an...

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AtlasAdhan adds operations/quality staff member

August 12, 2013

AtlasAdhan, Minneapolis, has announced the addition of Michael Cronk at its Chippewa Falls, Wis., facility. In this role, he oversees operations and quality for the site. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Cronk has extensive experience in quality and operations management...

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The will behind continuous improvement

August 9, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

We all know about situations in which we spend money and yet nothing improves or even gets worse. But when you do continuous improvement right, you’ll get better financially and see a strong return for that investment.

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Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Using cost to an advantage

August 9, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this eighth installment of columnist Gerald Davis’ series on job estimating, he delves into tools for improving the estimator’s crystal ball.

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Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit? - TheFabricator.com

Are you taking advantage of the R&D tax credit?

August 9, 2013 | By Jeff Ernst

In 2004 tax regulation changes significantly expanded the credit opportunity associated with the Research & Development Tax Credit. Today the credit is accessible to many small and medium-sized companies whose activities include design, manufacturing, and process improvements.

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Complete work instructions keystone of improvement - TheFabricator.com

Complete work instructions keystone of improvement

August 9, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Shops start improving by measuring and documenting what they already do, because they can’t improve what they don’t measure.

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Tank-side coalescer removes tramp oil from individual machine tool sumps

August 7, 2013

Eriez® offers the HydroFlow® 15-gal. tank-side coalescer, which removes tramp oil and fines and returns clean, reusable coolant to machine tool sumps and parts washers. The portable unit has a 1- to 1.5-GPM oil removal rate and comes with a 9-ft. suction hose and a 5-ft. clean discharge hose....

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Options added to digital CNC - TheFabricator.com

Options added to digital CNC

August 7, 2013

Heidenhain has added software options to its TNC 620 control. The digital CNC can be customized with features and software options to meet machine builders’ and end users’ specific needs. Users purchase only the options that are required for their applications and can add other...

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FMA initiates unique survey to assess ongoing health of metal fabricating sector of economy

August 5, 2013

Small to mid-sized companies comprise most of American manufacturing. In the metal fabricating sector the health of this business segment predicts what is happening in the industry as a whole. For the first time, these smaller job shops and contract manufacturers are being queried on a quarterly...

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