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Flexible industrial vacuum hose resists chemicals - TheFabricator.com

Flexible industrial vacuum hose resists chemicals

August 22, 2012

Flexaust® MG-series all-purpose industrial vacuum hose is available in two materials for a variety of fluid handling, ventilation, and material handling or evacuation applications. The flexible, lightweight, chemical-resistant hose is available in PVC and polyurethane versions or blended...

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Parmatech receives ISO 9001:2008 certification for Rhode Island facility

August 21, 2012

ATW Companies, a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that its East Providence, R.I.-based Parmatech Corp. subsidiary has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system. The three-year certificate covers the manufacture of powder...

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ATC Venture Group to acquire K-W Mfg.

August 21, 2012

ATC Venture Group Inc. (ATC), Minnetonka, Minn., has announced an agreement with K-W Mfg. Co. to purchase from K-W certain assets, including equipment, contracts, and good-will in consideration, as well as a royalty agreement of 5 percent of sales of the K-W product line for each of the next five...

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Fabricating software customizable for user requirements

August 20, 2012

Wittlock Eng. has released the latest version of WE-CIM Advanced Fabrication software. Version 20 allows users to manipulate the software to their requirements, including automatic true-shape nesting with drag and drop capability, reporting, tool-path optimization, customizable shape library, and...

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Cart spins for unloading of bulk containers - TheFabricator.com

Cart spins for unloading of bulk containers

August 15, 2012

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has developed a low-profile cart that spins on its own length to simplify the unloading of bulk containers filled with large items. The six-wheeled cart measures 6.5 in. high from floor to deck and has a 50- by 50-in. usable deck area. Additional features include a...

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Fume extraction system keeps smoke away from laser

August 14, 2012

RoboVent designs and builds custom fume extraction systems for laser welding operations. The Plaser series collectors help decrease the number of faulty welds caused by smoke interfering with the laser and create a cleaner work environment by isolating most of the fumes to the laser welding cell....

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Roller conveyance shotblaster features zero-speed sensors - TheFabricator.com

Roller conveyance shotblaster features zero-speed sensors

August 14, 2012

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has announced the release of the RT 6012 pass-through industrial blaster. Measuring 60 in. wide by 12 in. tall, the redesigned unit incorporates starters with phase loss and imbalance protection. The newest blasters come with zero-speed sensors as standard on the...

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Gestamp to invest $100 million in West Virginia stamping plant

August 14, 2012

Gestamp, an $11 billion international company, will invest a minimum of $100 million at the former South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing Plant in West Virginia. The operation is expected to create 400 to 700 jobs. The site, owned by Park Corp., contains more than 1 million sq. Ft. under roof...

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Corporate real estate study shows manufacturing returning to U.S.

August 14, 2012

The onshoring of jobs to the U.S. and other Western developed countries will continue strongly through 2020, according to CoreNet Global, an association of corporate real estate executives in Atlanta. Earlier this year CoreNet released Corporate Real Estate 2020 (CRE 2020), a forward-looking study...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 8.8 percent in 2012

August 13, 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 0.6 percent from May and down 1.8...

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TorrMetal adds EDM for prototyping, diemaking

August 13, 2012

TorrMetal Corp., Cleveland, has added the MD+PRO III Advance wire EDM to its custom metal stamping services. The machine creates precision-tolerance prototypes and concept parts and provides small-lot production and toolmaking capabilities for repeat and long-run production. TorrMetal produces...

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Accurate Perforating names business development manager

August 13, 2012

Accurate Perforating, Chicago, has named David Baer as business development manager. In this position, he works to expand the company's presence in existing key markets and lead the initiative to penetrate new target markets. Baer's duties include assisting in market assessment, sizing, and...

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Collins Associates announces plant expansion

August 13, 2012

Collins Associates Inc., parent company of Venco/Venturo Mfg., has announced plans for a 30 percent plant expansion at its Cincinnati headquarters, with construction complete by the end of 2012. The expansion is a result of the company's 20 percent growth in sales since the recession ended....

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Judson A. Smith celebrates 50th anniversary

August 9, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., Warwick, R.I., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that Judson A. Smith, its custom and precision tubing products subsidiary, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Judson Smith started the company in Boyertown, Pa., in 1961...

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Automated magnetic filter cleans fluids without interrupting production

August 7, 2012

Eclipse Magnetics has introduced Automag Compact, a high-intensity, automated magnetic filter designed for small to medium-sized precision metal machining processes such as grinding, honing, milling, and superfinishing. The patented magnetic circuit extracts potentially damaging ferrous particles,...

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