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The Army's manufacturing muscle - TheFabricator.com

The Army’s manufacturing muscle

December 9, 2010

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The Rock Island Arsenal has been a manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s, but today it has established itself as the only general-purpose, vertically integrated metal manufacturer in the U.S. Department of Defense. With that responsibility, it boasts an incredible array of manufacturing capabilities and expertise, all of which allows it to rapidly respond to the needs of its military customers.

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Chrysler Group LLC celebrates Sterling Heights Assembly Plant investment and extension of production

December 6, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the extension of production, the addition of a second shift and an $850 million investment at an event today at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The celebration also marked the start of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. "Today...

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Liquid mixing, delivery system introduced

December 6, 2010

IntelliMeld™, a new dual liquid mixing and delivery system for industrial use, has been introduced by Colvin Consulting. It is designed for use with stamping presses, chemical mixing, and finishing applications. The system can store hundreds of recipes, integrate with process equipment, and...

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Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force - TheFabricator.com

Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force

December 6, 2010

Exair's new lightweight, precision safety air gun delivers a highly focused, forceful blast of air for cleaning and other industrial applications. The air gun has a small-diameter nozzle and extension that fit into tight spaces while delivering a strong blowing force. The gun's Nano Super air...

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Van Reenen Steel wins Swedish Steel Prize

December 6, 2010

SSAB has awarded this year's international Swedish Steel Prize to the South African company Van Reenen Steel Ltd. The company has developed a lighter and more durable body for dump trucks in the mining industry. The purpose of the prize is to provide inspiration and to disseminate knowledge about...

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Online SDS delivery service aids REACH compliance

December 6, 2010

REACH Delivery Intl. has announced the upcoming launch of REACH Delivery, a new online service that enables chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and downstream users to guarantee the secure delivery and receipt of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and associated documentation when they ship...

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METALCON's 20th annual show experiences growth

December 6, 2010

The Metal Construction Association, Newton, Mass., has announced that the 2010 METALCON International show, held Oct. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew 5,445 designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators, and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Product experts from 300...

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SHRM LINE survey: Payrolls show signs of stabilizing in December compared with a year ago

December 6, 2010

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing in December, but the hiring pace is still too slow to put a sharp dent in unemployment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December...

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FABTECH ushers in growth - TheFabricator.com

FABTECH ushers in growth

December 2, 2010

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At this year’s show, many attendees said they expected significant growth ahead. Some companies have acquired previous competitors, and the recession’s survivors are gearing up for growth.

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It came from Europe - TheFabricator.com

It came from Europe

December 2, 2010

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Fiber laser and bending automation developments seen at EuroBLECH 2010, Oct. 26-30, Hanover, Germany, may one day be found in North American shops.

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ISM November ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011 - TheFabricator.com

Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011

December 2, 2010

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Metal fabricators expect continued growth in 2011, but uncertainties abound. Many firms are going into the New Year with a straightforward strategy: Improve what you can control to prepare for what they can’t.

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11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence - TheFabricator.com

11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence

December 2, 2010

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Most job shops have Web site, but they don't do much with them. They might as well be billboards on a road to nowhere. However, with a little knowledge about constructing a proper Web site and optimizing the site for Internet search engines, those same sites can be attracting more visitors in a short amount of time.

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Fabricating to the drumbeat - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating to the drumbeat

December 2, 2010

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A central Ohio job shop uses a mix of improvement methodologies-- including the theory of constraints--to reduce lead-times from weeks to days.

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Snow mean feat - TheFabricator.com

Snow mean feat

December 2, 2010

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Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have modern manufactured materials come into the picture. These days lengths of bent and welded tube, usually aluminum, make up the frame. Although the market is crowded, Jake Thamm and Tamara Laug thought they could build a better snowshoe and founded a new company in 1997.

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