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A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters - TheFabricator.com

A total look at the cost of owning dust collector filters

November 8, 2010

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A form that covers the total cost of ownership gives a fabricator a useful tool for comparing the real costs of operating an existing dust and fume collector with different filters.

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SHRM LINE survey: Hiring in manufacturing expected to increase slightly in November compared with year ago

November 5, 2010

The U.S. private sector labor force is expected to make small gains in hiring in November, but the pace of job increases has slowed considerably in recent months, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November...

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AmeriStar Manufacturing Inc

November 1, 2010

2600 – 9th Ave. Mankato, MN  56001 Phone: 507-625-1515 E-mail: fab@ameristarmfg.com Web-site: www.ameristarmfg.com By Bill Remes OPENED: 1908 WHY: Began as a small Minneapolis metal spinning shop. CAPABILITIES: Metal stamping (short- and long-run), CNC...

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

November 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Nov. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Great Dane Trailers breaks ground for Statesboro plant

November 1, 2010

Great Dane Trailers has begun building a new manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Ga. The project represents an investment of $33.5 million by the company and is expected to create more than 400 jobs over the next four years. The new plant will produce single- and multitemp refrigerated trailers to...

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AutoForm files patent infringement lawsuit against ETA

November 1, 2010

AutoForm Eng. GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland, has filed a lawsuit against Engineering Technology Associates Inc. (ETA), Troy, Mich., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit involves AutoForm's United States Patent No. 7,623,939 (the 939 patent), entitled "Method for...

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Economic analyst explains how U.S. can increase exports

November 1, 2010

Nobody doubts that the U.S. must get better at exporting, says Dr. Chris Kuehl. There was a call earlier in 2010 to increase exports by 5 percent in the next few years, but there was nothing to support that goal in subsequent speeches, and congressional action has actually made things worse....

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Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Mobile pallet wrapper wraps up to 25 loads/hr.

November 1, 2010

GaleWrap, an ITW Corp. company, offers the GW-3500™ all-in-one mobile pallet wrapper and pallet jack as an alternative to conventional hand wrapping. The unit wraps up to 25 loads/hr., runs at 11 RPM, and offers a wrapping height of 71 in. The pallet is 32 to 40 in. wide by 48 in. long....

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Chip vacuum can be moved from drum to drum to separate materials for recycling

November 1, 2010

Exair's new Chip Vac picks up chips and delivers them to an ordinary 30-gal. drum. It can be moved from drum to drum to keep different materials separate for recycling. It is used to clean chips from fixtures, floors, and work surfaces of saws, machining centers, and other industrial equipment....

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Epoxy system developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, processing equipment - TheFabricator.com

Epoxy system developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, processing equipment

November 1, 2010

Developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, and processing equipment, Master Bond EP21ARHT resists chemicals, fuel, and acids. It can withstand immersion to 96 to 98 percent sulfuric acid and 20 percent hydrochloric acid for more than a year. This two-component epoxy...

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Nippon Sharyo to expand U.S. railcar business

November 1, 2010

Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., Arlington Heights, Ill., has announced its decision to expand operations in the U.S., including the establishment of its own passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The strategy is to increase competitiveness in the expanding U.S. passenger railcar market...

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Germantown Tool & Machine adds two robotic GMAW systems

November 1, 2010

Germantown Tool & Machine Inc., Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has acquired two robotic welding systems to add to its GMAW capabilities. The Fanuc M-16iB20 six-axis robots with R-J3iC controls are equipped with Lincoln PowerWave® 455M power sources. Capacities include a 65-in. reach and up to 8-ft....

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Nordex opens for business in Arkansas with grand opening of wind turbine plant

November 1, 2010

Nordex USA celebrated the official opening of its flagship wind turbine manufacturing plant in the U.S. October 29. Representing a $40 million investment, the 150,000 square foot plant is one of the most modern production facilities in the wind industry, optimized for lean flow and reduced lead...

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Sizing up the job - TheFabricator.com

Sizing up the job

November 1, 2010

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Accounting is straightforward, but it’s not iron-clad; fabricators have latitude in the accounting system they use to bid on contracts. A bottom-up approach, one that analyzes all the costs that go into making a component, is suitable for many parts. A top-down approach looks at the part and asks how much the market will bear. Choosing one or the other is a matter of understanding the market for the part.

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Think before you scrap - TheFabricator.com

Think before you scrap

November 1, 2010

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Before you scrap your iron frame, think about the benefits of using the original frame. Adapting your old cast press frame to new technologies may be easier, cheaper, and greener than you may have thought.

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