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Fieldbus encoders feature hollow-shaft design

April 9, 2013

Heidenhain offers the ECN/EQN 400 series rotary encoders with Profibus and Profinet interfaces for use in manufacturing and process automation. The encoders feature a blind hollow shaft with a 12-mm dia. Both the models ECN 413 and EQN 425 rotary encoders resist shock up to 1,000 m/s2 and...

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February U.S. manufacturing technology orders up 5.7 percent from January, but down 10.6 percent from a year ago

April 8, 2013

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 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 up 5.7 percent from January but...

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T.J. Snow celebrates 50 years in business

April 8, 2013

T. J. Snow Co., a Chattanooga, Tenn., a manufacturer and distributor of resistance welding machines and related supplies, marked its 50th anniversary in business with an open house and employee luncheon. Founded by T. J. (Jim) Snow Sr. on April 1, 1963, the company originally was conceived as a...

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Epic Systems names general manager

April 8, 2013

Engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has announced the promotion of James Owen to general manager from group manager. He oversees services in modular processes, machine vision, packaging lines, and custom machines and manages all aspects of production, from engineering and...

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Workbench, storage systems are customizable - TheFabricator.com

Workbench, storage systems are customizable

April 8, 2013

The MCS aluminum framework system from HepcoMotion® lets users customize workbench and storage systems from standard elements. Visitors to the company's website can click on a framework, choose a size, and select accessories. Standard workbenches, trolleys, and high-back workbenches are...

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The comeback metal fabricator - TheFabricator.com

The comeback metal fabricator

April 8, 2013

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Everyone knows that metal fabricators need to be good at quick turnarounds. Super Steel became just that, hitting the financial skids in 2009 and transforming itself into a quick-turn fabricator and key manufacturing supplier to the freight rail industry in just three years.

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Super Steel hires new staff

April 4, 2013

Super Steel LLC, Milwaukee, has announced the addition of three staff members. Yahya El-Natour has been appointed as production manager. Having worked at the company in the late 1990s as a CNC programmer, he returns from Steelwind Industries, where he served as project manager, purchasing manager,...

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ThomasNet launches scholarship program to encourage manufacturing careers

April 4, 2013

In a move to draw the next generation into manufacturing, ThomasNet® has launched its North American Manufacturing Scholarship Program. Up to 30 graduating high school seniors with an interest in manufacturing careers each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue studies at a two- or four-year...

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OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor - TheFabricator.com

OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor

April 4, 2013

FANUC FA America has introduced FASOPC for retrieval of CNC machine production data. The OPC server is designed for getting machine production data out of a FANUC CNC and off the shop floor. The server is designed for communicating with FOCAS-enabled FANUC CNCs to read and write data. The...

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LINE survey: Compared to a year ago, manufacturing hiring rate to drop slightly in April; service sector hiring to increase sharply

April 4, 2013

In April, the service-sector hiring rate will reach a four-year high for the month, and more than one-third of manufacturers will add jobs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2013. In April, for the...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, but at slower rate than February

April 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 46th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued April 1 by Bradley J....

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Challenge Mfg. announces $10.3 million expansion

April 3, 2013

Challenge Mfg. Co., Walker, Mich., a manufacturer of engineered metal stampings and modular assemblies for the automotive industry, has announced plans to expand existing operations in the cities of Holland and Walker, investing $10.3 million and adding 180 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the...

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On Time Fab to expand

April 3, 2013

On Time Fab Inc., a custom metal fabrication shop in Owensboro, Ky., has announced plans to double the size of its building and add new equipment, including a plasma table that the company says will increase flexibility and decrease finishing time. The shop, which builds custom handrails, stairs,...

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Seating pins also function as feet

April 3, 2013

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 6321.1 seating pins in metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant seating pins are fabricated of tempered, hardened steel. The pins are 0.26 to 0.79 in. long, with head diameters from 0.24 to 1.57 in. In addition to their use in positioning the parts of a jig assembly, they...

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Surface treatments add wear resistance to complex components

April 3, 2013

UltraFlex™ wear-resistant surface treatments from Kennametal are designed for components with complex geometries in the power-generation and oil and gas industries. The treatments provide metallurgical-bonded, void-free cladding for critical components in demanding environments. They protect...

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