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Automotive supplier expands operations in Michigan

June 25, 2009

PTM Corp. has announced the addition of a 600 ton Eagle press in its Fair Haven, Mich., metal stamping facility.According to PTM sales manager Steve Kuhr, "The decision to purchase the new equipment...

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Durable goods orders up 1.8 percent in May

June 24, 2009

New orders for U.S. manufactured goods rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.8 percent in May.Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast that orders would decline 0.6 percent in May after a revised 1.8...

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Validating processes, procedures, and products

June 23, 2009

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The relatively new concept of validation likely will be used more and more by customers and certifying agencies to ascertain that all conceivable means were used to guarantee that a manufactured product indeed meets all requirements, including hidden characteristics not readily verifiable. This article gives an overview of typical applications.

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Metal forming companies 'at or near bottom' of economic cycle

June 16, 2009

According to the June 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect little change in business conditions during the next three months. ...

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Manufacturers support summer camps to inspire next-generation workers

June 15, 2009

Even in these uncertain economic times, companies in the hard hit manufacturing sector are stepping up to the plate to improve the industry. The Gene Haas Foundation, Amada America, and CNA Insurance...

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Detroit Tool Metal Products to consolidate locations

June 11, 2009

Detroit Tool Metal Products (DTMP) today announced that it will consolidate to one central facility in Lebanon, Missouri, closing its Fort Madison, Iowa, site by the end of the year. Key management...

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HRB prices off the bottom

June 10, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for June 8 rose 1.9 percent to $429 per ton for the fourth consecutive rise. The World export HRB price rose 1.5 percent to $402 per...

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Airtronics contracted to build vacant property protection system components

June 10, 2009

Chicago-based Vacant Property Security recently awarded Airtronics Metal Products Inc., San Jose, Calif., a contract to manufacture heavy-gauge steel doors, frames, window screens, and other...

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7-min. tutorial covers global hazardous material compliance rules

June 9, 2009

National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) has developed an e-learning module entitled "The RoHS Directive." The seven-minute tutorial explains the requirements of the EU's 2006 RoHS Directive, which...

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Rotary mesh table cleans small parts offline

June 9, 2009

A Wheelabrator® rotary mesh table system is suitable for cleaning small parts offline using one operator. The machine can process flame-cut shapes, fabrications, automotive parts, aluminum die...

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In-die spot welding controls reduce weld time

June 9, 2009

Miyachi Unitek midfrequency inverter spot welding controls can be integrated into assembly processes using progressive dies, inline presses, or transfer presses, enabling users to bypass a secondary...

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Graphic-design hard hats have four-point ratchet suspension

June 9, 2009

Jackson Safety has added four new graphics to its Head-Turner™ line of hard hats. They feature the smooth dome design of the SC-6 hard hat and a four-point ratchet suspension.New styles are the...

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Safety catcher stops, locks dropping platens

June 9, 2009

Sitema has introduced a safety catcher that stops and locks dropping platens on hydraulic presses and other machines.The load is secured by stopping the dropping mass using the weight as a means to...

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Water table suitable for mild steel cutting from gauge material to 6 in. thick

June 9, 2009

Koike Aronson/Ransome Inc. has introduced a water table in lengths of 10 to 40 ft. and widths of 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ft. Custom sizes also are available.The water table is suitable for mild steel...

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Lockout/tagout video training covers multiple work environments

June 9, 2009

Summit Training Source offers a new video/DVD training program, "Lockout/Tagout: Employee Awareness," to teach machine operators and other site workers the importance of the lockout/tagout procedures...

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