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Advice on improving manufacturing's future - TheFabricator.com

Advice on improving manufacturing's future

February 15, 2013

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An educator gives metal fabricators advice on how they can improve the overall image of manufacturing and help to develop their next generation of workers at the same time.

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Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations

February 15, 2013

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Cal Poly engineering students use tablet computers to assist them with learning how to run and perform maintenance on machining centers. Discussions reveal that they enjoy this type of interaction rather than traditional training.

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Basics on the financials for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Basics on the financials for metal fabricators

February 15, 2013

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Generally, five categories are examined to determine company valuation. All are important in assessing risk-adjusted valuation, but the one that gets the most immediate attention, rightfully, is the financials.

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Tube bending, the next generation - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the next generation

February 15, 2013

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A tube bending shop with roots that go back to the Gemini and Apollo missions looks far different today than it did eight years ago.

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Developing shop employees for the field - TheFabricator.com

Developing shop employees for the field

February 15, 2013

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Companies involved in heavy-duty metal fabricating and fieldwork discuss the traits they want to develop in their own workforces.

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Trico names vice president - TheFabricator.com

Trico names vice president

February 14, 2013

Trico Corp., a provider of lubrication management services and products in Pewaukee, Wis., has promoted Jim Jung to vice president. In this position, Jung sets the vision for the company and explores opportunities for expansion into new markets. He also is responsible for executing the...

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Striker Systems adds to sales staff

February 14, 2013

Striker Systems, White House, Tenn., has named Jonathan Baker as marketing and social strategist. He is responsible for heading all promotional efforts, graphical and web-based design, and social media as it pertains to the company's global and online presence within the industry. He also is...

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Ludlow Mfg. expands, moves to new facility

February 14, 2013

Metal fabricating company Ludlow Mfg. Inc. has announced its expansion and relocation into a 75,000-sq.-ft. facility in Waukegan, Ill. The move is expected to be complete in April 2013. The company has added a Bystronic Bysprint Fiber 3015 3.0-kW laser with automation and a Bystronic BySpeed Pro...

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Etco launches metal stamping microsite

February 14, 2013

Etco Inc., Bradenton, Fla., has launched a metal stamping microsite at www.etco.com that contains information on manufacturing processes behind metal forming and stamping. The site outlines the company's history and highlights its new capabilities after several years of upgrades and investments,...

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ATW Companies relocates operations, hires account executive - TheFabricator.com

ATW Companies relocates operations, hires account executive

February 14, 2013

ATW Companies has relocated its Metalform gun magazine manufacturing operation from New Britain, Conn., to its Warwick, R.I., facility for consolidation with ATW’s firearms and defense capabilities, which include precision CNC machining, metal injection molding (MIM), laser cutting,...

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Machine tool industry around the world solidifies recovery

February 14, 2013

During 2012 machine tool manufacturers saw a leveling off of their output, which dipped 1 percent compared to 2011. Thus, they stabilized their recovery over the previous two years from the 2009 drop, when total world output fell by one-third. The statistics are cited in the 2013 World Machine...

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Compact automatic welding machine delivers high working speed - TheFabricator.com

Compact automatic welding machine delivers high working speed

February 14, 2013

CEMSA S.p.A. has introduced a new model in the Roboseam line of CNC machines for automatic resistance welding of sinks and similar products. The compact machine delivers a working speed higher than previous models. Simplified Windows® programming makes the machine suitable for applications...

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Survey shows 91 percent of manufacturers experiencing problems recruiting qualified employees

February 13, 2013

A new survey of 199 metalworking manufacturers published by One Voice, the joint federal advocacy program of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), underscores the severity of the skilled worker shortage. The manufacturers, who...

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Electronic pressure switch suitable for hostile environments

February 12, 2013

SOR Inc. has introduced an electronic pressure switch that offers supplemental continuous output of either 4 to 20 mA or 1 to 5 VDC. The 805QS is a compact, loop-powered pressure switch suitable for hazardous locations and hostile environments where space is limited. It supports applications that...

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3-D welding table converts to any desired configuration

February 12, 2013

Kemper America offers a new 3-D welding table for single production pieces or series production. The table converts into any desired configuration quickly, even during work process, providing precise clamping options. A T-slot system built into every table surface piece lets the user create...

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