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Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Project engineer changes careers, chooses metal fabrication

July 18, 2011

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Jacob Melton quit his desk job in Chicago, drove home to Houston, and with his father bought a metal fabrication company. Several years later, even after a severe recession, it turns out that was a smart career move.

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The industry needs “technical leaders”

July 14, 2011

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FMA survey reveals hiring managers are looking for technical leaders, those with technical knowhow with the ability to look beyond their individual work cell.

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GM to invest $129 million in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan plants

July 12, 2011

General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get the bulk of a $129 million investment GM announced July 12. The money is part of $2 billion being invested in 17 facilities in eight states over...

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Caterpillar to increase size of under-construction Texas plant

July 11, 2011

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to increase its manufacturing capabilities and capacity for hydraulic excavators that will be produced at a facility now under construction in Victoria, Texas. In August 2010 Caterpillar announced that it would build the 850,000-sq.-ft. excavator plant in...

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ATK to open aircraft part production facility in Utah

July 11, 2011

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) is nearing completion of its Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) in Clearfield, Utah. The new facility will serve as the headquarters for ATK Aerospace Structures' commercial aircraft programs and will support the manufacturing of commercial aircraft...

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Mixed signals: Hiring rate declines in July; recruiting difficulty rises

July 11, 2011

Manufacturers and service-sector companies will add jobs at a lower rate in July compared with a year ago, yet HR professionals are still struggling to recruit workers for key positions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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Plate milling 101 - TheFabricator.com

Plate milling 101

July 5, 2011

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Heavy plate fabricators drill and mill plate to achieve tight tolerances. But these metal cutting tools exert significant forces on the workpiece vibration, particularly in large workpieces such as plate. When machining in general and especially in large plate, three major factors work together: cutting tool selection, milling strategy, and workpiece setup.

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Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana - TheFabricator.com

Endress+Hauser opens manufacturing plant in Indiana

June 27, 2011

Endress+Hauser has opened a new temperature instrument production facility in Greenwood, Ind. The 12,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant builds temperature sensors, thermowells, transmitters, recorders, flow computers, safety barriers, displays, and other instrumentation for customers in North and...

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20 students earn manufacturing scholarships from FMA

June 20, 2011

Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling $30,000. The 2011 winners are: Nicholas Cullum,...

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CCAT expands Advanced Manufacturing Center

June 20, 2011

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., has expanded its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) to include a machining applications laboratory. At the AMC, new technologies are evaluated, proven, and transferred to production. The center allows for development...

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Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider - TheFabricator.com

Motoman Robotics recertified as continuing education provider

June 20, 2011

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recertified Motoman Robotics, Dayton, Ohio, a division of Yaskawa America Inc., as an authorized provider under the new ANSI/IACET 1-2007 standard. Motoman Robotics has been an authorized provider since 1993,...

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Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. - TheFabricator.com

Robot pallet wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr.

June 20, 2011

GaleWrap has introduced the GW-4100 robot pallet wrapper. Designed for use with the company's oriented film, the wrapper handles up to 37 loads/hr. and features a telescoping mast for accommodating loads up to 6 ft. 11 in. high. Features include a fully automated wrap-up/down cycle, built-in...

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Metcam environmental policy

Implementing an environmental policy

June 18, 2011

No longer a green dream, environmental stewardship is becoming an imperative for manufacturers and fabricators. Thanks to its nearly decade long efforts, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam has made impressive strides toward achieving this goal.

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