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Metal forming companies anticipating business decline

October 15, 2008

According to the October 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a severe deterioration in business conditions during the next three...

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Japanese metal fabrication

Japanese metal fabrication: Manufacturing on a bedrock of data

October 14, 2008

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Overseas, metal fabricators have many of the same issues as those stateside, including lack of skilled labor and outsourcing to low-labor-cost countries. In Japan, fabricators tackle those issues by taking automation to new levels.

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Air-purifying respirator constructed for near custom fit

October 14, 2008

Gateway Safety's PeakFit® is a NIOSH-approved, N95 air-purifying respirator. The construction of the respirator produces a near custom fit and helps enhance user comfort and safety, the...

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Adjustable air amplifier has no impellers, moving parts

October 14, 2008

Exair's 3-in. adjustable air amplifier moves high volumes of air to cool, vent, exhaust, and dry. The airflow can be adjusted from a blast to a breeze to match application requirements. There are no...

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Reconditioning system for welding gas cylinders removes contaminants

October 14, 2008

Viking Blast & Wash Systems' welding gas cylinder reconditioning system, the GC440, removes rust, enamel paint, and other surface contaminants from gas cylinders ranging in size from 12 in. dia. to...

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Vacuum lifter operable from any overhead hoist

October 14, 2008

Anver Corp. manufactures a compact, air-powered vacuum lifter that can be operated from any overhead hoist and features an adjustable pad attachment for lifting and installing heavy parts.The VPFL4...

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Portable weld curtain sets up, breaks down in seconds

October 14, 2008

A & A Mfg. has released a new portable weld curtain. The curtain sets up and breaks down in seconds, according to the company, and can be transported to new workstations with its roller wheels.When...

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Custom work platform designed for loading flatbed trailers

October 14, 2008

LPI® Lift Systems has introduced a large custom work platform used for loading flatbed trailers. The platform provides a fall prevention system and work area for staging the packing materials used...

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Phosphate-free acid pickle cleans inorganic soils from metal

October 14, 2008

Henkel Corp. has introduced an industrial-strength, phosphate-free acid pickle, Bonderite® Deoxidine® 216™, designed to clean inorganic soils off of metal surfaces.Formulated to...

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Industrial chairs ergonomically designed for welders

October 14, 2008

Synetik Design Inc. has developed a line of ergonomic seating products for welders.The company's patented Stag4 and Flex chairs are designed to provide a safe, comfortable position while kneeling.

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Cleaning nozzles uniformly cover 252-degree spherical pattern

October 14, 2008

BEX® SN4922 Clean-In-Place nozzles have a hole design that helps create solid streams that uniformly cover a 252-degree spherical pattern around the entire nozzle. The nozzles can distribute...

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Houghton receives Q1 award from Ford Motors in Brazil

October 14, 2008

Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., has received the Ford Q1 award, Ford Motor Co.'s highest recognition of supplier quality.Since 2004 Houghton's FLUIDCARE Division has provided chemicals and fluids...

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World Trade Commission visits Peddinghaus

October 14, 2008

Peddinghaus Corp., Bradley, Ill., hosted the Tri-City World Trade Commission in July.The commission has 18 trade commissioners representing 14 countries: Austria, Belgium, China, Canada, Great...

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FABTECH, METALFORM to partner with AMT

October 14, 2008

The FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM will partner with The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), McLean, Va., combining the efforts of several trade...

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Mech-Tronics celebrates 60th anniversary

October 14, 2008

Mech-Tronics, Melrose Park, Ill., a manufacturer of products for the avionics, aerospace, and defense industries, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Sam and Eugene DeMuro founded the privately held...

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