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Leonard Automatics creates new division

January 9, 2013

Leonard Automatics, a manufacturer of textile, garment, and heat-treatment equipment in Denver, N.C., has opened a new division called Leonard Fabrication and Design. This new division offers full-service engineering, metal and plastic parts fabrication, prototyping, private label manufacturing,...

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Conveyor drive features compact design

January 9, 2013

The new 2200 series Mid Drive belt conveyor platform from Dorner Mfg. frees up the motor and mounts from both ends of the conveyor, creating additional available space for operator and machine interfaces. The compact, three-roller design is 40 percent smaller than tensioned-center drives, opening...

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On-site repair product suitable for high loads

January 9, 2013

Diamant Coating Systems has introduced Multimetal Steel 1018, a repair product that combines high compressive strength, vibration damping, and long-term corrosion protection. The product was developed in Germany for the repair of steel and steel-composite bridges. It provides high compressive and...

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Robotic grit-blast system's turntable holds 1,000 lbs. - TheFabricator.com

Robotic grit-blast system's turntable holds 1,000 lbs.

January 9, 2013

Guyson Corp. has introduced an extended-height robotic grit-blast machine with a 72- by 72-in. work envelope and pressure-blast media delivery for precision surface preparation applications in the aerospace industry, including composite structures. The model RB-72 uses a FANUC M-20iA robot as a...

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ASTM Intl. launches leadership program

January 7, 2013

International standards development and delivery organization ASTM Intl., W. Conshohocken, Pa., has launched the Leadership Connection initiative to raise awareness regarding the many opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience available by engaging in ASTM technical committee...

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LMI Aerospace completes acquisition of Valent Aerostructures

January 7, 2013

LMI Aerospace Inc., St. Louis, a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, and components and provider of design engineering services to the aerospace and defense industries, has completed its acquisition of Valent Aerostructures LLC, Kansas City, Mo. Valent provides complex structural components,...

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LA-CO Industries Inc. acquires Tempil

January 7, 2013

LA-CO Industries Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired Tempil®, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). With the addition of Tempil's new temperature-indication technologies and capabilities, LA-CO — manufacturer of Markal® industrial marking and temperature-indication products —...

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Simonsen Iron Works to develop new product focus

January 7, 2013

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board, Des Moines, Iowa, has awarded a $200,000 float loan to metal fabrication company Simonsen Iron Works Inc., for development of a new product focus in the skid steer attachment accessory category. The Spencer, Iowa-based company, which...

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Bell Helicopter to expand operations in Tennessee

January 7, 2013

Bell Helicopter Inc. has announced plans for a $10.1 million expansion of its facility in Piney Flats, Tenn., creating up to 125 new jobs. The company has purchased a 150,000-sq.-ft. building just west of its current facility, which will accommodate customization and completions of light and medium...

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Bar code tracking software designed for fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Bar code tracking software designed for fabricators

January 7, 2013

Dynamic Systems Inc. has announced the launch of the CheckMate ERP software suite, based on the company's manufacturing suite with modules added for the requirements of small to midsized fabricators. The suite includes job costing, inventory, and tool tracking to provide fabricators with...

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The evolution of nickel alloys and welding materials

January 7, 2013

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Since he first heard his uncles discuss the nickel-plated bumpers and hubcaps on their 1937 Plymouths, welding expert Carl Smith has witnessed the use of nickel and its alloys evolve. Long used in the energy sector, the materials have seen an increase in popularity because of EPA regulations.

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Plasma cutters added to cost estimating software library

January 4, 2013

MTI Systems has added high-definition plasma cutting machines to its Costimator® cost estimating software library, offering updates and laser cost-saving comparison options. The software now includes Hypertherm Hy-definition and Hy-performance plasma cutters in its library of 3,500 workcenters....

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Teledyne EMS to expand Tennessee facility

January 4, 2013

Teledyne Electronic Mfg. Services has announced plans to expand its Lewisburg, Tenn., manufacturing facility to accommodate a new product line. The $9.78 million project will create 96 new jobs. The company designs, manufactures, and services products for the aerospace, computer, government,...

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Solidus Industries closes sheet metal fabrication plant

January 4, 2013

Solidus Industries Inc. has announced plans to close its sheet metal fabrication in Vestal, N.Y., eliminating 48 jobs. The closing is expected to be complete Jan. 25. Layoffs began Dec. 21....

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Caster Concepts names territory sales rep for East Coast

January 4, 2013

Caster Concepts Inc., Albion, Mich., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has promoted Kurtis Myers to territory sales representative for the East Coast region. He has served as the company's purchasing and inventory manager for the past five years. Myers is a 2007 graduate...

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