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Robovent expands into the abrasive blast industry

March 5, 2013

Robovent, a provider of air filtration and ventilation systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced its expansion into the abrasive blast industry. The company will introduce new mobile dust collectors designed to require less floor space than the products currently used in the industry, the...

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low amperage, plasma marking

Introduction to plasma marking

March 4, 2013 | By Dirk Ott , Nakhleh Hussary, Ph.D.

Fabricators mark parts for various reasons using different technologies, each with its own benefits. This article describes several marking options and further discusses plasma marking.

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Nesting software

Nesting software makes the intelligent connection

March 4, 2013 | By Brad Stropes

Nesting software continues to evolve. Once a relatively simple program that allowed you to achieve a fairly decent nest with minimal engineering, today’s software provides enhanced material management and whole-operation connectivity.

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Enhancing the customer relationship

March 1, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Innovation has been said to be at the heart of business success, but in a contract fabrication company that often doesn't work with product development or design, where is that innovation? According to Jeff Mengel, partner and a leader in Plante Moran's manufacturing group, innovation doesn't apply to just products. It can also be about changing a customer relationship. Read the article.

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An alchemy of intentions - TheFabricator.com

An alchemy of intentions

March 1, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

METAL LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., is not your typical custom fab shop. Along with taking on architectural fabrication jobs, the company also handles restoration of antique and contemporary vehicles, performs product research and design, and fabricates custom sculptural projects. If that weren't enough, METAL has plans to release its own line of custom tables and routinely opens its doors to the public for art showings and as a musical venue, truly pushing itself to the forefront of the Ann Arbor arts and entertainment scene.

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SigmaTEK Systems celebrates 20 years in business

February 27, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems LLC marks its 20th year in business in 2013. Founded in 1993, the company provides CAD/CAM nesting software and associated manufacturing business automation systems. SigmaTEK's nesting systems are designed for plasma, laser, punch, oxyfuel, waterjet, router, knife, tube/pipe, and...

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Radius Steel Fabrication earns Canadian Welding Bureau certification

February 27, 2013

Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor, a provider of customized steel fabrication for the agricultural machinery industry in Sioux City, Iowa, has secured company certification from the Canadian Welding Bureau for the CSA Welding Standard 47.1. The Canadian Welding Bureau is an independent,...

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Ice Industries adds capacity at Mexico facility

February 27, 2013

Ice Industries, Toledo, Ohio, has announced that it is adding five metal stamping presses, plus ancillary equipment, at its Apodaca/Monterrey, Mexico, production facility. The mechanical presses have capacities from 150 to 1,000 tons. All include feeders, straighteners, and coil handling equipment....

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GSM Industrial adds project engineer

February 27, 2013

GSM Industrial Inc., Centerville, Pa., a custom metal fabricator and installation contractor, has added Rich Murren as a project engineer for its Field Services division. He is responsible for the design and management of industrial and manufacturing fabrication and installation projects, as well...

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Gilbert Displays names head of metal fabrication

February 27, 2013

Gilbert Displays has added Scott Stephens as head of metal fabrication and expanded its custom metal fabrication department. In this role, he participates in the design, planning, and engineering of numerous projects while also overseeing fabrication on the production floor. Stephens is an artisan...

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Survey finds proposed carbon tax would hurt manufacturing growth, jobs, and energy prices

February 26, 2013

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting that shows a carbon tax would have a devastating impact on manufacturing and jobs. The report, titled Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax, found that levying such a tax would impact...

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Collection arm removes dusts, fumes at the source - TheFabricator.com

Collection arm removes dusts, fumes at the source

February 26, 2013

Airflow Systems Inc. offers the E-Z Arm® high-flow series of contaminant extractor arms for source-point collection and removal of dusts, powders, fumes, smoke, odors, and other contaminants before they can migrate throughout the facility to disrupt worker breathing zones, cause damage to...

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Nozzle design increases dust collector cleaning velocity to supersonic flow

February 26, 2013

Scientific Dust Collectors has introduced the next generation of nozzle cleaning technology for reverse-pulse-jet dust collectors. It uses compressed-air levels as low as 80 PSIG. The patented technology provides more induced cleaning air into the filter media than other available systems,...

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Low-pressure nozzles nearly drip-free

February 26, 2013

Industrial Innovations offers patented Z-Nozzles, designed to be 99.5 percent drip-free to help eliminate waste in lubricant application. The nozzle assembly combines low pressure with high velocity. Fluid application is controlled through pressure, time, degree of pattern, and electronic...

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Daikin McQuay to upgrade Virginia operations

February 25, 2013

Daikin McQuay, a Richmond, Va., subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., will invest $9.2 million to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company, a global manufacturer of commercial HVAC, refrigeration, and building management equipment and systems, will be upgrading the facility to increase...

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