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Pryer Technology Group, ESI Group form strategic partnership

October 25, 2012

Pryer Technology Group (PTG), manufacturer of Triform sheet hydroforming presses, has announced a strategic partnership with ESI Group, a provider of virtual prototyping systems for the manufacturing industry. Under the agreement, Triform presses now are available with ESI Group's PAM-STAMP® 2G...

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Spurred by rebound in aircraft orders, U.S. durable goods orders up 9.9 percent in September

October 25, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in September increased $19.6 billion or 9.9 percent to $218.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up four of the last five months, followed a 13.1 percent August decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 2.0...

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Joining Technologies marks 20 years in business

October 23, 2012

Joining Technologies Inc., East Granby, Conn., is marking its 20th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1992 by Michael Francoeur, the company offers welding services, component manufacturing, and complete systems to customers primarily in the northeastern U.S. The company provides laser welding,...

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Dennen Steel opens new manufacturing facility in Mississippi

October 23, 2012

Dennen Steel Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich., has opened a new, 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Iuka, Miss. The $7.4 million project will create 50 new jobs. The contract stamping manufacturer of steel products purchases large master coils from steel mill producers and processes them into...

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Denver Global Products to create 450 jobs in North Carolina

October 23, 2012

Denver Global Products Inc., a subsidiary of Chongqing Rato Power Co. Ltd., Chongqing, China, will establish its manufacturing, distribution, and R&D facilities in North Carolina. The company plans to create 450 jobs over four years and make a capital investment of $30.2 million. Rato...

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Contract Fabricators expands operations in Mississippi

October 23, 2012

Contract Fabricators has announced its expansion into a 97,280-sq.-ft. facility in Iuka, Miss., formerly occupied by Dynasteel. The project represents a $1,050,000 company investment and will create 50 new jobs within its first year of operation. The manufacturer of large pressure vessels for oil...

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Dot marker needs no manual Z-axis height adjustment

October 23, 2012

The new e8-c153 z-a SIC dot marker from SIC Marking delivers precision, consistent part marking aided by the Autosense function, making it suitable for data matrix code and human-readable text applications. Its marking window is 6.3 by 3.9 in. The marking head descends automatically to the part,...

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Manufacturing Institute forms coalition to train U.S. veterans for advanced manufacturing jobs

October 22, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute, New York, has launched a coalition with GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and other business, digital, academic, and not-for-profit partners that aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing. The Get Skills to Work coalition focuses on...

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TD Economics report heralds revival of U.S. manufacturing sector through reduced offshoring

October 22, 2012

TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank, has released a report crediting the revival of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a key driver in the economic recovery, largely caused by a slowdown in offshoring activity. This slowdown has kept in the U.S. some of the jobs that used to be offshored rapidly,...

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Solar Atmospheres wins 2012 Commercial Heat Treater of the Year Award

October 22, 2012

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, Hermitage, Pa., has received the 2012 Commercial Heat Treater of the Year Award from the Metal Treating Institute in cooperation with Industrial Heating magazine. The award is given annually to an MTI member company that makes a positive impact on its community and...

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Eberl Iron Works adds staff

October 22, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a provider of custom metal fabrication, Unistrut metal framing products, traffic safety products, rooftop support systems, and systems installation in Buffalo, N.Y., has announced the addition of two new staff members. Corey Beck has joined the company's metal fabrication...

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Lantek forms partnership with Graitec

October 22, 2012

Lantek and Graitec are collaborating to integrate their software systems to provide a seamless design and manufacturing program for the structural steel industry. The partnership allows both companies to expand and consolidate their businesses in new markets. Lantek, with headquarters in Miñano,...

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Information application serves as large electronic bulletin board

October 22, 2012

Henning Software Inc. offers the new Visual EstiTrack Shop Kiosk, an add-on application to its Visual EstiTrack ERP product. The application is designed to be run on a user's desktop machine or as an information bulletin board on a large, wall-mounted monitor in a shop's public area. It provides...

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US Flag, vote

The decision of a lifetime

October 19, 2012

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There are elections, and then there are watershed elections, such as those in the U.S. in 1800, 1860, and 1932. Voracious student of history and longtime engineer Jim O’Leary believes the 2012 election falls into this category, as "unrest with the governmental status quo has reached an epic high tide."

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Cellular manufacturing meets the front office - TheFabricator.com

Cellular manufacturing meets the front office

October 19, 2012

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Quick-response manufacturing takes a time-based approach that looks at the entire process from start to finish. This includes one vital element: restructuring the organization away from a job-function approach and toward lead-time reduction. To reduce lead-times, you need to restructure your organization so that people shepherd projects through multiple steps.

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