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AMECO USA opens 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Cleveland

March 8, 2011

AMECO USA, a metal fabricator of engineered products, has opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4600 West 160th Street in Cleveland. The new facility increases the company's manufacturing space to 62,000 square feet. This includes its sister company, ArcAlloy Metal Fabrication...

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Metcam earns Gold Level Partner designation from Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia

March 7, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs based in Alpharetta, Ga., has announced that it has been accepted as a Gold Level Partner with the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. The partnership fosters environmental leadership and recognizes superior environmental...

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Lantek celebrates 25 years in fabrication industry

March 7, 2011

Lantek, Miñano (Álava), Spain, marks 25 years in business during 2011. Formed in 1986, the company originally developed software products before specializing in CAD/CAM and ERP systems for sheet metal applications. The company has 25 subsidiaries in 17 countries, as well as an extensive network...

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Zero-backlash servo drive can be used with rotary and linear systems - TheFabricator.com

Zero-backlash servo drive can be used with rotary and linear systems

March 7, 2011

DE-STA-CO has announced the release of the CAMCO® RSD rotary servo drive. The zero-backlash, cam-actuated drive can be used with rotary and linear systems. The new drive is compatible with a variety of industry-standard servomotors, offering the flexibility and logic to handle applications...

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Lincoln Electric's virtual reality welding system wins international innovation award - TheFabricator.com

Lincoln Electric's virtual reality welding system wins international innovation award

March 7, 2011

The VRTEX® 360 virtual reality welding system from Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has been recognized by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) with its 2011 Heinz Sossenheimer Award. This accolade is conferred every two years in recognition of software systems that contribute to...

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Manufacturing hiring continues to improve

March 3, 2011

The U.S. private-sector labor force is forecasted to add jobs in manufacturing in March compared with last year, but hiring will ebb in the service sector for the same timeframe, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)...

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HRB spot prices up in U.S., Western Europe, down elsewhere

March 2, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for February 28 surged 3.9 percent to $932 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 1.6 percent to $815 per ton (on a Euro basis, it slipped 0.5 percent), ex-works, for the...

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ISM February ROB: U.S. manufacturing sector continues strong performance

March 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 21st consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued March 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Mazak Optonics announces Automated Recovery Seminar for Western region

February 28, 2011

Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the driving theme behind the Automated Recovery Seminars presented by Mazak Optonics Corp. As part of its 2011 Spring seminar schedule, the company will conduct an Automated Recovery Seminar in Anaheim, California, on March...

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Dual-chamber part blasting machine allows loading while cleaning is in progress - TheFabricator.com

Dual-chamber part blasting machine allows loading while cleaning is in progress

February 28, 2011

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has introduced the SH 1545 indexing spinner hanger for blasting various part sizes and shapes. The unit removes scale, flashing, corrosion, rust, and paint by indexing two 15-in.-dia. by 45-in.-high work envelopes on a continuous basis. As the chambers rotate,...

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Certified paint markers designed for use on stainless steel

February 28, 2011

LA-CO Industries has introduced Markal® Certified Valve Action® paint markers. The markers have gone through extensive, independent analysis for certification to meet MIL- STD – 2041D, EDF PMUC, US DOE RDT F-7-3T (expired), and Navy C3070 specifications. Designed for use on stainless steel,...

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Seconn Fabrication opens Solar Fabricators

February 28, 2011

Seconn Fabrication has established Solar Fabricators, located down the street from Seconn headquarters in Waterford, Conn. The new company is designed to cater to small, local businesses; inventors; and entrepreneurs. It is equipped with facility upgrades, new equipment, and a staff of experienced...

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Fabricated spiral staircase

Old-school fabricator takes it one step at a time

February 25, 2011

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Shortly after the company was founded as a welding and repair shop in 1949, Wells-Osborn Spiral Stairs found a niche in building spiral staircases. Founder Bill Osborn bought some equipment and made some of his own. Some of Osborn’s original ideas and equipment are still in use at the company 60 years later.

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Sheet metal designed part

The power of sheet metal design

February 25, 2011

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Effective sheet metal design should not set out to eliminate welding, but instead uncover the most cost-effective ways to manufacture a part. The best designs exploit strengths of the welding process and minimize its weaknesses.

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Whitecastle building

Hamburgers, metal, and mettle

February 25, 2011

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White Castle’s metal fabrication subsidiary has abided by continuous improvement principles for decades—long before Toyota became a major player in the United States.

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