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The comeback metal fabricator - TheFabricator.com

The comeback metal fabricator

April 8, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Everyone knows that metal fabricators need to be good at quick turnarounds. Super Steel became just that, hitting the financial skids in 2009 and transforming itself into a quick-turn fabricator and key manufacturing supplier to the freight rail industry in just three years.

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Super Steel hires new staff

April 4, 2013

Super Steel LLC, Milwaukee, has announced the addition of three staff members. Yahya El-Natour has been appointed as production manager. Having worked at the company in the late 1990s as a CNC programmer, he returns from Steelwind Industries, where he served as project manager, purchasing manager,...

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ThomasNet launches scholarship program to encourage manufacturing careers

April 4, 2013

In a move to draw the next generation into manufacturing, ThomasNet® has launched its North American Manufacturing Scholarship Program. Up to 30 graduating high school seniors with an interest in manufacturing careers each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue studies at a two- or four-year...

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OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor - TheFabricator.com

OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor

April 4, 2013

FANUC FA America has introduced FASOPC for retrieval of CNC machine production data. The OPC server is designed for getting machine production data out of a FANUC CNC and off the shop floor. The server is designed for communicating with FOCAS-enabled FANUC CNCs to read and write data. The...

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LINE survey: Compared to a year ago, manufacturing hiring rate to drop slightly in April; service sector hiring to increase sharply

April 4, 2013

In April, the service-sector hiring rate will reach a four-year high for the month, and more than one-third of manufacturers will add jobs, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2013. In April, for the...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, but at slower rate than February

April 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the fourth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 46th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued April 1 by Bradley J....

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Challenge Mfg. announces $10.3 million expansion

April 3, 2013

Challenge Mfg. Co., Walker, Mich., a manufacturer of engineered metal stampings and modular assemblies for the automotive industry, has announced plans to expand existing operations in the cities of Holland and Walker, investing $10.3 million and adding 180 jobs. As a result of the expansion, the...

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On Time Fab to expand

April 3, 2013

On Time Fab Inc., a custom metal fabrication shop in Owensboro, Ky., has announced plans to double the size of its building and add new equipment, including a plasma table that the company says will increase flexibility and decrease finishing time. The shop, which builds custom handrails, stairs,...

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Seating pins also function as feet

April 3, 2013

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 6321.1 seating pins in metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant seating pins are fabricated of tempered, hardened steel. The pins are 0.26 to 0.79 in. long, with head diameters from 0.24 to 1.57 in. In addition to their use in positioning the parts of a jig assembly, they...

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Surface treatments add wear resistance to complex components

April 3, 2013

UltraFlex™ wear-resistant surface treatments from Kennametal are designed for components with complex geometries in the power-generation and oil and gas industries. The treatments provide metallurgical-bonded, void-free cladding for critical components in demanding environments. They protect...

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Compact palletizer frees up space

April 1, 2013

QComp Technologies Inc. has introduced the QComp 5G palletizer. Its compact, modular design frees up floor space, allowing users to stack bags, cases, and trays at any point in their production line to eliminate conveyor runs to specialized palletizing areas. The unit's robot performs 20...

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Industrial Innovations installs lube management system at Tier 1 stamping plant

March 28, 2013

Industrial Innovations, Wyoming, Mich., has announced the installation of its plantwide lubrication management system at a Tier 1 automotive stamping facility in Ohio. The system comprises a Triple Pro-Mix 5 system capable of mixing a lubricant at three different ratios simultaneously and four...

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Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility - TheFabricator.com

Solar Atmospheres to donate vacuum furnace to ASM teaching facility

March 28, 2013

In commemoration of ASM Intl.'s 100th anniversary, Solar Atmospheres Inc., Souderton, Pa., will donate a vacuum furnace to ASM for use in its Teaching Lab at its headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio. The $250,000 furnace, expected to ship in June, will allow students to perform a variety of...

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Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating adds paint booth

March 28, 2013

Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating, Waite Park, Minn., has added a paint booth to its current fabrication capabilities. The 30- by 120-ft. booth has a 28-ft. ceiling. The $1 million investment allows the company to move painting processes in-house to complement its cutting, shearing, rolling,...

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Impulse Manufacturing launches website

March 28, 2013

Impulse Manufacturing, Dawsonville, Ga., a supplier of metal fabrication products and services, has launched a new website at www.impulsemfg.com. It features an overview of the company’s capabilities and quality processes. Visitors can research the company's metal fabrication services in website...

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