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KMC completes plant acquisition, expansion

February 11, 2013

Kickhaefer Mfg. Co. (KMC), a metal stamping and fabrication company, has announced the acquisition of a new facility and the completion of an expansion to its current facility in Port Washington, Wis. The company plans to add 20 employees. The new, 52,000-sq.-ft. facility has been expanded and...

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ConXtech's structural steel fabrication factory passes AISC audit for fourth time

February 11, 2013

ConXtech's manufacturing team has passed its 2013 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Certified Building Fabricator audit. The highly automated steel fabrication facility in Hayward, Calif., passed the annual audit with zero nonconformances and no suggestions for improvement from the...

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U.S. manufacturing technology orders have best year since 1996

February 11, 2013

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $499.43 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 17.8 percent from November but...

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MSCI study shows impact of 2.5 million American metals industry jobs

February 11, 2013

A recent study commissioned by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) shows the economic contributions made by the metal production and distribution industry in 2012 are a dynamic part of the U.S. economy, accounting for more than $552 billion or over 3.5 percent of the nation's gross domestic...

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Marking machines designed to integrate into automation systems - TheFabricator.com

Marking machines designed to integrate into automation systems

February 11, 2013

I-Mark™ I-Series (Integration) dot peen and silent-scribe marking systems from Columbia Marking Tools (CMT) are designed for integration into automation systems to process a variety of materials. Both machine styles can mark at speeds of four to five characters/sec., including 2-D/UID...

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Coolant recycling systems available for 2,500 to 10,000 gal. - TheFabricator.com

Coolant recycling systems available for 2,500 to 10,000 gal.

February 8, 2013

The Eriez® HydroFlow® line of coolant recycling systems can recycle any water-miscible fluid, minimizing or eliminating disposal and reducing usage of the fluid concentrate. Large to small systems are available in four models, featuring unattended operation, separate dirty and clean...

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Cost estimating tool allows costing updates across entire product lines

February 8, 2013

eTurboTools Inc. has released eTurboQuote, a cloud-based cost-estimating development tool for small to medium-sized job shops, tool and die shops, fabricators, and metal component manufacturers. The tool allows for the creation of standard price templates for all of a company’s product lines,...

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Marking heads help fabricators meet auto industry traceability demands - TheFabricator.com

Marking heads help fabricators meet auto industry traceability demands

February 8, 2013

Technifor, business entity of Gravotech Group, offers the XF510 series of marking heads for identification and traceability in the auto manufacturing industry. Available in dot peen, scribe, and electromagnetic styles, the heads can mark in any position, making them suitable for robotic,...

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Stretch wrapping machines available - TheFabricator.com

Stretch wrapping machines available

February 8, 2013

ITW Muller offers two stretch wrapping machines. The Octopus S series is an automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper. Featuring a load stabilizer, new load lift conveyer, and No Touch No Tail (NT2) seaming device, the wrapper comes with the patented Easy S film carriage that simplifies film...

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Sintermetal completes expansion in Mexico

February 8, 2013

Sintermetal S.A. de C.V. has completed a $6 million expansion of its facility in Ocoyoacac, Mexico. The expansion provides room for a new area of machines that will allow the company to expand into the market of highly complex sintered parts for the production of rotors for oil pumps and variable...

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Are we busy yet?

February 7, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Employees at CR Metal Products were worried last year. Machines weren't running constantly, and the shop seemed empty. Thing was, 2012 was one of CR Metal's best years, and managers attribute much of the success to an improvement method called quick-response manufacturing. Read the article.

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Bug-O Systems featured on "Viewpoints" TV

February 7, 2013

Bug-O Systems, a provider of operator-controlled mechanization for welding and cutting in Canonsburg, Pa., has announced the company will be featured on the "Viewpoints" TV program, hosted by Terry Bradshaw. The segment is part of the program's American Industry series, which interviews "movers and...

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ThomasNet.com partners with Panjiva to give manufacturers new sales opportunites

February 7, 2013

ThomasNet.com, New York, N.Y., and Panjiva have announced a partnership to give U.S. manufacturers new opportunities to reach and do business with buyers from around the world. Panjiva is an intelligence platform for global trade professionals who want to find, evaluate, and make contact with...

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Shimco launches new website

February 7, 2013

Shimco, Markham, Ont., has announced the launch of its newly designed website at www.shimco.com highlighting its custom-manufactured products, including solid, laminated, edgebond, and tapered shims; laminated sheets; and precision machined parts. The site includes product descriptions, photos,...

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Microprocessing lab opens at TRUMPF - TheFabricator.com

Microprocessing lab opens at TRUMPF

February 7, 2013

TRUMPF Inc., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and lasers, has opened a new laser micromachining applications laboratory at its headquarters in Farmington, Conn. At the lab, the TruMicro team can demonstrate microprocessing technology for customers, solve specific application requests, and...

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