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ART Technologies establishes new website

June 3, 2013

ART Technologies Precision Metal Stamping in Hamilton, Ohio, has launched a new website at www.art-technologies.com. It highlights the company's stamping, coining, and near-net-shape capabilities and simplifies RFQ submission. Visitors can view the cost savings potential of stamping to a near net...

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Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block? - TheFabricator.com

Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block?

June 3, 2013 | By Monty Kuxhaus

Business owners, accountants, and sales people don’t always agree on the definitions of business terms such as fixed cost and variable cost, and therefore they see business opportunities in different ways. Evaluating every new business opportunity in a way that includes the full burden rate (using fixed costs) seems like a good idea, but this isn’t always the best way to go. If the company is already paying all of its fixed costs, why not use variable costs to analyze a new piece of business?

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry

June 3, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Copper is extremely useful in the HVAC industry, but the high and volatile price can wreak havoc on profit margins. Some fabricators have found that they can substitute a couple of aluminum alloys with good results. However, aluminum isn’t as easy to work with as copper. This article tells how Harco Metal Products developed forming and brazing processes for this not-so-forgiving material.

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Moving forward

June 3, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.

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How Genzink Steel redefined redefined itself - TheFabricator.com

How Genzink Steel redefined itself

June 3, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.

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Separation conveyor produces high magnetic fields - TheFabricator.com

Separation conveyor produces high magnetic fields

May 29, 2013

Bunting® Magnetics Co. has introduced a new line of high-intensity separation conveyors. They provide high magnetic fields to remove lightly magnetic tramp metal fines. High-intensity magnetic fields also separate work-hardened 300 series stainless steel from the product stream, increasing...

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Order control software includes remote ordering system

May 29, 2013

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has released version 1.04 of its Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) Premium II. Its features are designed for profiling and punching users, making it suitable for use with existing Expert CAD/CAM systems. The software's core functionality is a remote ordering system, allowing...

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Sciaky enters partnership with Evobeam GmbH

May 28, 2013

Sciaky Inc., a Chicago-based subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), has entered into a business partnership with Evobeam GmbH of Mainz, Germany, to further expand its electron beam (EB) welding product portfolio. Sciaky provides large-vacuum-chamber EB welding systems with internal...

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General Machine of Anderson expanding manufacturing operations

May 28, 2013

General Machine of Anderson is expanding its metalworking and manufacturing operations in Anderson County, S.C. The $800,000 investment is expected to generate at least 20 new jobs. The new manufacturing space will house additional equipment and allow the company to increase its machining,...

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OSHA to extend compliance date for crane operator certification requirements

May 28, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in...

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Bobcat breaks ground in North Dakota

May 28, 2013

Bobcat Co., a maker of compact construction equipment, has begun an expansion and renovation of its plant in Bismarck, N.D. The $20 million project will add an R&D facility at the company's existing site. Construction is expected to be done in about a year. The company has hired 135 additional...

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Report reveals additive manufacturing, 3-D printing trends

May 23, 2013

Wohlers Associates Inc., Fort Collins, Colo., has released the Wohlers Report 2013, its annual analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3-D printing worldwide. Available for a fee, the report covers all aspects of AM, including its history, applications, processes, manufacturers, and materials....

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Marlin Steel receives Inner City Award

May 23, 2013

Marlin Steel Wire Products, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of industrial material handling containers, has been selected for the second straight year for the Inner City 100 Award by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The award goes to the fastest-growing companies in America's...

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Hexagon Metrology launches online technical support center

May 23, 2013

Hexagon Metrology, North Kingstown, R.I., has established the Hexagon Metrology Support Center, an online portal at http://support.hexagonmetrology.us that serves as a centralized resource for support of the company’s products. Customers have 24/7 access to FAQs and receive lifetime diagnostic...

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Precision Metal Industries receives Preferred Supplier designation from Lockheed Martin

May 23, 2013

Precision Metal Industries (PMI), a precision manufacturer of missile containers, cabinets, enclosures, and assemblies in Pompano Beach, Fla., has earned approval in the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Preferred Supplier Program. The program recognizes the contribution and commitment of...

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