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Spark arrester protects against dust collector fires - TheFabricator.com

Spark arrester protects against dust collector fires

August 2, 2012

Camfil Farr APC has introduced a new spark arrester that protects its Gold Series® cartridge dust and fume collection systems. The arrester works without perforations or screens to channel sparks away from the filters and into the dust collector's hopper to help reduce the chance of fire....

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LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector economic activity contracts for 2nd consecutive month; primary and fabricated metals sectors report growth

August 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second time since July 2009; however, the overall economy grew for the 38th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1by Bradley...

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Sheet metal forming software permits quantitative piece cost analysis - TheFabricator.com

Sheet metal forming software permits quantitative piece cost analysis

August 1, 2012

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has unveiled its latest software version, AutoFormplus R4. It allows users to quantify and evaluate all planning aspects of stamped sheet metal parts, such as function, quality, lead-time, and cost. In this fourth major release of the product line, the user interface was...

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Dixie-Southern earns new certification

July 31, 2012

Dixie-Southern's Arkansas division in Springdale has achieved ASME Section VIII, Division 1 accreditation. This certification allows the facility to fabricate fired and unfired pressure vessels and certify them under the codes and standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers....

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FMA Communications publications win four ASBPE awards

July 31, 2012

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced that its publications have won four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston won a Silver National Award in the case history category for "Need a light—now?" from the October 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®,...

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GE Appliances plans second shift to increase refrigerator production

July 30, 2012

GE Appliances is adding 380 second-shift production employees at its Louisville, Ky., bottom-freezer refrigerator manufacturing facility. The company also has increased the number of new production employees working in the facility from the recently announced 600 to a total of 772. About 100...

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Mound Laser breaks ground for new Ohio facility

July 30, 2012

Mound Laser & Photonics Center Inc. has broken ground for a new building in Kettering, Ohio. The company, which serves the medical device, aerospace, and defense industries, has grown from 5 to 40 employees and increased sales by 20 times in the last 10 years. The new, 20,000-sq.-ft. building...

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Case IH expands Illinois plant - TheFabricator.com

Case IH expands Illinois plant

July 30, 2012

Case IH recently broke ground on an expansion of its Goodfield, Ill., plant, which manufactures tillage and fertilizer-application equipment. The 168,000-sq.-ft. expansion project, which will accommodate a new paint line, will increase the size of the plant by about two-thirds. The paint line...

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Software designed for press brake applications - TheFabricator.com

Software designed for press brake applications

July 30, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC has released SigmaBEND AP™ press brake software. Incorporating the unfolding functionality of AutoPol™ from FCC Software AB, it automatically recognizes bend information stored in both 2-D and 3-D CAD files. Users have direct, seamless access to SolidWorks®...

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McAllisters acquire Select Stainless

July 26, 2012

International investment banking firm 321 Capital Partners, Baltimore, has completed the asset sale of Select Stainless, a manufacturer of production and custom stainless steel food service and health care equipment in Matthews, N.C., to Larry and Betty McAllister. The 140,000-sq.-ft. facility...

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Smartphone app estimates metal weight, cost

July 25, 2012

Carpenter Technology Corp. has introduced an Android™ version of MetalMass™, its free smartphone app. The app is available for download in the iTunes® and Google stores. Its interface allows users to calculate the estimated weight and cost of long-product metallic alloy materials such as...

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Nippon Sharyo Mfg. opens facility in Illinois

July 24, 2012

Nippon Sharyo Mfg. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., has begun operations at its new passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The plant employs 140 workers currently. In 2013 the company plans to increase the workforce to nearly 300 when the in-house...

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Job site releases list of top 10 states for manufacturing jobs

July 24, 2012

The job site americanmfgjobs.com has released a list of the top 10 states for manufacturing jobs on its site. Some of the most popular manufacturing jobs available are for assemblers, engineers, CNC specialists, and managers. The top 10 states are: California – 42,377 Texas – 32,386...

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Dual-spring hanger features built-in safety chain - TheFabricator.com

Dual-spring hanger features built-in safety chain

July 24, 2012

The MILLHOG® ET-800 patent-pending, dual-spring hanger from Esco Tool lets users maneuver heavy or bulky tools safely. The two drawbar springs, rated at 610 lbs. each, are mounted onto 8- by 0.375-in. steel plates. A built-in, tamperproof safety chain prevents the springs from bottoming...

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