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Wireless monitoring, alerting system allows fast response times for manufacturing plants - TheFabricator.com

Wireless monitoring, alerting system allows fast response times for manufacturing plants

July 10, 2012

Quick Talk™ RQT from Ritron Inc. is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped personnel when plant conditions change. This technology accepts inputs from up to four switches or sensors to monitor conditions...

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Victor Technologies launches contest for welding students, schools - TheFabricator.com

Victor Technologies launches contest for welding students, schools

July 10, 2012

Victor Technologies™, a provider of cutting, welding, and gas control equipment in St. Louis, has announced its 2012 Innovation to Shape the World contest for students in welding and cutting programs at secondary and postsecondary schools. Three first- or second-year students will win...

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Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 5

July 9, 2012

To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations has announced the launch of Manufacturing Day for Oct. 5, 2012. The effort is sponsored by...

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CNA Foundation donates $15,000 to NBT

July 9, 2012

The CNA Foundation, Chicago, today announced that it is donating $15,000 to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), the educational foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), Rockford, Ill., in support of its summer manufacturing camps. The mission of NBT is to...

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Super Steel to host job fair

June 28, 2012

Super Steel, Milwaukee, will host a job fair on Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The company is hiring the following positions for all shifts: welders setup, welders craftsmen, laser operators, setup brake operators, and electromechanical assemblers. A signing bonus of up to $1,000 is...

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RealWeld Systems addresses skilled-welding-labor shortage

June 28, 2012

EWI, Columbus, Ohio, has founded a spinout company, RealWeld Systems Inc., to commercialize its welder training technology. The spinout company's flagship product, RealWeld Trainer™ is based on exclusive licenses of EWI's patent-pending technology that measures and scores critical motions...

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Website highlights lean manufacturing for job shops

June 28, 2012

The Ohio State University, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, has launched a website at http://pfast.ise.ohio-state.edu. The new site is designed to educate visitors about the JobshopLean concept. It offers a demo version of PFAST software for material flow analysis and includes the...

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Industrial Heater acquires Hi-Tech Fabricating

June 28, 2012

Industrial Heater Corp., a producer of heaters for industrial processing in Cheshire, Conn., has announced the acquisition of Hi-Tech Fabricating Inc., Wallingford, Conn., a maker of precision sheet metal assemblies. Hi-Tech Fabricating will relocate to the Cheshire plant in July. The acquisition...

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Linamar to expand in North Carolina

June 28, 2012

Linamar Corp., Guelph, Ont., a supplier of engine, transmission, and driveline components, will expand its manufacturing operations in Asheville, N.C., to supply precision-machined components for customers of its Industrial, Commercial and Energy Group. The company plans to create 250 jobs over...

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Plasma cutting tools added to cost estimating software

June 28, 2012

MTI Systems Inc. has added Hypertherm HyPerformance plasma cutting systems to the Costimator cost estimating software work center library, adding "laserlike" cutting performance for estimating comparison options. Cost estimators can select from more than 3,500 work centers included in the...

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Tuper installs Brazil's largest HF welding machine

June 27, 2012

Tuper Industria Metalurgica's Caxias do Sul, Brazil, mill has installed a Thermatool 1,000-kW HF dual contact/induction welding machine. According to Thermatool, it is the largest HF welding machine in that country. Installed with the welding machine are locally made seam annealers from...

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Pro-Air Services acquires FilTech-Woodland

June 27, 2012

Decatur, Ala.-based HVAC contractor Pro-Air Services Inc. has acquired FilTech-Woodland Inc., a metal fabrication company also located in Decatur. FilTech-Woodland currently provides CNC machining, metal fabrication, and predictive maintenance services. By acquiring the company, Pro-Air Services...

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Parsons to close Washington plant

June 27, 2012

Parsons Technology Development and Fabrication Complex has announced plans to close its plant in Pasco, Wash., by the end of September. The plant provided chemical weapon destruction services for Army sites. The closure will result in the loss of 103 jobs....

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Hino Motors to invest in West Virginia plant

June 27, 2012

Truck manufacturer Hino Motors Mfg. USA has announced plans to support its Williamstown, W.Va., plant with nearly $6 million in direct and indirect investments. Of that amount, $2.9 million will be invested directly into machinery, equipment, and plant improvements, while about $3 million will be...

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Beating the summer heat

June 26, 2012

Summertime and the factory is even hotter. Here’s a look at one option for making conditions more tolerable and safer for your workforce.

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