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Wind-blocking curtain adds to worker comfort

July 17, 2012

Zoneworks has introduced the new wind-block curtain. Designed to keep employees comfortable and safe when loading dock doors are opened, the curtain is suitable for use in distribution centers, manufacturing plants, warehouses, and other facilities where loading docks are in close proximity to work...

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SME works with U.S. Army to help close manufacturing skills gap

July 16, 2012

Over the next five years, up to 1 million military personnel will return to civilian life — and the civilian workforce. Currently 600,000 jobs are open in the U.S. in advanced manufacturing, with an anticipated need for 10 million skilled workers by 2020. As part of the new Department of...

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ITW Muller announces new company structuring

July 16, 2012

ITW Muller, Arlington Heights, Ill., has announced its new company structure to provide customers with access to a greater variety of pallet wrapping products. Previously operated as independent business units of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), GaleWrap and Yellow Jacket now operate as part of the ITW...

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Caster Concepts supports manufacturing experience for kids

July 16, 2012

The Greater Albion College Access Network, in collaboration with Albion Public Schools, and the Manufacturing Education Fund at the Albion Community Foundation, Albion, Mich., awarded 16 scholarships to Albion Public School students in fourth through sixth grade for the summer 2012 "I Can Make It!"...

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Sensor inputs added to press controller for more flexible monitoring

July 16, 2012

Cieco Inc. has announced that the die protection module of its Automator II press controller now has up to 40 sensor inputs available. That's more than twice as many as originally offered and provides users with more flexible sensor monitoring capabilities, the company states. Each sensor can be...

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Metal fabricator revamps raw material purchasing strategy - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricator revamps raw material purchasing strategy

July 16, 2012

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General Sheet Metal Works revamped the way it handles raw material purchases. Floor personnel now release specific orders, while the purchasing department communicates with suppliers about future demand and negotiates contracts. Most important, the company order just what it needs--and no more.

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Fabricating the American Dream - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating the American Dream

July 16, 2012

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What’s the current state of the American dream? So many seem to work hard and do everything right--but just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Bringing stamping work back from China - TheFabricator.com

Bringing stamping work back from China

July 16, 2012

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Ross Liberty, founder of Factory Pipe, has been making exhaust systems for two-stroke engines since he was a teenager. He recently brought his decades of manufacturing experience and his substantial product knowledge to bear on an exhaust pipe that had been produced at Factory Pipe and subsequently sourced from a competitor in China. Liberty developed a new design, cutting the weight and cost substantially, thereby getting the contract back from the Chinese company.

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Plantwide Communications at Jones Metal Products

July 13, 2012

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Mankato, Minn.-based Jones Metal Products partnered with PDP Solutions to launch a unique plantwide communication program, as Sarah Richards (pictured), Jones Metal CEO, explains. Read more.

J.W. Winco wins APSE Best Employer Award

July 12, 2012

J.W. Winco Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components in New Berlin, Wis., has received the 2012 APSE (Association for Persons in Supported Employment) Best Employer Award in the medium-sized companies category. The award is given each year to the nation's top companies in the...

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Quarterly economic survey shows manufacturers concerned about business climate

July 11, 2012

The National Association of Manufacturers/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers for the second quarter supports recent economic indicators that manufacturing has been slowing over the past few months. Manufacturers are concerned about tax, energy, and regulatory policies coming from Washington. For...

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Tempco invests in new equipment

July 11, 2012

Tempco Mfg. Co. Inc., St. Paul, Minn., has added several new pieces of equipment for the production of precision metal stampings, sheet metal fabrications, and mechanical assemblies. The company has installed two 440-ton AIDA variable-speed punch presses that feature large work beds for multiple...

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D&S Mfg. to add powder coating capabilities

July 11, 2012

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies, and complete weldments, has announced that it will upgrade its offline liquid spray painting system and integrate powder coating capabilities within its production environment. "Our upgraded...

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Manufacturing Institute president recognized in 100 Women Leaders in STEM

July 11, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute, Washington, D.C., has announced that its president, Jennifer McNelly, has been included in the inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM, a publication by STEMconnector™. The publication showcases the careers and initiatives of women leaders who are active role models for...

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Dover Hydraulics acquires Gross Welders and Fabricators, expands headquarters

July 11, 2012

Dover Hydraulics, a provider of comprehensive hydraulic service and repair in Dover, Ohio, has acquired Gross Welders and Fabricators, New Philadelphia, Ohio. The acquisition allows Dover Hydraulics to expand its in-house and portable welding capabilities and metal fabrication capabilities to serve...

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