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Chip vacuum can be moved from drum to drum to separate materials for recycling

November 1, 2010

Exair's new Chip Vac picks up chips and delivers them to an ordinary 30-gal. drum. It can be moved from drum to drum to keep different materials separate for recycling. It is used to clean chips from fixtures, floors, and work surfaces of saws, machining centers, and other industrial equipment....

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Epoxy system developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, processing equipment - TheFabricator.com

Epoxy system developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, processing equipment

November 1, 2010

Developed for coating and lining storage tanks, piping, scrubbers, and processing equipment, Master Bond EP21ARHT resists chemicals, fuel, and acids. It can withstand immersion to 96 to 98 percent sulfuric acid and 20 percent hydrochloric acid for more than a year. This two-component epoxy...

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Nippon Sharyo to expand U.S. railcar business

November 1, 2010

Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., Arlington Heights, Ill., has announced its decision to expand operations in the U.S., including the establishment of its own passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The strategy is to increase competitiveness in the expanding U.S. passenger railcar market...

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Germantown Tool & Machine adds two robotic GMAW systems

November 1, 2010

Germantown Tool & Machine Inc., Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has acquired two robotic welding systems to add to its GMAW capabilities. The Fanuc M-16iB20 six-axis robots with R-J3iC controls are equipped with Lincoln PowerWave® 455M power sources. Capacities include a 65-in. reach and up to 8-ft....

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Nordex opens for business in Arkansas with grand opening of wind turbine plant

November 1, 2010

Nordex USA celebrated the official opening of its flagship wind turbine manufacturing plant in the U.S. October 29. Representing a $40 million investment, the 150,000 square foot plant is one of the most modern production facilities in the wind industry, optimized for lean flow and reduced lead...

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Sizing up the job - TheFabricator.com

Sizing up the job

November 1, 2010

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Accounting is straightforward, but it’s not iron-clad; fabricators have latitude in the accounting system they use to bid on contracts. A bottom-up approach, one that analyzes all the costs that go into making a component, is suitable for many parts. A top-down approach looks at the part and asks how much the market will bear. Choosing one or the other is a matter of understanding the market for the part.

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Think before you scrap - TheFabricator.com

Think before you scrap

November 1, 2010

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Before you scrap your iron frame, think about the benefits of using the original frame. Adapting your old cast press frame to new technologies may be easier, cheaper, and greener than you may have thought.

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Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments - TheFabricator.com

Stamper cuts costs of making surgical instruments

November 1, 2010

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At least one stamper is reducing the cost of medical devices by converting machined parts to stamped or stamped/machined parts. Not only is the manufacturer using this innovative approach to reduce cost without sacrificing quality and still meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, it sometimes stamps features into the medical devices that could not be made by machining them and tightens tolerances.

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GM to invest $190 million, add 600 jobs at Lansing Grand River

October 29, 2010

General Motors has announced a $190 million investment in its Lansing Grand River assembly plant for the production of a new Cadillac model. The investment will create 600 jobs and result in the addition of a second shift. According to the company, the announcement brings the total of new U.S....

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Three Northern Ohio businesses get tax credit to create, retain jobs

October 26, 2010

TheMorningJournal.com has reported that three Northern Ohio businesses—U.S. Steel in Lorain, BASF Corp. in Elyria, and U.S. Refractory Products LLC in North Ridgeville—will receive tax credits to create 290 jobs and retain hundreds more, according to the Ohio Department of Development. United...

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part X - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part X

October 26, 2010

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Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two skewer supports.

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Taylor-Winfield Corp. announces sale of its assets to The Brilex Group of companies

October 25, 2010

The Brilex Group has acquired the assets of metalworking machinery supplier Taylor-Winfield Corp. A new company, Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc., has been formed and funded by Brian and Alex Benyo, co-owners of The Brilex Group of companies. "Taylor-Winfield Technologies core competencies will...

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Gas pressure regulators introduced

October 25, 2010

WITT-Gasetechnik has introduced two new dome pressure regulators for a variety of applications and technical gases. Models 747LE and 757LE offer a pipe diameter of up to 2 in. and an increased maximum flow rate over a variety of pressures. They are suitable for users who need constant gas pressure...

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SigmaTEK aims seminar at manufacturers using cutting, punching machines

October 25, 2010

Manufacturing software provider SigmaTEK Systems, Cincinnati, hosted its first SigmaTEK Academy seminar series Oct. 5-8. The educational series, targeted toward manufacturers using plasma, laser, punch, and waterjet cutting machines, was intended to help fabricators improve their productivity using...

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ILSCO Extrusions to restart Greenville, Pa., plant, add new jobs

October 25, 2010

ILSCO Extrusions is in the process of restarting operations at the former Signature Aluminum plant in Greenville, Pa. The former Signature Aluminum plant had been closed since April 2009. At least 52 jobs will be created at the plant within three years. ILSCO invested nearly $5 million to buy the...

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