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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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Report grades each state in categories key to manufacturing and logistics success

June 26, 2012

The 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report, compiled by Conexus Indiana, Indianapolis, and Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research, Muncie, Ind., shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing...

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ATW Companies appoints sales manager for A.T. Wall

June 26, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has appointed Matthew Underhay as sales manager for A.T. Wall, its precision stamping and tube drawing subsidiary in Warwick, R.I. Underhay is responsible for supporting the development of the company's sales and...

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Dot peen system marks up to four characters/sec.

June 26, 2012

The I-Mark™ H series from Columbia Marking Tools is a programmable dot peen system that marks metal parts at speeds up to four characters/sec. It can perform linear, angular, circular, and 2-D data matrix imprinting in either benchtop or hand-held mode. The turnkey system comes with a pneumatic...

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3-D CAD: Modeling with product variation as the design intent - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Modeling with product variation as the design intent

June 26, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis provides a guide to connecting dimensions and custom properties to equations, which will make part design changes much easier to deal with down the road.

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Marlin Steel Wire Products certified to ISO 9001:2008

June 25, 2012

Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, a maker of wire baskets, wire forms, and sheet metal fabrications in Baltimore, has been certified to ISO 9001:2008. The company was certified for its design in addition to its metal fabrication and wire and sheet metal products....

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Jay Mfg. names director of supply chain - TheFabricator.com

Jay Mfg. names director of supply chain

June 25, 2012

Metal fabricating company Jay Mfg., Oshkosh, Wis., has appointed Eric Meulemans as director of supply chain. In this position, he implements programs related to purchasing processes, contract and pricing negotiations, supplier selection, and continuous improvement. Meulemans has more than 20...

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