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Visual reality - TheFabricator.com

Visual reality

June 13, 2012

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To pursue visual art or science, that is the question. Polar-opposite interests? Yes. But who says the two can’t intersect somehow. After all, elements of science are alive in metal forming and fabricating, but to make it visually pleasing, an artist’s touch is necessary. Metal art, it would...

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Being big, acting small - TheFabricator.com

Being big, acting small

June 13, 2012

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Minnesota fabricator rebrands itself, standardizes operations, and remains nimble, even after years of aggressive growth. Managers expect the firm to grow another 18 percent this year. That’s not small potatoes for one of the country’s largest contract metal fabricators.

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Prima Electro, Yaskawa form partnership in CNC market

June 12, 2012

Prima Electro S.p.A. and Yaskawa Europe GmbH have signed a strategic partnership agreement for the CNC market. Prima has chosen Yaskawa's Sigma-5 SD drives and motors to implement its new Osai OpenControl CNC software and hardware components. The products will be connected through Mechatrolink III...

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L&M Precision Fabrication appointed as Boeing Tier 1 supplier

June 12, 2012

L&M Precision Fabrication, a precision metal manufacturer in Airway Heights, Wash., has been appointed as an aerospace Tier 1 supplier partner for The Boeing Aircraft Co. L&M Precision also continues to play an active role in supplying interior components to other Boeing Tier 1...

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Automotive Climate Control to expand in Indiana

June 12, 2012

Automotive Climate Control Inc., a manufacturer of mobile air-conditioning and heating equipment, has announced plans to expand its headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., creating up to 40 new jobs by 2015. The company, which supplies to OEMs and aftermarket customers in the automotive and...

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Management software designed for steel construction

June 11, 2012

Steel Projects has developed a new version of its software, Steel Projects PLM, designed to automate and optimize the connection between the drawing office and the workshop. The software comprises seven separate but fully integrated modules that can automate the production process. It manages the...

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Steelcase president named Business Person of the Year

June 8, 2012

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has named James Hackett, president and CEO of Steelcase Inc., as Business Person of the Year. The award was instituted to honor influential business leaders from leading or large employers in Grand Rapids, Mich., who have made significant contributions for the...

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Hitachi Construction Truck Mfg. plans $33 million expansion

June 8, 2012

FedDev Ontario, through its Prosperity Initiative program, has awarded $6.6 million to Hitachi Construction Truck Mfg. Ltd., Guelph, Ont., to expand its current facility, increase its plant capacity, and introduce new technologies. "Improved demand for base metals and coal has resulted in a need...

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Fabricate, install, maintain - TheFabricator.com

Fabricate, install, maintain

June 8, 2012

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The Roberts Co. isn’t a heavy industrial metal fabricator. It’s not a erector, general contractor, maintenance services provider, or engineering firm. It’s all of the above.

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LINE survey: Job gains expected in June, but hiring rate remains behind the 2011 rate

May 31, 2012

Job creation will continue in manufacturing and services in June, but for the fifth time in the last six months, the rate of growth will fall behind the rate of the previous year in both sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National...

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CAD modeling helps optimize pressworking processes - TheFabricator.com

CAD modeling helps optimize pressworking processes

May 30, 2012

Bilsing Automation has introduced the new 3-D press line scanning service, designed to provide accurate simulations of customers' stamping processes. Many automotive OEMs require that press lines be up and running within a couple hours of tooling and die installation. This requires simulation...

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Stewart EFI expands manufacturing capabilities with new press

May 29, 2012

Stewart EFI LLC, Thomaston, Conn., has added a 200-ton Minster press with a transfer mechanism to expand its offering of metal stamped and assembled precision components. The press allows the company to produce deep-drawn parts up to 5.875 in. deep and blank diameters as large as 8 in. from metal...

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Felling Trailers to open second location

May 29, 2012

Felling Trailers, Sauk Centre, Minn., has announced plans to open a second location in Litchfield, Minn., to expand production. The company's headquarters and current production will remain at its Sauk Centre facility. The new facility will bring total production and office space to more than...

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Misting fans help beat summer heat

May 29, 2012

Big Ass Fan Company® has added high-pressure, filtered misting systems to its 8-ft. AirGo® and Yellow Jacket® portable industrial fans. According to the company, they produce a cooling effect equivalent to 22 and 11 tons of air conditioning, respectively. . The new systems produce an ultrafine...

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Bettcher Mfg. expands in Mexico

May 29, 2012

Bettcher Mfg., a metal stamping company in McAllen, Texas, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in Reynosa, Mexico, by 15,000 sq. ft. The project, which is expected to be completed in November, will allow the company to bring additional high-tonnage capability and add three...

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