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Gilbert Displays names head of metal fabrication

February 27, 2013

Gilbert Displays has added Scott Stephens as head of metal fabrication and expanded its custom metal fabrication department. In this role, he participates in the design, planning, and engineering of numerous projects while also overseeing fabrication on the production floor. Stephens is an artisan...

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Survey finds proposed carbon tax would hurt manufacturing growth, jobs, and energy prices

February 26, 2013

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a study conducted by NERA Economic Consulting that shows a carbon tax would have a devastating impact on manufacturing and jobs. The report, titled Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax, found that levying such a tax would impact...

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Collection arm removes dusts, fumes at the source - TheFabricator.com

Collection arm removes dusts, fumes at the source

February 26, 2013

Airflow Systems Inc. offers the E-Z Arm® high-flow series of contaminant extractor arms for source-point collection and removal of dusts, powders, fumes, smoke, odors, and other contaminants before they can migrate throughout the facility to disrupt worker breathing zones, cause damage to...

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Nozzle design increases dust collector cleaning velocity to supersonic flow

February 26, 2013

Scientific Dust Collectors has introduced the next generation of nozzle cleaning technology for reverse-pulse-jet dust collectors. It uses compressed-air levels as low as 80 PSIG. The patented technology provides more induced cleaning air into the filter media than other available systems,...

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Low-pressure nozzles nearly drip-free

February 26, 2013

Industrial Innovations offers patented Z-Nozzles, designed to be 99.5 percent drip-free to help eliminate waste in lubricant application. The nozzle assembly combines low pressure with high velocity. Fluid application is controlled through pressure, time, degree of pattern, and electronic...

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Daikin McQuay to upgrade Virginia operations

February 25, 2013

Daikin McQuay, a Richmond, Va., subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., will invest $9.2 million to expand its operation in Augusta County. The company, a global manufacturer of commercial HVAC, refrigeration, and building management equipment and systems, will be upgrading the facility to increase...

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FMA announces 2013 Industry Award winners

February 25, 2013

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its Industry Awards 2013. The two awards — presented by two of FMA Communications' magazines — recognize individuals or companies in the metal forming and fabricating industry and the tube...

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CD highlights fixturing process, products

February 21, 2013

Advanced Machine & Eng. Co. (AME) has released an updated Fixturing Solutions CD. Included is a brief fixturing overview and video, along with detailed information about the company's fixturing products and services, links to complete online catalogs, CAD models, company overview and video, and...

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Second annual Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 4, 2013

February 18, 2013

After a successful inaugural celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers and educational institutions are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the...

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Weldco-Beales Mfg. partners with Radius Steel Fabrication

February 18, 2013

Radius Steel Fabrication-SOO Tractor, a supplier of fabricated steel equipment in Sioux City, Iowa, has entered into an agreement with Weldco-Beales Mfg. of Canada to manufacture Weldco's 12-ft. snow removal blades. Weldco-Beales designs and manufactures specialized heavy equipment attachments for...

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Programmable safety controller offers integrated safety system - TheFabricator.com

Programmable safety controller offers integrated safety system

February 18, 2013

Tapeswitch Corp. has released the new PCU programmable safety controller. It offers a fully integrated safety system that unifies the management of all safety products, such as safety switch mats, edges, bumpers, switches, noncontact interlocks, laser scanners, light curtains, two-hand controls,...

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Brush-on blackener serves as quick fix for scratched black oxided parts - TheFabricator.com

Brush-on blackener serves as quick fix for scratched black oxided parts

February 18, 2013

PRESTO BLACK® BST4 brush-on liquid from Birchwood® Technologies is an instant-acting cold blackener for all iron and nonstainless steels. When applied to any clean ferrous metal surface, the product blackens within 30 seconds and forms a durable black finish that can be topcoated. The...

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Advice on improving manufacturing's future - TheFabricator.com

Advice on improving manufacturing's future

February 15, 2013 | By Mark Schwendau

An educator gives metal fabricators advice on how they can improve the overall image of manufacturing and help to develop their next generation of workers at the same time.

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Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations - TheFabricator.com

Virtual training and documentation for manufacturing operations

February 15, 2013 | By Dan Waldorf, Ph.D.

Cal Poly engineering students use tablet computers to assist them with learning how to run and perform maintenance on machining centers. Discussions reveal that they enjoy this type of interaction rather than traditional training.

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Basics on the financials for metal fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Basics on the financials for metal fabricators

February 15, 2013 | By Dick Kallage

Generally, five categories are examined to determine company valuation. All are important in assessing risk-adjusted valuation, but the one that gets the most immediate attention, rightfully, is the financials.

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