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CAD platform allows users to build conveyor assemblies to exact specifications

November 7, 2012

Dorner Mfg.'s new Configurator is an intuitive, 2-D and 3-D CAD platform that allows users to build complete conveyor assemblies to their exact layout dimensions. The tool provides the download of a single CAD model of the complete assembled conveyor, saving the time spent matching up individual...

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Cleaner, degreaser imparts corrosion protection

November 5, 2012

Cortec® offers VpCI®-414 cleaner and degreaser, a heavy-duty, temporary coating and wax remover for metal and painted surfaces. This nontoxic, nonflammable, water-soluble, and biodegradable concentrate removes dirt, oils, and greases. As a viscous liquid, it is suitable for underhanging and...

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Wiley Metal receives award from Wabash National

November 5, 2012

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has received a Platinum Award from Wabash National Corp. in recognition of its excellence in supply chain delivery, quality, cost, and innovation. Wabash National Corp. is a producer of semitrailers and liquid transportation...

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Shale-Inland names president - Fabrication & Distribution Services

November 5, 2012

Shale-Inland, a distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, and related products in Houston, has appointed Mark G. Essig to the position of president –Fabrication & Distribution Services (F&DS). He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, having held executive roles at Washington...

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L&M Precision Fabrication remodels Washington facility

November 5, 2012

L&M Precision Fabrication, a provider of sheet metal forming and machining services for the aerospace, electronic, medical, and military markets, has announced the completion of a recent remodeling effort at its Airway Heights, Wash., facility. The major goals for the remodel included...

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Survey says lack of leadership is thwarting manufacturing renaissance

November 5, 2012

The public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey found that Americans have a jaundiced view of the nation's...

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Nussbaum to open North American headquarters in North Carolina

November 5, 2012

Otto Nussbaum GmbH & Co. has announced plans to purchase a 56,565-sq.-ft. building in Gastonia, N.C., to house the North American headquarters, production, and technical services center for Nussbaum Automotive Solutions L.P. The $7.6 million investment is expected to create 83 new jobs, with...

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Industrial espionage?

November 5, 2012 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Exactly what falls under the umbrella of industrial espionage? Do you think it’s possible for another company to steal your product design and processes? Learn from one fabricator’s experience.

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Why the little things matter - TheFabricator.com

Why the little things matter

November 2, 2012 | By Tim Heston

The issue for Laser Access employees wasn't getting the equipment running, it was the time they spent away from the machine, hunting for the right tools and material. That's why the Michigan shop took steps to keep the necessary tools nearby and neatly organized.

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing up 0.2 percentage point from September

November 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the second consecutive month following three consecutive months of slight contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 41th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On...

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FABTECH 2012 panel to analyze impact of election on manufacturing issues

November 1, 2012

Important tax credits used by manufacturers for equipment purchases, research and development and to keep jobs in the United States may come to an end in a matter of weeks. Bonus Depreciation, the R&D Tax Credit and Section 199 Domestic Production are just a few of the manufacturing tax credits...

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LINE survey: Hiring rate rises in November for fourth consecutive month

November 1, 2012

In November, more HR professionals in the manufacturing and service sectors say their organizations will be hiring compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2012. The LINE results...

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4GL Solutions signs agreement with Piping Alloys

October 30, 2012

4GL Solutions, Markham, Ont., has signed an agreement to install its Enterprise-level metal-specific ERP software Steel Manager III at Piping Alloys, a provider of stainless steel and alloy pipe, tubing, fasteners, and fittings with locations in Arizona, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Piping Alloys also...

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Prime Controls launches new website

October 30, 2012

Prime Controls, Dayton, Ohio, a manufacturer of double-metal-sheet sensors and controls for the can-making, automotive, and appliance industries, has redesigned its website at www.primecontrols.com. The site's new look is intended to help visitors search for metal sensing equipment for their...

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CAD/CAM software provides improved multitool support

October 30, 2012

Vero Software has announced the introduction of the 2013 release of Radan sheet metal CAD/CAM software. The new release provides improved support for multitools. Multitool configurations are deployed by taking the "variable to buy" for the machine tool in question. For example, a configuration for...

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