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Manufacturing technology orders up 8.8 percent in 2012

August 13, 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 0.6 percent from May and down 1.8...

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TorrMetal adds EDM for prototyping, diemaking

August 13, 2012

TorrMetal Corp., Cleveland, has added the MD+PRO III Advance wire EDM to its custom metal stamping services. The machine creates precision-tolerance prototypes and concept parts and provides small-lot production and toolmaking capabilities for repeat and long-run production. TorrMetal produces...

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Accurate Perforating names business development manager

August 13, 2012

Accurate Perforating, Chicago, has named David Baer as business development manager. In this position, he works to expand the company's presence in existing key markets and lead the initiative to penetrate new target markets. Baer's duties include assisting in market assessment, sizing, and...

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Collins Associates announces plant expansion

August 13, 2012

Collins Associates Inc., parent company of Venco/Venturo Mfg., has announced plans for a 30 percent plant expansion at its Cincinnati headquarters, with construction complete by the end of 2012. The expansion is a result of the company's 20 percent growth in sales since the recession ended....

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Judson A. Smith celebrates 50th anniversary

August 9, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., Warwick, R.I., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that Judson A. Smith, its custom and precision tubing products subsidiary, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Judson Smith started the company in Boyertown, Pa., in 1961...

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Automated magnetic filter cleans fluids without interrupting production

August 7, 2012

Eclipse Magnetics has introduced Automag Compact, a high-intensity, automated magnetic filter designed for small to medium-sized precision metal machining processes such as grinding, honing, milling, and superfinishing. The patented magnetic circuit extracts potentially damaging ferrous particles,...

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Inductive proximity sensors detect more than one metal with no adjustments - TheFabricator.com

Inductive proximity sensors detect more than one metal with no adjustments

August 7, 2012

Pepperl+Fuchs NRB/NRN series inductive proximity sensors with reduction factor 1 can detect every kind of metal at the same operating distance, as well as over greater distances than is possible with standard inductive sensors, the company states. Cylindrical sensor models are available in...

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Rack prevents damage to finished parts

August 6, 2012

Royal Products has introduced the Econo-Rack™, a device that collects finished parts as they come off of any bar-fed CNC lathe. It prevents damage to finished parts by feeding products onto a turntable covered by a low-friction UHMW material instead of into an oil-filled collection bucket. The...

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A moral argument for manufacturing

August 6, 2012

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Despite media coverage and political candidates’ speeches about the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy, the sector continues to struggle. Why? What will it take to address the various problems plaguing manufacturing? A longtime industry professional offers his opinion founded upon recent historical events.

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3-D CAD: Design optimization - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Design optimization

August 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis begins his exploration on how cost management tools in 3-D modeling software can be used to deliver cost-efficient and functional part designs.

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Staying safe shipping metal products - TheFabricator.com

Staying safe shipping metal products

August 3, 2012

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The days of a trailer being loaded with metal products before it leaves the shipping deck are over. Because customers want their parts delivered as soon as possible, lighter-than-truckload shipments are a normal part of shipping operations. This, however, requires additional attention to detail to keep both products and people safe.

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Putting a label on metal fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Putting a label on metal fabrication

August 3, 2012

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Micron Metalworks is a classic precision sheet metal job shop, with short runs and numerous job changeovers. To optimize part flow and overall efficiency, it’s the little things that really matter--including a simple label on a drawer.

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Set design meets advanced manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Set design meets advanced manufacturing

August 3, 2012

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A Broadway and TV set fabricator mixes set-building tradition with advanced manufacturing technologies, from welding and cutting to abrasive waterjet cutting. Complicating matters are the demands of modern performance media--especially high-definition broadcasts.

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FABTECH Intl. named one of 25 fastest-growing trade shows

August 2, 2012

FABTECH® Intl. Chicago, the metal forming and fabricating trade show co-sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing trade shows by Trade Show News Network, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group. FABTECH...

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Video details laser cutting capabilities

August 2, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has added a new video to its website detailing the capabilities of its Mazak Virtek laser cutting system. Entitled "UPM's Cutting Edge Laser," the video illustrates the machine's capabilities and describes its quality control and reverse-engineering...

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