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Industrial fan offers 28 percent more coverage - TheFabricator.com

Industrial fan offers 28 percent more coverage

May 9, 2012

Big Ass Fans has introduced the Powerfoil X2.0, a complete redesign of its Powerfoil X. The fan includes a new airfoil profile and winglet with patented Airfence™ technology. The winglet eliminates turbulence at the tip of the airfoil, while the Airfence captures air that would otherwise...

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Force Fabrication moves to new facility in California

May 8, 2012

Force Fabrication, a precision sheet metal fabricator and manufacturer for the telecommunications, medical, high-technology, and military/aerospace industries, has completed the transition of its manufacturing facility from Ventura, Calif., to Newbury Park, Calif. The move gives the company...

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Pressure regulators designed for improved performance

May 8, 2012

The gas technology specialist Witt has improved the performance of two of its dome-loaded pressure regulators. The top version 757LE now provides a flow rate factor that is 36 percent higher than before, with a Kv value of 15. The maximum input pressure of many gases in the 737LE-HD high-pressure...

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Triton Industries earns AS 9100:C/ISO 9001:2008 certification

May 8, 2012

Triton Industries Inc., a Chicago-based precision metal fabricator, has earned AS 9100:C/ISO 9001:2008 certification from Quality Systems Registrars (QSR). The certification follows a comprehensive review of management systems and operations. These certification standards define the requirements...

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NTMA-U graduates to receive college credits at University of Akron

May 7, 2012

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) has announced that it has finalized an agreement with the University of Akron to grant up to 21 college credits to graduates of NTMA-U, the association's advanced manufacturing skills training program. The new apprenticeship program, developed...

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Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg. names VP of sales engineering

May 7, 2012

Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg., a designer and manufacturer of custom trailers and self-propelled vehicles in Madison Heights, Mich., has named Roger J. Ruel to the newly created position of vice president of sales engineering. Ruel previously served as vice president of sales engineering at MRA...

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Cost management platform expands enterprise capabilities

May 3, 2012

The latest release of aPriori's cost management platform is the 2012r1. The product offers new capabilities and enhancements that expand its cost optimization functionality with new baseline processes for manufacturers in automotive, consumer products, industrial equipment, and medical equipment....

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Briggs, LiftOne named Hyster dealers for Southeast

May 3, 2012

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., has named Briggs Equipment and LiftOne as authorized dealers for Hyster® lift trucks in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., respectively. This follows an announcement of Barloworld's intention to sell its U.S. assets to Briggs and LiftOne. The companies are two of the...

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Manufacturing Institute and partners increase credentialed workforce

May 3, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners have announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. Over the past year, the...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing expanded in April for 33rd consecutive month

May 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Whirlpool to close Arkansas plant June 29

May 3, 2012

Whirlpool has announced that June 29 will be the official closing date for its Fort Smith, Ark., plant. The closure will eliminate 917 jobs. The company has been in Fort Smith for more than 45 years, employing more than 4,500 people in 2006....

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Pratt Industries to open plant in Michigan

May 3, 2012

Pratt Industries Inc., a Belleair Beach, Fla., manufacturer of transport trailers, will open a plant in Niles Township, Mich. The facility is expected to create up to 400 jobs by the end of 2012....

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LINE survey: Manufacturing and service-sector hiring will be steady in May

May 3, 2012

Although the rate of growth will not reach the level of a year ago, job creation will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in May, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2012. A net of 40.5...

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3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII

May 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis has populated the bills of material with data and now focuses on the model that will accompany the BOM to the manufacturing floor.

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How CRM can help— and not hinder—the sales rep - TheFabricator.com

How CRM can help— and not hinder—the sales rep

May 3, 2012

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Customer relationship management, or CRM, software has a bad reputation. Many consider CRM to be simply a burden on salespeople. Nex Solutions’ CRM doesn’t fit the software implementation stereotype. The platform isn’t all-encompassing; for example, it doesn’t link sales reports to quoting systems, accounting, scheduling, or other modules that might go into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or manufacturing execution system (MES). Instead, it simply helps salespeople be more responsive and build relationships with existing and potential customers.

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