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LED string light set made for general work areas

May 16, 2016

Larson Electronics offers a 3,900-W LED string light set designed for general work areas. Featuring 26 LED light fixtures at 150 W each, the light set provides 338,000 lumens. This unit is UL1598-approved and suitable for inspection activities and temporary illumination in wet locations. Each...

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LIFT spearheads team to develop computer models that predict corrosion

May 16, 2016

Detroit-based LIFT -- Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a public-private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, has announced the formation of a team of manufacturers and universities that will work to develop a database...

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Replacement vacuum cups designed for ergonomic lifters

May 16, 2016

Vi-Cas Mfg. offers a variety of vacuum cups for ergonomic lifters, including those used for lifting heavy and bulky objects. Round, rectangular, and oval cups are available from stock for almost any type of vacuum equipment used for lifting, manipulating, or pick-and-place applications....

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Kennametal Foundation announces 2016 scholarship winners

May 16, 2016

The Kennametal Foundation, Pittsburgh, has announced five winners of its 2016 Kennametal Foundation Scholarship Program in partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Each winner receives a $2,000 award renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study that they can use at any...

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FABTECH Mexico 2016 brought best of manufacturing to Mexico City

May 16, 2016

FABTECH® Mexico, the leading manufacturing event in Latin America for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries, brought the latest innovations in manufacturing to Mexico City’s Centro Banamex on May 4-6, 2016. The three-day show broke attendance records, welcoming more than...

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Arcam delivers 3-D printer to Alcoa facility in Texas

May 16, 2016

Mölndal, Sweden-based Arcam has delivered a Q20plus 3-D printer to Alcoa’s Austin, Texas, facility. Alcoa will use the machine—Arcam’s largest, fastest 3-D printer—to help meet increasing demand for complex 3-D parts for aerospace. The unit prints parts directly from a 3-D computer...

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Robotics, IoT essential to spur growth in U.S. manufacturing, says report

May 13, 2016

The “2016 Industrial Manufacturing Trends Report,” published by PwC, asserts that investments in technology are essential for the growth of the U.S. manufacturing sector and especially important in fast-evolving industries. Innovation is building a “data-driven factory of the future with...

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Tag Mfg. plans $15 million expansion

May 13, 2016

Tag Mfg. has announced plans for a $15 million expansion that will create about 200 jobs over the next five years. The company manufactures steel subassemblies for the construction, industrial, and agriculture markets and fabricates heavy equipment and ground-engaging tools. The expansion will...

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Joy Global closes Milwaukee facility

May 13, 2016

Joy Global, a manufacturer of mining equipment located in Milwaukee, has permanently closed its welding and heavy fabrication operations there. The facility was idled in November 2015. The closure eliminates 130 jobs. The remainder of the company’s operations in Milwaukee are not affected by...

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Manufacturing wages and the front-line worker

May 12, 2016

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Manufacturers have serious turnover when it comes to front-line workers. And then there's the issue of pay.

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PCX Aerostructures taps skilled engineering resources with internship program

May 12, 2016

PCX Aerostructures LLC, Newington, Conn., has announced it is again partnering with Central Connecticut State University to provide paid internships to mechanical engineering students as part of a continued focus on fostering interest in aerospace manufacturing. A PCX internship gives students...

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Orbital wrapper permits plastic film change without entering machine

May 12, 2016

TAB Industries LLC has unveiled new machine guarding on its TAB Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch-wrapping machines. The steel guarding includes a side-access door that allows workers to replace plastic film rolls without entering the interior of the machine. When the door is opened, the...

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Moving beyond the traditional coordinate measuring machine

May 12, 2016

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Coordinate measuring using robust camera technology means that fabricators may no longer have to construct jigs or learn programming software to conduct quality checks of parts.

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2016 FAB 40 preview: Preparing for a bigger market pie

May 11, 2016

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Revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 was essentially flat, depending on the fabricator's customer mix, but most are predicting busier times ahead.

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Dennen Steel announces staff additions

May 11, 2016

Dennen Steel Corp., a steel parts manufacturing firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., has named Kelly Boeve as CFO. He has 30 years of financial, accounting, and operations experience, including a position as senior corporate financial adviser with DWH LLC. The firm has hired Jamie Natter as director...

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