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From the Web 4.09.14

April 8, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about a capital spending boom that may be on the horizon; an Industrial Internet touted to revolutionize machine performance; developments in “invisibility” technology; how prospective shop buyers decided they... Continue Reading

Camfil APC expands corporate headquarters, opens new office facility

April 8, 2014

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a manufacturer of dust collection equipment, has expanded its corporate headquarters in Jonesboro, Ark., with the recent opening of a 13,600-sq.-ft. office facility for sales and administrative staff. The facility includes offices for 85 employees and a...

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Magna Closures expands to support rise of electronic systems

April 8, 2014

Magna Intl. Inc., Aurora, Ont., has announced that its Magna Closures operating unit has expanded its Dortec manufacturing facility in Newmarket, Ont., to begin producing electronic systems and modules for the automotive industry. The $1.5 million expansion will create 75 new jobs. Dortec...

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USA Science & Engineering Festival to feature astronauts, Nobel laureates, and celebrities

April 8, 2014

The third USA Science & Engineering Festival is scheduled for April 26-27, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The free event, presented by Lockheed Martin, is similar to an art, music, or food festival, but focuses on science and engineering. The festival...

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Ejector system uses energy-efficient technology

April 8, 2014

Piab has updated its piCOMPACT™ line of manifold-mounted ejector systems based on energy-efficient COAX® technology. By working at low feed pressure and maximizing the usage rate of the compressed air, the ejectors help reduce energy consumption. Products in the line are suitable for...

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Basic welding fume filter offers entry-level extraction technology

April 8, 2014

Kemper America Inc. offers the Smart Master welding fume filter, a mobile suction extractor designed for occasional use and low amounts of dust. The compact design and rotatable, swiveling exhaust hood enable use in a 360-degree radius, eliminating most adjustments during welding. With its W3...

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Industrial machinery market growth to double in 2014

April 7, 2014

High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors from automaking to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights during the next five years, highlighted by a doubling of growth this year, according to a new report from IHS Technology, El Segundo, Calif. As economic...

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Paper-Less, Norlen win Manufacturing Leadership Awards

April 7, 2014

Paper-Less, an Oconomowoc, Wis.-based manufacturing software and services technology provider, and its customer Norlen, a metal fabricating company in Schofield, Wis., have been recognized as winners of Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards....

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A foundation for 5S

April 7, 2014

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Macksteel Warehouse, a service center and job shop serving area OEMs, has undergone significant transformations in recent years, including the way employees sweep the floor.

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FABTECH Canada has increased number of attendees, exhibitors

April 4, 2014

FABTECH® Canada, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in Canada, has announced that its 2014 show, held in Toronto in March, had more attendees and exhibitors, as well as floor space, than the previous show. The verified total attendance of 6,489 represents an...

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Political roadblocks

April 4, 2014

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The dysfunction that exists in Washington, D.C., is proving to be a real drag on the economy, and manufacturing leaders are starting to view it as a major impediment to successful economic expansion. In a recent survey of almost 500 CFOs of small and midsized industrial manufacturers, 83 percent... Continue Reading

Idaho governor visits AGC AeroComposites Hayden

April 3, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter visited AGC AeroComposites Hayden, formerly known as Unitech Composites, located in Hayden, Idaho. The governor credited the company and its workforce as key economic contributors in the state and the aerospace industry. AGC AeroComposites designs and...

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Parts is parts?

April 3, 2014

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Apologies to grammarians everywhere—especially my fellow editors and our beloved copy editor/proofreader, who probably hyperventilated when she saw that heading, but when I read an article this morning about the 57-cent part responsible for deaths and a massive recall of General Motors vehicles,... Continue Reading

Search-based application reduces time to find already-created part designs

April 3, 2014

Fisher/Unitech has introduced Exalead OnePart, a search-based application technology for product development from Dassault Systemes SolidWorks. The technology allows designers and engineers to locate and access existing parts, product designs, and other related information from anywhere inside the...

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Armored cables withstand harsh environments

April 3, 2014

Mencom Corp. has introduced armored cables designed to prevent failures from harsh manufacturing conditions. They feature a stainless steel coupling nut and stainless steel armor jacket that prevent water damage from high-pressure washdown, cleaning chemicals, and extreme temperature. A...

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