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Arcam collaborates with GKN Aerospace

March 16, 2015

Arcam AB, Mölndal, Sweden, has received an order from GKN Aerospace in the U.K. for two Arcam Q20 Electron Beam Melting® (EBM) systems for manufacturing aerospace components. The companies, which have formed a joint technology development partnership, are collaborating to facilitate the...

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Rexroth hydraulic service centers earn ISO 9001 quality certification

March 13, 2015

Two regional Bosch Rexroth Corporation mobile and industrial hydraulic service centers in Houston and Dallas have earned ISO 9001:2008 quality certifications. The Houston facility develops custom drive and control systems; offers technical and product support; and provides repair, warranty, and...

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Rising dollar doesn't diminish U.S. manufacturing might

March 13, 2015

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A rising dollar could make it tougher for U.S. manufacturers to export goods, but the metal fabricating community shouldn't suffer too much. Overseas customers buy metal goods from U.S. manufacturers for a very good reason.

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From the Web: An arm’s value; bent & twisted artwork; sourcing materials; making 3-D affordable

March 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Fabricator does his own thing; what an arm’s worth depends on where you are; steel industry here and abroad; and hybrid kit designed to make 3-D printing more affordable.

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Machinery Marketing Intl. names fabrication equipment specialist

March 12, 2015

Chicago-based surplus equipment distributor Machinery Marketing Intl. has appointed Jim Kozlowski as account manager of fabrication equipment. Kozlowski has 12 years of industry experience. He began his career in fabrication with Gladwin Machinery & Supply Co., where he sold new and used...

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Casters ride low, haul 20 tons

March 12, 2015

Hamilton has introduced the Enhanced Maxi-Duty (EMD2) series caster. It features dual-wheel forged steel wheels for heavy manufacturers that need high load capacities without increased overall height. The wheels are CNC-machined with a slight crown for rollability and swiveling, then clear-coated....

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Energy Department pledges $6 million to accelerate alternative-fuel vehicle market growth

March 12, 2015

The Energy Department has announced $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative-fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning. By removing barriers to market growth, these...

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Manufacturing Day launches new website

March 11, 2015

The partners responsible for producing Manufacturing DaySM at the national level have announced the refresh of its website, www.mfgday.com. The upgraded site features more resources for sponsors, companies, supporters, and volunteers to simplify participation in this year’s annual celebration of...

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Fastenal awarded national TCPN contract

March 11, 2015

Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal has partnered with The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) to provide MRO supplies to government entities nationwide. TCPN’s lead government agency, Region 4 Education Service Center, uses a competitive solicitation process consistent with applicable procurement...

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DeWys Mfg. hires sales engineer

March 11, 2015

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc., Marne, Mich., has hired Andy Hills as sales engineer. In this role, he calls on management representatives to ensure manufacturability of products and services offered and reviews blueprints, RFQs, and other customer documents. Hills has a degree in...

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Tax break for manufacturers up in the air

March 10, 2015

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Prospects for Senate passage of a bill establishing a permanent expensing allowance for capital equipment are dicey. The House passed the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 (H.R. 636) in February with all but one Republican voting for it and 33 Democrats adding their support. Now...

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Timken selected for fifth time as one of World's Most Ethical Companies

March 10, 2015

North Canton, Ohio-based Timken Co. has been recognized for the fifth time by the Ethisphere® Institute as being among the world's most ethical companies. The designation recognizes organizations that foster a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. The institute...

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J.L. Becker Co. names sales engineer

March 10, 2015

J.L. Becker Co., Plymouth, Mich., has hired Eric Buchanan as sales engineer. Before joining the company, he gained industry experience working with OEM automotive companies and their suppliers, in both account and quality management roles. He has experience with a variety of heat-treating processes...

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The power of why

March 10, 2015

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A great company has a “why” culture, one that encourages employee engagement and people don’t hesitate to ask “Why?” to find the true answer, based not on guesses or rumor, but on factual evidence.

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Parts cleaning/collection unit handles larger parts

March 10, 2015

Custom Service Solutions Inc. has introduced the 12-in. MiJET™ parts cleaning and collection unit. It offers a larger-diameter opening than the original 8-in. model, allowing users to clean larger parts. Using one existing shop air line at a CNC machine, the pneumatically driven unit cleans...

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