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Survey reports cloud emerging as innovation platform for manufacturing

May 14, 2015

Plex, a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, has announced the results of a survey examining the use of technology by more than 130 manufacturing organizations. The first “Plex State of Manufacturing Technology Study” finds a host of emerging technologies converging on the shop floor to...

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The Metal Shop announces equipment upgrades

May 14, 2015

The Metal Shop, a custom metal fabricator based in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has announced several upgrades to its capabilities. The company has acquired a used MG CNC plate roll and upgraded the CNC; upgraded its current robotic welding cell to a Fronius welding unit; upgraded the software and...

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Moffitt Corp. names west region sales manager

May 14, 2015

Moffitt Corp. Inc., a provider of industrial ventilation systems based in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., has named Gabe Cansler as west region sales manager. He leads sales activity and representative relations from his office in Denver. Cansler, a graduate of Missouri State University, is...

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Fan circulates air more than 40 ft.

May 14, 2015

Milwaukee Tool has expanded its M18™ cordless system with the introduction of the Jobsite Fan. It circulates air more than 40 ft. and can operate for up to 17 hours on low with an XC5.0 battery pack. An AC adapter is included for extended runtime. The fan provides up to 284 CFM. It offers...

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JDSU signs agreement with Amada to purchase preferred stock of subsidiary

May 14, 2015

JDSU, Milpitas, Calif., has signed a definitive agreement with Amada Holdings Co. Ltd. of Japan, a manufacturer of machine tools for metal fabrication, to purchase up to $40 million of preferred stock of a subsidiary of Lumentum Holdings Inc., the publicly traded company that will result from the...

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Vacuum turns pipe into a conveyor

May 13, 2015

Exair’s new aluminum 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac™ air-operated conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a conveying system for parts, scrap, and trim. Their small size makes them suitable for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many production lines. The unit is...

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Ultratech celebrates 20th anniversary

May 13, 2015

Ultratech Inc., Bloomingdale, Ill., marks 20 years in business in 2015. The precision sheet metal fabrication job shop started in a small shop in Wood Dale, Ill., in...

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Sciaky launches website to highlight 3-D printing systems

May 13, 2015

Chicago-based Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI), has launched a new website at www.sciaky.com that features an expanded lineup of new metal 3-D printing systems based on its electron beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) technology. The expanded lineup of...

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Dust collector offers ledgeless design for reduced dust buildup

May 13, 2015

The FORCE™ dust collector from Micro Air Clean Air Systems controls dust and fumes in a variety of plant applications. The exclusive Roto-Pulse® filter cleaning system increases filter life, according to the manufacturer. The true ledgeless design eliminates dust buildup inside the cabinet....

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MIT Professional Education launches Rapid Prototyping Technology short course

May 12, 2015

MIT Professional Education has added a new course, Rapid Prototyping Technology, to its lineup of short programs. Running July 20-24, 2015, on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Mass., the course will provide participants hands-on exposure to processes commonly used to fabricate prototypes rapidly....

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Winnebago Towables to expand in Indiana

May 12, 2015

Winnebago Towables has announced plans to expand its operations in Middlebury, Ind., creating up to 150 new jobs by 2019. The company, which is a subsidiary of Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc., invested about $5.4 million to purchase four previously leased facilities that cover...

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Lift truck made for indoor and outdoor use

May 12, 2015

UniCarriers Americas Corp. offers the Platinum II Nomad® series lift truck, designed for use indoors and outdoors. Built on a compact frame, the truck rides on solid pneumatic tires, which allow it to be used outside on paved surfaces. Models are available in 3,000-, 3,500-, and 5,000-lb....

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Rebuilding services offered for workholding magnetic chucks

May 12, 2015

Walker Magnetics offers rebuilding and repair services for its workholding magnetic chucks. The firm recently received a 36- by 48-in. chuck for repair after 77 years in use. The company still had the drawings associated with its build in 1938 and was able to use the drawings to rebuild the...

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NJMEP launches MarketShift initiative to assist defense contractors

May 12, 2015

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program Inc. (NJMEP), Cedar Knolls, N.J., has partnered with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), and the federal government to launch an initiative program. The program, called MarketShift, was developed...

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Sintering furnace belt pretreated for longer life

May 12, 2015

Cambridge Engineered Solutions has introduced Knuckleback™ Platinum, a new woven T314 stainless steel conveyor belt used in the final sintering stage in powdered metal production lines that produce parts for automobiles and home appliances. A pre-oxidation process provides surface protection to...

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