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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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Metl-Span architectural panels used in Godfrey Hotel Chicago construction

April 2, 2014

Metl-Span has provided insulated metal panels for use in the construction of the new Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Chosen for their clean, modern tailored look, the CFA panels allowed for the installation of weather barrier, insulation, and vapor barrier with one product. The company provided 60,000...

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Gojo, Hanna Motorsports team to raise importance of healthy hands

April 2, 2014

Gojo Industries Inc., Akron, Ohio, producer of PURELL® Advanced instant hand sanitizer and skin health and hygiene products for away-from-home settings, has announced its return to U.S. drag strips as Hanna Motorsports jet-car racing team's title sponsor to promote healthy hands for automotive...

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Combi announces strategic partnership with Motion Control Robotics

April 2, 2014

Canton, Ohio-based Combi Packaging Systems LLC, a provider of customized end-of-line packaging equipment, and Motion Controls Robotics, Freemont, Ohio, a provider of robotic automation systems, have announced a strategic partnership to integrate robotic pick-and-place technology with ergonomic...

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Sample kit helps engineers find appropriate bearing material

April 2, 2014

The dry-tech® box from igus® Inc. is a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right bearing material for their applications. The box contains a set of card overlays that filter the bearing choices by criteria. The sample box includes an array of iglide® bearings, from iglide...

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Start/stop technology reduces hydraulic press energy consumption

April 2, 2014

AP&T has introduced a frequency drive system in its hydraulic presses to help save energy — similar to the start/stop function found in modern vehicles. The system controls the speed of the electrical engines, which then control the load-sensing hydraulic system found in the company’s...

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Draw-wire unit covers up to 98.43 ft.

April 2, 2014

The Leine & Linde WDS series draw-wire length measurement unit from Heidenhain provides up to 98.43 ft. of position data for lifts, factory doors, hoists, and gantry systems. The unit can be used with either absolute or incremental rotary encoders. The draw-wire unit’s measuring length is...

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Vertical storage system operates in 250 sq. ft.

April 2, 2014

The Vidmar® STAK system stores and retrieves heavy, bulky items vertically, up to 18 ft. high, with an adjustable racking system comprising removable, adjustable pallets and a captive lifting and handling device. According to the company, the system can operate fully in as little as 250 sq. ft....

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Wiley Metal Fabricating recognized by Wabash National

April 1, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has received a Platinum Award from Wabash National Corp. in recognition of its excellence in supply chain delivery, quality, cost, and innovation. Wabash National Corp., Lafayette, Ind., is a producer of semitrailers and...

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Reshoring Initiative wins 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award

April 1, 2014

Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative®, led by founder Harry Moser, has been named by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council as one of the winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards in the category of Industry Advocacy. The awards program recognizes companies and...

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