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Forecast 3D expands headquarters

October 14, 2014

Forecast 3D, a 3-D printing and short-run manufacturing service provider, has added 5,500 sq. ft. to its headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. The company now has 42,500 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, allowing the firm to increase its in-house additive manufacturing services. The new building...

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Multitool qualifier connects up to 16 tools wirelessly

October 14, 2014

Panasonic has introduced the EYFR03 multitool qualifier with 16-tool connectivity. The technology has integrated and remote I/O versions, features a color LCD screen and USB plug-and-play firmware updates, offers onboard data collection for up to 10,000 rundowns, and can be configured to enable or...

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Changeover cart designed for press brake tooling

October 14, 2014

The Versatility® press brake changeover cart handles 54 linear ft. of punches and dies. It includes a 3-in.-deep, 75-lb.-capacity drawer for measuring instruments and changeover tools. The side-handled cart provides a stable platform and protects tooling from damage while transporting and...

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Custom-designed tooling offered for industrial manipulators

October 14, 2014

TDA Buddy offers custom-designed tooling for its line of custom industrial manipulators. The custom end effectors include grippers, vacuum pickup devices, and magnets. End effector grippers are suitable for handling products from window frames and structural components to fragile parts to...

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UniCarriers Americas names director of marketing and product management

October 13, 2014

UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo, Ill., has hired Mark Porwit as director of marketing and product management. He is responsible for overall leadership of the marketing department and building and expanding the product management team. He also leads the development and coordination of all sales...

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Lincoln Industries Named 2014 Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year

October 13, 2014

The Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce has named Lincoln Industries, Lincoln, Neb., as the recipient of the 2014 Nebraska Manufacturer of the Year Award for large companies. The firm was recognized for the innovative approaches in manufacturing and people practices that have led to its significant...

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DeWys Mfg. opens doors on Manufacturing Day

October 13, 2014

On Oct. 3 DeWys Mfg. Inc., a precision metal fabricator in Marne, Mich., participated in Manufacturing Day for the second year in a row. The company offered facility tours for students, parents, and educators. The three high school robotics teams that DeWys sponsors collaborated with the company...

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Caterpillar announces executive officer retirements, appointments

October 13, 2014

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced that Group Presidents Stu Levenick and Steve Wunning have decided to retire in early 2015. Levenick is responsible for customer and dealer support, while Wunning is responsible for resource industries. The company has appointed current Group...

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Sealed computer keyboard is oilproof

October 13, 2014

Man & Machine has introduced the Really O’Cool sealed silicone computer keyboard for use in industrial settings. The unit is waterproof, oilproof, and dirtproof to withstand machine shop, production line, and part manufacturing environments. Optional features include backlight keys for use...

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Self-propelled, powered cranes lift up to 6,000 lbs.

October 13, 2014

AutoWild has introduced the SC and SCAT self-propelled, powered cranes with lift capacities to 6,000 lbs. and up to 22 ft. in shop and field operations. Power functions include boom lift, lower, extend, retract, and load compensation extension/retraction. All functions are push...

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August manufacturing technology orders up slightly

October 13, 2014

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was up 0.4 percent from July but down 6.0...

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Global shifts in economies make U.S. manufacturing significantly more cost-effective

October 13, 2014

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For decades U.S. manufacturers looking to increase profits and remain competitive have moved plants and jobs offshore. Changing global economics have made doing so much less attractive. The U.S. is gaining cost advantages as other regions lose theirs.

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How 2 green lubricant-makers landed on auto OEMs’ A-lists

October 13, 2014

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Gain insight into the arduous process of getting the official stamp of approval as a supplier to the automakers by reading how two green lubricant suppliers landed on the A-list.

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Every day should be Manufacturing Day

October 11, 2014

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Manufacturing Day has come and gone, but if metal fabricators really want to see people forget the old stereotypes associated with manufacturing, they should take every opportunity to welcome the general public into their facilities--not just waiting for one special day out of the year.

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Wabash National recognizes Lafayette Steel & Aluminum as top supplier

October 10, 2014

Wabash National Corp., Lafayette, Ind., has recognized Lafayette Steel & Aluminum as the winner of its 2014 Supply Chain Leadership and Performance Pinnacle Supplier Award. The award recognizes Lafayette’s excellent service and performance in reducing costs and providing proactive solutions for...

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