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Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion - TheFabricator.com

Global market for industrial laser systems worth $10.1 billion

March 22, 2012

The global market for laser systems for materials processing reached $10.1 billion in 2011, according to a new survey by Optech Consulting, Taegerwilen, Switzerland. The market is 28 percent ahead of its 2010 volume and 90 percent bigger than in the crisis year 2009. East Asia presently reports...

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OMAX Corp., ICAM collaborate on multiple CAM interfaces

March 22, 2012

OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., and ICAM Technologies Corp., Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, are working together to provide manufacturers with NC postprocessing software that connects OMAX and MAXIEM® abrasive waterjet machines with all major CAD/CAM systems. The combination of OMAX's Intelli-MAX®...

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NBT awards 11 grants to community, technical colleges for youth day camps

March 22, 2012

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2012 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT has awarded 11 grants of $1,500 to $2,500 each to community and technical colleges...

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Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center opens Motoman robot lab - TheFabricator.com

Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center opens Motoman robot lab

March 22, 2012

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp., Dayton, Ohio, has announced the opening of the Motoman Robot Laboratory at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC). The center received an advanced manufacturing grant this year, allowing it to purchase eight HP3JC robots with NXC100...

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Aicon opens TubeInspect showroom in China - TheFabricator.com

Aicon opens TubeInspect showroom in China

March 21, 2012

Aicon has opened a new showroom for its TubeInspect optical tube measuring system in Shanghai. Offices and conference rooms are available for presentations, seminars, and training courses. A full-size TubeInspect is installed and ready for use. The system measures tube with multiple...

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Laser Services implements new manufacturing software program

March 21, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a precision laser job shop located in Westford, Mass., has built out new modules in its 2009 MRP software system, E2, resulting in a 95 percent rate for on-time deliveries. Every step in the company's design and production process, from purchase orders to production and...

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Mazak Optonics names East Coast distributor

March 21, 2012

Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has named A.W. Miller as its new distribution partner for 2-D and 3-D laser systems in upstate New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Canada. With headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y., and regional technical centers in the U.S. and Canada,...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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Eberl Iron Works announces staff promotions

March 21, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabrication, distribution, and installation group, has announced three new staff appointments. Denise C. Wilson has been promoted to executive administrator. She joined the company in March 2008 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Wilson attended...

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SigmaTEK Academy brings fabricators face-to-face with industry leaders

March 19, 2012

CAD/CAM nesting systems provider SigmaTEK Systems LLC will hold SigmaTEK Academy 2012 at its global headquarters in Cincinnati May 1-2, 2012. This free, two-day event will showcase current and future material cutting tools and technologies for laser, plasma, waterjet, punch, CAD/CAM nesting, and...

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Research shows metal exposure from shop towels may exceed permissible drinking water levels

March 19, 2012

Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, has released new data that shows metal exposure levels from use of laundered shop towels may exceed the permissible levels allowed in drinking water. According to the research, manufacturing workers using a typical number of shop towels...

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Feintool acquires Herzing+Schroth

March 19, 2012

Feintool Intl. Holding AG, Lyss, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fineblanking presses and provider of fineblanking services, has acquired Herzing+Schroth, a German group that specializes in chipless forming of parts for motor vehicle drive trains. Like fineblanking, the chipless forming process is...

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Caterpillar to expand South Carolina manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., nearly tripling the plant's square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat® products. The additional capacity will bring the production of...

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