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Manufacturing technology orders up 8.8 percent in 2012

August 13, 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 0.6 percent from May and down 1.8...

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FANUC America launches new website

August 9, 2012

FANUC FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill., has launched a new website at www.fanucfa.com with enhanced resources and functionality and expanded content. The website features detailed information on the company's CNCs, drive systems, laser systems, service, and support. The product section has been...

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Lissmac acquires Steelmaster line

August 9, 2012

Lissmac Maschinenbau GmbH, Bad Wurzach, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the metal finishing segment of Homag Group in Beckum, Germany, which includes the Steelmaster line of metal finishing and deburring machines. The machines add a wet grinding process to the company's current offering...

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Judson A. Smith celebrates 50th anniversary

August 9, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., Warwick, R.I., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that Judson A. Smith, its custom and precision tubing products subsidiary, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Judson Smith started the company in Boyertown, Pa., in 1961...

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Pines Technology delivers bending machine to Morris Coupling

August 8, 2012

Pines Technology, a Westlake, Ohio-based manufacturer of pipe bending machinery, has shipped a No. 6 heavy-duty rotary hydraulic bending machine to Morris Coupling, Erie, Pa., for its Knoxville, Tenn., facility. The machine is equipped with a Dial-A-Bend SE PLC that stores up to 1,000 different...

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RoboVent expands Ohio offices

August 8, 2012

RoboVent, Sterling Heights, Mich., a U.S. supplier of ventilation and filtration equipment for manufacturing facilities, has expanded its Columbus, Ohio, office and added five employees. The new facility is 15,000 sq. ft., almost tripling the size of the first branch office. The company's services...

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1EM capacity triples after acquisition

August 7, 2012

1 Engineering & Manufacturing (1EM), Neenah, Wis., a multidisciplined, vertically integrated engineering and manufacturing company providing advanced manned and unmanned intervention systems for the subsea oil and gas industry, has expanded capacity with its first capital improvement program....

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Hobart Institute launches new website

August 7, 2012

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has launched a revised website at www.welding.org. The redesigned site features drop-down menus to help simplify access to information on certification, skill training, technical training, and safety. Quick clicks on icons bring up information...

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LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

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Labor productivity No. 1 factor for global manufacturing competitiveness, survey says

August 2, 2012

In a new global survey commissioned by Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., and conducted by IDC Mfg. Insights, labor productivity ranked the highest among all 11 countries surveyed as the most important factor for achieving manufacturing success. Factors such as modern infrastructure, government...

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CB&I to acquire Shaw Group

August 2, 2012

CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shaw Group, a FORTUNE 500® company primarily focused on serving clients in the power generation and government services sectors. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2013. The new business sector created...

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Contract manufacturing continues to grow, manufacturing business steadies

August 2, 2012

As U.S. manufacturing appears to have steadied from a growth spurt in 2011, contract manufacturing continues a two-year trend of positive growth. In the recent third annual Design-2-Part (D2P) Manufacturing Trends Survey, 42 percent of U.S. OEMs indicated that they expect to have more outsourcing...

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FMA founder Milo J. Pitkin Jr. dies

August 2, 2012

Milo J. Pitkin Jr., 76, founder of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., died July 18 at his home in Poplar Grove, Ill. Pitkin was a graduate of Drake University with a bachelor's degree in business. In addition to founding FMA, Pitkin served as the first...

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Valley Craft acquired by Minnesota businessman

August 2, 2012

Valley Craft Industries Inc., Lake City, Minn., a company newly formed by Minnesota businessman Dennis Campbell, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Valley Craft Inc., a former division of Liberty Diversified Intl. (LDI). Valley Craft, a metal fabrication company, produces a portfolio...

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Video details laser cutting capabilities

August 2, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has added a new video to its website detailing the capabilities of its Mazak Virtek laser cutting system. Entitled "UPM's Cutting Edge Laser," the video illustrates the machine's capabilities and describes its quality control and reverse-engineering...

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