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Aqueous cleaning system handles rough to fine cleaning

February 16, 2017

Dürr Ecoclean has developed the EcoCWave aqueous cleaning system for rough to fine cleaning. It covers parts cleaning with alkaline, neutral, and acidic media. With its small footprint, the system can be integrated in any production process. It also can adapt to changing cleanliness and throughput...

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Advancements in furnace design improve hot stamping

February 16, 2017 | By Borek Dvorak, Jad Tawk

New roller furnaces for hot stamping have been designed using finite element method (FEM) analysis for numerical simulations of heating processes and heating power distribution. The advanced designs focus on optimal heating, modern roller drives, a new approach to the furnace’s input and output without movable parts, and other items with respect to the optimal technological and technical aspects to enhance the ability to perform nonuniform (Taylor) tempering and hardening.

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How do you measure your shop’s performance?

February 16, 2017 | By Bill Frahm

The use of operational effectiveness and efficiency (OEE) measurements is a good way to get a feel for how a manufacturing operation is performing, but further work needs to be done if a shop really wants to fix what ails it.

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10-year strategic outlook shows North American auto market headed toward instability

February 16, 2017

The North American light-vehicle market is on the verge of confronting significant changes that will lead the industry to a very precarious condition, according to the report “A Ten Year Strategic Outlook for the North American Automotive Market,” available from Commodity Inside. The once...

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Georgia Manufacturing Alliance welcomes Southwire as 2017 Innovator Sponsor

February 16, 2017

The Atlanta-based Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) has announced that Southwire Co. LLC, a wire and cable producer based in Carrollton, Ga., has joined the organization as an Innovator Sponsor for 2017. Southwire operates 32 manufacturing plants, 10 distribution facilities, and multiple sales...

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Universal gripper for robot stackers adapts to any structural component

February 16, 2017

Biele Group has developed a universal, motor-driven gripper for its robotic stackers. The gripper adapts to any structural component regardless of shape and size. It is synchronized automatically with the precentering system. Changeover time is less than 3 min. A single gripper can be exchanged on...

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Eberl Iron Works promotes four key employees

February 15, 2017

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Eberl Iron Works has announced the realignment of staff responsibilities.Thomas A. Huber Sr., who has been with the company for nearly 36 years, has been promoted from plant supervisor to the newly created position of facilities engineer. In addition to maintaining all...

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CMS unveils new website for measurement professionals

February 15, 2017

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), Weatherford, Texas, has unveiled a new website at www.cmsc.org. The website, which serves as a hub for organizational and industry information, can be accessed from any device. CMS is embracing emerging trends and technologies such as reverse engineering,...

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Siemens partners with U.S. technical schools for L.E.A.P. initiative

February 15, 2017

Siemens has announced the launch of a new workforce development program for secondary and technical schools across America called L.E.A.P.—the Lifelong Educational Advantage Program. Made available through Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE), the effort is designed to give high school and...

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Conveyor-type cleaning system offered in 42 configurations

February 15, 2017

International Thermal Systems (ITS) has introduced the ProCon™ line of standard conveyor-type cleaning systems. It is available in 42 configurations with conveyor belt widths of 12, 18, and 30 in., from one to three stages. All stages are available as ambient or heated. Standard options include...

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Morris Midwest to hold open house March 14-15

February 15, 2017

Morris Midwest, a division of Morris Group Inc., will hold its sixth annual open house and technology show, Morris Madness, March 14-15, 2017, in Roselle, Ill. The event will feature CNC machine tools and live metal cutting demos from Okuma, Tsugami, and Hardinge Group in addition to displays of...

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CMS to host PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing in March

February 15, 2017

The Coordinate Metrology Society, Weatherford, Texas, in collaboration with UNC Charlotte, has announced that the fifth working meeting of the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing will be held March 23, 2017, in Dallas. The consortium works to determine and prioritize the...

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NIMS, LIFT, and Ivy Tech release new skills credentials

February 15, 2017

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)—one of the Manufacturing USA institutes—and Indianapolis-based Ivy Tech Community College are making available a new set of skills credentials and training to fill the largest number of open...

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SMP appoints president

February 15, 2017

Specialty Metals Processing (SMP), Stow, Ohio, a processor of stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and specialty metals, has named Bob Wilson as president of the company. Wilson has spent his entire career in the metals industry, most recently serving as president of Penn Ohio Metals. Prior to...

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Livingstone announces sale of AMI to ESAB

February 15, 2017

Chicago-based Livingstone, an international midmarket M&A and debt advisory firm, has announced the sale of Los Angeles-based Arc Machines Inc. (AMI), a portfolio company of Marwit Capital, to ESAB Welding & Cutting Products.AMI designs, engineers, and manufactures automated, orbital GTAW equipment...

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