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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Manufacturing Day welcomes three Gold sponsors for 2015

April 29, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM has announced that SME, the SME Education Foundation, and Tooling U-SME have pledged their support to the 2015 event as Gold sponsors. Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S....

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Redesigned metal saws leave workable edge

April 29, 2015

Fein Power Tools Inc. offers three redesigned Slugger saw models: two metal cutting hand saws with 7.25- and 9-in. blades, and a 14-in. metal chop saw. The 7.25-in. saw has a double-insulated 1,400-W, 120-V, 120-amp, 3,800-RPM soft-start motor for providing continuous power. The blade cover...

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FCA opens industrial complex in Brazil

April 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has opened a new Jeep production facility in Goiana, located in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. The $2.4 billion facility, constructed over 2.5 years, comprises a Jeep assembly plant with 700 robots and a supplier park. The plant has a production capacity of...

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Stainless steel U-handles suitable for welding

April 29, 2015

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 425.3 stainless steel cabinet U-handles with no mounting threads. Available in metric sizes, the RoHS-compliant handles are designed for applications that require the handle to be welded or for applications that require special threads or holes for mounting. The...

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Getting to the root of pipe welding automation

April 29, 2015

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Automating the root pass in pipe spool fabrication has always been a challenge, and making weld preparations more consistent just hasn’t been economically practical. In this market, advanced vision systems and adaptive welding have helped overcome these challenges.

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Two tanks for waterjet productivity

April 29, 2015

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A dual-tank waterjet system made for a metal fabricator is now a product offering for all fabricators interested in boosting waterjet productivity.

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ERP and the (very) small shop

April 29, 2015

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With today’s cloud-based systems, advanced ERP systems no longer require a hefty IT infrastructure on-site, which can make advanced ERP available to even the smallest of shops. But from the get-go, shop owners need to plan for the upgrade, and they can start by asking a few key questions.

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Employee retention: The first 30 days

April 29, 2015

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Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money to train new hires, only to lose them six to 12 months later. Why did they leave? Quite often the reasons go back to their first 30 days on the job.

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Integrated camera aids accurate positioning for XRF analyzers

April 29, 2015

Thermo Scientific has added a high-performance integrated camera as a standard feature on its Niton XL2 and XL2 GOLDD X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers for elemental and alloy analysis. The camera allows users in industries such as aerospace, oil and gas, and transportation to identify the correct...

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Primetals Technologies supplies robots to voestalpine Stahl for converter steel works

April 28, 2015

Primetals Technologies, London, has received an order for three robot systems from voestalpine Stahl GmbH, an Austrian steel producer. The robots will manipulate the probes in the three LD (BOF) converters in the Linz steel works. The robots will take over work in hazardous areas that previously...

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TECT Power Santa Fe Springs appoints general manager

April 28, 2015

Aerospace company TECT has announced the appointment of John McGara as the new general manager of TECT Power Santa Fe Springs in California. Before joining the firm, McGara served as vice president and COO at ArmorWorks Enterprises. Before that he held general management positions at Parmatech...

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MTI gains AS9100 certification

April 28, 2015

Metal Technology (MTI) has achieved AS9100 certification for its manufacturing facility located in Albany, Ore. The certification incorporates the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 in addition to adding new requirements specific to the highly regulated aerospace and defense industry. The company...

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Mist collector offers 99 percent filtration efficiency in double pass

April 28, 2015

Clarcor Industrial Air has introduced a UAS® Smog-Hog® MSH-11 compact, machine-mount mist collector. It delivers greater than 90 percent high-filtration efficiency at 0.3 µm with single pass and 99 percent for double pass. Low airflow resistance results in low motor energy consumption. The...

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Heidtman Steel commissions new Indiana slitting facility

April 28, 2015

Toledo, Ohio-based Heidtman Steel, a provider of flat-rolled carbon steel, has fully commissioned its newest slitting plant in East Chicago, Ind. The 120,000-sq.-ft. building features a new Alcos slitter, designed to process AHSS. The line can slit materials from 0.015 to 0.250 in. thick and up...

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