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PCX Aerostructures taps skilled engineering resources with internship program

May 12, 2016

PCX Aerostructures LLC, Newington, Conn., has announced it is again partnering with Central Connecticut State University to provide paid internships to mechanical engineering students as part of a continued focus on fostering interest in aerospace manufacturing. A PCX internship gives students...

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Orbital wrapper permits plastic film change without entering machine

May 12, 2016

TAB Industries LLC has unveiled new machine guarding on its TAB Wrapper Tornado line of orbital stretch-wrapping machines. The steel guarding includes a side-access door that allows workers to replace plastic film rolls without entering the interior of the machine. When the door is opened, the...

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Moving beyond the traditional coordinate measuring machine

May 12, 2016

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Coordinate measuring using robust camera technology means that fabricators may no longer have to construct jigs or learn programming software to conduct quality checks of parts.

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2016 FAB 40 preview: Preparing for a bigger market pie

May 11, 2016

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Revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 was essentially flat, depending on the fabricator's customer mix, but most are predicting busier times ahead.

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Dennen Steel announces staff additions

May 11, 2016

Dennen Steel Corp., a steel parts manufacturing firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., has named Kelly Boeve as CFO. He has 30 years of financial, accounting, and operations experience, including a position as senior corporate financial adviser with DWH LLC. The firm has hired Jamie Natter as director...

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Egan named to 101 Best and Brightest list for 10th year

May 10, 2016

Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. (Egan), Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named for the 10th consecutive year to West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list. This year the company also earned the Compensation, Benefits & Employee Solutions elite award....

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LMI Aerospace to expand in Missouri

May 10, 2016

LMI Aerospace Inc., a provider of design and aftermarket engineering services and supplier of structural assemblies, kits, and components to the aerospace and defense markets, has announced plans to expand its Washington, Mo., facility. "Our near-term focus remains optimizing our operations and...

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DMDII issues $12 million in applied R&D awards

May 10, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration in Chicago, has issued seven national applied R&D and demonstration awards. These projects address several digital manufacturing and design topics, including augmented reality (AR) for use on manufacturing...

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Florida exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment made permanent

May 10, 2016

Dallas-based global tax services firm Ryan has reported that the Florida Legislature has passed House Bill 7099, which makes permanent the existing sales and use tax exemption of certain manufacturing machinery and equipment. This exemption was scheduled to expire April 30, 2017. The bill, which...

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Dana to build axle manufacturing facility in Ohio

May 10, 2016

Dana Holding Corp. has announced plans to open a high-tech axle manufacturing facility in Toledo, Ohio. The company will expand a recently constructed 100,000-sq.-ft. facility on the property to nearly 300,000 sq. ft. Over the next few years, the firm plans to invest about $70 million and employ...

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Caterpillar announces closure of five more plants

May 10, 2016

Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., based in Peoria, Ill., has announced it will close five more factories in reaction to slowing demand for construction and mining equipment worldwide. The closures will eliminate 820 jobs. In 2017 the Oxford, Miss., plant, with 240 employees stamping...

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Rubber blasting tape conforms to curved surfaces

May 9, 2016

BT100-SH series rubber blasting tape from Caplugs is suitable for shot-peening processes such as plastic media blasts and dry strip paint removal, especially in the aerospace, industrial, and automotive fields. The rubber tape conforms to curved and unusually shaped surfaces to protect sensitive...

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Manufacturing technology orders grew in March, but outlook remains flat

May 9, 2016

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report for March 2016 showed that orders grew 36.9 percent compared to the previous month, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. However, orders still were down 11.8 percent compared to March 2015 and are 15.0 percent...

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Sinterite installs custom pusher furnace

May 9, 2016

St. Marys, Pa.-based Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company, has installed a custom pusher furnace for a customer in Pennsylvania. The manually operated furnace is designed for continuous sintering of various material grade parts. It comprises two heat control zones and one cooling zone with a...

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GM invests additional $788.7 million in Spring Hill plant

May 9, 2016

General Motors has announced it will invest $788.7 million for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program at its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs there, creating 792 jobs and retaining 16. Construction is expected to last...

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