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Wachs Services announces new business partners

January 13, 2015

Belmont, N.C.-based Wachs Services (Wachs Energy Services/Wachs Technical Services) has announced the addition of three new shareholders: Glen Earl Chick, COO/president of Wachs Services; Keith Willingham, executive vice president of operations of Wachs Services; and Rodger Soeldner, president of...

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Platts accepting nominations for 2015 Platts Global Metals Awards

January 13, 2015

Platts, a London-based global provider of metals, energy, petrochemical, and agriculture information, has announced it is accepting nominations through March 4, 2015, for the 2015 Platts Global Metals Awards. The awards recognize companies and individuals that demonstrate best-of-class vision;...

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Metal separation product selection guide released

January 12, 2015

Eriez® has published a new metal separation product selection guide. The eight-page brochure is available online for immediate download and also offered in hard copy format. The literature features the company’s line of magnetic separators and metal detectors. It is divided into 12 equipment...

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Inductotherm Group expands worldwide operations into Italy

January 12, 2015

Inductotherm Group, Rancocas, N.J., a supplier of thermal processing equipment to industry, has opened a new group company, Inductotherm Group Italy S.r.l., in Turin, Italy. “We will now be able to provide service and parts support for induction heating and welding equipment to Italian...

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Manufacturing technology orders dip in November, 2014; 2014 up 2.6 percent compared to 2013

January 12, 2015

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $378.06 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was down 15.5 percent from October and...

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Laser marking system handles oversized parts

January 12, 2015

The FiberTower™ MegaCenter™ is one of the largest standard laser marking systems produced by Fonon, with an oversized enclosure equipped with a direct-drive inverted X-Y linear motor drive system. The ultracompact, energy-saving, Q-switched fiber laser marking system is a direct part...

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Carts adjust height automatically

January 12, 2015

Verti-Lift has introduced Auto-Hite carts, which automatically adjust so that workpieces are at the optimal operator height. The spring-loaded, self-leveling products feature a 22- to 26-in. window of vertical travel, making them suitable for any associate or parts height requirement. The carts...

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President Obama announces new manufacturing innovation hub in Knoxville, Tenn.

January 12, 2015

President Obama has announced the latest in a series of partnerships aimed at boosting advanced manufacturing, fostering U.S. innovation, and attracting well-paying jobs that will strengthen the middle class. A Knoxville-area-based consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, universities, and...

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AMT names VP of manufacturing technology

January 12, 2015

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has named Tim Shinbara as vice president – manufacturing technology. He has extensive experience in industry engineering, manufacturing technology, and additive manufacturing technology. His predecessor, Paul Warndorf, assumes the...

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Rethinking the production meeting

January 12, 2015

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Metal fabricators are better at manufacturing than holding meetings, but some sort of regularly occurring production meeting is needed to get everyone on the same page. Several fabricators offer their opinions as to what works best for them in their production powwow.

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SHRM LINE: Mixed hiring outlook at beginning of 2015

January 12, 2015

In January, manufacturing hiring activity will increase, and the service-sector hiring rate will drop marginally compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2015. In January, for...

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Improving quality through good change: Metcam tackles kaizen

January 9, 2015

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All manufacturers seek to improve processes and ROI. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, has seen significant improvement since beginning its kaizen initiative in late 2013. What follows is the company’s blueprint for kaizen success.

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Ford retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 9, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of longtime Technical Instructor Chuck Ford following 51 years of service. In addition to sharing his extensive welding knowledge with thousands of students over the years, Ford served as a member of AWS (past...

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Congress approves manufacturing program--with an asterisk

January 9, 2015

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Congress fulfilled President Barack Obama's wish to set up a network of manufacturing innovation centers across the U.S., but there is a catch: The effort won't have its own budget. The endeavor will have to be funded through existing budgets in the Department of Energy and the Pentagon.

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Baker retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 8, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of Librarian and Editor Martha “Marty” Baker following 38 years of service. Baker was responsible for the Hobart Institute website, www.welding.org. She also worked on The World of Welding quarterly magazine,...

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