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RIA launches certified robot integrator program

February 29, 2012

Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a certified robot integrator program. "The idea for certification came to us from the system integrator community," said Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. "We held focus groups and conducted surveys of integrators to identify...

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Tubelite expands Michigan manufacturing facilities

February 29, 2012

Tubelite Inc. has invested in structural expansions and production enhancements at its facilities in Walker and Reed City, Mich. At the Walker facility, the company added more than 43,000 sq. ft., significantly expanding its shipping area. Structural and logistical improvements are being completed...

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U.S. durable goods orders drop 4 percent—largest drop in 3 years

February 29, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in January decreased $8.6 billion or 4.0 percent to $206.1 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Feb. 28. This is the largest drop since January 2009. The decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, followed a 3.2 percent December...

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Braner/Loopco to build CTL line for Reliance MetalCenter

February 27, 2012

Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, Ill., has received an order to build a 72-in.-wide stainless steel and aluminum-alloy cut-to-length line for installation in Reliance MetalCenter's Santa Fe Springs, Calif., facility. The CTL line will feature a cassette leveler with automatic closed-loop flatness...

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Beckwood Press promotes production manager - TheFabricator.com

Beckwood Press promotes production manager

February 27, 2012

Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, has promoted Dan Steinkamp to production manager. In this role, he is involved in the planning, coordination, and control of the manufacturing process. Steinkamp joined the company in 2009 and has more than a decade of experience in the hot stamping and heat...

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Danly marks 90 years in business

February 27, 2012

Danly IEM, Farmington Hills, Mich., is marking its 90th anniversary in business in 2012. The company was founded in 1922 by Robert C. Danly and his son Philo H. Danly to serve diemakers and the metal stamping industry. The company introduced the guidepost die set as a manufactured product, then...

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InSinkErator purchases CWP press feeding system - TheFabricator.com

InSinkErator purchases CWP press feeding system

February 27, 2012

InSinkErator, based in Racine, Wis., a business unit of Emerson, has purchased a CWP 18- by 0.030-in. by 15,000-lb. zigzag press feeding system from Formtek Maine, Clinton, Maine, to manufacture parts for its food waste disposal units. The system features a stock reel, straightener, threading...

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JK Lasers appoints worldwide sales director

February 27, 2012

JK Lasers, a manufacturer of fiber lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, and process tools in Rugby, U.K., has named Paul Ferris as worldwide sales director, focusing on the expansion of the company's fiber laser line. Ferris has held senior positions with companies around the world. Before joining JK Lasers, he...

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Airtronics earns welding certification

February 27, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP), San Jose, Calif., a sheet metal design, engineering, and precision manufacturing company, has earned qualification and certification to weld per American Welding Society (AWS) and military standard (MIL-SPEC). These certifications verify the company's quality...

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Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America - TheFabricator.com

Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America

February 27, 2012

Atlas Tube, Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has partnered with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products Co. Ltd. (NSMP) and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to supply jumbo hollow structural sections (HSS) to the North American market. Measuring 18 to 22 in. square in thicknesses up to 0.875 in.,...

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Welspun to add 200 jobs in Little Rock

February 27, 2012

For the second time in its three-year history of operation in Arkansas, international pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. has announced it will expand again, adding 200 jobs and investing an additional $100 million in its Little Rock, Ark., facility, the company's first large-diameter pipe...

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Caterpillar to open new factory in Georgia

February 22, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has selected land near Athens, Ga., as the location for a new facility that will build small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. It will be part of Caterpillar's Building Construction Products (BCP) Division, which is based in Cary, N.C. These machines...

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EIS acquires Light Fabrications Inc.

February 22, 2012

EIS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. in Atlanta, has acquired the assets of Light Fabrications Inc., a fabricator of flexible materials in Rochester, N.Y. Bob Thomas, president and CEO of EIS, stated, "This acquisition is consistent with our strategy to invest in additional...

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Plymouth's Eupora mill receives Producer of the Year Award

February 22, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co. has announced that its Eupora, Miss., precision steel tubing mill has received the 2012 American Metal Market (AMM) award for Welded Tube and Pipe Producer of the Year. The AMM Awards for Steel Tube and Pipe Excellence were established to recognize innovative companies across...

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Serapid hires engineering manager

February 22, 2012

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., a supplier of linear-motion technologies, has hired Robert C. Adams Jr. as engineering manager and chief engineer. In this position, he leads the engineering team, provides project management, and heads up new product development. In his career of more than...

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