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Bystronic announces new representation in three southern states

February 16, 2017

Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic Inc., a provider of laser and waterjet cutting machines, press brakes, automation equipment, and system software, has announced new distributor representation in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with the expansion of the On Point Solutions Co., a distributor partner...

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MSCI Safety Survey shows overall positive trend

February 16, 2017

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has released its "2016 Safety Survey," which shows that the industry’s safety is on a positive trend. Incidents have decreased drastically over time, from 10 per labor-hour on average across the industry in 2002 to five or fewer...

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Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence levels near all-time high in February

February 16, 2017

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the February 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 72.2, leveling off after January’s all-time high index of 73.4.When asked about the outlook for...

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Illegal immigration and manufacturing—a conundrum?

February 16, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

We all have thoughts on the prevailing concerns in the U.S. these days. Families, friendships, and marriages are breaking up over differing opinions of who should be in the White House and what should be done about various issues—Obamacare, the Keystone Pipeline and the environment in general, and immigration, particularly the current illegal population and refugees. In resolving all of these and other matters, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Workshops for Warriors Inaugural Gala scheduled for April

February 16, 2017

San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors will host its Inaugural Galaon April 20, 2017, aboard the USS Midway in honor of U.S. veterans.The event will include a silent auction, entertainment by the American Bombshells, and guest speakers including Medal of Honor recipient Donald "Doc" Ballard and a...

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Ryerson acquires Guy Metals

February 16, 2017

Chicago-based Ryerson Holding Corp., a distributor and value-added processor of industrial metals, has acquired Guy Metals Inc., a privately owned metal service center company located in Hammond, Wis.Guy Metals processes stainless and nickel-alloy products used in food, dairy, pharmaceutical, and...

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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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