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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Table-driven design

August 12, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks the reader through the creation of a hex nut and shows how this exercise can be applied to other threaded creations.

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Norsk Titanium names senior VP of operations

August 11, 2015

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi), a manufacturer of titanium components for industrial applications, has announced the appointment of Christopher Bohlmann as senior vice president, operations. He leads the establishment of a long-term production site in the U.S. Bohlmann previously served as director of...

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Avure supplies hot isostatic press to Alcoa Howmet

August 11, 2015

Avure Technologies, Västerås, Sweden, a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure systems, will supply a Quintus® hot isostatic press to Alcoa Howmet, a Cleveland-based fabricator of components for the jet aircraft and gas turbine industries. The model QIH286 press will be equipped with the...

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Shop floor data display system aids job dispatch

August 11, 2015

Global Shop Solutions offers the TrueView shop floor data display platform. The system, which displays job dispatch data on large TV monitors mounted on shop floor walls, does not require any new hardware or software—only a large-screen TV and a web browser. The system refreshes the data...

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Waukesha Metal Products de Mexico certified to ISO/TS 16949

August 10, 2015

Waukesha® Metal Products de Mexico, located in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, has been certified to the ISO/TS 16949 standards. The standards include ISO 9001 and supplementary requirements that apply specifically to the automotive industry. To maintain process improvements, surveillance audits are...

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DeWys Mfg. Inc. hires mechanical designer

August 10, 2015

DeWys Mfg. Inc., a Marne, Mich.-based metal fabrication company, has added Brandon Secord as a mechanical designer. Before joining the company, Secord was a student at Ferris State University, where he received his associate’s degree in CAD drafting and tool design. He also had a summer...

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Berkshire Hathaway to acquire Precision Castparts Corp.

August 10, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway, Omaha, Neb., has announced plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Precision Castparts Corp., Portland, Ore., a manufacturer of complex metal components and products for the aerospace industry. Closing is expected to occur during Q1 2016. PCC will continue to do business...

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Cranking out complex drawings on a supercomputer?

August 7, 2015

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Proposed legislation might make it possible for manufacturers to access big-data capabilities at national labs.

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Penn Stainless to host stainless steel seminar Sept. 15

August 6, 2015

Penn Stainless Products, Quakertown, Pa., a distributor and processor of stainless steel products, will present a free technical seminar on stainless steel on Sept. 15, 2015, at the Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry Township, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Presented as part of the company’s...

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Quality Industries names new board members

August 6, 2015

Quality Industries Inc. (QI), a precision metalworking company based in La Vergne, Tenn., has announced three additions to its board of directors. The two new outside directors are Ralph W. Davis and Charles R. “Rich” Maddux Jr. QI President and CEO Warren Hayslip also has been appointed to...

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Manufacturing Day welcomes SPI as Silver sponsor for 2015

August 6, 2015

The Manufacturing DaySM co-producers have announced that SPI-The Plastics Industry Trade Association has pledged its support to this national movement at the Silver level. This is the third consecutive sponsorship year for SPI. Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support...

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GM invests $877 million for Flint Assembly upgrades

August 6, 2015

GM has announced plans to invest $877 million to build a new body shop for its oldest assembly plant, locating it closer to the Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheet metal and other parts used in the Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups produced in the assembly plant. The investment also will...

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Maintenance-free casters keep grease in, contaminants out

August 6, 2015

Hamilton Caster has introduced the Spinfinity™ line of heavy-duty, maintenance-free casters. The casters’ swivel, kingpinless construction features a completely enclosed, CNC-machined, large internal seal made from nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) inside the swivel assembly. With no outside...

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American Railcar Industries expands Arkansas manufacturing facility

August 6, 2015

American Railcar Industries Inc., a manufacturer of hopper and tank railcars, has announced plans to invest $10.5 million in buildings and equipment at its facility in Marmaduke, Ark., and hire up to 75 new full-time employees. The expansion will allow the company to retrofit tank railcars to...

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SHRM LINE: Manufacturing hiring rate to fall in August

August 6, 2015

In August, the hiring rate will fall slightly in manufacturing and rise modestly in services compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2015. The layoff rate will rise slightly in...

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