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FAB 40: Springs Fabrication and the ice house

June 27, 2014

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Springs Fabrication has humble beginnings, stereotypical of many successful American businesses. As it turns out, there's a reason that's a stereotype.

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Renewable, biobased solvent removes industrial-grade complex greases

June 27, 2014

Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has introduced Elevance Clean™ 1200, a degreasing and VOC-exempt solvent for industrial degreasing in such applications as heavy manufacturing and transportation MRO. The renewable, biobased solvent, produced from natural oils, removes industrial-grade complex...

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Welding clips, clamps handle applications up to 400 amps

June 27, 2014

Mueller Electric Co. Inc. offers battery, kelvinized, and welding clips and clamps for applications up to 400 amps. The high-amperage clips incorporate a heavy-duty, glass-filled polyamide handle and a high-impact, glass-filled nylon clip body. Each bus bar in the clips is designed to ensure...

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FAB 40: Thinking as owners at D&S Manufacturing

June 27, 2014

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At D&S Manufacturing, the books are open, employees know how to read them, and they use this information when dreaming up new ways to improve.

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Fab 40: Impulse Manufacturing tackles downtime with data

June 27, 2014

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You can't improve something you don't measure. Impulse Manufacturing wants to cut down the time between jobs—specifically, between the last good part of the previous job to the first good part of the next job.

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Soft top jaws grip hard-to-handle products without marring surfaces

June 26, 2014

Dillon Mfg. offers turned or bored soft blank top jaws to provide a smooth gripping surface that holds the workpiece snugly with no marring of the surface. Extra-wide jaws are available to provide a wider gripping surface, especially for large-diameter parts. The serrated soft top jaws are...

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NN Inc. acquires RFK Valjcici Konjic

June 26, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based NN Inc., a manufacturer of high-precision metal bearing components, has acquired 79.2 percent of the outstanding shares of RFK Valjcici Konjic, a manufacturer of tapered roller bearings with operations in Konjic, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. The company plans to acquire the...

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Horizontal-motion conveyor moves scrap without vibration, springs

June 26, 2014

Prab Inc. has redesigned the horizontal-motion conveyor known as the Quick Return (QR). The conveyor removes scrap from a press or other cutting and stamping operations by propelling material forward gently, without vibration or springs. The drive location is flexible, allowing for an adaptive...

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Mist collector achieves 99.98 percent efficiency

June 26, 2014

MistMax™ mist collector from Micro Air Clean Air Systems is designed to achieve 99.98 percent efficiency without the use of additional HEPA filters. The patented multilayer filter design provides filter life of one to five years, depending on the application. The unit is suitable for...

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Whirlwind Tool announces pending patent on machine tool data logging

June 25, 2014

Whirlwind Tool Co., Barnstable, Mass., has announced it has a pending patent on machine tool data logging for monitoring safety features and machine tool usage history. Machine owners and management can review "black box" operational data, including the use of various guards provided to protect...

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Talon Innovations expands in South Korea

June 25, 2014

Sauk Rapids, Minn.-based Talon Innovations Corp., a provider of precision machined products and assemblies for the semiconductor, medical device, and aerospace industries, has opened a wholly owned subsidiary near Seoul, South Korea. Talon Innovations Korea Co. Ltd. serves the company’s...

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Optomec awarded $4 million project from America Makes

June 25, 2014

Optomec, Albuquerque, N.M., has been awarded a major project from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The “Re-Born in the USA” project will focus on advancing additive manufacturing technology for the repair of aerospace metal components for the U.S. Air...

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Air knives available up to 108 in. long

June 25, 2014

Exair has expanded its line of Long Super air knives to include a maximum length of 108 in. The company now manufactures all knives 60 in. and longer in one-piece construction to help ensure seamless airflow and decrease overall height by 0.5 in. The air knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow...

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From the Web: Welding instead of French; a heavy-metal tour; cutting energy costs

June 24, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Welding to satisfy math and language requirements; heavy-metal tour attracts future workforce; companies join to lower energy costs; stampers expect slight downturn; and metal sculpture transcends art.

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Ergodyne to hold 17th annual 65 Roses Golf Classic

June 24, 2014

St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne, a provider of safety products and apparel, will hold its 17th annual 65 Roses Golf Classic: A Tenacious Tournament™ at the Legends Golf Club in Prior Lake, Minn., on July 14. The fundraiser brings together manufacturers, distributors, reps, and end users from...

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