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ISM ROB: February PMI® up 1.7 percentage points from January

March 1, 2017

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February, and the overall economy grew for the 93rd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the...

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ESAB Victor regulator wins 2017 iF Design Award

March 1, 2017

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced that its Victor® EDGE™ series 2.0 heavy-duty gas regulator is the winner of the 2017 iF Design Award in the Product - Industry/Skilled Trades category. The award, presented by the Hannover, Germany-based iF International Forum...

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How to make office work flow

March 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Rework runs rampant in the office, although few notice it or work to eliminate it. A conversation with Kevin Duggan, president of Duggan Associates, reveals how operational excellence helps eliminate this rework and other inefficiencies, including those long email exchanges and overlooked work buried in email and desktop inboxes. He does this by introducing office workers to the concepts of flow and operational excellence.

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Scotchman Industries marks 50th anniversary

March 1, 2017

Scotchman Industries Inc., Philip, S.D., celebrates 50 years in business in 2017. Founded in 1967, the firm produces metal fabricating equipment, accessories, and custom...

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Role changes in lean manufacturing

March 1, 2017 | By Jeff Sipes

Columnist Jeff Sipes describes how front-line employees’ roles change with a lean transformation. The workday changes, and they must adapt. But as long as the changes are made with employees (and not to them), front-line workers should thrive.

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How to build a rep with reps in custom metal fabrication

March 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturers’ representatives can help a shop grow and diversify. But finding the right rep isn’t straightforward. The rep and fabricator need to be a good fit, and both need to scrutinize the other’s relationships and reputation.

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Reducing thermal spray hazards with proper dust collection

March 1, 2017 | By Taylor Morgan

The fine dust particles generated during powder spraying can contain a variety of metals with potential health risks. The proper dust collection system can keep workers safe and a manufacturer in compliance with regulations.

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A square deal on continuous improvement in custom manufacturing

March 1, 2017 | By Tim Heston

After adopting quick-response manufacturing, Square Deal Machining Inc. (SDMI) in Marathon, N.Y., cut lead times and inventory levels in half. The change required focus on the new manufacturing method, technology, and company culture.

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Brennan Investment Group purchases National Metal Fabricators facility

February 28, 2017

Chicago-based Brennan Investment Group LLC has purchased the manufacturing and distribution facility in Elk Grove Village, Ill., currently 100 percent leased to National Metal Fabricators, a provider of sheet metal fabrication, angle ring manufacturing, and specialty custom rolling. The...

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MIG Steel Fabrication expands Tennessee production center

February 28, 2017

MIG Steel Fabrication, a subsidiary of Manufacturers Industrial Group, has announced plans to invest $1.5 million to expand its manufacturing complex in Lexington, Tenn. The firm will add new equipment to meet growing demand and plans to hire welders, pipe fitters, and salaried support staff. The...

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Misting system helps relieve heat stress

February 28, 2017

Ergodyne has introduced the SHAX® 6095 misting system, which delivers an extra-fine mist for cooling off workers on hot, humid days. The pressurized system is portable and requires no battery or electrical power source; it can either be manually filled up and pumped or fastened to a hose. Eight...

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Greenheck receives Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

February 27, 2017

Greenheck, a manufacturer of air movement, control, and conditioning equipment with corporate headquarters and several manufacturing facilities in Schofield, Wis., has been selected as the 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year by an independent panel of judges representing industry, education,...

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Hexagon Mfg. Intelligence seeks speakers for Las Vegas event

February 27, 2017

Hexagon Mfg. Intelligence, North Kingstown, R.I., has announced it is seeking industry experts to speak at HxGN LIVE 2017, the company’s international conference, to be held June 13-16, 2017, in Las Vegas. The event highlights developments in data-driven technologies enabled by Hexagon's newest...

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Concept Laser delivers 3-D metal printing to U.S. Naval Research Lab

February 27, 2017

Grapevine, Texas-based Concept Laser, a provider of machine and plant technology for 3-D printing of metal components, has announced the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C., has selected Concept Laser’s 3-D metal printing technology for rapid prototyping and materials research....

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