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BMW Group to build plant in Mexico

July 7, 2014

The BMW Group, Munich, has announced plans to build a new plant near San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The $1 billion investment is expected to create 1,500 jobs, with production to begin in 2019. Planned annual capacity is 150,000 units. The company also currently is building a plant in the state of...

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Communication protocol offered with rotary encoder series

July 7, 2014

Leine & Linde, available in North America through Heidenhain Corp., offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its inductive 600 absolute rotary encoder series. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/s and a cycle time...

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Survey reports manufacturers, distributors expect to add jobs during next 12 months

July 7, 2014

According to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor, nine out of 10 executives at small and midsize manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months, and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period. In addition, two-thirds reported that they...

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Coating extends tool life x 3

July 7, 2014

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Like so many automotive suppliers, the GT Technologies stamping team encountered tooling challenges when it shifted its work material from cold-rolled steel to a tougher steel for certain components. Its tooling started wearing out in a third of the time, creating downtime havoc and production disruption. Switching to a different tool coating helped the manufacturer resolve its tool and die wear problems.

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Coalescing system helps extend coolant performance

July 3, 2014

Zebra Skimmers offers the FZ17 Coalescer, an industrial coalescing system that combines interchangeable flow restrictors, adjustable tramp oil weir and collection chamber, and a T strainer filter designed to prevent large debris from entering the system. It removes tramp oils from machine...

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TRUMPF Inc. names president/CEO, senior VP

July 3, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers for flexible sheet metal processing, has announced that Peter Hoecklin has assumed the role of president and CEO. In this position, he is responsible for all of the company’s subsidiaries and business...

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Spreading the word about metal fabricating

July 2, 2014

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Metal fabricators fear that a negative image is preventing the next generation from considering manufacturing as a career choice. What's the best way to combat that? Let metal fabricators share their stories. They love their profession, and as a result, they can help others to love fabricating as well.

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Three NBT summer manufacturing camps supported by partnership with Kelly Services

July 2, 2014

This summer, three of the 24 camps funded by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl., Rockford, Ill., have been made possible by a partnership with Kelly Services®, Troy, Mich. The sponsored camps will be conducted at Henry Ford...

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Mobile application added to simulation software

July 2, 2014

Spring Technologies offers its NCSIMUL® Machine and NCSIMUL Player 9.2 simulation software with the new WYSIWYC® (What You See Is What You Cut) mobile system. Using this system, shop floor operators and managers can interact remotely, in 3-D and in real time using touch controls, with one or...

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CNC for vertical knee mills features simplified navigation system

July 2, 2014

Heidenhain offers the Acu-Rite MILLPWRG2 CNC for vertical knee mills. It is programmed via plain-language user prompts that are accompanied by 3-D graphic Help forms that describe each cycle step. The CNC maintains the same programming language as the original MILLPWR while incorporating the new,...

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Low-profile vise provides extended work area

July 2, 2014

Jergens Inc. will exhibit the new Fixture Pro™ multiaxis vise at IMTS. It features a low profile to provide an extended work area above the vise for increased Z travel. The wide-jaw vise is available with standard mounting, as well as the company’s modular Drop & Lock™ version for 5-axis...

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Overhead crane monitoring service collects data continuously

July 1, 2014

TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring and reporting service from Konecranes features continuous data collection to provide customers with a clear view of crane usage. It allows overhead crane maintenance to be planned according to actual usage. The service is suitable for any heavy-duty overhead crane...

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Uniweld releases training video covering oxyacetylene tip selection

June 30, 2014

:Uniweld Products Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has released a new HVAC training video from its series of informative technical shorts. Available for viewing here, the video focuses on tip selection for an oxyacetylene torch. The video discusses the factors that go into selecting the right tip,...

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S&S Technical expands engineering/production facility

June 27, 2014

S&S Technical, a provider of custom fluid and gas transfer systems, has announced the expansion of its engineering and production facility in Alpharetta, Ga. Production at the new plant is scheduled to begin in August...

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Midwest Eng. Systems named as Future 50 company

June 27, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of custom machines and integrated systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has been awarded placement on the 2014 Future 50 list for the first time by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and its Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE). The...

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