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FCA US Belvidere Assembly earns bronze status for World Class Manufacturing efforts

July 19, 2016

FCA US, Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced that its Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois has been awarded bronze status for its efforts to improve in World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Belvidere Assembly earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars following a two-day...

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Welding trends, technology advancements, and tales

July 19, 2016

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A collection of PWT Editorial Advisory Committee members discuss what they believe to be the most important advances in welding technology, trends, and education.

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Mazak Optonics partners with Fox Machinery Associates

July 19, 2016

Elgin, Ill.-based Mazak Optonics Corp. has partnered with Fox Machinery Associates as its distributor based in Bridgeport, Pa. Fox Machinery Associates serves manufacturers and job shops in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia focusing on Mazak’s line of laser...

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ITA announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

July 19, 2016

The International Titanium Association (ITA) has announced Clyde E. Forney as the winner of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Forney, who has worked in the titanium industry for 45 years, was instrumental in the development and commercialization of Ti-3Al-2.5V alloy as the material of choice for...

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Hetran acquired by Big B Mfg.

July 19, 2016

Orwigsburg, Pa.-based Hetran Inc., a supplier of precision machines for the cold finishing industry, has been acquired by Big B Mfg., Klingerstown, Pa. Now named Hetran-B, the firm will continue to supply the same product line, but under the leadership and service of Big B Mfg. Big B Mfg. is a...

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Bauer Welding & Metal Fabricators announce staff additions

July 19, 2016

Bauer Welding & Metal Fabricators, a provider of tube fabrication and welding in St. Paul, Minn., has announced two staff additions. Brian Hitt has been named director of operations. He has 20 years of product engineering and lean manufacturing experience with John Deere and Polaris Industries....

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Vacuum generator platform enhanced

July 19, 2016

Improved and intelligent blowoff functions, a split unit design, and a self-adhesion control feature are some of the newly added extras on offer in Piab’s premium piCOMPACT®23 vacuum generator platform. The system also includes IO-Link communication. The compact, all-in-one ejector platform...

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Band saw blade designed for steel grating applications

July 19, 2016

Simonds Saw has introduced the Bitec Plus band saw blade designed to provide low vibration and high-efficiency cutting of steel grating. Manufactured by the company’s partner in Germany, Wespa, the blade features a wide band in widths from 1.25 in. to 2.0 in., providing optimal beam strength...

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Lantek to provide software for Promotech pipe cutting machines

July 18, 2016

Lantek Systems Inc., Mason, Ohio, has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines. The equipment can cut pipes up to nearly 5 ft. dia. and about 39 ft. long with oxyfuel or plasma. Promotech manufactures...

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Fronius names regional sales manager for Northeast

July 18, 2016

Fronius USA, Portage, Ind., has promoted Wes Doneth to regional sales manager for the Northeast. He joined the company in 2008 as tech support manager for the Perfect Welding Division. In 2013 he moved into sales and held the position of area sales manager for Michigan and Indiana. Doneth has a...

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Northeast Ohio student wins SkillsUSA national welding competition

July 18, 2016

Connor Roberts, a high school student from Willoughby-Eastlake Tech Center in Willoughby, Ohio, took home the gold medal from the SkillsUSA Championships held June 22-23, 2016, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Roberts will receive a Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 210 MP...

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Epic Systems, Boy Scouts team up for STEM workshop

July 18, 2016

Manufacturing engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc. recently teamed up with the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for a mini-engineering event. The workshop, held at Epic’s fabrication and manufacturing engineering facility in South Saint Louis, Mo., had more than...

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Metal fabrication is a communication business

July 18, 2016

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Most view metal fabrication as a technology business. But custom fabricators are complex, albeit usually small businesses. In such complex environments, good communication can make things a lot easier.

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MPIF opens registration for introductory PM short course

July 18, 2016

Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has opened registration for its Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course, which will be held Aug. 15 – 17, 2016, at Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pa. The program will feature nearly three full days of programming focusing on an...

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D/F launches mobile-friendly website

July 18, 2016

D/F Machine Specialties, a manufacturer of GMAW and GTAW torches, consumables, and accessories, has launched a redesigned, mobile-friendly website at www.dfmachinespecialties.com. The site is designed with a simple product hierarchy structure to help visitors get information as quickly as...

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