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Intersection warning system alerts workers to approaching traffic

August 15, 2016

Rite-Hite has introduced the Safe-T-Signal intersection warning system. The ceiling-mounted system alerts workers when traffic is approaching from other directions using LED lights in the shape of red stop signs (octagon) and amber yield (triangle) signs. The system uses unidirectional microwave...

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Zumbach Electronics equips Štore Steel d.o.o. with profile measuring system

August 12, 2016

Zumbach Electronics of Switzerland has won a contract from Štore Steel d.o.o. in Slovenia for a PROFILEMASTER® SPS 400-S4, an in-line profile measuring system based on laser light section technique and machine vision. The system, to be integrated into a hot rolling mill, is equipped with...

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Art's Way Mfg. to discontinue vessels business

August 12, 2016

Art's Way Mfg. Co., Armstrong, Iowa, a manufacturer and distributor of equipment serving the agriculture, research, water treatment, and steel cutting industries, has announced plans to discontinue the operations of its Art's Way Vessels segment in Q3 2016. Art's Way Vessels Inc. manufactures...

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ESAB names AGT Robotics as first North American automation partner

August 12, 2016

Florence, S.C.-based ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has announced that AGT Robotics, Trois-Rivières, Que., has become its first North American automation partner in its Integrator Partnership Program. Under the arrangement, ESAB provides AGT Robotics with deep access to ESAB’s technical,...

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Schebler acquires East Moline Metal Products assets

August 12, 2016

The Schebler Co., Bettendorf, Iowa, has acquired multiple assets of East Moline Metal Products, including stamping presses from 45 to 200 tons, machining systems, tooling, and related fabrication equipment. As a result, East Moline Metal Products has ceased operations. The equipment will be...

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Facebook adds waterjet system to new hardware lab

August 12, 2016

Tallmadge, Ohio-based WARDJet has announced that Facebook has installed a ZX-1530-5 waterjet system in its newly opened Area 404 R&D lab. The room-sized, 5-axis cutting machine is used to cut enclosures for future prototypes of the Surround360, a 3-D, 360-degree camera system that resembles a...

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Documentation keeps the knowledge in-house

August 11, 2016 | By Shannon Bennett, Simon Spencer

Every noteworthy quality improvement methodology calls for observation, analysis, planning, measuring, and reviewing work processes to get better results than achieved previously. For any of this to be successful, manufacturers need to document work instructions, corrections, and goals.

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MHUB business collaboration launched in Chicago

August 11, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the launch of MHUB, a collaboration among Chicago’s leaders in business, innovation, and research designed to benefit the manufacturing industry by generating ideas, attracting talent, and increasing productivity. A joint effort of World Business...

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Gibbs Wire & Steel launches Spanish/English website

August 11, 2016

Gibbs Wire & Steel Inc., Southington, Conn., has launched a new Spanish and English language website to promote Gibbs Metals de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico, which provides wire and strip products to manufacturers in Mexico, Central America, and South America. The website at www.gibbs.mx...

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Better business processes, smoother days

August 11, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

So many shop managers operate in firefighting mode. They call customers, suppliers, employees, and bosses to explain, apologize, and then shift into high gear to “Git-R-Done.” As columnist Jeff Sipes explains, that really has no place in manufacturing.

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Atlas appoints general manager

August 11, 2016

Atlas Technologies LLC, Fenton, Mich., has named Andrew Basgall as general manager. Former General Manager Bill Rogner has transitioned to director of sales. Basgall has 40 years of automotive and manufacturing experience. He previously worked as a senior project manager at...

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McLanahan/Universal Eng. to stop manufacturing operations

August 11, 2016

McLanahan/Universal Eng. has announced plans to stop manufacturing heavy equipment for the aggregate and mining industries at its plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With manufacturing being only part of the operations at the 50-employee facility, this change will eliminate 15...

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Accounting for time in metal fabrication

August 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Traditional cost accounting treats inventory as an asset and, according to the author of a new book, does not capture the true costs of long lead times. A new accounting method, which complies with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), aims to correct this.

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Metal fabrication for the visually impaired

August 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Beyond Vision, a not-for-profit organization that employs people who are visually impaired and blind, has an eight-person machine shop that recently delved into metal fabrication. The company’s story shows just how much these people can contribute to a job shop operation.

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Plex Systems acquires DemandCaster

August 11, 2016

Detroit-based Plex Systems, a provider of cloud ERP for manufacturing, has announced the acquisition of DemandCaster, a provider of cloud-based supply chain planning (SCP) systems. As a result of the acquisition, the Plex Manufacturing Cloud now delivers a suite of cloud applications for running...

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