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An industrial facility’s journey to LEED certification

March 20, 2014

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More and more businesses are seeking LEED certification. Among them is Hypertherm, a provider of cutting systems for the metal fabricating industry. The company met challenges along the way and exceeded its expectations in achieving LEED Gold.

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Time for a new approach

March 20, 2014

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Turns out it’s more than just a shortage of skilled workers that may be impeding organizational growth. It’s also a failure of businesses to be prepared to respond to the challenges of the highly connected and global 21st-century workforce. Speaking about The Deloitte Global Human Capital... Continue Reading

The benefits of off-site training

March 20, 2014

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When it comes to training events, many metal fabricators don’t think about seating assignments for trainees, but they might want to think about it. My brother works in the manufacturing industry. I won’t say exactly what he does to spare him a little embarrassment—if that’s even... Continue Reading

U.S. congressman tours Unitrac Railroad Material

March 20, 2014

U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., joined the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) for a tour of Unitrac Railroad Material’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Knoxville, Tenn., March 17. The facility manufactures trackwork, new and relay rail, and other track...

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Sealed absolute linear encoders include Mitsubishi interface

March 20, 2014

The new absolute LC 195M and LC 495M sealed linear encoders from Heidenhain now are available for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. The encoders focus on the requirements for purely serial absolute systems for Mitsubishi drive components. The transmission speed of the...

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Wire EDM introduced

March 20, 2014

Sodick Inc. offers the SL400G wire EDM. The rigid, linear motor-driven machine incorporates the new Fixed Jet automatic wire threading, which has a reliable threading rate for submerged and nonsubmerged threading, according to the company. The EDM’s wire tension servo function controls and...

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MSSC wins 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Council Award

March 19, 2014

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, Alexandria, Va., has received the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Council Award from Frost & Sullivan. MSSC was recognized for its accomplishments in increasing the number of skilled individuals entering the manufacturing workforce. MSSC is a training...

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Association for Manufacturing Excellence launches AME Values Veterans program

March 19, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Rolling Meadows, Ill., held a kickoff symposium for its AME Values Veterans (AMEV2) program on March 14 at DMG Mori, Hoffman Estates, Ill. The program is designed to teach U.S. employers how to recapitalize their workforce by recruiting, hiring,...

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Italian Trade Agency announces call for papers, scholarship support from SME Education Foundation

March 19, 2014

In support of the Italian Trade Agency’s call for papers for the 2014 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards, the SME Education Foundation will award scholarships to the top winners. The IMTTA program is a competition asking upper-level students attending premier North American universities to...

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Core Crew launches website

March 19, 2014

Cincinnati-based employment agency Core Crew, formerly known as Elite Craft Support, has launched a new website at www.corecrew.com. The company works to recruit and place skilled tradespeople, including welders, pipe fitters, ironworkers, millwrights, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. The...

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Lubricants, cleaners made for beverage can manufacturing

March 19, 2014

Henkel offers Bonderite lubricants and cleaners for the manufacture of two-piece beverage cans. L-FM 8300 and 8400 postlubricants help extend tool life, reduce bleed-through on the finished cans, and reduce tear-off rates. The lubricants can be cleaned off easily, states the manufacturer....

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Whirlpool to double size of Ohio plant

March 18, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., has announced plans to invest $40 million to nearly double the size of its Greenville, Ohio, small appliance manufacturing operations. The expansion is expected to generate about 400 new jobs by 2018, increasing the facility’s workforce to about 1,400...

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From the Web 3.18.14

March 18, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about manufacturing production rebounding in February; how the much ballyhooed manufacturing hubs will struggle to create jobs (big surprise); grants by the state of Minnesota and ABB aimed at training workers in... Continue Reading

PMA member urges Congress to bring manufacturing back to U.S.

March 18, 2014

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) member Kevin Harberts, president and CEO of Kryton Engineered Metals Inc., Cedar Falls, Iowa, has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access about reshoring, or...

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OSHA releases educational bulletin on injury-recording requirements

March 18, 2014

OSHA has released an educational resource that focuses on requirements for recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The recordkeeping bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer and addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording...

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