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Tis the season—Give wisely and invest in the future

December 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

It’s that time of year when organization after organization asks you to open your wallets and contribute to their cause. Some are legitimate and upstanding; others are not. Here are two examples of programs worthy of fabricators’ consideration.

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The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit at FMA Annual Meeting

The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit at FMA Annual Meeting

March 8-10, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Developed in cooperation with leaders of job shops from across the country, this 12th annual event is an opportunity to talk with The FABRICATOR editors, columnists, advertisers, and award winners, as well as peers in the fabrication business about whatever topics are on your mind.

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Phoenix Wrappers hires head of manufacturing operations

December 14, 2016

Phoenix Wrappers, a manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment based in Montreal, Que., has appointed Luc Bergeron as head of manufacturing operations. He has more than 15 years of experience leading manufacturing organizations. Bergeron previously served as director of manufacturing at Bell...

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Azco announces acquisition by Burns & McDonnell

December 14, 2016

Appleton, Wis.-based Azco Inc., an industrial and fabrication contractor, has announced its acquisition by Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo. Azco offers construction services; metal fabrication services; and production of carbon steel, stainless, chrome-moly, and alloy pipe. According to Burns &...

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Aerospace 3-D printing market to grow at 55.85 percent CAGR to 2020

December 14, 2016

Pune, India-based ReportsnReports has released a forecast that predicts the global aerospace 3-D printing market will grow at a CAGR of 55.85 percent from 2016 to 2020. The aerospace components segment accounted for the maximum market share during 2015 and will continue to dominate the aerospace...

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Orbital wrapping machine spans nearly 9 ft.

December 14, 2016

Tab Industries LLC has unveiled its largest Tab Wrapper Tornado orbital stretch-wrapping machine. Its wrapping ring spans 115 in. dia. to wrap palletized loads as large as 8 ft. tall by 50 in. wide. The custom-made unit secures a palletized load to its pallet as a single unit by wrapping the...

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Visualizing products made from flat patterns—a valued job shop skill

December 14, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Take a flat-patterned drawing and visualize the end product, complete with all of the necessary bends in the correct sequence and orientation. Can you do it? This skill is much appreciated in a metal fabrication shop.

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Sciaky to deliver industrial-scale metal 3-D printer to Airbus

December 13, 2016

Chicago-based Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has announced that Airbus will take delivery of an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) 110 system in December 2016. The aircraft manufacturer will...

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Optomec receives order for controlled-atmosphere hybrid 3-D printer

December 13, 2016

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3-D printed metals, has announced that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has ordered a Lens 3-D metal hybrid controlled-atmosphere system. The powder-fed, directed energy deposition...

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GE takes controlling acquisition of two additive equipment companies

December 13, 2016

GE has agreed to acquire a 75 percent stake in Concept Laser GmbH of Lichtenfels, Germany, allowing GE to take full ownership over the next several years. The company, which manufactures powder bed-based laser additive manufacturing machines, has more than 200 employees. It has locations in China...

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Pate Sheet Metal to close

December 12, 2016

Pate Sheet Metal, a welding and metal fabrication shop in Lumberton, N.C., has announced it is closing its doors after 37 years in business. Founded in 1979, the firm once employed as many as 20 people. Currently the company employs founder Gene Pate, one assistant, and an office...

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Camfil APC Americas appoints VP

December 12, 2016

Jonesboro, Ark.-based Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has appointed Graeme Bell to the position of vice president, Camfil APC Americas. He is responsible for the manufacturing, technical, and training facility in Jonesboro, as well as North and South American sales operations for the company's...

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3-axis positioner handles workpieces up to 153,000 lbs.

December 12, 2016

Pemamek has added the Pema APS 70000, a 3-axis, 70-ton, heavy-duty positioner, to its APS Skymaster series. It handles workpieces up to 153,000 lbs. in rotating, tilting, or lifting position. Integration to the Pema WeldControl 100 enables collection of production data and diagnostic and welding...

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GMAW curriculum updated to 1080 high definition

December 9, 2016

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has released an enhanced GMAW basic curriculum in 1080 high definition. The DVD program has been reshot to show detail of the welding arc. The program incorporates a 24-module GMAWB curriculum based on national welding codes and entry-level welding...

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Flat steel market to be worth $757.15 billion by 2026

December 8, 2016

In its report "Flat Steel Market by Type (Sheets & Strips, Plates), End User (Building & Infrastructure, Automotive & Other Transport, Mechanical Equipment), and Region (Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa, South America) - Global Forecast to 2026,” MarketsandMarkets, Pune,...

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