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Fabricating a new sales approach

January 30, 2017 | By Dan Davis

More job shops are looking to formalize their sales efforts, and that often means eschewing contract sales reps and hiring a full-time employee to go out and chase business.

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Managing the three legs of the custom metal fabrication stool

January 27, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Technology has become the ticket to entry for metal fabrication. But when a fabricator buys a new machine, it doesn’t stay secret for long. So what really sets a company apart from its competitors? Past speakers at FMA events give some insights.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design changes involve changes to CAD hierarchy

January 27, 2017 | By Gerald Davis

To assist with smooth transitions during design changes, columnist Gerald Davis shows a work flow for changing a part into an assembly.

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Toyota creates 400 jobs in Indiana

January 27, 2017

Toyota Indiana has announced plans to add 400 jobs at the plant in Princeton, investing $600 million in retooling, new equipment, and advanced technologies to meet demand for the Highlander® midsize SUV. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will add 40,000 Highlanders annually. The...

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GM to invest $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing

January 27, 2017

Detroit-based General Motors has announced it will invest an additional $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations. These investments follow $2.9 billion announced in 2016 and more than $21 billion GM has invested in its U.S. operations since 2009.The new investments cover multiple new vehicle,...

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Continuous improvement in metal fabrication: Role changes in a lean transformation

January 27, 2017 | By Jeff Sipes

This month, columnist Jeff Sipes walks through the typical day of a production supervisor before and after a lean transformation.

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High-current HTL encoders suitable for high-disturbance environments

January 27, 2017

Leine & Linde has introduced the FSI 800 series rotary encoders for rugged motor drive applications. Available in North America through distributor Heidenhain Corp., the encoders come with high-current HTL signals, which also makes them suitable for high-disturbance environments. Featuring long...

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LVD Strippit opens two regional customer support centers

January 26, 2017

Fabricating equipment manufacturer LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has announced the opening of its Southeast Support Center in Charlotte, N.C., serving the South Atlantic and East South Central states, and its Southwest Support Center in Farmers Branch, Texas, serving the Southwest and Central states,...

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RTI Surgical names CEO

January 26, 2017

RTI Surgical Inc., Alachua, Fla., a surgical implant company, has named Camille Farhat as CEO effective March 15, 2017. He will succeed interim CEO Robert P. Jordheim, who will resume his role as CFO. Farhat previously served as president/CEO of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), an operating...

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MCA announces 2016 Chairman’s Awards

January 26, 2017

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Chicago, has recognized eight outstanding MCA member building projects with 2016 Chairman’s Awards. The awards are given based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project...

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Triumph awarded $52 million Rolls Royce contract for engine components

January 25, 2017

Berwyn, Pa.-based Triumph Group Inc., a manufacturer of aircraft structures, components, accessories, subassemblies, and systems, has finalized an eight-year agreement with Rolls Royce to supply thrust links for the Trent XWB engine program. Triumph Precision Components will deliver the first...

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Meritor extends Shoes for Soldiers program to help wounded veterans

January 25, 2017

Meritor Inc., Troy, Mich., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for the commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has extended its Shoes for Soldiers program for a third year to donate funds to help position severely wounded, injured, or ill veterans for...

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Johnson Controls launches program to help women re-enter the workforce

January 25, 2017

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, a provider of building and energy storage systems and technology, is looking for women who have been out of the workforce for two or more years and want to be employed using their analytic and engineering skills. The Next Chapter program has employment...

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AISI applauds presidential action to expedite energy projects, infrastructure, manufacturing

January 25, 2017

Thomas J. Gibson, president/CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Washington, D.C., has released a statement praising the president’s executive actions to expedite key energy projects, facilitate U.S. steel contributions to future energy infrastructure, and lower regulatory burdens...

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Ultrasonic welding and machining come together to take 3-D printing to the next level

January 25, 2017 | By Mark Norfolk

As part of a new approach to system design, ultrasonic additive manufacturing and CNC milling can be used together to create parts with complex material makeup that can perform multiple functions.

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