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AAM makes changes to leadership team

November 18, 2014

Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (AAM), a manufacturer of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems, and metal formed products, has announced the appointment of two new officers. Nigel Francis has been appointed vice president, corporate...

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Can-Eng Furnaces contracted to build four high-temperature furnace systems

November 18, 2014

Can-Eng Furnaces Intl. Ltd., Niagara Falls, Ont., has received an order from a large international mining and materials supplier. The order comprises four high-temperature rotary hearth and chain conveyor tempering furnace systems with capacities from 10 to 30 tons/hour and staggered deliveries....

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Aluminum Workshop: Guestimating aluminum alloys

November 18, 2014

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Q: If someone hands you a piece of aluminum, is there any easy way to tell what alloy it is? Everyone tells me I need to buy very expensive equipment to do this. A: Unfortunately, the people you are speaking with are correct. However, that’s assuming you need to know what alloy you have exactly....

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Payload increased on arc welding robot

November 18, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman’s new 6-axis MA2010 arc welding robot features a 22-lb. payload, up from 6.6 lbs. on the previous MA1900 model, as well as a 23 percent larger wrist hole for utilities and a 6 percent longer reach. The robot, introduced with the DX200 controller, features a new contoured arm...

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Floor signs promote safety

November 18, 2014

Visual Workplace Inc. offers floor signs for communicating critical safety instructions clearly. The peel-and-stick signs are made of durable, high-bond acrylic that withstands forklift and heavy foot traffic. Signs are available in three sizes: 12 and 17 in. round or 14- by 20-in. rectangles with...

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Production management system provides real-time traceability

November 18, 2014

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. has introduced CrossTrack 3 for sheet metal. The production management system provides complete traceability and control of material stock, parts, assemblies, orders, and nests, all in real time. Using Microsoft SQL server, the system provides a common interface across all...

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Simonds Saw’s European manufacturing partner WESPA receives ISO 9001 certification

November 17, 2014

Simonds Saw, Fitchburg, Mass., has announced that its European band saw blade technology partner, WESPA®, located in Melsungen, Germany, has received ISO 9001 quality certification. WESPA is a manufacturer of sawing tools and products, including a variety of carbon and bimetal band saw blades...

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Survey shows business trending up for manufacturers, but young talent is scarce

November 17, 2014

North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory, according to the latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) survey from New York, N.Y.-based ThomasNet®. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by baby boomers’ negative perceptions about millennials, could stand in the...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.

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Linde Material Handling North America to change name in 2015

November 17, 2014

Linde Material Handling North America Corp., Summerville, S.C., has announced plans to change its corporate name to Kion North America Corp. in January 2015. The change allows the company to align itself more effectively with its European parent company, The Kion Group. The Kion Group offers...

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SteeloCare aerosol can wins German Packaging Award

November 17, 2014

SteeloCare, the tinplate aerosol can of the technology network Lanico, Schuler Pressen, and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein, has received the German Packaging Award in the category of cosmetics and hygiene articles. The can is manufactured by deep drawing foil-laminated tinplate. The foil lamination...

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Donaldson Co. to close Iowa plant

November 17, 2014

Donaldson Co., Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to close its muffler and exhaust product manufacturing plant in Grinnell, Iowa. The company cites declining demand for the products because of changing diesel emission regulations. The work will be moved to the company’s other plants,...

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Bradbury announces staff changes

November 17, 2014

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of roll forming and coil processing equipment, has promoted Aaron Woods, Mike Nuzum, and Shawn Fields to new positions within the customer service department. Woods has been named field completion coordinator. He has worked in hydraulic...

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Self-propelled powered cranes handle awkward, heavy workpieces

November 17, 2014

AutoWild has introduced two series of self-propelled powered cranes. The SC series floor crane offers 6,000-lb. capacity at 13 ft. above grade with a battery electric power/hydraulic system. All functions are speed-controlled for picking and placing in tight spots. Features include automatic...

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Vertex Rail to add 1,300 jobs in North Carolina

November 17, 2014

Vertex Rail has announced plans to add 1,300 new jobs at the former Terex Crane facility in Wilmington, N.C. The company will manufacture rail tank cars to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas, and other energy-producing states. The company will hire assemblers and fitters, welders, and...

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