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Whirlwind Tool announces pending patent on machine tool data logging

June 25, 2014

Whirlwind Tool Co., Barnstable, Mass., has announced it has a pending patent on machine tool data logging for monitoring safety features and machine tool usage history. Machine owners and management can review "black box" operational data, including the use of various guards provided to protect...

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Talon Innovations expands in South Korea

June 25, 2014

Sauk Rapids, Minn.-based Talon Innovations Corp., a provider of precision machined products and assemblies for the semiconductor, medical device, and aerospace industries, has opened a wholly owned subsidiary near Seoul, South Korea. Talon Innovations Korea Co. Ltd. serves the company’s...

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Optomec awarded $4 million project from America Makes

June 25, 2014

Optomec, Albuquerque, N.M., has been awarded a major project from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The “Re-Born in the USA” project will focus on advancing additive manufacturing technology for the repair of aerospace metal components for the U.S. Air...

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Air knives available up to 108 in. long

June 25, 2014

Exair has expanded its line of Long Super air knives to include a maximum length of 108 in. The company now manufactures all knives 60 in. and longer in one-piece construction to help ensure seamless airflow and decrease overall height by 0.5 in. The air knives produce a laminar sheet of airflow...

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From the Web: Welding instead of French; a heavy-metal tour; cutting energy costs

June 24, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Welding to satisfy math and language requirements; heavy-metal tour attracts future workforce; companies join to lower energy costs; stampers expect slight downturn; and metal sculpture transcends art.

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Ergodyne to hold 17th annual 65 Roses Golf Classic

June 24, 2014

St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne, a provider of safety products and apparel, will hold its 17th annual 65 Roses Golf Classic: A Tenacious Tournament™ at the Legends Golf Club in Prior Lake, Minn., on July 14. The fundraiser brings together manufacturers, distributors, reps, and end users from...

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ThomasNet.com adds certification app to database

June 24, 2014

ThomasNet.com®, New York, has added a certification application to its free platform. Buyers now can qualify commercial and industrial suppliers classified to 67,000 product and service categories by 80 different certifications/registrations and create a shortlist of those that hold the...

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Techni Waterjet, Wintriss Controls Group to be featured on “World’s Greatest!...” series

June 24, 2014

Techni Waterjet™, Lenexa, Kan., and Wintriss Controls Group, Acton, Mass., will be featured on the television show “World’s Greatest!...”. How2Media sent crews to film footage at Techni Waterjet’s Lenexa facility and at Impulse Mfg. of Dawsonville, Ga., a Wintriss customer. The...

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Lean manufacturing, line of sight, and old buildings

June 23, 2014

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Where are parts coming from, and where are they going? Line-of-sight issues plague older plants, full of walls to separate departments. But some companies have overcome this problem and adapted lean to fit very old work spaces.

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TechPrecision appoints president of Ranor division

June 23, 2014

TechPrecision Corp., Center Valley, Pa., a manufacturer of large-scale fabricated and machined metal components and equipment, has appointed Alexander (Alex) Shen as president of Ranor, a wholly owned subsidiary division. He replaces Robert Francis, who left to pursue other opportunities but...

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AO Precision Mfg. names CEO

June 23, 2014

Daytona Beach, Fla.-based AO Precision Mfg. LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of M-16 and AR-15 rifle parts for government contractors and commercial gun-makers, has hired Steven C. Torma as its CEO. Torma has 30 years of experience in the munitions industry. He previously served as president...

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Pacific Industries building plant in Tennessee

June 23, 2014

Ogaki, Japan-based auto parts-maker Pacific Industries has begun building a new plant in Jackson, Tenn. It is expected to create 190 new jobs within the first five years of operations. The facility’s operations will include metal stamping and...

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NExT Aerospace recertified for AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008

June 23, 2014

NExT Aerospace, a division of Niles Intl., Niles, Ohio, has passed its AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 recertification audits. The recertification indicates that the company has established and applied a quality management system for the design and manufacture of expanded metal fine meshes and foils...

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Stainless steel levelers have rubber pad options

June 23, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. has introduced GN 340.5 stainless steel leveling mounts with tapped socket and rubber pad in inch and metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant leveling mounts feature a tapped socket of stainless steel with a shot-blast finish. They are available with two pad options: black pad inlay of...

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STIHL Inc. camp inspires youth to pursue manufacturing careers

June 23, 2014

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Think you might be interested in starting a summer camp to attract youth to manufacturing careers? STIHL Inc. did just that, found the endeavor worthwhile, and has even created a template for other companies to use in promoting manufacturing technology to youth.

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