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Wirefab purchases fiber laser cutting machine

February 9, 2015

Worcester, Mass.-based Wirefab Inc., a manufacturer of wire and metal-based products for restaurant equipment manufacturers, bakeries, OEMs, and display industries, has purchased a new TRUMPF® 1030 fiber laser cutting machine. The machine allows the company to cut up to 0.5-in.-thick...

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Next-generation skilled-welder training program set to launch

February 9, 2015

Milwaukee-based Super Steel has partnered with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) to launch a collaborative welder skills development program to train and place the next generation of manufacturing talent in welding careers. This program is a part of the HCCW Welder Training...

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PTR’s job shop adds EBW system, expands metallographic lab

February 9, 2015

PTR-Precision Technologies Inc., Enfield, Conn., has added an electron beam welding (EBW) system to its job shop. The small-chamber system allows fast throughput with short pumping cycles and multistation fixtures for small components and high volumes. The system, which has full 5-axis CNC with...

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Güdel appoints account manager for powertrain systems

February 9, 2015

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Güdel Inc., a supplier of linear-motion modules, robot track motion units, gantry robots, and components, has appointed Craig Kemp as account manager, powertrain systems. Kemp leads all U.S. powertrain systems sales efforts and provides North American sales support to Güdel...

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Industrial caster reduces initial, turning force

February 9, 2015

Caster Concepts Inc. offers TWERGO® (an acronym for twin or triple wheel ergonomic), a caster designed to reduce the force needed to start, stop, and turn a cart. Lab testing shows a 25 percent gain in efficiency through the implementation of two design features: the patented wheel design...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 3.1 percent in 2014

February 9, 2015

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $506.89 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was up 32.7 percent from November and up...

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Diversification makes life easier on the roller coaster

February 6, 2015

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Even in the face of falling oil prices and the potential slowdown of offshore fabrication work, Bill New, president of New Industries Inc., Morgan City, La., still looks forward to coming to work each day.

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Dumping carts empty heavy loads safely

February 6, 2015

CECOR® offers heavy-duty industrial dumping carts that can be paired with the company’s dumping frame for elevated, rotational dumping of fully loaded carts. The dumping frame is secured to an overhead hook hoist or forklift truck. The frame then is secured to the cart by the cart’s...

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From the Web: Big pay raise; Smart, but not rich; 3-D breakthroughs; welding—a worthwhile career?

February 5, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Ford workers get big raise; reporter questions welding as a worthwhile career; being smart doesn’t necessarily make you rich; 3-D printing breakthrough; students build wind turbines.

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ET Foundation, Bonnell Aluminum invite entries for aluminum extrusion design competition

February 5, 2015

The ET Foundation, a Wauconda, Ill.-based educational and scientific organization devoted to promoting and advancing aluminum extrusion processes and technologies, and Bonnell Aluminum are seeking entries for the 2015 International Aluminum Extrusion Student Design Competition. Bonnell Aluminum, a...

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QualiChem water-based cutting fluid approved by Bombardier

February 5, 2015

QualiChem, Salem, Va., has received full Bombardier approval for Xtreme Cut 250C water-based cutting fluid. The approval, BAMS 569-001, includes Classes A, C, and D for lubricants and coolants. The multimetal, semisynthetic fluid, formulated for use on a variety of ferrous and nonferrous...

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Watch where those spent solvents go

February 5, 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency has finally enacted its rulemaking that affects metal manufacturers that have to recycle or dispose of spent solvents.

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rate up in manufacturing, down in services in February

February 5, 2015

In February, manufacturing hiring activity will increase and the service-sector hiring rate will drop compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2015. In February, for the 11th...

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Wallover adds regional sales manager

February 4, 2015

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants in Strongsville, Ohio, has named David Custis as a regional sales manager responsible for covering northern Missouri, southern Illinois, and Iowa. Based in St. Louis, Custis has more than 12 years of outside sales...

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People: A fabricator’s greatest competitive advantage

February 4, 2015

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Competing fabricators can invest in the same technology and software, but they can't employ the same people.

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