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FMA, NAM partner to achieve goal of 500,000 industry certifications

March 17, 2014

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., have announced significant progress toward achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals....

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Timesavers and 3M: Automated Grinding

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 PM (CST)

Sponsored by Timesavers Inc.

Length: 60:00

Timesavers and 3M partner together to present this webcast about automated grinding. The webcast will describe the advantages of different types of deburring machines and abrasives technologies in detail, including coated and non-woven abrasives. Many factors that improve performance, such as processing wet vs. dry, and the impact of speed, coolant and pressure will also be discussed.

Forney Industries launches online ordering wizard app

March 17, 2014

Forney Industries, a family-owned welding and metalworking product company in Fort Collins, Colo., has introduced Express Upload©, an e-commerce application that accelerates the online ordering process. Participating dealers can upload their Forney Web Store order with a few keystrokes. In...

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Oil-based additive imparts ash-free corrosion inhibitor to lubricants

March 17, 2014

Cortec® has introduced M-531 T, an oil-based additive package of ash-free corrosion inhibitors for petroleum- or synthetic oil-based lubricants such as rust and oxidation preventives, hydraulic fluids, lubricants for pulp and paper equipment, and industrial and automotive gear oils. The...

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How to strengthen brand awareness and grow your business through advertising

March 17, 2014

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Should you advertise your fabricating business? The answer depends on whether or not you want your business to grow.

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Mexico: Riding the waves of manufacturing fortune

March 14, 2014

Automotive manufacturing in Mexico accelerated in February 2014, which eventually will help the country become the No. 1 exporter of vehicles to the U.S. by the end of 2015. Honda opened a new manufacturing plant in Guanajuato at the end of February, where it will produce more than 200,000... Continue Reading

Wal-Mart, U.S. Conference of Mayors launch $10 million U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

March 14, 2014

Wal-Mart, the Wal-Mart Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) have launched the Wal-Mart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of $100,000 or more, funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, to help create solutions to challenges...

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EPA regulations workshop covers core industry rules

March 14, 2014

Lion Technology, Detroit, will present two-day workshops nationwide that cover the latest requirements under major EPA programs, including shifting greenhouse gas rules under the Clean Air Act, chemical and product management standards under TSCA and FIFRA, and new rules for solvent-contaminated...

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V.H. Blackinton receives AIM-IBC 2014 Global Trade Award

March 14, 2014

V.H. Blackinton & Co. Inc., Attleboro Falls, Mass., has received a Global Trade Award from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC), Boston. The awards recognize Massachusetts companies and public agencies that have demonstrated excellence in international...

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Bunting Magnetics names magnet applications general manager

March 14, 2014

Bunting® Magnetics Co., a producer of precision magnetic products in Newton, Kan., has named Donald Lindstrom as general manager of its Magnet Applications Inc. subsidiary in DuBois, Pa. He is responsible for the company’s custom magnet design and manufacturing operation. Lindstrom joined...

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Maximizing service, minimizing risk

March 14, 2014

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O’Neal Steel, founded in 1921 in Birmingham, Ala., originally was a fabrication shop, and the founder later added metal distribution to the company’s repertoire. Over the decades the business model changed, fabrication disappearing altogether at one point. Eventually the company resurrected its fabrication arm, but one thing has been a constant: The company’s small-town, close-knit, neighborly culture.

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Why the stigma attached to factory work?

March 14, 2014

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People should spend less time pushing every student toward college and spend more time realizing what people are actually doing on a shop floor of progressive fabricating shops. They aren’t “laborers,” but skilled machine operators and technicians—typically without a traditional four-year degree. Any stigma that exists about today’s factory worker is no longer relevant.

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ECi Software Solutions acquired by The Carlyle Group

March 13, 2014

ECi Software Solutions, Fort Worth, Texas, a provider of industry‐specific business management and e‐commerce software, has been acquired by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C. ECi serves companies in the office products, office furniture, office equipment,...

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Robotic pallet wrapper handles 60 loads/hr.

March 13, 2014

ITW Muller has introduced the GW-4100, a 40-in. robotic pallet wrapper. The newly designed carriage offers twice the speed, throughput, and battery life compared to the standard GW-4100, according to the company. The 40-in. carriage accommodates the wrapping of larger loads. The wrapper...

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Proos announces expansion in Michigan

March 13, 2014

Supply chain manufacturer Proos has announced its $5.7 million expansion in Grand Rapids, Mich., adding 50 jobs to its existing 83-employee workforce. The company intends to expand both its fabrication operation, Proos Fabrication, and its stamping operation, Proos...

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