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MSC executive vice chairman/former CEO dies

July 12, 2016

MSC Industrial Supply Co. has announced that Executive Vice Chairman/and former Chief Executive Officer David Sandler died July 11 at the age of 59 from pancreatic cancer. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of David," said MSC President and CEO Erik Gershwind. "His accomplishments at MSC were...

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Toolots unveils headquarters and expanded warehouse

July 12, 2016

Toolots Inc., a provider of factory-direct industrial machinery, tools, and technology, has unveiled its headquarters in Cerritos, Calif. The recently renovated and expanded 114,000-sq.-ft. facility features a large warehouse and a showroom for equipment display. The headquarters will be...

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MFG.com hires chief marketing officer

July 12, 2016

MFG.com, Marietta, Ga., an online manufacturing marketplace, has hired Chris Mitchell as chief marketing officer (CMO). Mitchell is experienced in digital and e-commerce marketing, especially in building online applications and marketplaces. He founded or co-founded several Internet startups and...

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Norsk Titanium to build industrial-scale aerospace additive manufacturing plant in New York

July 11, 2016

Norsk Titanium AS, a supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, has announced that the state of New York, in partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has placed an order for an initial lot of the company’s patented MERKE IV™ Rapid Plasma...

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Houghton International acquires Wallover Enterprises

July 11, 2016

Houghton International Inc. has acquired Wallover Enterprises, a North American metalworking fluid and industrial lubricant manufacturer with headquarters in Strongsville, Ohio. Wallover produces and sells a diverse portfolio of fluid products into industrial end markets throughout the U.S. and...

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Meritor donates $20,000 to train service dog for disabled veteran

July 11, 2016

Meritor, a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket products for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has donated $20,000 to sponsor training of Bull, a German shepherd puppy that one day will be a service dog for a disabled Michigan veteran. Named after Meritor's iconic...

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Timken acquires Lovejoy Inc., names president

July 11, 2016

The Timken Company, North Canton, Ohio, has acquired Lovejoy Inc., a manufacturer of industrial couplings and universal joints. Based in Downers Grove, Ill., with additional locations in the U.S., Canada, and Germany, Lovejoy is recognized for its flexible coupling design and as the creator of...

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Sapa becomes Ford top supplier

July 11, 2016

Oslo, Norway-based Sapa’s aluminum extrusion plant in Cressona, Pa., has become one of the first in the industry to receive the Ford Motor Co.’s Q1 Award. A plaque presentation and flag-raising ceremony will be held July 20. Suppliers must meet a number of requirements before applying for...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design evolution from invention to manufacturing

July 11, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers how designs evolve from invention to manufacturing and how various CAD techniques might best be used.

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Maximize your move

July 8, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Everyone knows that moving is not easy, especially when you are talking about moving a business. Dennis Donovan, a site selection consultant, provides an overview of the main considerations that a metal fabricator should keep in mind as it looks to make a major move.

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Electric dust collector generates 8,000-CFM airflow

July 8, 2016

Marco has introduced the Dustmaster® 8,000 CFM electric dust collector. Its 25-HP Baldor® motor and reverse-incline blade fan work together to create an engineered airflow that provides ventilation and collects airborne dust and debris from enclosed work sites. Two 16-in.-ID duct hose inlet...

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Metal fabrication and metrics: Measure what matters

July 8, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

An operation with poor or nonexistent performance metrics is a magnet for lots of confusion and disruption. Poor metrics often have a narrow focus that can negatively affect the whole organization. Conversely, good metrics support the business and its mission.

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Rust-preventive fluid is weldable

July 7, 2016

Lincoln Electric’s RP6™ is an oil-based fluid that provides up to six months of indoor corrosion protection by preventing rust on ferrous metals without adversely affecting the welding process. The rust preventive is suitable for welding applications in heavy fabrication, automotive, steel...

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TRUMPF to build digitally connected demonstration facility in Chicago

July 6, 2016

Machine tool and laser manufacturer TRUMPF is building a demonstration factory in Chicago that is designed as a flexible, digitally connected production plant. The entire sheet metal process chain, from ordering of a sheet metal part to its design, production, and delivery, will be interconnected....

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Oven Industries relocates within Pennsylvania

July 6, 2016

Oven Industries, a provider of custom electronic temperature controllers and sensors for the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, defense, medical, and semiconductor markets, has announced its relocation from Mechanicsburg, Pa., to Camp Hill, Pa. The new facility gives the company 60 percent more...

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