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Press brake tooling designed to allow material to flow into die more evenly with less drag

June 14, 2011

LVD Strippit offers precision-ground tooling with the patented STONE® radius for its press brakes. The tooling is produced with a progressive radius on both sides of the V opening, allowing the material to flow into the die more evenly and with less drag. The radius helps ensure accurate bend...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 105.3 percent in 2011

June 13, 2011

April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $396.92 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Sometimes it pays to listen to the new guy

June 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I was chatting with Jeremy Riniker, a buyer/estimator/designer for Giese Manufacturing, Dubuque, Iowa, the other day for an upcoming story. I was giving him a hard time about his plethora of responsibilities, but he said the multitude of job duties keeps each day fresh and exciting, even if he...

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New uses for conventional materials

June 9, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Mankind has been making tools and gadgets from metals for millennia. The discovery of copper and tin ushered in the Bronze Age about 5,000 years ago, and new metal tools swept aside stone tools in a hurry. Iron and steel have been used widely for about 3,000 years, but these days it appears that...

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Seconn Fabrication shop floor

Don't waste a good recession

June 7, 2011 | By Dan Davis

When others sat on the sidelines praying for a miracle during the Great Recession, Seconn Fabrication added 25,000 square feet, invested in new equipment, implemented a new MRP system, refocused its marketing efforts, and tackled other projects to better prepare itself for the economic rebound.

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MEC Robotic Welding

How a big fabricator grows even bigger

June 7, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Mayville Engineering Co. of Mayville, Wis., has grown into a metal fabrication powerhouse, with seven plants that altogether employ more than 1,000 workers. But it hasn’t been an easy ride. Less than a decade ago, MEC was struggling to find its way. Today, the company has a conservative, healthy balance sheet, and plenty of runway room for serious growth.

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Get the most from your quoting software

June 7, 2011 | By Gene Barsaleau

Even a modern quoting software package is no guarantee that all job estimates will be done consistently and correctly. But tips, such as investigating the software's full capabilities and establishing master routing templates, can help the software meet those high expectations.

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LAI International wins Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council

June 3, 2011

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, won a Manufacturer-of-the-Year Award from the Arizona Manufacturing Council. The company was recognized as Outstanding Small-to-Medium Manufacturer of the Year at the AMC's...

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Fundamentals of Brazing seminar scheduled

June 3, 2011

Lucas-Milhaupt Inc., a Handy & Harman company in Milwaukee, continues its Fundamentals of Brazing regional training program. The next two seminars are scheduled for July 26-28, 2011, at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport, Rosemont, Ill., and Sept. 27-29, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Irvine in...

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Right-angle abrasive discs feature engineered grain and improved resin bond system - TheFabricator.com

Right-angle abrasive discs feature engineered grain and improved resin bond system

June 3, 2011

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton Vortex Rapid Finish nonwoven right-angle discs for the metal fabricating industry. They feature an engineered grain and improved resin bond system to provide aggressive, fast stock removal and a fine finish, the company says. The discs remove light...

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Thermadyne appoints senior product line manager - TheFabricator.com

Thermadyne appoints senior product line manager

June 3, 2011

Paul Eckhoff has joined Thermadyne®, St. Louis, a global manufacturer and marketer of metal cutting and welding products, as a senior product line manager for manual plasma cutting products. In this position, he plans and implements strategies to help the company compete globally and achieve...

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Sodick opens new warehouse - TheFabricator.com

Sodick opens new warehouse

June 3, 2011

Sodick Hightech EDM Consumables, Schaumburg, Ill., has opened a warehouse and distribution facility in California. It stocks wear, spare, and consumable items, including wire and filters. Orders are taken in Schaumburg or California for processing at the California distribution...

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Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag - TheFabricator.com

Slat cleaner removes mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel slag

June 3, 2011

In addition to removing mild steel and aluminum slag, TRUMPF's new TruTool TSC 100 removes stainless steel slag. The slat cleaner can be used on flatbed laser machines with an output of up to 7 kW. It removes slag from the sides of the slats as well as in spaces between and right up to the...

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GRT-Mars changes name

June 3, 2011

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced its name change to Mars Intl. Inc. The company continues to operate in its current structure, and all contact information remains the same. The company has changed its domain name and Web site address to www.marsint.com, but the old e-mail and site...

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Steel Tube Institute launches HSS certified producer program

June 3, 2011

The Steel Tube Institute of North America (STINA), Chicago, has launched an industrywide hollow structural section (HSS) product certification program. Called the STINA Certified Producer Program, it is designed to provide assurance that HSS identified with the Certified Producer’s Mark has been...

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