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Elgin Fastener Group announces new staff assignments

November 21, 2011

Two divisions of the Elgin Fastener Group have assigned individuals to new positions in their quality control departments. Chandler Products, Cleveland, has named Amy Hedges as quality supervisor. A 10-year veteran of EFG's Ohio Rod Products division, she has previously worked in shipping and...

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Hypertherm presents top independent distributor award to nexAir - TheFabricator.com

Hypertherm presents top independent distributor award to nexAir

November 21, 2011

Hypertherm, a designer and manufacturer of metal cutting systems in Hanover, N.H., has announced that nexAir has received the 2011 Richard W. Couch Jr. Award. The award, named after Hypertherm's founder and president, Dick Couch, recognizes the top independent distributor in Hypertherm's North...

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Welding end prep tool designed for4 use on 8.625 in. ID to 36 in. OD - TheFabricator.com

Welding end prep tool designed for4 use on 8.625 in. ID to 36 in. OD

November 21, 2011

The Terminator MILLHOG® welding end prep tool from Esco Tool is designed for use on pipe from 8.625 in. ID to 36 in. OD. It clamps rigidly to the ID and has a tracker to compensate for out-of-roundness. Capable of producing symmetrical end preps of any angle, including J preps, the tool can...

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Industrial heat-resistant protective blankets introduced

November 21, 2011

A new line of industrial heat-resistant blankets has been introduced by Torch Wear. The blankets are designed to protect workers from severe heat injuries from molten metal splash, metal cutting, welding, arc flash, and exposure to intense heat. This personal protective equipment has applications...

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ETM Mfg. expands operations in New England

November 21, 2011

ETM Mfg., Wilmington, Mass., a provider of customized sheet metal manufacturing and supply chain services to OEMs, has announced plans to open a 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Littleton, Mass., in early 2012. The $500,000 renovation of a previously vacant facility will more than quadruple the size of...

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Synthetic lubricants formulated for drawing, stamping ferrous and nonferrous metals

November 21, 2011

Houghton Intl. offers two synthetic, water-soluble metal forming lubricants. DRAWSOL® WM 110 is formulated for drawing and stamping ferrous and nonferrous metals. The oil-free formula minimizes smoke, mist, and odors during forming, and it does not stick to metalworking tools, the company states....

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Vacuum lifter provides powered rotation in both directions, custom antiskid side grippers - TheFabricator.com

Vacuum lifter provides powered rotation in both directions, custom antiskid side grippers

November 21, 2011

Anver Corp. has introduced a new vacuum lifter that provides powered rotation in both directions and custom antiskid side grippers for rotating large, bulky loads. The PROT series rotator can be locked in place and operated from a single pendant control. It can handle loads up to 2,000 lbs. and...

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MSCI forms Red Metals division

November 21, 2011

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Schaumburg, Ill., has added a Copper and Brass Specialty Division. "This is the natural evolution of our organization," said MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner III. "We strive to serve the networking, educational, advocacy, and research needs of...

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Waterjet cutting system features work surfaces up to 60 x 120 in. - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet cutting system features work surfaces up to 60 x 120 in.

November 21, 2011

MultiCam® Inc. has added the Value-Series waterjet to its product line. This pure water or abrasive cutting system features work surfaces up to 60 by 120 in. Fully enclosed bellows protect the Y and Z axes from abrasive garnet buildup. The X axis features dual drives and completely covered,...

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Caplugs featured on worlds greatest program

November 21, 2011

Caplugs, Buffalo, N.Y., was featured on the Nov. 11, 2011, episode of "World's Greatest!...", a syndicated television program that airs on ION Television affiliates. The segment featured a behind-the-scenes look at the company's techniques for manufacturing plastic protection products. It...

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Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors - TheFabricator.com

Angled frame conveyors designed to enable elevation changes not possible with flat conveyors

November 21, 2011

QC Industries has introduced the Automation series AS40Z angled frame conveyors. According to the company, they enable elevation changes that aren’t possible with a flat conveyor. The conveyors feature 1.95-in.-high, rigid aluminum frames that resist twisting. They also feature a Z-Track...

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Supporting training with e-learning tools - TheFabricator.com

Supporting training with e-learning tools

November 18, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Manufacturing companies, both large and small, complain that they can't find skilled workers to fill open positions. Instead of waiting for local educational institutions to change their ways, they might have to assume more training responsibility, and e-learning tools can help them do just that.

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High mix, fast delivery--on time - TheFabricator.com

High mix, fast delivery--on time

November 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

High-product-mix manufacturers may have problems with off-theshelf TOC, as described in Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal, a book that tells how a fictional company manages its operations around a constraint. In a high-mix, low-volume operation, the constraint actually may move around from job to job, because processing

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Growing health care revenue by selling direct - TheFabricator.com

Growing health care revenue by selling direct

November 18, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Midbrook, a Michigan fabricator of washing equipment, has worked hard to diversify outside of the automotive business. One key to its success has been its approach to selling to health care facilities. The fabricator has decided to circumvent traditional distributorship networks in health care.

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At FABTECH: The importance of coming home

November 17, 2011 | By Tim Heston

As I write this, FABTECH 2011 is about to close. For four days the floor has been full of some serious buyers. In the near-term, capital spending in metal fabrication is heading upward, with no sign of abating. The first three days alone had more than 31,000 visitors. Dozens of attendees have...

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