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Prima open house to feature laser cutting, bending technologies

May 15, 2008

Prima North America Inc., a manufacturer of 2-D and 3-D laser cutting and automation equipment, has announced plans to hold an open house/seminar June 4 and 5 at its Technology Center in Chicopee,...

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ITA accepting applications for titanium development award

May 15, 2008

The International Titanium Association (ITA), Broomfield, Colo., is accepting applications for its second annual Titanium Applications Development award.The ITA will announce the winner of the $20,000...

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Gallatin Steel announces general manager for hot rolling

May 15, 2008

Gallatin Steel, Ghent, Ky., has promoted John Volmer to general manager for hot rolling. He replaces Denis Desjardin, who resigned last year.Volmer is responsible for all day-to-day operations in the...

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Ametek acquires Reading Alloys

May 15, 2008

Ametek Inc., Paoli, Pa., a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Reading Alloys, a specialty metals producer that of titanium master alloys and highly...

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ITT Corp. acquires Kaliburn

May 15, 2008

ITT Corp., White Plains, N.Y., recently acquired Kaliburn Inc., Charleston, S.C.ITT Corp. is an engineering and manufacturing company that employs approximately 40,000 people and has customers in more...

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Plataine names vice president of sales, metal fabrication

May 15, 2008

Plataine, Ball Ground, Ga., has appointed Richard Piacenza as vice president of sales, metal fabrication.Piacenza has 20 years of sales and marketing management experience in the industry, serving...

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Airgas acquires A&N Plant

May 15, 2008

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., recently acquired A&N Plant, a European supplier of new and reconditioned rotating, positioning, and welding equipment. The acquisition creates a new business unit of...

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Thermadyne appoints automation business managers

May 15, 2008

Thermadyne Industries Inc., St. Louis, a manufacturer of cutting and welding products, recently appointed Charlie Fischer, Mark Powers, and Barry McCarter as automation business managers.Fischer is...

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Bosch Rexroth to acquire fluid filter manufacturer

May 15, 2008

Bosch Rexroth, Hoffman Estates, Ill., a provider of drive and control technologies from mechanics, hydraulics, and pneumatics to electronics and associated service, has announced plans to acquire K. &...

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AddisonMckee selected as a winner of Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards

May 15, 2008

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, was named as a winner of the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards, selected by Managing Automation, a monthly publication of Thomas Publishing Co. LLC....

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LAI names strategic products director

May 15, 2008

LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has named Darcy Dodge as director of strategic products.Dodge is responsible for directing and...

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Bunting Magnetics Co. acquires MAGL

May 15, 2008

Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan., has acquired Magnet Applications Group Ltd. (MAGL), which has manufacturing operations in Berkhamsted, England, and Dubois, Pa.Bunting manufactures magnetic...

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HRB price eruption slows

May 15, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for May 12 surged 5.2 percent to $1,154 per ton, FOB the mill, for the thirteenth consecutive rise totaling $577. The Western European HRB...

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Iron Man's plasma cutter

May 14, 2008

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I haven't seen "Iron Man," but after reading a news release today, I'm moving the movie to the top of my must-see list. It's beating all others at the box-office, but that's not my main reason for wanting to see it. In fact, I generally stay away from superhero movies."Iron Man"...

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Automatio training

Automation training for a new work force

May 13, 2008

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AWS predicts that by 2010, the demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000. One means of addressing the shortage is through automated systems, such as automatic orbital GTAW units, which have gained favor in a variety of industries. But that does not diminish the requirement for an educated and well-trained work force. Automation requires more training, not less. That is why it is essential to be trained in basic welding procedures in addition to operating automated welding equipment.

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