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RoboVent opens Minneapolis office

April 12, 2012

RoboVent, a U.S. manufacturer of ventilation and filtration equipment for industry, has opened an office in suburban Minneapolis. Proximity to key industries including defense contractors, marine manufacturing, food processing, and composites manufacturing prompted the company to open the new...

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LVD Strippit appoints sales engineer - TheFabricator.com

LVD Strippit appoints sales engineer

April 12, 2012

LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has named Dean Arneson to the position of sales engineer. Based in Andover, Minn., he is responsible for the sale of the company's sheet metal and plate working machines and software in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and northern Iowa. Arneson worked...

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Greenerd president named co-chairman of AMT - TheFabricator.com

Greenerd president named co-chairman of AMT

April 12, 2012

Greenerd Press & Machine Co. Inc., Nashua, N.H., has announced that Timothy B. Dining, Greenerd's president and CEO, has been elected co-chairman of the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) board of directors. Ronald Mager, president and CEO of Machinery Systems Inc., also was...

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Bystronic to open new headquarters in Illinois - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic to open new headquarters in Illinois

April 12, 2012

Bystronic Inc. will host the grand opening of its new North American headquarters May 3-4, 2012. The 48,300-sq.-ft. building, located in Elgin, Ill., has a 10,000-sq.-ft. office, 14,000-sq.-ft. showroom, and 24,300-sq.-ft. spare parts and logistics area. In addition to being the company's...

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More about the moral imperative

April 11, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

In a recent blog post, my colleague Tim Heston described the need for the U.S. to develop an advanced manufacturing base with turn-on-a-dime flexibility. He called it a moral imperative, and I couldn’t agree more.  The U.S. hasn’t lost its position as the world’s largest manufacturer, but...

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HRB prices rise slightly in China, trend downward elsewhere

April 11, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 9 increased 0.2 percent to $583 per ton for the sixth consecutive increase. The U.S. spot HRB price decreased 0.5 percent to $759 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after three consecutive rises and unchanged two weeks ago. The...

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Interface allows unfolding, import of CAD files from within nesting software

April 11, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l has introduced new CAD interfaces to AutoPOL for Windows® and AutoPOL G2 3-D CAD and unfolding software packages. The interface allows users to unfold and import CAD files from within Jetcam Expert nesting software, providing a seamless work flow from 3-D CAD to bending,...

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Manual clamps designed for extreme applications

April 11, 2012

DE-STA-CO offers the 5000 series HD clamps for the welding, automotive, agriculture, and transportation industries. This heavy-duty, manual toggle clamps feature rugged construction. Their pivot points comprise hardened pins inside durable steel bushings; the pins do not rotate in the joint. The...

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Cup walking on stainless steel tube, pipe - TheFabricator.com

Cup walking on stainless steel tube, pipe

April 11, 2012 | By Brent Williams

Cup walking, a tube or pipe gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) technique suitable for some stainless steels, can improve weld quality. The method involves resting the torch’s cup on the workpiece and making a weaving motion across the weld joint. Used properly, it also reduces operator fatigue and can improve weld speeds.

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Fabricator reduces part handling, improves consistency with combination bender - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator reduces part handling, improves consistency with combination bender

April 11, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

Full Vision Inc., a manufacturer of components and equipment for the off-road industry, encountered a hurdle in manufacturing roll-over protection systems (ROPS) and falling-object protection structures (FOPS) for its customers. To make a ROPS or FOPS, it needed three machines or two setups on three machines. This led to too much part handling and more scrapping of parts than necessary. A combination rotary draw and push bender from Horn Machine Tool allows Full Vision to make a complete part with one setup on one machine, eliminating part handling and reducing scrap.

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Job shop software integrates with accounting system

April 10, 2012

Exact's JobBOSS Starter Edition software for small job shop now integrates seamlessly with the Intuit QuickBooks accounting system. The software package is designed to help smaller job shops create quick or highly detailed customer quotes; track labor, outside service, and material cost; and...

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Entry-level waterjet designed for production environments

April 10, 2012

Mitsubishi's MW3 entry-level waterjet machine for production environments features solid base construction and a cantilever head design. The 720 CNC delivers advanced programming capabilities. The unit is controlled on a 15-in. waterproof screen. Menu and help functions guide the operator through...

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The nuts and bolts of big returns

April 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Consumers and the business press lavish all sorts of attention to high-tech giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, and other Wall Street darlings. Even their informal moniker “high-tech” exudes a bit of superiority.  Why does everybody pay so much attention? Well, every day, we use our...

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Manufacturing technology orders off to best start since 1998

April 9, 2012

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $444.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 9.3 percent from January and up...

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SigmaTEK adds regional sales representative to northwest region team

April 9, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting software, has named Scott Lindley as regional sales representative on its northwest region team. Lindley previously served as an applications engineer for the company. His background includes technical instruction, support, and project management...

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