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FMA Communications names group publisher - TheFabricator.com

FMA Communications names group publisher

October 5, 2011

David Brambert has been named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). As group publisher, Brambert is responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include...

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in September for 26th consecutive month

October 3, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 28th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued October 3 by Bradley J....

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Darkening welding filter developed with welder feedback - TheFabricator.com

Darkening welding filter developed with welder feedback

October 3, 2011

ArcOne offers the iDF™ Intelligent-Darkening-Filter, developed with feedback from welders. Features include standard and auto-variable shade adjustment of 3/5-14, special GTAW mode with upslope and downslope control, and eight unique memory settings to customize each helmet. The filter...

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Contest spotlights hometown industry

October 3, 2011

OEM manufacturer Tap Associates, Mariposa, Calif., has announced the establishment of the Machined in America contest. This national effort is organized for machine shops and manufacturing companies to participate in a fun but serious campaign to promote hometown pride and work in the U.S. Via the...

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Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems - TheFabricator.com

Ace Precision takes delivery of two Laserdyne systems

October 3, 2011

Prima Power Laserdyne, Champlin, Minn., has delivered two Laserdyne 795XL seven-axis BeamDirector® systems to contract manufacturer Ace Precision Machining Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis., for laser processing of components for the aerospace and power-generation industries. In addition to the two...

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LAI Intl. wins ACE Award

October 3, 2011

LAI International Inc., Phoenix, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has won its fourth consecutive ACE (Arizona Corporate Excellence) Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized in September as a Top-50 private company ranked by revenue. LAI was the only...

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Survey reveals manufacturers' top economic concerns

October 3, 2011

Chicago-based Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has released the findings from its latest semiannual Group Outlook Survey, revealing the top financial concerns of small and midsized U.S. manufacturers for the second half of 2011. The findings reveal that most of these...

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Plasma system processes both plates and tubes

October 3, 2011

AKS Cutting Systems has introduced a system for plasma processing of both plates and tubes. Available on its accu-kut heavy-duty, unitized precision plasma plate cutting system, the tube processing center can perform plasma processing of tube and pipe. Used in conjunction with the robo-kut plasma...

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HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating - TheFabricator.com

HEPA-like air filter has MERV 16 rating

October 3, 2011

Tri-Mer Corp. has introduced Tri-Flow, a new filtration concept that delivers HEPA-like performance with a MERV 16 rating. The compact filters serve as an alternative to bag, cartridge, and pocket filters, which typically are rated MERV 10 to 13. According to the company, the filters provide...

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Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention - TheFabricator.com

Stretch-wrapping carriage allows machine to run two rolls of film before needing attention

October 3, 2011

ITW Muller has introduced the Octopus SideKick™, a second carriage that can be added to almost any new or existing Octopus stretch-wrapping machine. The unit operates as an independent film carriage that automatically rotates into primary wrapping position when the film is breaking or...

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Moldex-Metric respirator wins new product of the year award

October 3, 2011

The 9000 reusable full-face respirator from Moldex-Metric, Culver City, Calif., has won the OH&S 2011 New Product of the Year Award. The overmolded lens design creates a full face with light weight, fewer parts, expanded field of vision, and minimal maintenance. The respirator is free of metal...

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Laser cutting system designed for large-diameter, thick-walled tubes and nontubular open structural sections - TheFabricator.com

Laser cutting system designed for large-diameter, thick-walled tubes and nontubular open structural sections

October 3, 2011

BLM Group USA has introduced the LT Jumbo series automatic laser tube cutting system for large-diameter, thick-walled tubes. The system can be used to cut round, square, and rectangular tubes, as well as nontubular open structural sections in diameters from 3 to 20 in. and lengths up to 60 ft....

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STINA announces first companies to achieve Certified Producer status - TheFabricator.com

STINA announces first companies to achieve Certified Producer status

October 3, 2011

The Steel Tube Institute of North America (STINA), Chicago, has announced that six steel tube producing companies have passed its audit process and may display the STINA Certified Producer mark on their products. The companies are the first to pass a three-month process of internal audits and...

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Defending Chinese-made products

September 29, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Ricky Nelson had it right. You certainly can't please everyone, and it's foolish to try. If we editors had to please everyone every time we write something, nothing would ever be published. Someone somewhere will find fault, perhaps deeming it factually or politically incorrect or personally...

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The best of management-labor relations, the worst of management-labor negotiations

September 28, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Two stories of management-labor relations came to my attention in the past few days, and the two stories couldn’t be more different from each other. They’re so opposite that Charles Dickens’ well-known introduction to A Tale of Two Cities accurately describes them. “It was the best of...

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