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The moral imperative of U.S. manufacturing

March 21, 2012 | By Tim Heston

The mainstream press and pundits now seem to be realizing that globalization isn’t about finding cheap labor. No, it’s now about something that on the surface is a lot drier and more complex: the manufacturing supply chain. New York Times reporter David Barboza--who earlier this year wrote the...

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Re-engineered welding machines use less fuel - TheFabricator.com

Re-engineered welding machines use less fuel

March 21, 2012

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has re-engineered its Bobcat™ line of engine-driven welding machines. The new design reduces sound by as much as 33 percent, the company reports. The machine is up to 5 in. shorter and 55 lbs. lighter, depending on the model. The electronic fuel injection option...

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Ironworker includes integrated press brake - TheFabricator.com

Ironworker includes integrated press brake

March 21, 2012

Trilogy Machinery Inc. offers the Sunrise IW-66KB ironworker. It includes an integrated 12-in. press brake with a separate foot pedal for bending operations, a multi-V lower die, a worktable, and a 24-in. gauging system. Features include vertical frame design, 4-in. angle capacity, and 14-in....

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Aicon opens TubeInspect showroom in China

March 21, 2012

Aicon has opened a new showroom for its TubeInspect optical tube measuring system in Shanghai. Offices and conference rooms are available for presentations, seminars, and training courses. A full-size TubeInspect is installed and ready for use. The system measures tube with multiple...

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Laser Services implements new manufacturing software program

March 21, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a precision laser job shop located in Westford, Mass., has built out new modules in its 2009 MRP software system, E2, resulting in a 95 percent rate for on-time deliveries. Every step in the company's design and production process, from purchase orders to production and...

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Mazak Optonics names East Coast distributor

March 21, 2012

Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has named A.W. Miller as its new distribution partner for 2-D and 3-D laser systems in upstate New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Canada. With headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y., and regional technical centers in the U.S. and Canada,...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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Eberl Iron Works announces staff promotions

March 21, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabrication, distribution, and installation group, has announced three new staff appointments. Denise C. Wilson has been promoted to executive administrator. She joined the company in March 2008 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Wilson attended...

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Shortening the order-to-cash cycle

March 20, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Today I talked with Ricky Loar, plant manager at Grove City, Ohio-based Horton Emergency Vehicles, a made-to-order ambulance manufacturer that has undergone a lean transformation during the past 18 months.  The shop used to resemble a kind of large custom garage--or, more precisely, a collection...

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Learning MIG welding

March 20, 2012 | By Marty Rice

Welding instructor Marty Rice teaches his students to short-circuit MIG weld to create a unique coin holder, a project that provides plenty of opportunity for practice.

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SigmaTEK Academy brings fabricators face-to-face with industry leaders

March 19, 2012

CAD/CAM nesting systems provider SigmaTEK Systems LLC will hold SigmaTEK Academy 2012 at its global headquarters in Cincinnati May 1-2, 2012. This free, two-day event will showcase current and future material cutting tools and technologies for laser, plasma, waterjet, punch, CAD/CAM nesting, and...

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Research shows metal exposure from shop towels may exceed permissible drinking water levels

March 19, 2012

Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, has released new data that shows metal exposure levels from use of laundered shop towels may exceed the permissible levels allowed in drinking water. According to the research, manufacturing workers using a typical number of shop towels...

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Feintool acquires Herzing+Schroth

March 19, 2012

Feintool Intl. Holding AG, Lyss, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fineblanking presses and provider of fineblanking services, has acquired Herzing+Schroth, a German group that specializes in chipless forming of parts for motor vehicle drive trains. Like fineblanking, the chipless forming process is...

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