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Stressed at work? Let the foolery begin

March 30, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

April 1 is celebrated in the Western world as April Fools' Day, a day in which practical jokes and foolishness are generally tolerated — albeit more so by some than others — and most of us tend to view whatever we are told on this day with more than a modicum of skepticism, particularly that...

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Manufacturing productivity: Work less, accomplish more

March 29, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A review copy of Jim Womack’s Gemba Walks, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute, came in the mail today, and I’m beginning to make my way through it. When I saw the title, I immediately thought of a scene in The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt’s business novel on the theory of constraints. In it...

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Self-propelled trailers introduced

March 29, 2011

The Wheelift Systems Group of Doerfer Companies has introduced its self-propelled trailers in capacities to 100 tons and more. The trailers are suitable for in-plant operation in congested, confined areas and narrow intersecting aisles. Features include remote control operation, low-profile...

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Extended nose grinder finishes, polishes hard-to-access fillet welds

March 29, 2011

Metabo Corp. offers the KNSE 12-150 fillet weld grinder for finishing metals, including stainless steel. The extended-nose grinder is used for finishing and polishing hard-to-access fillet welds typically found on handrails and inside welds on enclosed areas. The 6.6-lb. unit has a flat design....

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Water-soluble oil resists bacteria and fungus

March 29, 2011

ITW Rocol North America offers Rustlick's Ultracut Aero, a water-soluble oil designed for use with metals such as titanium, aluminum, INCONEL® alloy, and stainless steel. The antimicrobial fluid resists bacteria and fungus. The nonchlorinated coolant also has superior boundary lubricants and...

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Cordless surface finisher usable for up to 15 minutes on one charge

March 29, 2011

The Poly PTX Accu 28V cordless longitudinal grinder from CS Unitec can be used for up to 15 min. on one charge. It is suitable for on-site use or assembly work when a power supply isn't available. Surface grinding and positioning are possible with one tool, even on pipes. Weighing 8.1 lbs....

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Plasma machine cuts up to 0.75-in.-thick material

March 29, 2011

Thermal Dynamics®, a Thermadyne® brand, has expanded its True series of plasma cutting machines with the addition of the Cutmaster® 42. The lightweight, portable machine delivers 27 amps of output power on 120-V input and 40 amps on 230-V input. It can cut up to 0.75-in.-thick material....

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D&S Mfg. receives award for commitment to manufacturing education

March 29, 2011

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has received a 2010 Appreciation Award from Advanced Mfg. Network – Northwest for continued support of manufacturing education and the Gold Collar Careers initiative. D&S employees were recognized specifically for their participation in the development...

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North American robotics companies post best year since 2007

March 29, 2011

North American-based robotics companies reported strong growth in 2010, posting the best year since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry trade group. North American robot suppliers reported orders of 13,174 robots valued at $845.6 million...

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Reps. Manzullo, Ryan launch 2011 Manufacturing Caucus

March 29, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, have re-established the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. The co-chairs, who co-founded the Caucus in 2003, are focused on enhancing the productivity, capacity, and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. More than...

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Omron provides robotics safety equipment for Alabama Robotics Technology Park

March 29, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc., Fremont, Calif., has partnered with the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) and is serving as the primary robotics safety provider for the project. The RTP is a three-phase project that will include individual training facilities targeted to specific industry...

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Outside Processors Council merges with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

March 28, 2011

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen the two industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference in March in...

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Will metal fabricating activity continue to grow?

March 25, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Financial writers are funny people. They make people laugh even when they aren't telling a joke. For instance, read John Carney's CNBC story "Have Consumers Gone on Strike?" In the story he makes the point: "What seems to be happening is that businesses have been ramping up their production and...

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ABB Robotics to host laser processing workshop April 27 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

March 24, 2011

ABB Robotics is hosting a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The workshop will give current and potential users of laser technology in-depth, hands-on exposure to: robotic laser best...

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Toyota to U.S. plants: ‘Prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011

CNN.com has reported that a Toyota spokesman has said the company's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. Word reportedly has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This does not mean that the...

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