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Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Balluff celebrates 90th anniversary

October 31, 2011

Balluff, a manufacturer of sensors for factory automation and systems for industrial communication with headquarters in Neuhausen, Germany, marks 90 years in business in 2011. The company has subsidiaries in 54 countries on all continents, including Balluff Inc. in Florence, Ky. The firm...

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Workplace injuries, illnesses declined in 2010

October 31, 2011

The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private-sector industry employers declined in 2010 to 3.1 million, down from 3.3 million reported in 2009. "We are encouraged by the reported decline in incidence rates for...

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DeVilbiss, Binks joins with Owens Community College to present spray finishing training

October 31, 2011

DeVilbiss, Binks, a spray finishing equipment manufacturer in Glendale Heights, Ill., and Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio, have teamed up to present a Spray Finishing Technology Workshop, March 7-9, 2012, in Toledo. The three-day, intensive training program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00...

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Fabrico acquires Johnson Tool & Mfg. - TheFabricator.com

Fabrico acquires Johnson Tool & Mfg.

October 31, 2011

Contract manufacturer and engineering services provider Fabrico Inc., Oxford, Mass., has acquired Johnson Tool & Mfg., Inc., Charlton, Mass., which specializes in the short- to medium-run manufacture of high-tolerance components, assemblies, tools, and gauges. The acquisition adds precision...

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abas-USA receives No. 1 ranking for business software

October 31, 2011

Sterling, Va.-based abas-USA has announced that its business software has been ranked No. 1 in a recent independent ERP user satisfaction survey conducted by i2s, Intelligent Systems Solutions. The study consisted of 1,923 interviews with companies in 17 countries. Survey participants have been...

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Short-pulse laser for micromachining, precision marking introduced

October 31, 2011

Teem Photonics has added a laser with 25 percent higher repetition rate and 25 percent shorter pulse to its passively Q-switched PicoSpark™ line of lasers for micromachining and precision marking. The master-oscillator, fiber-amplified laser now is offered with 50-kHz repetition rate for higher...

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Award-worthy and then some

October 28, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

It was a typical October day in Orlando, Fla., sunny, warm, and crowded with tourists from all over the world (at least it seemed so during my time at the Orlando airport October 26). I flew in to attend the Laser Institute of America's annual awards luncheon, at which Dr. Berthold Leibinger...

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Royalton Industries appoints new vice president of sales

October 28, 2011

Royalton Industries has appointed Len Steinmeyer as vice president of sales. He will head up the company's sales and marketing efforts for its line of metal forming and coil processing equipment Steinmeyer has 40 years experience in the metal working industries. He began his career in service for...

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Adventures in titanium—WPS

October 26, 2011 | By David Hass

Your customer wants two pieces of metal welded together. Why should you bother with a welding procedure specification? Because conformity leads to quality and enhances safety.

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The ketchup-packet economy

October 25, 2011 | By Tim Heston

I’m not a big sports fan. There, I said it. But my wife is; most of my friends are; so are my parents. I’m the odd guy out, I suppose (or just plain odd).  But because I’m pretty much surrounded by people who love sports, I appreciate how the games affect us. They’re so compelling. Like...

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Foreign fabricators setting up shop in the U.S.

October 24, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The October "Stamping News Brief" featured an item about South Korean auto parts maker GNS Automotive buying the former Walway Enterprises of Holland, Mich., in December 2009 as part of its plan to better serve its main customer, General Motors, and move up the value chain from a Tier 2 to Tier 1...

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Industry economist says nearshoring strategy will boost U.S. manufacturing jobs

October 24, 2011

The phenomenon of nearshoring — the relocation of manufacturing production to countries that provide less expensive production processes and are closer to the end consumer — offers the potential for a mass return of jobs from China to the North American market and will get under way sooner...

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Flow Intl. to use Nexen roller pinion systems in waterjet machines - TheFabricator.com

Flow Intl. to use Nexen roller pinion systems in waterjet machines

October 24, 2011

Nexen Group Inc., Vadnais Heights, Minn., has entered into an exclusive agreement with Flow Intl. Corp., Kent, Wash., to use Nexen's roller pinion system for Flow’s new line of waterjet machines. The system offers linear positioning with zero backlash for high-precision motion control...

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Weld electrocleaning system components introduced - TheFabricator.com

Weld electrocleaning system components introduced

October 24, 2011

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced new components for its Surfox weld electrocleaning system, including two types of electrolyte cleaning solution, a new application pad, a passivation tester, a stainless steel grade ID tester, and marking kits. The electrocleaning system cleans...

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Replacement CO2 laser optics designed to eliminate the need for beam centering upon installation

October 24, 2011

II-VI Infrared provides replacement cut lenses used in TRUMPF®'s latest-generation TruLaser single-cutting-head machines. The lenses feature a contoured flat on one edge that works with TRUMPF's LensLine monitoring system. The system monitors cut lens contamination and provides feedback to the...

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