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Eriez appoints general manager for Hydroflow line

November 15, 2010

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has announced the appointment of Barry L. Nehls as general manager of the Hydroflow® product line of filtration and fluid recycling equipment. In this position, he oversees all aspects of the line, including marketing and sales. The company recently acquired Maumee, Ohio-based...

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Wilson Tool acquires Exacta Precision, Exacta FabTool

November 15, 2010

Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., has acquired Exacta Precision and Exacta FabTool of Toronto. Exacta is a supplier of tooling for the fabrication and stamping industries. There will be no immediate change in operations for the companies. However, as the integration process...

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Hydraulic leveler designed for leveling round parts - TheFabricator.com

Hydraulic leveler designed for leveling round parts

November 15, 2010

Arku has introduced the FlatMaster® 88 hydraulic parts leveler, designed for the leveling of round parts. Axially symmetric parts often have to be leveled twice with intermediate rotation by 90 degrees. The machine can level in both directions and is equipped with an automated turntable for...

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MST Seamless Tube & Pipe increases work force

November 15, 2010

MST Seamless Tube & Pipe, South Lyon, Mich., has increased its work force to near-record levels after a solid three-month period of strong sales. The manufacturer of carbon and alloy seamless cold-drawn pipe and tube has had a recent hiring surge that brings its total number of hourly and...

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Plasma cutting system eliminates divots in small holes

November 15, 2010

SigmaTEK Systems and ITT Corp.'s Shape Cutting Division are combining their technologies to produce the UltraSharp plasma cutting system. SigmaNEST HDX-enabled nesting software processes parts specifically for precision plasma cutting. It assigns lead-ins and lead-outs to each part to eliminate...

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Stainless steel electrodes designed for industrial welding applications - TheFabricator.com

Stainless steel electrodes designed for industrial welding applications

November 15, 2010

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced two gas-shielded, flux-cored, austenitic stainless steel electrodes designed for use in industrial welding applications. SelectAlloy 307-AP is composed of nominal weld metal of 19 percent chromium, 10 percent nickel, 4 percent manganese, 1 percent molybdenum, and...

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Finn-Power, Safan dissolve press brake distribution agreement

November 15, 2010

Finn-Power Oy (a company of Prima Industrie Group) located in Kauhava, Finland, and Safan BV, Lochem, Netherlands, have announced the termination of their eight-year press brake distribution agreement effective Jan. 1, 2011. Finn-Power Oy will develop and manufacture its new line of electric and...

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Another day, another economic recovery - TheFabricator.com

Another day, another economic recovery

November 12, 2010 | By Tim Heston

One Columbus, Ohio, job shop recovered quickly from the recession. The organization has a history of financial conservatism and pragmatism—and today’s black ink is a testament to the shop’s success.

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Using watts, again - TheFabricator.com

Using watts, again

November 12, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A West Coast metal fabricator, Laser Cutting Northwest developed a product called the regenerator, which generates electricity from exhausted air. One application includes dust collectors for laser cutting systems. Installed into the shop’s own systems, the regenerator produces enough electricity to power a third of the shop lights.

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Grainger honors veterans through expanded scholarship program

November 11, 2010

Facilities maintenance supplier Grainger has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, the company will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community...

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FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta draws more attendees, fills more floor space than previous Atlanta show

November 11, 2010

The 2010 FABTECH exposition and conference drew 22,000 visitors to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 2-4 to experience the latest manufacturing innovations and discuss industry issues — an increase of 12 percent from the 2006 Atlanta show. The annual event is the largest tradeshow...

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FABTECH 2010 impressions

November 10, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

If you missed last week's FABTECH in Atlanta, you missed a lot — many new product introductions; outstanding educational offerings; an opportunity like no other to network with fellow fabricating and forming professionals; having your photo taken for the cover of an industry publication; Sonny's...

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The weakest link in fabrication often is made of paper

November 9, 2010 | By Martin Bailey

Fabrication shops traditionally have relied on stand-alone software systems for various business functions and filled in the gaps with a paper trail. Today’s integrated systems can alleviate the headaches associated with paper-based tracking and make your operation more efficient.

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September manufacturing technology consumption up 66.1 percent

November 8, 2010

September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $399.76 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 66.1...

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Orbitform owner elected to Michigan State House of Representatives - TheFabricator.com

Orbitform owner elected to Michigan State House of Representatives

November 8, 2010

Mike Shirkey, owner of Jackson, Mich.-based Orbitform Group, which designs and builds forming, fastening, joining, and assembly equipment, and the former head of Allegiance Health's governing board, received 63 percent of the votes for state representative of Michigan's 65th District to defeat...

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