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Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators - TheFabricator.com

Welding robot designed for automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators

September 7, 2010

The six-axis Motoman® MS120 Master Spot welding robot is designed to help optimize automotive applications using DC spot guns with compact servo actuators. The slim-profile robot, which features a 264.6-lb. payload, can be placed in close proximity to workpieces and other robots to create...

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CNC for plasma cutting combines multiple-axis controls in one unit - TheFabricator.com

CNC for plasma cutting combines multiple-axis controls in one unit

September 7, 2010

Thermadyne®, the producer of Thermal Dynamics® branded manual and automated plasma cutting systems, now offers the XT series of CNCs. They combine multiple-axis controls in one unit and can be paired with any plasma cutting system. The CNC features dual-microprocessor control for multitasking...

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SHRM LINE survey: Manufacturing expected to bring on more workers in September, but hiring activity has slowed in recent months

September 7, 2010

According to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2010, the manufacturing hiring index improved in September on a year-over-year basis by a net of 24.2 points (a net of 38.0 percent of companies will hire in...

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Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming - TheFabricator.com

Precoated stainless steel improves tactile domes forming

September 6, 2010

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Situation Tactile domes are used in communication devices as the switch element incorporated into membrane switches and control panels. Generally, they are made of 301 stainless steel preplated with 3 to 7 microns of nickel or silver. A global electronics stamper with business in the tactile...

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The new rules of inventory

September 3, 2010

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Dr. Chris Kuehl, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's economist, had this nugget of wisdom in his "Business Intelligence Brief" for Sept. 2: "The role of the manufacturing sector in this recession and subsequent recovery is going to be studied for a long time. Thus far the rules of...

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Tri-State Fabricators, Inc.

September 2, 2010

Tri-State Fabricators, Inc. 1146 Ferris Road Amelia, OH 45102 (Phone) 513-752-5005 (Fax) 513-752-2107 www.tristatefabricators.com sales@tristatefabricators.com By Joe Vogt and Rick Vogt OPENED: 1983 WHY: I (Rick Vogt), my dad, and two brothers (Jeff and...

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Sub-Zero to move 100 hourly jobs from Madison, Wis., to Arizona

September 2, 2010

As reported in the Wisconsin State Journal, Sub-Zero is moving 100 of its nearly 500 hourly jobs from Madison, Wis., to a new factory in Goodyear, Ariz., over the next two years. The company said its goal is "to streamline production and consolidate manufacturing." In a news release, Chuck Verri,...

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Future planning starts at FABTECH

September 1, 2010

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Thom Shelow and wife Teresa Beach-Shelow of Superior Joining Technologies Inc. (SJTI), Machesney Park, Ill., had a plan, and come hell or high water, they were going to move forward. Wanting to diversify their business (read their story, "How can laser work for you?"), they decided to act by...

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Total (hip) recall

September 1, 2010

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Last week I wrote about a problem I encountered when trying to get my eyeglasses repaired — the lenses would not fit the identical replacement frames, because these frames are made in China, and each batch is different. This is just one example of the enormous quality issue surrounding...

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ISM August ROB: New orders, production, employment, and inventories growing; supplier deliveries slower

September 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 16th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Sept. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Consequences of a non-neutral Internet

August 31, 2010

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In recent weeks the Net neutrality debate took a turn--in what direction? Well, we’re not sure yet. Google, aka the “Don’t be Evil” corporation, came out and said network providers should follow Net neutrality, but only to a point. If Internet service providers (ISPs) need to muck with...

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PMT Corp. acquires Prototype Tooling and Manufacturing Inc.

August 31, 2010

As reported in Crain's Detroit Business, metal stamping supplier PTM Corp. has acquired Fraser, Mich.-based Prototype Tooling and Manufacturing Inc. in a move to add a large press operation and nonautomotive customers. Terms of the acquisition, which closed June 30, were undisclosed. The...

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CNC tube benders feature extendability, new communication capabilities - TheFabricator.com

CNC tube benders feature extendability, new communication capabilities

August 30, 2010

Maruka offers the Chiyoda Kogyo EX series CNC tube benders with Windows® XP-based control system. The modularly designed main body has little interference area. The machine features the performance characteristics of the SP series CNC bending machine, along with extendability and new...

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CNC punching machines, ironworkers introduced

August 30, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc. has introduced Sunrise CNC ironworkers and CNC punching machines. A semiautomatic CNC plate and angle positioning table is available as a factory-installed option on any ironworker or punching machine with a 20-in. or larger throat depth. Its pendant-mounted graphical...

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FMA Communications announces partnership with NOMMA

August 30, 2010

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced a partnership with the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). Under the partnership, FMAC serves as the exclusive sales representative for Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator magazine, adding it to its...

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