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Mitsubishi Power Systems, Governor Rick Scott discuss how to attract business investment to Florida

May 17, 2011

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA) executives joined Florida Governor Rick Scott May 16 in a round table discussion that focused on how the Sunshine State can become more competitive in attracting additional manufacturing jobs and corporate investment. MPSA President and CEO Koji...

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Good moments in metal fabrication

May 16, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This May has had some great moments, and the Navy SEALs’ heroic efforts at that mysterious, now famous compound in northeast Pakistan is just one of them. Some moments have been bittersweet. The Monday after tornadoes hit Alabama, I called one fabricator there who hadn’t received my e-mails;...

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thefabricator.com adds comprehensive glossary to site

May 16, 2011

FMA Communications Inc. has announced the addition of a comprehensive industry glossary to its Web site, www.thefabricator.com. The glossary, listed under the "Industry Directory" navigational tab or directly at www.thefabricator.com/glossary, currently lists more than 570 industry terms with an...

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High-volume wet blast machines clean, descale, degrease surfaces in single operation - TheFabricator.com

High-volume wet blast machines clean, descale, degrease surfaces in single operation

May 16, 2011

Rosler's KS series wet blast machines come in standard machine cabinet sizes from 28 to 60 in. square with a variety of sump and media capacities. According to the manufacturer, the machines provide uniform media flow and high finish control. The high-volume, self-contained machine uses a...

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Bunting Magnetics adds engineers

May 16, 2011

Bunting® Magnetics Co., with headquarters in Newton, Kan., has announced the addition of Matt Anderson as manufacturing engineer and Kenton Stumps as a design engineer for the material handling product line. Anderson handles the overall work flow of active orders between the technical services...

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Robot orders surge 31 percent in first quarter of 2011

May 16, 2011

North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the industry's trade group. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing...

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Camfill Farr announces staff promotions

May 16, 2011

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., has promoted John Dauber to the position of vice president of sales, U.S. and Canada, and Thomas Frungillo to vice president of sales, Latin America and focus markets. Dauber has 19 years...

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Autodarkening welding helmet features self-contained personal respirator - TheFabricator.com

Autodarkening welding helmet features self-contained personal respirator

May 16, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has added the heavy-duty Titanium 9400i autodarkening welding helmet to its Arc Armor® powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) line. The PAPR units are self-contained personal respirators designed to protect the welder from hazardous welding fumes found in some...

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Manufacturing expected to return to U.S. from China

May 16, 2011

Within the next five years, the U.S. is expected to experience a manufacturing renaissance as the wage gap with China shrinks and certain U.S. states become some of the cheapest locations for manufacturing in the developed world, according to a new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)....

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Open-table CO2 laser machine allows position to be monitored, corrected as needed by the CNC - TheFabricator.com

Open-table CO2 laser machine allows position to be monitored, corrected as needed by the CNC

May 16, 2011

Bell Laser LLC offers the BL-C-4896-400 open-table, CNC laser machine. The rigid, precision-cutting machine features a ball-screw servomotor drive that serves as a closed-loop feedback system, allowing the position to be monitored and corrected as needed by the CNC. The welded steel frame...

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Marmon/Keystone adds new equipment to Fort Worth facility

May 16, 2011

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has completed installation of a model 6S modern automatic cutoff system at its Forth Worth, Texas, branch. The lathe system can process materials from 1 to 7 in. OD and handles jobs requiring high-speed, close-tolerance cutting. A second Amada PC saw 300 also has been...

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Automotive expert heralds return of Big Three - TheFabricator.com

Automotive expert heralds return of Big Three

May 16, 2011

"We’re back." That's how Emmy Award-winning automotive journalist John McElroy described the U.S. auto industry at a recent event at TRUMPF's Laser Technology Center in Plymouth, Mich. Trumpeting the triumph of U.S. automakers as "the new reality," McElroy added, “There is no...

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Plasma cutting technology for mild steel introduced - TheFabricator.com

Plasma cutting technology for mild steel introduced

May 16, 2011

Kjellberg Finsterwalde has introduced Contour Cut plasma cutting technology for mild steel on its HiFocus plasma cutting systems with PerCut 200/210 and PerCut 440/450 plasma torches. On small inside and outside contours, small webs, and other fine contours, angular deviation varies between 2...

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Updated and optimized CAD/CAM, nesting software available in three versions

May 16, 2011

Jetcam has released version 16.20.02 of its Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software. The new version contains an entirely new entry-level product, as well as many new features. Three versions are available: Expert 1, Expert Premium, and Expert Lite. The latter excludes some of the automation of the...

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Aluminum stud welding machine can weld 0.50-in. threaded studs - TheFabricator.com

Aluminum stud welding machine can weld 0.50-in. threaded studs

May 16, 2011

Nelson Stud Welding®, part of the Doncasters Group of precision engineering companies, has developed a stud welding machine for use in a customer's shipyard to weld aluminum hulls. The portable stud welding machine can weld 0.50-in. threaded studs, which can be carried right into the bowels...

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