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FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan. Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major...

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Heidtman Steel expands service capabilities

September 21, 2010

Heidtman Steel, a supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has expanded processing capabilities at two of its facilities. The company has improved the pickle line at its Erie, Mich., location and has commissioned a new SMS Demag multiblanking line at its Butler, Ind., sheet...

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Jet Edge names Angel Machinery as distributor for Wisconsin

September 21, 2010

Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet systems for precision cutting, coating removal, and surface preparation, has announced that Angel Machinery is distributing its waterjet machines in Wisconsin. Located in Menomonee Falls, Angel Machinery carries metal...

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NEX Solutions ranks 38th on Inc. 5000 list

September 21, 2010

Inc. magazine has ranked NEX Solutions, Litchfield, Mich., 38th in the manufacturing category and 1,883rd overall on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company's ranking is based on a three-year growth of 144 percent. "Economic conditions...

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LAI International wins third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence

September 21, 2010

LAI International Inc., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has won its third-consecutive ACE Award for corporate excellence. The company was recognized Sept. 16 as a Top-50 Private Company ranked by revenue at the 16th Annual Arizona Corporate...

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Manufacturing jobs available for 'the right candidates'

September 16, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

The lead item in the Sept. 15 "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter discussed the recently released "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey. This survey also was the topic of a blog posted last week by my colleague, Dan Davis. In his post, Davis wrote about survey findings that indicated the image...

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The axis of safety - TheFabricator.com

The axis of safety

September 16, 2010 | By George Winton

A tube bender can be considered a collection of power presses and, as such, it needs more than just a few conventional barriers between the operator and the machine. Safety mats, interlocked switches, emergency-stop switches, and interlocked side plates are a few of the safety devices available to machine tool manufacturers.

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Forming new possibilities with laser blanking - TheFabricator.com

Forming new possibilities with laser blanking

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

If high-speed fiber lasers replace the traditional mechanical blanking press, they would open up new possibilities of blank designs optimized for the forming processes downstream.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX - TheFabricator.com

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part IX

September 16, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a 3-D design for the Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis continues working on the top-level assembly. This time he's modeling two end skirts and two side skirts.

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Lean inventory complements lean production - TheFabricator.com

Lean inventory complements lean production

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Controlling inventory, reducing setups, taking advantage of vendor managed inventory arrangements--add it all up, and one metal label manufacturer has become seriously efficient.

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Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program - TheFabricator.com

Sharpen your punch tooling maintenance program

September 16, 2010 | By Mike Anderson

Sharpening punch tooling consistently and correctly can help a fabricator save time and money in its punching operations. These suggestions can help a fabricator determine if the company is efficient as it can be with its maintenance program for punch tooling.

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The basics and benefits of modern deburring - TheFabricator.com

The basics and benefits of modern deburring

September 16, 2010 | By Tony McCue

When shops examine deburring technology, they have myriad options to consider. Carefully weighing the alternatives is paramount.

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Where the tool meets the sheet metal - TheFabricator.com

Where the tool meets the sheet metal

September 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Machine control really has defined what it means to be a metal fabricator. Boiled down, the job is about turning a design concept into a metallic reality, and the control interface is where the rubber hits the road.

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Much ado about nothing

September 15, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

China’s currency is in the news again. It made big news back in the summer of 2005 when the Chinese government unlocked the currency from the fixed exchange rate of 8.2765 yuan per dollar. Change came slowly; a year later it had appreciated just 3 percent, to 7.6055 yuan per dollar. The rate of...

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Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models - TheFabricator.com

Welding gun nozzle, tip cleaner available in both electric and air-operated models

September 15, 2010

J.C. Conner Ltd. offers the Welding Pro nozzle and tip cleaner for production welding guns. The unit is available in a 110-V electric model and a 100-PSI, air-operated model with adjustable speed. Inserting the gun with light pressure will start the machine's cleaning cycle; removing the gun...

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