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Cost-cutting here to stay

July 26, 2010 | By Tim Heston

“Caterpillar flaunts its muscle.” You’ve got to admit, that’s a great headline. After reading the story in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, I thought back to a blog I wrote while sitting in the Las Vegas expo center’s coffee shop (which happened to have good Internet access), about 200...

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800-amp plasma system cuts thick, thin metal without need to switch torches

July 26, 2010

Hypertherm has announced the availability of a new 800-amp HyPerformance® plasma system for cutting thick stainless steel and aluminum. In addition to its ability to production-pierce 3-in. and sever 6.25-in.-thick metal, the system cuts thin metal — including gauge — without the...

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Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary - TheFabricator

Jorgenson Conveyors celebrates 60th anniversary

July 26, 2010

On July 1, Jorgensen Conveyors celebrated its 60th year in business. Founded in 1950 by Charles T. Jorgensen and his wife Evelyn, the company is currently owned and operated by Chuck and John D’Amico, third-generation descendent grandchildren of the founders. Located in a 100,000-sq.-ft....

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Nanofiber dust collector filter has MERV 14 efficiency rating

July 26, 2010

A new HemiPleat® nanofiber dust collector filter is offered by Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control. The manufacturer applies a thick layer of nanofibers to the surface of the patented HemiPleat filter, yielding a MERV 14 efficiency rating. The nanomedia is strong enough to handle dust from...

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Marmon/Keystone recognizes quality suppliers

July 26, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., a distributor of tubular products, recently held its Supplier Recognition Day at the Butler Country Club. More than 60 multinational supplier representatives from 36 qualifying companies participated in the activities. The company presented the perfect performance...

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Permanent magnets lift up to 10,000 lbs. of steel, iron

July 26, 2010

Eriez’ SafeHold® permanent lifting magnets allow manufacturers to lift, pile, and transfer up to 10,000 lbs. of steel and iron of any weight and shape without slings, hooks, or cables. The magnets are available in four styles. The APL series is designed to handle steel in limited-access...

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Resistance soldering power supply replaces previous model, has enhanced features - TheFabricator

Resistance soldering power supply replaces previous model, has enhanced features

July 26, 2010

Miyachi Unitek Corp. has introduced the Uniflow3 power supply for resistance soldering, heat sealing, and conductive adhesive bonding applications. It replaces the Uniflow2 power supply and features hardware improvements, new process control features, upgraded limit and alarm options, and user...

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CNC plasma cutter for small to midsized shops introduced - TheFabricator

CNC plasma cutter for small to midsized shops introduced

July 26, 2010

Techno Inc. has introduced the HPLC CNC plasma cutting machine, designed for small to midsized shops. The company designs and programs its own CNCs and recently attached a plasma torch to the system and developed the electronic circuitry needed for automated torch functions. The plasma cutter is...

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Milwaukee loses one-third of manufacturing jobs in 10 years

July 26, 2010

The Milwaukee metropolitan area has lost 54,800 manufacturing jobs over the last 10 years, the 15th-biggest drop among the largest 100 metros in the country, according to a new Business First of Buffalo analysis. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the...

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Compact, HVLS fan designed for small spaces, areas with limited ceiling heights

July 26, 2010

The new Revolution® SP fan from Rite-Hite Corp. combines the company's high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan technology with a compact design for air circulation in small spaces and areas with limited ceiling heights. The fan circulates a large volume of air up to 50 ft. from the fan's center in...

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St. Petersburg College, Green Energy Engineering partner to offer online classes

July 26, 2010

The Corporate Training Department of St. Petersburg College (SPC), St. Petersburg, Fla., has partnered with Green Energy Engineering (GEE) to provide two online classes for professional engineers who need professional development hours. The courses may be taken through SPC's online learning...

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National-Precision opens new facility in Utah

July 26, 2010

National-Precision, a distributor of electronic hardware and fasteners based in Dallas, has opened a new facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the company's eighth location, and it expects to open four more in the next year. Scott Ambre is the area manager, and Robert Rist is the regional...

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BLS: Mass layoffs up in June, but manufacturing's proportion at lowest level in program history

July 26, 2010

Employers took 1,647 mass layoff actions in June that resulted in the separation of 145,538 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Each action involved at least 50 persons from a...

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Meet Metcam - a leaner, greener, meaner fabricator

July 23, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Operating seven days a week fabricating and shipping products domestically and worldwide, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam Inc. has found a formula for success that has this company thriving when others are struggling to survive.

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