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Houghton acquires Shell Metalworking, Metal Rolling Oils business

February 17, 2011

Houghton Intl. Inc., Valley Forge, Pa., has completed its acquisition of Shell's Metalworking and Metal Rolling Oils business, a global specialty fluids manufacturer. More than 200 Shell employees have become part of Houghton as Shell transferred ownership of three manufacturing plants in Dortmund,...

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Dayton Progress Corp. acquires Lane Punch business, assets

February 17, 2011

Dayton Progress Corp., Dayton, Ohio, has acquired the business and assets of Lane Punch Corp., a manufacturer of metal stamping tools with locations in Michigan and North Carolina. Dayton Progress will transfer all production from the two Lane plants to Dayton Progress factories in Ohio, Canada,...

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Rectangular vacuum cups designed for handling narrow, high-capacity loads with inadequate gripping areas - TheFabricator.com

Rectangular vacuum cups designed for handling narrow, high-capacity loads with inadequate gripping areas

February 17, 2011

Anver Corp. offers rectangular vacuum cups designed for handling narrow, high-capacity loads with inadequate surface areas for gripping. The vacuum cups feature NBR rubber bonded onto a machined aluminum hub and include an internal safety seal for a sure grip. Each cup is rated at up to 550...

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Burnisher accommodates wheel diameters from 4 to 4.5 in., widths from 0.625 to 4 in.

February 17, 2011

Metabo Corp. offers the SE12-115 burnisher for finishing and polishing stainless steel and other metals. With accessories such as an expansion roll, sanding and abrasive belts, flap wheels, a stripping wheel, burnishing rings, wire wheels, a fiber brush, and a belt driver, the burnisher can be...

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Lincoln Electric to host laser welding, cutting seminar

February 17, 2011

Lincoln Electric Automation will host a one-day laser welding and cutting technology seminar at the Automation Center of Excellence, Cleveland, on March 24, 2011.The seminar will include a brief review of the history of lasers, an introduction to laser materials processing benefits, and hands-on...

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First Aluminum Industry Summit coming to NYC in June

February 17, 2011

The inaugural Aluminum Industry Summit is scheduled to take place June 7 and 8 in New York City. The two-day program, supported by industry publications American Metal Market and Metal Bulletin, will cover the global aluminum supply chain from alumina to end use and will feature speakers and...

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Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions - TheFabricator.com

Fan control station adjusts speed of up to 18 fans to match seasonal conditions

February 17, 2011

The new touchscreen Fan-Commander™ control station from Rite-Hite Fans controls the operation of up to 18 high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) Revolution® or Revolution SP fan models. The control adjusts the speed of the fans to match seasonal conditions. During winter the correct fan speed...

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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant awards

February 17, 2011

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2011 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT awarded nine grants of $2,500 each to community and technical colleges that offer...

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Pipe clamp has adjustable T-handle for positioning in tight locations - TheFabricator.com

Pipe clamp has adjustable T-handle for positioning in tight locations

February 17, 2011

H&M Pipe Beveling Machine Co. Inc. has introduced the Easy-Fit pipe clamp for precision fit-up of flanges, fittings, and pipe-to-pipe alignment. The two-handed handle locks positively in place, and an adjustable T-handle slides back and forth for positioning in tight locations. Features...

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Smartphone welding application introduced

February 17, 2011

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced what it says is the first smartphone application for welding. Available for use with iPhone, Blackberry®, and Android™ devices, the Welding Parameters Set-up Guide application helps welders identify the correct parameters for a specific job....

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Pareto and the job shop

February 15, 2011 | By Tim Heston

After 10 years and two recessions, Vilfredo Pareto’s principle has had a rocky history with the job shop. The Italian economist discovered that roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. In business, this has come to mean that 20 percent of customers provide companies...

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Electric motorcycles? Yes please!

February 14, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

In my previous blog entry, I made some comparisons between several gasoline-powered and alternative-fuel vehicles: Two passenger cars (a Toyota Prius® and a Toyota Camry®), two exotic sports cars (a Tesla Roadster Sport and a Lotus Evora), and two motorcycles (a model S from Zero Motorcycles and...

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Sustainability could improve national security

February 14, 2011 | By Dan Davis

If you don't receive the Business Intelligence Brief from Chris Kuehl, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association's economist, you should sign up. You can do that here. The Feb. 14 edition included a written piece by Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby from the U.S. Marine Corps. His opinions are...

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Manufacturing technology consumption up 85 percent in 2010

February 14, 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing...

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Battle on the retail front

February 11, 2011 | By Dan Davis

I was looking at the January 2011 issue of Metal Center News recently and noticed a story, "Distributors Dabble in Retail." It discussed five steel service centers that had opened up retail fronts to move metal. The motivations for opening retail locations, either at the actual warehouse sites, or...

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