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Tube fabricating tool package suitable for installing CPI™, A-LOK® fittings - TheFabricator.com

Tube fabricating tool package suitable for installing CPI™, A-LOK® fittings

February 7, 2011

Parker Hannifin Corp. offers a package of heavy-duty, hand-operated tube fabrication tools for small-bore tube assembly. The tools can be used to install both CPI™ and A-LOK® tube fittings in various system applications. The package includes several tools: *Heavy-duty PTB tube...

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Changeover system accommodates up to 10 torch bodies

February 7, 2011

Fronius Intl. has introduced the Robacta TX welding torch body changeover system. Its console can accommodate up to 10 torch bodies. The device for cutting the welding wire is flanged onto the console. The system automatically cuts the wire before the torch body is changed, winds the wire back,...

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Software facilitates quick flange, blank shape development

February 7, 2011

Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI) has released BlankWorks 4.3. It provides SolidWorks® 2011 users with a fully integrated tool for developing flat patterns from complex 3-D designs. With the software, users can develop flanges and blank shapes for their stampings in less than a minute, the company...

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Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts - TheFabricator.com

Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts

February 7, 2011

PHD offers series GRK low-profile parallel grippers. They feature the highest grip force in their class, according to the manufacturer, and provide a high moment load capacity to handle long tooling and heavy parts. The ultrarigid, wear-compensating jaw guide system is designed to eliminate...

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FABTECH shifts show dates to November 14-17

February 7, 2011

FABTECH show management announced a shift in dates for FABTECH 2011. North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event will now open on Monday, November 14 and run through Thursday, November 17 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show originally was scheduled to begin on...

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Value in metal fabricating

February 4, 2011 | By Dan Davis

As sluggish as this economic recovery has been, it would be even worse if the manufacturing sector wasn't humming along. The Institute for Supply Management reported this week that its manufacturing index hit 60.8, well above what industry pundits expected. It's also the highest reading for the...

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Credit, cash, and the manufacturing recovery

February 3, 2011 | By Tim Heston

I still remember his tropical-print shirt, which stood out among thousands of people walking the FABTECH® show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center. He worked at a major wind tower production facility in California, which perhaps could explain the tropical print he was wearing. But it didn’t...

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Hiring expectations and manufacturing vacancies increase

February 3, 2011

The U.S. private sector labor force is forecasted to add jobs in manufacturing and services in February, but a rise in vacancies and recruiting difficulty suggests employers may be having trouble filling some openings, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading...

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Automated material handling Q & A

February 2, 2011

Editor's Note: This question-and-answer article probes new automation technology with Enrique Pano, ABB Robotics press automation manager.Q: What automated material handling challenges do stampers currently face?A: Stampers have always been pressured to improve material handling while reducing...

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U.S. No. 1, but for how long?

February 2, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday I was happy to read an article that said the U.S. is No. 1 in manufacturing, out-producing China — No. 2 — by more than 40 percent. It's an interesting article that chronicles what's happening in manufacturing: U.S. factories are closing; American manufacturing jobs are reappearing...

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Bystronic breaks ground for new North American headquarters - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic breaks ground for new North American headquarters

February 2, 2011

Bystronic Inc. has officially broken ground for its new multimillion dollar North American headquarters based in Elgin, Illinois. The ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, January 21, was attended by local Elgin town officials, local press, as well as industry press. Bystronic is moving its North...

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Stamping biz news is good news

February 1, 2011 | By Kate Bachman

For a while, the saying “No news is good news” resounded even more loudly in the stamping industry than others. For years, every bit of news about the industry, it seemed, was of yet another shop closing and selling its equipment to the highest bidder. When is the last time someone asked those...

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ISM January ROB: U.S. manufacturing expands at fastest rate in seven years

February 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by Norbert J....

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Bronx International joins Fives Group

February 1, 2011

On November 30, 2010, Bronx International Inc. and its subsidiaries Bronx/Taylor-Wilson Ltd. and Abbey International Inc. were acquired by the Fives Group, a company headquartered in Paris, France. On January 3, 2011, Bronx International Inc. and Abbey International Inc. changed their names to...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Arc Products

February 1, 2011

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Arc Products, a privately-held manufacturer of orbital welding systems and welding automation components based in Southern California. Arc Products has annual sales of approximately $5 million and...

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