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FMP Met Lab earns accreditation - TheFabricator

FMP Met Lab earns accreditation

June 28, 2010

FMP Met Lab, a sister company of Ferrous Metal Processing and FerrouSouth in Cleveland, has earned an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certificate of accreditation from the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau. The accreditation ensures that FMP Met Lab has fully documented and appraised systems in place...

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Punch, die grinder designed for in-cell tooling maintenance - TheFabricator

Punch, die grinder designed for in-cell tooling maintenance

June 28, 2010

The Mini punch and die grinder from DCM Tech is a small, vertical spindle rotary table surface grinder. It is designed for in-cell tooling maintenance on turret and punch press cells to sharpen rooftop, shear angle, thick- and thin-turret, progressive, die, and small punch press tooling....

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Compressed air-powered vacuum generators available with different vacuum levels and flow rates

June 28, 2010

Exair's new modular E-Vac® compressed air-powered vacuum generators are suitable for lifting, pick-and-place, clamping, chucking, and surface mounting applications. The vacuum generators provide instantaneous response and are available in many sizes with different vacuum levels and flow rates....

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Biodegradable general-purpose cleaner suitable for applications in and around industrial plants - TheFabricator

Biodegradable general-purpose cleaner suitable for applications in and around industrial plants

June 28, 2010

Wallover Metalworking Fluids has introduced a general-purpose cleaner for applications in and around industrial plants. KLEEN GREEN™ is biodegradable, nontoxic, nonflammable, nonabrasive, and nonhazardous. It has a mild scent and does not release toxic or caustic fumes. The cleaner is...

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Willerding Metal Fabrication adds manager of business development - TheFabricator

Willerding Metal Fabrication adds manager of business development

June 28, 2010

Jim Kloeckener has been added to the team at Willerding Metal Fabrication in O'Fallon, Mo., as business development manager to facilitate the company's growth in the custom metal fabrication market. Kloeckener has more than 20 years of experience in...

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System quickly removes spent waterjet abrasive - TheFabricator

System quickly removes spent waterjet abrasive

June 28, 2010

Barton Mines Co. offers the Barton Abrasive Removal Tool (BART), a portable abrasive removal system for the waterjet industry. The system achieves removal rates of more than 2,000 lbs./hour. Powered by a common pressure washer, the stainless steel wand is designed to fit between the table slats...

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Chinese current events and U.S. manufacturing

June 25, 2010 | By Dan Davis

My co-worker Tim Heston stole a little of my thunder for this week's blog post with his coverage of China's decision to adopt a more flexible approach to how it values its currency. U.S. manufacturers have been clamoring for years for some shift away from China's currency manipulation, but to no...

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BLS: Layoffs in the manufacturing sector declined in May to their lowest levels in program history

June 24, 2010

Employers took 1,412 mass layoff actions in May that resulted in the separation of 135,789 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Each action involved at least 50 persons from...

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Automotive Applications Council of AISI’s SMDI wins American Metal Market’s 2010 Award for Steel Excellence

June 23, 2010

The Automotive Applications Council (AAC) of the American Iron and Steel Institute's (AISI) Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) has been named the winner of the American Metal Market's 2010 Award for Steel Excellence in the environmental responsibility/stewardship category. Lawrence W....

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What's old is valuable

June 22, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

On the road again, goin' places that I've already been. Seeing things (and people) that I hope to see again. I'm just glad to be on this road again. This week I'm in Rockford, Ill., home of my employer, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.®, the organization behind The...

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Toshiba to build electric vehicle drive motors in the U.S.

June 22, 2010

Toshiba Corp. has announced that it is expanding manufacturing capacity at its plant in Houston, Texas, to produce high-performance drive motors for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs). The production will be Toshiba's first...

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Chinese currency and U.S. manufacturing

June 21, 2010 | By Tim Heston

An international economic chess game just got more interesting, and metal fabricators may one day see the benefits. Today the Chinese currency rose against the dollar 0.42 percent in Asia—not much, but that’s the biggest one-day gain in five years. This came after Chinese officials announced...

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LIA to award Dr. Charles Townes with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 21, 2010

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will present its first Lifetime Achievement Award to laser pioneer Dr. Charles Townes at the 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) in Anaheim, Calif. Townes, 94, won the Nobel Prize for physics in...

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Concentrated cutting fluids introduced

June 21, 2010

DoALL Sawing Products' Cutting Fluids Division has introduced the Ultra series of cutting fluids, including Kool-ALL Ultra®, Kleen-Kool Ultra®, and Power-Cut Ultra®. Concentrated forms of existing products, the fluids give the user more coolant, less water, and lower freight costs, the...

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Tool facilitates hole layout on flanges, base plates - TheFabricator

Tool facilitates hole layout on flanges, base plates

June 21, 2010

A tool for laying out holes on flanges and base plates is available from J&B Specialty Tools. The single tool allows the user to locate holes based on the web centerline, regardless of variations in flange width, without having to use a collection of squares to first mark horizontal and...

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