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Caterpillar Foundation donation to help clean up Port-au-Prince

August 18, 2010

More than 150,000 people in Haiti’s most impoverished slum will benefit from a massive drainage canal clean-up project thanks to a donation by the Caterpillar Foundation, the Pan American Development Foundation announced. Nearly 1,200 residents of the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil will be...

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How metal fabricators interact with customers

August 17, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Over the past year I’ve talked to various metal fabricators, from low-volume job shops to specialized manufacturers, and I’ve noticed one thread common to all of them: They’re all high-mix, short-run environments. Volumes vary; some companies process a greater number of short-run jobs than...

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Robot sales in North America jump 40 percent in first half of 2010

August 17, 2010

North American-based robotics companies saw orders jump 40 percent in units in the first half of 2010, according to new figures released by industry trade group Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. North American companies ordered a total of 6,316 robots valued at $411.4 million...

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Thermach partners with McLaughlin & Associates

August 17, 2010

Thermach Inc., Appleton, Wis., a manufacturer of thermal spray systems, devices, and consumable parts, has partnered with McLaughlin & Associates Thermal Spray Inc. to market, service, and support the AT-400 electric wire arc spray system to the global tube and pipe market. McLaughlin &...

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Marmon/Keystone appoints three to management posts

August 17, 2010

Marmon/Keystone LLC, Butler, Pa., has announced several management appointments. Josh Dubia has joined the corporate office as marketing technician. He is responsible for maintaining the customer information database and the e-commerce information system. Dubia holds a B.S. degree in information...

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Press ram leveling control has four-corner parallelism technology - TheFabricator.com

Press ram leveling control has four-corner parallelism technology

August 17, 2010

Beckwood Press Co. will unveil its new Active Leveling Control (ALC) system equipped with four-corner parallelism technology and HMI control features at FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta. The control monitors and directs each corner of the press ram, keeping the ram in parallel and reducing shock. It...

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Flexible-shaft grinder designed for awkward pieces, hard-to-reach areas - TheFabricator.com

Flexible-shaft grinder designed for awkward pieces, hard-to-reach areas

August 17, 2010

CS Unitec's Flexible Drive Shaft grinder is designed for grinding and polishing work on awkward pieces and in hard-to-reach areas. The flexible shaft converts any industrial angle grinder with a 5/8 by 11 spindle into a lightweight, hand-held grinding/polishing tool. It is suitable for use with...

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Ace Industrial Products names new sales representatives

August 17, 2010

Ace Industrial Products, a manufacturer of welding fume extraction equipment in St. Louis, has announced the appointment of three new sales representatives. Brian Stockton of Stockton Enterprises is the manufacturer sales representative for Wisconsin, eastern Iowa, and northern Illinois, including...

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All-electric tube bender performs left-hand, right-hand, variable radius bending in multistack configuration - TheFabricator.com

All-electric tube bender performs left-hand, right-hand, variable radius bending in multistack configuration

August 17, 2010

BLM's Smart is a new all-electric tube bender with 3-D visual graphic programming (VGP3D) software capable of bending tubes up to 1.10 in. in diameter. The bender can perform left-hand, right-hand, and variable-radius bending in a multistack configuration. The machine can be equipped with an...

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Warning sign identifies, warns of hazards associated with improperly used safety blocks - TheFabricator.com

Warning sign identifies, warns of hazards associated with improperly used safety blocks

August 17, 2010

Danray Products LLC has released a copyrighted warning sign that identifies and warns of hazards associated with improperly used safety blocks, which restrict hazardous movement of a machine or die members during adjustment, repair, or cleaning. The sign also outlines several requirements for...

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Spiral-bottom, round-bowl finishing machine keeps parts in media mass constantly - TheFabricator.com

Spiral-bottom, round-bowl finishing machine keeps parts in media mass constantly

August 17, 2010

Almco Inc. has introduced a new model in its line of spiral-bottom, round-bowl finishing machines. It offers a full-circle baffle that keeps parts in the media mass constantly and a 24-cu.-ft. tub that can accommodate large and small parts. The new SBB design features automatic separation of...

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Five-axis waterjet cutting machine introduced

August 17, 2010

Jet Edge Inc. has introduced the Idro line five-axis precision waterjet cutting machine. Capable of cutting almost any material, it is available in three sizes: 5.5 by 6.5 ft. nominal, 5.5 by 13 ft. nominal, and 6.5 by 13 ft. nominal. The machine features the IKC five-axis waterjet cutting head...

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Norfolk Iron and Metal commissions cut-to-length line

August 17, 2010

Norfolk Iron and Metal, Norfolk, Neb., has commissioned a new temper mill cut-to-length coil line, built by DBI Mfg. of Irving, Texas. The line can process coils up to 0.787 in. thick by 96 in. wide at 100,000-PSI yield strength and stacking plates 60 ft. long. The line is equipped with a...

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ILMO Products acquires Smitty's Welding Supply

August 16, 2010

ILMO Products Co. has acquired Smitty's Welding Supply Co. to broaden its delivery of medical, industrial, beverage, and laboratory gases, as well as gas and welding equipment, in the metro St. Louis area. This acquisition expands ILMO's current St. Louis footprint and total service area. ILMO...

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Timken Co. to invest $50 million in Ohio steel operations

August 16, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it will invest approximately $50 million in its steel operations in Canton, Ohio. Slated to begin this year, the investment is for the installation of a new intermediate finishing line at the Gambrinus Steel Plant and expansion of the steel lay-down yard at the...

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