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CenterLine (Windsor) hires account manager

April 27, 2010

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has hired Chuck Roberts as an account manager. Roberts has more than 35 years of engineering, project management, and sales experience involving local, national, and international automation projects. His most recent experience was as engineering manager...

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IPG Photonics acquires Cosytronic

April 27, 2010

IPG Photonics Corp., Oxford, Mass., a producer of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers, has announced the acquisition of privately held, Germany-based Cosytronic KG, a developer of joining techniques and welding tools. The acquisition allows IPG to extend its product offerings to include a...

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Marmon/Keystone announces staff changes

April 27, 2010

Marmon/Keystone, Butler, Pa., has promoted Vernon R. Donaldson to manager of material requirements planning. He began his career in 1998 as branch service correspondent at the East Butler service center. He advanced through several purchasing positions, and in 2008 he was named a buyer at the...

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Pass-through blast system suitable for cleaning parts that cannot withstand tumbling

April 27, 2010

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has announced the release of the CB3624 pass-through blast system. It is suitable for cleaning small or intricate parts that cannot withstand tumbling. The unit has a work envelope of 36 in. wide by 24 in. high. It uses four VK PowerMax 1500 blast wheels with 10 to 40...

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New versions of CAM software for plasma and oxyfuel cutting released

April 27, 2010

Hypertherm's MTC Software has unveiled new versions of its CAM nesting software. NestMaster 2010 and TurboNest 2010 contain functionality designed to contribute to improved ease of use, productivity, and profitability for users of conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting processes. Enhancements in...

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Feralloy President Roger B. Sippey retires after 42 years with the company

April 27, 2010

Feralloy Corp., a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., has announced that effective March 31, 2010, Roger B. Sippey retired from the company. Sippey served as president and CEO since August of 2007. Carlos M. Rodriguez-Borjas assumed the role of company president and chief operating officer...

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Don't let your equipment leave you fuming

April 27, 2010 | By Al Hilbert

Stricter hexavalent chromium standards are just one reason to invest in a welding fume extractor. Providing a healthier work environment also can help you protect and retain your skilled workers. What should you consider when selecting an extractor?

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Selling used equipment

April 26, 2010 | By John Harrison

Just how much is your used fabricating equipment worth? How is its value determined? What's the best way to go about selling it? Should you try to sell it directly to an end user, or should you sell it to a dealer?

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Notching options

April 26, 2010 | By John Schwochert

While most fabricators could probably name three methods for notching tube, they actually have six choices. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each is the first step in selecting one.

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Robotics market shrinks; innovation continues

April 22, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The manufacturers and systems integrators that gathered for ABB's 2010 Robotic Technology Days, April 21-22, in Auburn Hills, Mich., showed up in good moods. The economy looks to be slowly emerging from the depths, and the technological innovations haven't slowed down during the slowdown. The past...

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Reykja-where?

April 22, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Events in Iceland generally don’t warrant international headlines. That’s not to say it isn’t an interesting place. If you’re into linguistics, you already know that its language is essentially the same as when it was spoken by its original settlers; 1,000 years of relative isolation has...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during the next three months

April 22, 2010

According to the April 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 142 metal forming...

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Looking ahead: Fabricators on the next six months

April 21, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Business Roundtable’s first quarter 2010 CEO Economic Outlook Survey indicated that the CEOs of America’s leading companies anticipate increased capital expenditures, sales, and employment in the next six months.  A recent survey of manufacturing CFOs, conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, shows...

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Irony in Ireland: Global trade and volcanic ash

April 19, 2010 | By Tim Heston

‭This week has dripped with irony. On Wednesday I traveled to a press event at Combilift,‭ ‬a forklift and material handling equipment manufacturer several hours northwest of Dublin,‭ ‬in the rolling green hills of County Monaghan.‭ ‬The company exports most of its vehicles and keeps...

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For those who weld old steel, we salute you

April 16, 2010 | By Dan Davis

If a metal fabricator has been around long enough, he probably has come across more than a couple of welding situations that have him lifting off his helmet and scratching his noggin. He likely has done everything correct according to the textbook, but the joint  just does not come together like...

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