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Cordless surface finisher usable for up to 15 minutes on one charge

March 29, 2011

The Poly PTX Accu 28V cordless longitudinal grinder from CS Unitec can be used for up to 15 min. on one charge. It is suitable for on-site use or assembly work when a power supply isn't available. Surface grinding and positioning are possible with one tool, even on pipes. Weighing 8.1 lbs....

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Plasma machine cuts up to 0.75-in.-thick material

March 29, 2011

Thermal Dynamics®, a Thermadyne® brand, has expanded its True series of plasma cutting machines with the addition of the Cutmaster® 42. The lightweight, portable machine delivers 27 amps of output power on 120-V input and 40 amps on 230-V input. It can cut up to 0.75-in.-thick material....

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D&S Mfg. receives award for commitment to manufacturing education

March 29, 2011

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has received a 2010 Appreciation Award from Advanced Mfg. Network – Northwest for continued support of manufacturing education and the Gold Collar Careers initiative. D&S employees were recognized specifically for their participation in the development...

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North American robotics companies post best year since 2007

March 29, 2011

North American-based robotics companies reported strong growth in 2010, posting the best year since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry trade group. North American robot suppliers reported orders of 13,174 robots valued at $845.6 million...

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Reps. Manzullo, Ryan launch 2011 Manufacturing Caucus

March 29, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, have re-established the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. The co-chairs, who co-founded the Caucus in 2003, are focused on enhancing the productivity, capacity, and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. More than...

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Omron provides robotics safety equipment for Alabama Robotics Technology Park

March 29, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc., Fremont, Calif., has partnered with the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) and is serving as the primary robotics safety provider for the project. The RTP is a three-phase project that will include individual training facilities targeted to specific industry...

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Outside Processors Council merges with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

March 28, 2011

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen the two industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference in March in...

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Will metal fabricating activity continue to grow?

March 25, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Financial writers are funny people. They make people laugh even when they aren't telling a joke. For instance, read John Carney's CNBC story "Have Consumers Gone on Strike?" In the story he makes the point: "What seems to be happening is that businesses have been ramping up their production and...

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ABB Robotics to host laser processing workshop April 27 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

March 24, 2011

ABB Robotics is hosting a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The workshop will give current and potential users of laser technology in-depth, hands-on exposure to: robotic laser best...

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Toyota to U.S. plants: ‘Prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011

CNN.com has reported that a Toyota spokesman has said the company's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. Word reportedly has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This does not mean that the...

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Unions-the good, the bad, the ludicrous

March 23, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Although events from Japan, Libya, and Jerusalem, along with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, dominate the headlines on this day, unions continue to make the news, including a blog post written by my colleague Dan Davis last month. I just googled news for labor unions and retrieved more than 400...

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Carrier Corp. to sell its North American bus air-conditioning business

March 22, 2011

Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., has entered into an agreement to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a global provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Mobile Climate Control is a...

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Earthquakes, job shops, and the global supply chain

March 21, 2011 | By Tim Heston

With Japan in crisis, so are global supply chains. With the world’s third-largest economy basically in standby mode, manufacturers stateside--and around the world--are scrambling to adapt. Most metal fabricators aren’t assemblers sitting at the end of a long global supply chain, but many of...

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Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63 - TheFabricator.com

Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63

March 21, 2011

William H. Smith, 63, owner of Albina Pipe Bending Co. Inc., Tualatin, Ore., died Feb. 24 of desmoplastic melanoma at his home in the Portland area. Born in 1947, Smith lived most of his life in the Portland area attending Arleta Elementary School, Franklin High School, and graduating with a...

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Portable machine bevels pipe from 1.5 to 10 in. in diameter - TheFabricator.com

Portable machine bevels pipe from 1.5 to 10 in. in diameter

March 21, 2011

Steelmax Tools LLC has introduced the PRO 10PB/PBE portable pipe beveling machine. Available in pneumatic and electric versions, the machine can bevel pipe diameters from 1.5 to 10 in. Its lightweight, compact design allows it to be set up and operated by a single user. Using a self-centering,...

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