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FAB 40: How Nu-Way Industries uncovered a new way

June 17, 2014

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The Illinois contract fabricator ramps up its efforts toward operational excellence.

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Tool grinding software includes functions for complex-geometry tools

June 17, 2014

NUM offers Numroto tool grinding software, which includes functions for complex-geometry tools such as multihelical end mills with variable-width flute areas. The software accommodates several new types of gash-out on drills and form cutters, allowing the grinding wheel to follow the tool’s...

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Additive manufacturing system supports series production of variety of alloys

June 17, 2014

EOS offers the EOS M 290 Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS™) system for tool-free production of serial metal components, spare parts, and prototypes. Build volume is 9.8 by 9.8 by 12.8 in. The unit offers extensive monitoring functions for the system and for the build process. A camera built...

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Knowledge is job security?

June 16, 2014

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In modern business, knowledge matters, but communicating that knowledge may matter even more.

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Fabricator/entrepreneur makes the most of everything Texas has to offer

June 16, 2014

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Native Texan and farmer Aggie Devin Gerland earned a degree in agricultural engineering and took a succession of engineering positions in and around Bryan, Texas. Now an entrepreneur with his own fabrication shop, Gerland is putting his farming and ranching experience to work, developing his own line of farm implements.

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Working overtime to fix the overtime problem

June 12, 2014

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Metal fabricators that continue to lean on a select few interested in working excessive amounts of overtime are running the increased risk of employee burnout or production mistakes on the shop floor. They need to take steps to prepare the entire workforce to absorb additional manufacturing tasks, not just the few and proud to be working OT.

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High-capacity mother carts deliver machined parts

June 12, 2014

Kinetic Technologies Inc. has introduced a new gantry-style mother cart that moves three daughter basket carts totaling up to 3,000 lbs. The daughter carts are rolled onto a gas spring-controlled drop ramp from either side of the mother. Mother carts feature reverse coupled caster steering for...

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FAB 40: Team approach helps Robinson Metal scale up

June 12, 2014

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Robinson's fabrication division has an internal structure that helps the company adapt to growth.

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FAB 40: Data analytics meets high-volume contract fabrication at OMS

June 12, 2014

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O'Neal Manufacturing Services, a nationwide fabricator with 11 locations, makes smart use of data to refine capacity planning and sales forecasting.

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FAB 40: Super Steel ramps up parts tracking

June 12, 2014

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Super Steel's initiative to track where jobs stand has effectively increased throughput and inventory accuracy, preparing the company for increased business. According to Super Steel's CEO, 2015 could be a breakout year.

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Modular clamp bends to hold parts at any angle

June 12, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the new Third Hand modular clamp. The fully articulated, fully adjustable clamp holds parts in any position for hands-free access during tack welding, cutting, grinding, sanding, and painting. Two smooth ball joints in the clamp allow the user to rotate the...

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FAB 40: BTD and the quest for continued diversification

June 12, 2014

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BTD has gained a reputation for its ability to rapidly ramp up part programs. Now managers are looking at available markets and asking some big questions.

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GE to build Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility in South Carolina

June 12, 2014

General Electric (GE) has announced plans to build a new GE Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C. The company will invest $400 million over the next 10 years in the project. The facility, which will be co-located at the current GE Greenville Manufacturing site, is...

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Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant marks 10 years of green manufacturing

June 11, 2014

Ford is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Dearborn Truck Plant, which was built as the environmentally friendly centerpiece of the Ford Rouge Center. A key feature of the plant is a living roof, which covers the entire manufacturing plant with 10.4 acres of drought-resistant plant life....

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From the Web: Fabricators in the limelight; high cost of a tiny, missing part; automakers and art

June 11, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.

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