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Sheet marking system fits into turret punch press

July 14, 2014

Wilson Tool Intl. has released SmartMark®, which the company says is the first ink-jet sheet marking system that fits into a turret punch press. The ink-jet printer can be loaded directly into the C station of most thick-turret machines. Using a combination of the company’s SmartMark Writer...

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May manufacturing technology orders down

July 14, 2014

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.93 million according to AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO program), was down 10.0 percent from April and down 17.5...

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Catalog features cooling, blowoff products

July 14, 2014

Exair has released a new 168-page catalog of products for industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, coating, and static electricity challenges. It features new products that can help companies conserve compressed air and reduce noise levels. Eighty percent of the product...

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The importance of process innovation

July 9, 2014

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Manufacturing is getting a lot of attention in Washington. Proposals abound about pushing new products and technologies from R&D to the market. But when it comes to a purely employment perspective, process innovation—including continuous improvement—may be even more important.

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Portable laser marker moves to the workpiece

July 8, 2014

The TruMark 5010 Mobile Marker, a portable laser marking unit from TRUMPF, will make its North American debut at IMTS. This new laser marking concept features a compact, hand-held marking head. The operator moves the laser marking unit to the workpiece, eliminating the need to move the part, and...

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Toolkit covers brazing, cutting, welding needs

July 8, 2014

Uniweld offers The Wurks™, which includes the tools necessary to work on just about any automotive, general home maintenance, plumbing, or welding project. Available in three different styles, the all-purpose outfit is packed in a toolbox with a compartmented accessory tray. Included in every...

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NN Inc. to establish new corporate headquarters in Tennessee

July 8, 2014

Metal bearing component manufacturer NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., has purchased the SunTrust Bank Building in Johnson City for use as its new corporate headquarters. At about 60,000 sq. ft., the facility provides a new base of operations for the company’s current corporate staff, with additional...

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Women in Manufacturing Summit 2014

September 29-October 1, 2014
  • Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • The 4th annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT will be held in Schaumburg, IL September 29 – October 1, 2014. This annual SUMMIT is geared toward women who have chosen careers in manufacturing and want to share perspectives and network with others in the industry. SUMMIT 2014 is expected to attract more than 200 professional women in manufacturing with titles ranging from production to CEO.

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    Downsizing can be a killer

    July 8, 2014

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    All businesses of all sizes want to save money and be as lean as possible. However, if taken too far, some cost-cutting measures can have unwelcome consequences and cause a shop to go under.

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    EuroBLECH 2014 presents “Champions in Sheet Metal Working” online competition

    July 7, 2014

    EuroBLECH 2014, the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Exhibition, is presenting a new online competition to recognize high standards, best practices, innovation, and excellence in sheet metal working. The competition, called “Champions in Sheet Metal Working,” will have one winner in each...

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    ERP add-on helps ensure production workers have most current document versions

    July 7, 2014

    Global Shop Solutions offers the Version Management System (VMS). It is an add-on to the patented Document Control™ ERP module, which attaches documents to jobs and work centers electronically. It offers several new document security features to help ensure production workers have the most...

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    MEC names VP of strategy, capital, and continuous improvement

    July 7, 2014

    Fabricating company Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., a supply chain partner for OEMs, has hired Chad Mitts as vice president of strategy, capital, and continuous improvement. He has nearly 20 years of leadership and manufacturing experience. Mitts served most recently as...

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    Fluid recycling system cleans coolant without stopping production

    July 7, 2014

    A new brochure from Eriez® HydroFlow® features the SumpDoc® mobile, inline fluid and recycling system. It provides quick cleaning and rejuvenation of a machine’s coolant without causing a production stoppage. The six-page brochure offers a complete overview of the equipment, its features,...

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    BMW Group to build plant in Mexico

    July 7, 2014

    The BMW Group, Munich, has announced plans to build a new plant near San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The $1 billion investment is expected to create 1,500 jobs, with production to begin in 2019. Planned annual capacity is 150,000 units. The company also currently is building a plant in the state of...

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    Communication protocol offered with rotary encoder series

    July 7, 2014

    Leine & Linde, available in North America through Heidenhain Corp., offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its inductive 600 absolute rotary encoder series. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/s and a cycle time...

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