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FabTech Supply expands into new services

June 13, 2016

FabTech Supply, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based manufacturer of enclosure hardware, has announced the expansion of its metal fabrication services. By expanding its manufacturing base of high-volume OEM parts, the company will provide metal fabrication services, including welding, bending, shearing, and...

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Sluggish economy puts pinch on manufacturing technology orders

June 13, 2016

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report for March 2016 showed that orders for April 2016 were down 27.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year to date, orders still were down 16.6 percent compared to the same...

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Dana Holding Corp. recognized by Spartan Motors for supplier excellence

June 9, 2016

Maumee, Ohio-based Dana Holding Corp. has earned the Spartan Diamond Award for supplier excellence from Spartan Motors Inc. This award recognizes Spartan's top-performing key supply chain partners. Dana was recognized for dedication to quality, on-time delivery, total cost control, and...

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Fabricators weigh in on the new overtime rules

June 9, 2016

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“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.

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How equipment can help relieve the skilled-worker shortage

June 9, 2016

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If you need more workers and you’re having a difficult time finding them, perhaps you should explore equipment options that can mitigate the need for more help. For example, some welding tables can eliminate the need for extra hands.

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Global metal additive manufacturing market to grow at 24 percent CAGR through 2020

June 8, 2016

London-based Technavio has released a study covering the present scenario and growth prospects of the global metal additive manufacturing market for 2016-2020. According to the report, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 24 percent in that period. The report lists aerospace,...

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GMTA names project manager

June 8, 2016

German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a supplier of machine tools, lasers, and parts washers in Ann Arbor, Mich., has appointed Dan Thomas as project manager. Thomas is responsible for the end-to-end coordination of the project flow at GMTA, from initial contact through commissioning of...

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Laser marking system incorporates all necessary equipment in one machine

June 8, 2016

LNA Laser Technology has introduced the model MP2 diode-pumped, solid-state (DPSS) laser marking system. This all-in-one system is suitable for applications that require high resolution but not high-speed throughput. The system features a DPSS laser, laser beam scanning optics (galvanometer),...

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Epic Systems adds staff member for shop logistics

June 8, 2016

St. Louis-based Epic Systems Inc. has hired Ryan Smith for the shop logistics role. In 2014 Smith interned at Epic in the process and mechanical group. As an intern he primarily assisted mechanical engineers with a liquid blending process system project for a local food processing plant. Smith...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expands for third consecutive month

June 8, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the third consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 84th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued June 1 by Bradley J....

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TCI Precision Metals announces death of longtime employee John Martinez

June 7, 2016

TCI Precision Metals, a producer of precision machine-ready blanks from aluminum, stainless steel, and other alloys in Gardena, Calif., has announced the death of longtime employee John Martinez on May 24, 2016. Martinez joined the company in September 1978. Over his 38 years with TCI, he...

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Compact light fixture available in four output levels

June 7, 2016

Waldmann Lighting has introduced Mach LED Plus.forty machine lights. The slim, compact, 1¾-in.-dia. fixture is available in four lengths and four output levels, with optional 40-degree narrow or 90-degree wide beam angles. High LED light output delivers maximum lumens in small spaces. A choice...

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Largest commercial vacuum furnace construction nearing completion

June 6, 2016

Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania and Solar Mfg. Inc. are building what they say is the largest vacuum furnace in the world. The working hot zone of this high-vacuum (three 35-in. Varian diffusion pumps) furnace is 80 in. dia. by 48 ft. long, with a maximum operating temperature of 2,400...

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Gas regulators introduced

June 6, 2016

Victor, an ESAB brand, has introduced three new gas regulators to its G series: the G150 light-duty regulator; the GT350 two-stage, heavy-duty regulator; and the light-duty GRF400 flowmeter/regulator. The regulators are available for acetylene, oxygen, LP, and inert gas. Common benefits include...

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Whirlwind Steel Buildings sponsors ADA golf tournament in Houston

June 6, 2016

Houston-based metal building manufacturer Whirlwind Steel Buildings Inc. recently sponsored the 17th annual American Diabetes Association Golf Tournament. The event, held April 11, 2016, in Houston, brought together prominent professionals and philanthropists as they raised funds for diabetes...

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