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Wallover names new president - TheFabricator.com

Wallover names new president

November 29, 2010

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of industrial lubricants and cleaners in Strongsville, Ohio, has announced that Eric Kielts will be its new president effective Jan. 1, 2011. Kielts will fill the position formerly held for 23 years by Hub Marquis, who will remain as CEO and chairman of the...

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ITW acquires North Star Imaging

November 29, 2010

North Star Imaging Inc., Rogers, Minn., has announced that it has been acquired by Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), joining ITW's Test and Measurement Group. NSI's day-to-day contact points and relationships with business partners will remain unaffected by the change of ownership....

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Super Steel to hire 60 workers

November 29, 2010

Super Steel LLC, a contract manufacturer of complex metal fabrication and assembly work based in Milwaukee, has announced plans to hire 60 employees immediately as a result of increased production levels. The work force additions will mostly be skilled manufacturing positions, including welders,...

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Medical components machining offered - TheFabricator.com

Medical components machining offered

November 29, 2010

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. offers prototype, short-run, or long-run machining for medical components. Wire EDM, CNC milling centers, and turning centers are available for medical part production, along with surface finishing and washing machines. The company also provides in-house...

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Cost estimating software enhanced - TheFabricator.com

Cost estimating software enhanced

November 29, 2010

MTI Systems has released version 11.0 of its Costimator cost estimating software, featuring several changes. Multiple tabs, customizable toolbars, and helpful images have been added to the work screen to help improve ease of use. Drag-and-drop functionality has been expanded to enable users to...

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FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector

November 29, 2010

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S. manufacturers in 2011. Kuehl said, "The small business...

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Face to face with hardfacing - TheFabricator.com

Face to face with hardfacing

November 23, 2010 | By Joe Hirscher

Selecting the appropriate hardfacing alloy can be an intimidating experience due to the variety of applications, service conditions, and base metals. Learning to ask the right questions will help you make the decision that best fits your application.

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Giving thanks for skill, engagement, and curiosity

November 22, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Later this week I’ll be stuffing a turkey (and myself) and giving thanks--thanks for family and friends, of course, but also for something my mind’s been mulling over for the past few weeks: human engagement, and not the betrothal kind. I’m just talking about direct, concise, clear engagement...

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Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws - TheFabricator.com

Metal Sawing 101: Cold saws and band saws

November 22, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

The process of deciding between a band saw and a cold saw is not always clear-cut. Here are some short answers to this and other frequently asked sawing questions

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Tackling aluminum GMAW - TheFabricator.com

Tackling aluminum GMAW

November 22, 2010 | By Matt Tavernelli

The reactive nature of aluminum to the welding arc, which is much more pronounced than that of other base materials, presents many challenges, including excess heat input and burn-through, porosity, poor bead appearance, poor fusion, and cracking. Technology advancements have made tackling these challenges easier by providing a balance of high travel speeds with a narrow, focused arc

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The 3 P’s of sustainability

November 22, 2010 | By Kelly Langdon

To remain viable in the future, companies must focus on sustainability and pay attention to three key components of the sustainability puzzle: people, profit, and planet. Safety also is an important part of this puzzle.

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Greenbuild builds bridge from Hollywood to D.C.

November 19, 2010 | By Kate Bachman

Former Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell may not be the first person you'd think of as a spokesperson for green; Ed Begley Jr. might be the more likely. Both were speakers at this week's Greenbuild event in Chicago. Powell was the keynote opening the event on Wednesday to a crowd of thousands at the...

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Time to get back to work: Let's talk comics

November 19, 2010 | By Dan Davis

When EuroBLECH organizers decide to have their European sheet metal tradeshow the last week in October and FABTECH holds its show in the first week of November, you have a pretty good idea of what I've been up to. It hasn't been blogging, regrettably. My co-workers have provided nice summaries of...

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A peek at the X-ray

November 18, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

If you didn’t attend FABTECH® 2010 (held in Atlanta Nov. 2-4), you missed quite an expo. As my colleague Vicki Bell described it in a recent blog, “So little time and so much to see.” That’s an understatement. It had more than 1,000 exhibits; if you had spent five minutes at each booth,...

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Business better, employment up in 2010, manufacturers report in poll

November 18, 2010

According to a poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA) at the FABTECH® trade show in Atlanta in early November, more than seven in 10 (72 percent) reported that business is either much better (31 percent) or...

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