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Pipe supplier reduces aisle width, material handling

October 26, 2009

Pipe-Valves Inc., a distributor of industrial pipes and valves in Columbus, Ohio, had a small facility and stored all of its products outdoors. The products were prone to weather damage and the storage layout required handling some products two or three times. A move to a bigger facility and the purchase of two Combilift sideloading industrial trucks have made the company approximately 30 percent more efficient.

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KUKA Systems launches research center in U.S.

October 23, 2009

KUKA North America has opened the KUKA Development Center (KDC) at its headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit.Specializing in joining technologies like laser welding, the KDC becomes the second dedicated research center within the KUKA Systems Group, along with the KUKA TechCenter...

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BLS Report: U.S. manufacturing productivity leads the pack

October 23, 2009

Last year manufacturers in the United States achieved greater productivity increases than manufacturers in most other industrial economies, according to data released by the Labor Department Thursday.All countries surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics experienced a productivity slowdown in...

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A big slice of humble pie

October 22, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

I was wrong. I said it. I admit it. Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong. Totally wrong. No two ways about it. Wrong. GM filed for bankruptcy June 1, and nearly every editor, reporter, and blogger seemed to want to jump on the bandwagon and jump all over GM's executives for decades of mismanagement. I...

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'It's all bad' (No, it isn't)

October 21, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday evening, I sat in a Jiffy Lube waiting room while my car was undergoing an emissions test—a requirement for tag renewal. A small, very old-school, rabbit-eared TV tuned to a local news station stood in the corner. As I attempted to wile away the time reading the latest but already...

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Logopress Corp. celebrates 20th anniversary at FABTECH 2009 with Solidworks Event, Lottery

October 21, 2009

Logopress Corp., Besancon, France, developer of Logopress3 Die Design software, will celebrate its 20th anniversary, since it was founded in October, 1989. Along with its North American Distributor and Technical Center, Accurate Die Design Inc., New Berlin, Wis., it will conclude its celebration on...

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Stalled equipment workers 'start things up' at Soldier Field

October 21, 2009

Start Us Up USA!, a nationwide grassroots campaign of the construction equipment industry and its allies, descended upon Chicago Oct. 20 with a rally of local business and labor leaders and construction workers calling on the federal government to move quickly on the reauthorization of a critical...

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Federal Reserve survey sees housing, manufacturing improving

October 21, 2009

A Federal Reserve Beige Book survey released today found that housing and manufacturing are driving the early stages of the economic recovery.According to the survey, "many sectors" have either stabilized or improved modestly over the past six weeks. Both housing and manufacturing continued a...

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Shh & Manufacturing is looking better

October 20, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Psssst. Hey & down here. I"m the headline about 20 column inches below the story about Balloon Boy. Keep looking down. Down. Just below that expose about Polanski. See me? Good. Don't tell anyone, but manufacturing's getting a bit better. In fact, manufacturing may be the thing that pulls...

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Resistance welding system enhanced with electrically operated linear servo actuators for improved weld pressure control

October 20, 2009

T.J. Snow Co., Chattanooga, Tenn., now offers a resistance welding system with electrically operated linear servo actuators designed to eliminate problems associated with pneumatic systems.The user-friendly servo system can be used on standard AC welders and on machines with newer MFDC...

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Otis wins contract for Seoul development

October 20, 2009

Farmington, Conn.-based Otis Elevator Co. has been awarded a contract from AIG Korean Real Estate Development YH to provide 125 elevators, escalators, and moving walkways for Internationa Finance Centre 9IFC) Seoul in Korea. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp.IFC Seoul is located in Seoul's...

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laser based inspection welding

Laser-based inspection for laser welding

October 20, 2009

New developments in laser-based inspection systems offer tube and pipe mills real-time inspection of laser-welded seams. These systems can help to shorten setup time, improve weld quality, and reduce scrap.

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Metal forming companies expect leveling in business conditions, incoming orders during fourth quarter

October 19, 2009

According to the October 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect a leveling in business conditions and incoming orders during the final quarter of 2009. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing,...

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Keeping manufacturing competitive

October 15, 2009 | By Dan Davis

The perspective was unique, but the advice was familiar: Innovation is the key to remaining competitive on the world stage.That was the message manufacturing experts with deep knowledge of the global marketplace sent to attendees at the Competitive Manufacturing Strategies session of the Pan IIT...

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Mound Technologies wins $1.5 million contract from Army National Guard

October 15, 2009

Heartland Inc., a diversified company with businesses in steel warehousing and fabrication and petroleum retail and wholesale operations, today announced that Mound Technologies, Springboro, Ohio, its steel fabrication subsidiary, has received a letter of intent to furnish and install the...

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