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Quality Controlled Mfg. receives Gold Status award

October 13, 2009

Quality Controlled Mfg. Inc., San Diego, has received Supplier Gold status from United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn., and its subsidiary, Hamilton Sundstrand.The Supplier Gold status recognizes suppliers for exceptional performance for at least 12 consecutive months. Recipients must meet...

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Press Room Equipment acquires Norwalk Innovation

October 13, 2009

Press Room Equipment Co., a division of American Products LLC, has announced the acquisition of Norwalk Innovation Inc.Press Room Equipment, a manufacturer of press feeding, material straightening, and coil handling equipment, will continue to build and support Norwalk's Un-Coilers and Lever Lift...

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Roll-Kraft recertified to ISO 9001:2000 With Design

October 13, 2009

Roll-Kraft, Mentor, Ohio, has been recertified as ISO 9001:2000 With Design. The company has been certified to the ISO standards since 1997.Roll-Kraft is a worldwide supplier of custom-designed tube mill and roll form tooling made of steel or carbide; mill equipment; hydraulic or pneumatic prenotch...

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Koester Metals names two new managers

October 13, 2009

Koester Metals Inc., Defiance, Ohio, has announced the appointment of two staff members to support the company's growth plans and expansion into Fremont, Ind.Blaine Snyder joins the company as operations manager. He has more than 25 years of manufacturing experience and most recently served as...

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Laser Mechanisms opens new facility

October 13, 2009

Laser Mechanisms has announced the expected occupancy on Oct. 1 of its new, 28,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and warehousing facility in Novi, Mich. Located adjacent to the company's world headquarters, the structure houses industrial contract manufacturing, inventory, and warehousing.Two other Laser...

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Lincoln Electric hosts wind tower welding seminars

October 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric recently hosted more than 120 industry professionals interested in learning more about wind tower fabrication for several daylong seminars.Seminar attendees traveled from across the U.S. and as far away as Brazil and Portugal to the company's Cleveland headquarters. Each seminar...

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Manufacturers detail recession survival strategies in new survey

October 13, 2009

In a new survey conducted in late July by the sponsors of the upcoming FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, in Chicago, 1,046 manufacturers detail their recession survival strategies.To survive what many view as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,...

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ACS Precision adds laser machine

October 13, 2009

ACS Precision LLC, Mercersburg, Pa., has installed a 4,000-W Mitsubishi LXP laser machine, capable of processing material up to 0.75-in.-thick steel and sheets measuring 4 by 8 ft.The laser allows the company to cut thin gauges of material in intricate shapes with speed and accuracy, the...

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GREENKOTE expands production in Germany

October 13, 2009

GREENKOTE® Plc, a global coating technology company with headquarters in Cleveland, has expanded production at its location in Sauerlach, Germany. The new plant production area operates multiple shifts on two production lines to support its customers throughout Europe.The production team...

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OSHA issues final rule updating PPE standards

October 13, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published in the Federal Register a final rule revising the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards concerning...

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Jet Edge acquires Calypso Waterjet Systems

October 13, 2009

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., has acquired Calypso Waterjet Systems of Dallas, Texas.Founded in 1992, Calypso Waterjet Systems was a manufacturer of waterjet cutting systems before its departure from the water jet industry in early 2009. Its products include waterjet...

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Sandvik to open service center in China

October 13, 2009

Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandviken, Sweden, has announced plans to open a dedicated service center with its own slitting line in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China, this month.Initially intended to supply strip to customers throughout the Chinese market, the center will offer material finished...

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Wind Turbines

Critical surface preparation

October 13, 2009 | By Kumar Balan

An estimated 68 percent of all coating failures are attributed to poor surface preparation that could have been prevented. By using cleaning technology that can achieve near-white conditions, you can ensure that paint, adhesives, and other coatings achieve maximum quality with less waste.

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Scrubbing our industry

October 13, 2009 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Today's industrial scrubber technology can help make existing energy companies more environmentally friendly. Fabricators with the right equipment, capacity, knowledge, and opportunity might find a new market in making components for these systems. Find out what it takes.

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Fabricators: Servants to their customers

October 9, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Today's thoughts are inspired by a question posted on the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association's group discussion board on LinkedIn. Cecilia Allison, vice president of finance, K & S Tool, Die & Manufacturing Inc.: "OEMs are great at demanding service and charging the supplier if their...

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