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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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About your job

November 17, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

The November "Tube Talk" e-newsletter featured excerpts from a Money magazine article "Make Money in 2011: Your Job." If this article's hypothesis is correct, those of you who are employed might have cause to worry less about losing your jobs, and your employers might have reason to worry more...

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FABTECH: An industry physical

November 16, 2010 | By Tim Heston

As a reporter for the industry, I’ve always treated FABTECH as a kind of metal fabrication physical. A healthy show is a sign of a healthy industry--usually. Two years ago FABTECH’s opening-day attendance--on Oct. 6--was the biggest on record, despite the financial crisis that exploded onto...

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Metcam honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award

November 16, 2010

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that the company is the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton...

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Caterpillar Inc. to acquire mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International

November 15, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt). The acquisition is based on Caterpillar's key strategic...

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Steelmax Tools, Fab Tool Technologies merge

November 15, 2010

Steelmax Tools LLC, Centennial, Colo., has acquired Fab Tool Technologies LLC, Bridgeville, Pa., and merged it into Steelmax. All employees of Fab Tool Technologies have joined the Steelmax team. The combined company, which operates as Steelmax Tools LLC, produces and distributes fabrication tools...

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Welding power supply enhanced with new options - TheFabricator.com

Welding power supply enhanced with new options

November 15, 2010

Swagelok Co. has introduced new options for its M200 welding system power supply. A new, patent-pending ID purge control dynamically changes purge flow to maintain proper ID pressure at the weld joint. When combined with the welding system's automatic control for OD shield gas, the result is a...

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Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts - TheFabricator.com

Hot air knife systems suitable for drying machined metal, castings, and stamped parts

November 15, 2010

Malcom Co. Inc.'s hot air knife systems can be custom-configured with one or more hot air blowers, specialty deflectors, air nozzles, or tunnels and various control options to blow air heated up to 1,000 degrees F at pressure up to 4.5 PSI. They are suitable for drying machined metal, castings,...

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Melitron to build solar inverters for Sustainable Energy Technologies

November 15, 2010

Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ont., has been selected by Sustainable Energy Technologies to provide contract manufacturing services required to build its SUNERGY™ solar inverter. Sustainable Energy Technologies is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of power inverters for grid-connected solar PV...

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GRT-Mars forms strategic alliance with Intermatic

November 15, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Juarez, Mexico, operation of Intermatic Inc., Spring Grove, Ill. The alliance will offer manufacturing systems to OEMs in North America and Latin America. GRT-Mars is a contract manufacturer...

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Eriez appoints general manager for Hydroflow line

November 15, 2010

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has announced the appointment of Barry L. Nehls as general manager of the Hydroflow® product line of filtration and fluid recycling equipment. In this position, he oversees all aspects of the line, including marketing and sales. The company recently acquired Maumee, Ohio-based...

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