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CGI Automated Mfg. receives Excellent Supplier Award

April 12, 2010

CGI Automated Mfg., Romeoville, Ill., has received the 2009 Excellent Supplier Award of the American Purchasing Society. CGI is one of only two companies to earn the award in 2009, and the only U.S. company named Excellent Supplier. CGI was nominated for the award by Focal Point, a Chicago-based...

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Bilsing Automation adds manufacturing reps

April 12, 2010

Bilsing Automation North America, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the addition of two Michigan companies — MJM Sales Inc. of Rochester and Michigan Automation LLC of Lake Orion — to its network of manufacturing representatives throughout North America. MJM Sales President Mitch...

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Main Steel Polishing sells Arlington, Texas, facility

April 12, 2010

Main Steel Polishing Co. Inc., Tinton Falls, N.J., has sold its Arlington, Texas, facility to TSA Processing of Houston. TSA, a nonferrous metals toll processor, approached Main Steel with an offer to acquire the Arlington facility to expand TSA's market footprint into the Dallas-Fort Worth area....

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Miro Tool adds waterjet technology

April 12, 2010

Miro Tool & Mfg. has added a Mitsubishi 510 Suprema waterjet machine with a 90,000-PSI KMT pump to its facility in Waukesha, Wis. The 40,000-sq.-ft. plant houses equipment for engineering, prototyping, tooling, stamping, fabrication, welding, assembly, and machining. The DX waterjet series is...

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Trilogy Machinery named U.S. agent for Sunrise ironworkers, punching machines

April 12, 2010

Trilogy Machinery Inc., Belcamp, Md., has entered into an agreement with Sunrise Fluid Power Inc. of Taiwan to become the new U.S. agent for its ironworkers and punching machines. The product line includes hydraulic ironworkers, CNC ironworkers, hydraulic punching machines, horizontal bending...

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Manufacturing needs to ditch the celebrity spokesperson

April 9, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Bear with me for a minute. I'm about to bring up the name Jesse James, but I'm not about to spend 500 words on this tabloid fodder. (This would be the guy behind West Coast Choppers, not the American outlaw of the 19th century Old West.) Of course, James is also the guy that stepped out on Sandra...

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Welding passion leads to livelihood

April 7, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Two years ago, I wrote an article for thefabricator.com about Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver and welder (then 16) who had teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce young people to manufacturing...

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Harris Products Group names national accounts director

April 6, 2010

The Harris Products Group, Mason, Ohio, has appointed Lorie Plengemeier to the position of director of national accounts. Plengemeier spent 10 years at Thermadyne in leadership positions in marketing and brand management and served as account manager and most recently as national accounts manager....

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BCN Technical appoints New England distributor

April 6, 2010

BCN (Bliss Clearing Niagara) Technical Services, Hastings, Mich., has announced its appointment of Northeast Press Sales Co. as distributor for 10 states in New England and the East Coast. Lee Walz, owner of Northeast Press Sales Co., will represent BCN Technical Services and its products in...

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ACE adds to engineering staff

April 6, 2010

Automated Cells & Equipment Inc., a provider of automation systems and robotics in Painted Post, N.Y., has added two new employees and promoted a current employee to its engineering department. Les Scrivener and Jeff Jelliff have been hired as mechanical design engineers. Scrivener has more than 10...

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PRIMA North America promotes sales/marketing manager

April 6, 2010

PRIMA North America Inc., Chicopee, Mass., the North American subsidiary of PRIMA Industrie S.p.A., Torino, Italy, has promoted Carl Bryant to the position of sales and marketing manager for PRIMA 3D Laser Systems and to the newly created position of automotive market manager for North America....

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NASA and partners develop new tank forming method

April 6, 2010

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have partnered with Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver and MT Aerospace in Augsburg, Germany, to develop and manufacture a 16.4-ft.-dia. fuel tank entirely out of aluminum lithium 2195 alloy....

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Plasma bevel head designed to eliminate torch lead wind-up

April 6, 2010

AKS Cutting Systems has introduced the robo-kut plasma beveling head. The compact, 50-lb. unit features a rigid design and can be installed on small-footprint, precision, unitized cutting machines. The beveling head is designed to eliminate torch lead wind-up. It features patent-pending automatic...

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Automated metal removal system facilitates uniform U or J grooves in weld joint preparation

April 6, 2010

The Arcair-Matic® N6000 metal removal system from Thermadyne® Industries is designed for automated gouging of steels and other metals with the air carbon arc process. The system is suited for metal fabrication, particularly for preparing uniform U or J grooves in weld joint preparation. Groove...

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Indexable multitool can achieve any angle setting

April 6, 2010

Mate Precision Tooling offers the patent-pending Ultra® IMT™ fully indexable multitool, which can achieve any angle setting on the workpiece. The tool comes in two versions. The three-station unit uses Ultra 1-1/4-in. B-station punches and strippers and thick-turret, B-station dies. It...

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