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Trimac to build finishing line for Rock Island Arsenal

March 5, 2010

Trimac Industrial Systems LLC, Bonner Springs, Kan., has been awarded a military contract from the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center in Rock Island, Iowa, the only vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility within the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract is to...

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M&M Mfg. hires VP of commercial business development

March 5, 2010

M&M Manufacturing Co., a Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturer of rectangular, spiral, and round duct pipe and fittings for commercial and residential applications, has hired Larry Cook as vice president of commercial business development. In this position, Cook is responsible for increasing the overall...

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Simufact Eng., Presstec Pressentechnologie form partnership

March 5, 2010

Simufact Eng. GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, a provider of software and services for bulk metal forming, and Presstec Pressentechnologie GmbH, a provider of hydraulic presses and mechanical high-speed blanking and stamping presses in Kehl, Germany, have formed a technological partnership. During the...

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AGT, Roboweld sign joint venture

March 5, 2010

AGT of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, and Roboweld Inc. of Burnaby, B.C., have signed a joint venture to advance market exposure and adoption of robotic processes in welding and nonwelding manufacturing operations. The terms of the joint venture enable both companies to share resources, physical capacity,...

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SME recognizes young leaders

March 5, 2010

SME has announced the winners of the 2010 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Richard E. Morley Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. The award, which recognizes people age 35 and younger for outstanding technical accomplishments in manufacturing, is named for SME member Richard E. Morley,...

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Quality Tool adds turret punch/laser

March 5, 2010

Quality Tool Inc., a metal fabrication contract manufacturer based in St. Paul, Minn., has added the Amada® EMLK3610NT turret punch/laser system with servo-electric drive. The machine's customized software, developed under the company's direction, allows real-time dynamic nesting and helps...

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Globe Specialty Metals reopens Alabama facility

March 5, 2010

Globe Specialty Metals Inc., New York, has reopened its Selma, Ala., silicon metal and ferrosilicon alloys facility, which it had idled during the economic downturn. The company restarted the first of two furnaces at the plant in early January and restarted the second furnace in early February,...

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Hydro Aluminum hires regional sales and technical manager

March 5, 2010

Hydro's Metal Markets North America, Linthicum, Md., has added Greg Lea to its commercial team as regional sales and technical manager for the Midwest. Lea comes to the company after operating his own consulting firm in the metals industry. He previously served as general manager of the MI Metals...

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Feralloy Corp. announces personnel changes

March 5, 2010

Carlos Rodrguez Borjas has been promoted to executive vice president and COO of Feralloy Corp., Chicago. For the past 11 years, he has served as general director of Acero Prime, a joint venture of Feralloy. Arturo Marroqun, who has nine years of experience at Acero Prime as operations manager, has...

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The backbone of America

March 3, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

The phrase "backbone of America" is used to describe various important U.S. entities: the Continental Divide, roads, steel, and small business, to name a few.  Just looking at this list, you can see how interconnected these four examples are. We need roads and steel bridges to cross the...

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Plasma Automation appoints Westway Machinery exclusive sales representative for Eastern Canada

March 3, 2010

Plasma Automation Inc. and sister company, Vicon Machinery LLC, have appointed Westway Machinery Ltd. as their exclusive sales representative servicing Eastern Canada. Westway Machinery Ltd. has added the Vicon line of equipment to its already extensive product line. Vicon machines include...

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Therapy for data overload

March 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

This week The Economist put together a special section about how society is overflowing with data. Reading it, I thought it was irony at its best. What better way to cover our data-overload than with a long, drawn-out story bubbling over with … data. The most obvious example of data-overload is...

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Rolling for wind

March 1, 2010 | By Steve Bonnay

Wind tower production requires intensive use of the rolling machine. Because of this, selecting the right rolling machine is paramount.

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Going 3-D: A matter of control

March 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Abrasive waterjet has moved beyond flat plate cutting. Today, the jet can move in Z and tilt to cut complex designs out of thick plate, and even tube and barstock.

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill—Part III

March 1, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill,columnist Gerald Davis provides guidance so that the designer ends up with a design that allows him to explore various changes to the size of the overall product while having the component parts stretch or shrink automatically

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