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What the fiscal cliff means for manufacturing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the fiscal cliff deadline rapidly approaching, the U.S. economy is poised to take a severe hit from major spending cuts and tax increases. Experts from ISM and MAPI tell IMT about how these changes would affect the industrial sector and what manufacturers can expect if the country goes off the cliff. More

GM manufacturing robots take up 2nd job as present wrappers
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It isn't that uncommon for people to pick up second jobs during the holidays to help relieve some of the financial stress, but apparently our automaton friends feel the fiscal pinch this time of year, too. A handful of General Motors assembly line robots are picking up some extra shifts at Santa's workshop this year wrapping presents. In addition to stuffing and wrapping boxes, the robots' duties also include spot welding labels onto the gifts. More

Chrysler considers production boost at Indiana plants
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The Chrysler Group is preparing for a large expansion of its central Indiana operations that a researcher said would likely boost other companies in the area. Chrysler officials have outlined plans to potentially add 400 jobs at three existing transmissions factories in Kokomo, Ind., while also starting up a new plant at nearby Tipton with perhaps 850 workers. More

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Steelmax offers a unique line of Welding Carriages that will increase production and reduce costs, including the Arc Runner portable programmable welding travel carriage. This carriage allows for development, storage and reproduction of up to 40 different weld procedures. Its powerful magnetic base and optional torch oscillator permits use on out-of-position work.

Map: US counties where manufacturing dominates and jobs have gotten slammed
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite indications that manufacturing in the U.S. is starting to make a historic comeback, there is no denying that the industry has been in decline for quite some time. The percentage of people employed in manufacturing has fallen considerably from the post-WWII boom era. Many of these jobs have shifted to countries with lower labor costs. More

Airgas adds 4 industrial gas and welding distributors
Airgas via Industrial Distribution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airgas, the largest U.S. supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, announced it has acquired the assets and operations of four businesses that complement the Airgas portfolio of products and services. Combined annual revenues for the four acquired businesses are approximately $20 million. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. More

Robot expansion: Upsides, downsides and takeaways
Automation World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Manufacturing reshoring has been turning up quite frequently in the general business press lately. We've all heard about Apple's plan to spend $100 million in 2013 to bring some manufacturing back to the U.S. Then there was the article quoting GE's Jeffrey Immelt as saying outsourcing is becoming "outdated as a business model for GE Appliances." More

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Manufacturing jobs making a comeback in southern US
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VideoBriefOver the past few years, factories in the American South from the Carolinas to Alabama to Kentucky have already experienced such a rebirth. Both U.S. and foreign companies have opened plants in southeastern states in recent years, many since the end of the recession. Others are expanding existing plants or have plans to break ground in 2013. More

How to choose a fabricator for alloy projects    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For any project requiring alloy equipment, the best thing to do is look at the experience and expertise with the alloy. The first requirement for a fabricator should, at a minimum, be ASME Section VIII Div 1 certified for the manufacture of pressure vessels, even for equipment not requiring pressure service. More

Fiscal cliff has made manufacturing business disappear
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Until this fall, Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio, was having a pretty good year. The laser-cutting manufacturer had experienced an uptick in sales and had grown its workforce to accommodate the demand for its services. Unfortunately, as the leaves changed, so did its outlook on the future of its business. The fiscal cliff and accompanying uncertainty caused a sharp slowdown — many large projects and orders were cancelled — as its customers expressed anxieties over their future. More

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Welding inspection can reduce costs by detecting discontinuities in the early stages of manufacturing, reducing the cost of rework and extending the life of components by detecting flaws. Non-destructive testing methods can identify cracking, porosity, incomplete penetration, misalignment, inclusions, lack of fusion and similar conditions, which can compromise weld strength. MORE
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Bluco Corporation specializes in designing modular welding fixtures. With one set of modular tooling, you can build 100’s of different fixtures. Take advantage of our free fixture design service and let us show you an engineered solution for your specific application. MORE

Farm-equipment plant to open in Central Texas, aims for 50 jobs
The Waco Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nebraska-based Behlen Manufacturing Co. will manufacture farm and ranch equipment in McGregor, Texas, and hopes to hire 50 people next year, with skilled welders making up to $25 an hour. Company officials, attending a news conference at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce headquarters, praised the work of the Waco and McGregor chambers and economic development organizations in making their move to Texas a reality. More

Using safe welding techniques to prevent eye injuries
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Welding comes under the most dangerous professions in today's scenario. Each and every operation involved in the process is associated with risks in some or the other way. The risks can be related to radiations, improper material handling, electricity and gas leakages but one-quarter of all the welding risks are associated with eyes. More

Heavy Duty Clamping from the Trusted Leader

DESTACO’s 5000 Series HD Clamps is making an immense impact on the welding, automotive, agriculture, and transportation industries. This rugged line is comprised of unique pivot points with hardened pins inside durable steel bushings and forged alloy steel clamping bars, which can be easily modified to suit an array of application requirements. MORE

Welding sparks started wildfire in Washington
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The Department of Natural Resources has concluded that an August wildfire that caused $11 million damage was caused by sparks from welding or cutting work on a bridge southeast of Cle Elum, Wash. The department released the results of its investigation into the Taylor Bridge Fire that destroyed 61 homes and blackened 36 square miles. More

Boy Scouts earn welding badges at Delaware high school
Sussex Countian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Six Boy Scouts earned their welding merit badges during Sussex Technical High School's eighth grade open house. The program, organized by district business director Ed Seibert and taught by school welding instructors Jim Friedel and Mark Abbott, required the scouts to pick one of three career opportunities in the welding industry. The scouts then researched the education, training and experience required for each profession. More

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Apple's US manufacturing move boosts supply chain stability
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Apple's manufacturing move was critiqued by some as little more than a PR stunt, but Mary Shacklett believes that it signals good things for supply chains and jobs beyond just Apple's interests. More

Why the manufacturing skills gap is creating new opportunities
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Manufacturers are feeling the crunch. Sixty-seven percent of manufacturing companies are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers, said last year's Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute survey. More than half expect the shortage to increase within the next three to five years. To prevent the skills gap from worsening, companies need to invest in more aggressive recruiting and training efforts. More

Maine high school students praise 2-year welding program
Portsmouth Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sparks fly on a daily basis in one classroom at Portsmouth High School in Maine. Students say Bill Schefer's two-year welding program provides them a hands-on education in a field where demand is high for quality, skilled workers. Some said they hope their training will help them to one day get jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, or Westinghouse Electric Co. in Newington, and while not all of the students will go on to careers in welding, they said it is a skill that will stay with them. More

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Workstation Bridge Cranes in Fabrication
Production lines and workstation bridge cranes work together seamlessly. When you need to add parts to your project or you have several different phases in production, the workstation bridge crane is perfect for moving things down the line. With our customizable workstation bridge cranes, SPANCO will meet your company’s needs. MORE
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BESSEY® has been a market leader in clamps since 1936. If you know clamps, you know BESSEY®. You know our reputation for quality and reliability; you know we’re 130 years of German engineering backed by the strength of our product and our reputation. BESSEY®. Simply better.
H&S Tools, Inc. - TS-400
The model TS-400 is a powerful, accurate track saw that improves productivity in waterwall panel replacement projects. The patented track mounting system eliminates wheels and rollers yet slides easily into position and stops kick backs without the need for a lock.
Thermion - Ceramic Composite Coating
The purpose of the ceramic composite coating is to provide a wear resistance surface while also providing corrosion protection of the coated object. The coating material, a "Ceramic Core" tubular aluminum wire is filled with up to 46 percent ceramic, when sprayed onto an object produces a ceramic composite coating of aluminum and ceramic.

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