Engineering & Design

Consolidation Marks $38 Billion Global Pump Industry

Credit: digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The top 200 companies own more than half of the global industrial pump market, according to the latest research from McIlvaine Company. Impeller, the online pump industry publication that reported the McIlvaine research, also noted of pump industry consolidation picking up the pace again. As reported on Impeller, White Plains, N.Y.-based Xylem is the...

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GBI Shows Continued Contraction in Durable Goods Manufacturing

The May Gardner Business Index (GBI) showed that the durable goods manufacturing industry was flat, and that business at metalcutting job shops shrank for the period. The GBI demonstrated the continuance of static growth over the past five months. While some sub-indices, such as new orders, production, and employment, showed growth, backlogs and exports contracted and prices were rising....

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GibbsCAM to Host High-Speed Machining Webinar

GibbsCAM and Modern Machine Shop (MMS) will host a webinar next week to help introduce participants to high-speed machining. In an announcement yesterday, the CAD/CAM software developer announced that it will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 12, at 2:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am Pacific) focusing on various high-speed machining (HSM) topics. The webinar, co-hosted by MMS, will cover topics like: What...

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Tru Tech Touts Its New Automated Centerless Grinder

Tru Tech Systems, a manufacturer of CNC grinding machines, is straightforward in its mission: "Anything round that needs to be ground is our niche." So says its applications manager, Tom Lebel (pictured), in discussing features of the company's latest grinding system, the Revolution Auto automatic-loading perimetric profile grinder. The unit was on display at last month's EASTEC trade fair in...

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EPA Survey Shows $384 Billion Needed for U.S. Drinking Water Infrastructure by 2030

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released survey results showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation's drinking water infrastructure through 2030 to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. EPA's fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment report identifies investments needed over the next 20 years for thousands of...

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Ganesh Swiss Machine Uses Sliding Headstock

Machine tool manufacturer Ganesh Machinery has released a new small-parts Swiss machine that eschews many of the typical design features of Swiss-type lathes. Guide bushings support long, thin workpieces undergoing the complex machining typical of Swiss-type operations. The Ganesh Cyclone CS32 from Ganesh Machinery uses a sliding headstock to feed the part from the bar, eliminating the need for...

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Gibbs Die Casting to Expand Kentucky Facilities

Gibbs Die Casting has announced it will invest more than $22.8 million in its Henderson, Ky., headquarters. Gibbs, which runs facilities for aluminum and magnesium casting, machining, assembly, and die building around the world, will use the money to expand its office headquarters in Henderson, as well as add several new production lines, including the hiring of 160 new employees. The expansion...

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GE Oil & Gas Heads Into Small-Scale LNG Market with Acquisition

GE Oil & Gas has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of the Salof Companies, a designer and manufacturer of small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) technologies based in Schertz, Texas. The move positions GE for growth in the small LNG sector. Salof is an industry leader in cryogenic plant design and fabrication for small LNG and carbon dioxide applications. GE, already...

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German Machine Tool Orders Drop

Machine tool orders in Germany were down in the first quarter of 2013, though analysts see the chance for growth later in the year. A report from the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW) revealed that machine tool industry orders fell 19 percent in 1Q13 compared to the same period in 2012, with domestic orders dropping 21 percent and international orders falling 18 percent. VDW...

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Autodesk to Acquire Tinkercad

In an announcement made over the weekend, Autodesk revealed that it will acquire the browser-based design application Tinkercad. The deal, which is scheduled to be completed within the next 30 days, will see Tinkercad's software added to Autdesk's 123D design suite. The 123D design suite represents Autodesk's attempt at giving anyone with an idea easy to use tools to create 3D models. For more...

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