Engineering & Design

Flow Control Is a Big Part of Metso's New High-Value Strategy

Metso's flow control valve products include the GM Series globe valve, shown here with a multistage design. Metso Corp., a major global supplier of process equipment, is relying on three product areas, among them flow control equipment, in a strategic realignment that is aimed at maximizing sales in high-margin businesses. The objective of the realignment, whose business model and organization...

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Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

With the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) only weeks away, more exhibitors are revealing the machines, technologies, and services they will be featuring at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 8-13. One major display will be offered by machining systems maker Mazak Corp., of Florence, Ky. Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models. It...

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Carbide Coatings, Terminal Automation Are More Opportunities in Oil and Gas

Oerlikon Metco's Surface Solutions Segment formulates wear- and corrosion-resistant carbide coatings for valves. Protecting valves and related components from harsh environments is vital to reliable and cost-effective operations. One company that's promoting a line of carbide coatings for such applications is Oerlikon Metco. Oerlikon Metco, based in Wohlen, Switzerland (U.S. headquarters in...

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Custom Manufacturing

On the Road: New England CNC Keeps its Eye on the Future

In the 54 years it has been in business, New England CNC has overcome many challenges. Nowadays, despite the rise of reshoring, the movement of manufacturing offshore, along with its effect on business and pricing. is still one of the major issues with which the small machine shop has to contend. The co-owners of the machining company in Hamden, Conn., Lawrence Carrignan, president, and Ron...

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KSB Adds Dual-Function Valve for High-Volume Pumping

The KSB Group unveiled last month an innovative butterfly valve with an integrated shutoff and pump check valve for use in high-volume pumping operations such as industrial cooling circuits, water transport, water distribution, desalination of seawater, and hydropower. The device is part of the Frankenthal, Germany-based company's new Dualis series of valves. (The North American division, KSB...

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Custom Manufacturing

On the Road: Small Shop Has Overcome Big Challenges for 50-Plus Years

Small machine shops that have been in business for more than a half-century are rare. Nevertheless, they are vibrant examples of the hands-on skills, innovation, and work ethic that fuel the vision of entrepreneurs and manufacturing businesspeople. One such business is in Hamden, Conn., on a tiny side street. New England CNC Inc. has been in business at this location since 1960. In the past 54...

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Engineering & Design

Mechanical Key Interlocking Is Simple Way of Protecting Valves

Smith Flow Control has added a dust plug with mechanical key interlocking to its line of valve protection equipment. Many times, simple trumps sophisticated when it comes to mechanical devices. Case in point: Smith Flow Control's latest iteration of its dust plug, which is designed to protect valves and aid operations in extreme environmental conditions. The company has also added a durable,...

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Engineering & Design

Startup Flux Group Buys Norwegian Valve Supplier IKM

The oil service industry could be witnessing the emergence of a major equipment supplier whose chief products will include valves and related technology. In late June, it was announced that Flux Group, a startup focusing entirely on the oil service industry, planned to acquire the IKM Valves business of IKM Group, a diversified company based in Stavanger, Norway, which is, of course, the center...

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Custom Manufacturing

IMTS Parts Are as Valuable as the Whole Show

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is a big event made up of many individual parts, which, themselves, are equally worth the cost of admission. The notable components of the biennial IMTS this year, Sept. 8-13 in Chicago, are the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) conference, the division of the show into nine product-specific pavilions, a major...

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IMTS' Goal: A 'One-Stop' Showplace for Manufacturing Technology

The 30th edition of the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) takes place Sept. 8-13 in Chicago. With less than two months to opening day, the organizer, the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), in McLean, Va., reports that 2,000 exhibitors will occupy 1.25 million sq ft of space in McCormick Place, filling all four halls. Attendance, which totaled 100,200 in...

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