Custom Manufacturing

CASE STUDY: Flexible Tombstone Fixturing Boosts Productivity

An Illinois company that specializes in machining components for the fluid power industry improved productivity by up to 40 percent with the use of custom fixturing devices in its horizontal machining center (HMC). TRD Manufacturing, of Machesney Park, Ill., produces more than 450 component styles and sizes, in 1018 steel or 303 stainless steel, for OEMs and distributors. The company specializes...

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What Is Manufacturing Doing on its Summer Vacation? It's Still Working

Summer is past its halfway point, and many folks are still getting in their vacations as those dreaded back-to-school sales start showing up in stores. Manufacturing activity typically slows at this time, in its own version of summer vacation, with some production facilities idled or at least slowed in their output. It's a great time to take stock of what the year has brought so far, and where it...

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Engineering & Design

UOP Adds Natural Gas Processing Technology at Kinder Morgan Plant

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has chosen UOP's Separex Flux(+) membrane elements to increase natural gas processing capacity at the Yates Gas Plant in western Texas. The membrane elements will be used to remove contaminants such as acid gas and water from natural gas. These contaminants must be removed before natural gas can be transported by pipeline for commercial use. UOP's Separex Flux(+) is...

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AMT Cancels Las Vegas Event imX

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology has canceled imX - interactive manufacturing eXperience, an education and production application trade show scheduled for November 18 to 20 in Las Vegas. AMT canceled the event due to conflicting events that prevented the professional organization and its partners from committing adequate staff and supplies. "AMT is committed to producing quality...

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Mazak Welcomes SMW Autoblok to its VIP Technology Program

Mazak Corp. has added SMW Autoblok to its Value Inspired Partner (VIP) technology program for providing additional solutions to its manufacturing customers. The VIP program involves a group of eight manufacturing partners that work with Mazak on research and development for new technologies and machine tool advances. Mazak advertises the program as an opportunity to support its customers with...

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Engineering & Design

Hydraulic Institute, Pump Systems Matter Finalize Mechanical Seals Webinar Series

The Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with the Fluid Sealing Association, have announced a second Mechanical Seals webinar series. The series will begin on Thursday, Sept. 5. A complimentary webinar entitled Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinars will be led by industry-leading experts in a non-commercial...

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AAM Joins Manufacturing Day as Gold Sponsor

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has joined Manufacturing Day 2013 as a Gold Sponsor in order to better support those interested in learning about manufacturing careers and opportunities. The annual Manufacturing Day event allows students, veterans, and others looking for more information about manufacturing careers the opportunity to visit factory floors, talk to industry...

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MAG Introduces Small Engine Machine Tool

Machine tool manufacturer MAG has released a new twin-spindle machining center in its SPECHT series of tools, designed for hybrid manufacturing applications. MAG advertises the SPECHT 450 DUO machine as a highly productive, small-footprint system that can operate at high speeds under aggressive fuel efficiency standards. The 450 DUO is intended for the small engine and parts production market. It...

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Engineering & Design

IBM Unveils Software to Help Organizations Spot Security Risks

IBM has released an integrated security intelligence solution that helps organizations identify key vulnerabilities in real-time while reducing total cost of security operations. The company's QRadar Vulnerability Manager gives security officers a prioritized view across their entire network. By aggregating vulnerability information into a single view, security teams can see the results from...

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June 2013 Crude Steel Production Dips in June, Still Higher Than 2012

Global raw steel production dipped in June, after a slight uptick in May, as demand for crude steel declined. June numbers released by the World Steel Association showed crude steel production fell 3.4 percent, or 4,650 million metric tons, from 136,302 million metric tons in May to 131,652 million metric tons. Despite this dip, June numbers were still 1.9 percent above the shipped tonnage of...

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