Custom Manufacturing

USMTO: Manufacturing Tech Orders Dip in January

January U.S. manufacturing technology orders were down about a quarter from December sales according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology's (AMT) United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report released yesterday. Manufacturing technology orders totaled $370.62 million, down 26.5 percent from December's total and down 12.2 percent compared to January 2012 figures. As...

Read More »
Engineering & Design

Westlake Chemical Acquires CertainTeed's PVC Pipe, Fittings, and Foundation Business

Westlake Chemical Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement with CertainTeed Corp. to buy the latter's Pipe and Foundation Group (PFG) for $175 million in cash, including $22 million of working capital, with closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, pending regulatory approval. A subsidiary of France's Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed's PFG...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

AMT Announces New Board of Directors

At the MFG Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Friday, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) elected its 2013-2014 board of directors and officers. AMT works with manufacturing technology industry professionals to organize events, education, and business around the country, including the sponsorship of the biennial IMTS trade show and providing business-support tools to members. AMT...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

French Group to Acquire MAG Americas

The Fives Group has reached an agreement to acquire MAG Americas, the Ohio-based supplier of machine tools and subsidiary of the MAG Group. While full details of the deal are not yet public, Paris-based Fives will acquire several MAG properties, including the brands Giddings & Lewis, Cincinnati, and Forest-Liné, as well as plants in Hebron, Ky., and Wisconsin. According to Biz...

Read More »
Engineering & Design

ABB to Provide Process Analyzers for Cheniere Energy LNG Project

ABB will supply process analyzers, system integration, and related services for Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cameron Parish, La. Located four miles from the Gulf Coast in southwest Louisiana, the new export facility is currently being built as an expansion of Cheniere's existing Sabine Pass natural gas storage and import terminal. When completed, it...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

New Laser Drill Machines Engine Components at the Molecular Level

California-based Raydiance has released a new laser micro hole drilling system capable of machining engine components at the molecular level. The R-Drill 200, updated from the earlier R-Drill 100, is an industrial-grade femtosecond laser that generates no heat, avoiding heat dissipation problems in other forms of machining. This is possible because the laser cuts at the molecular level,...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

Manufacturing Sector Adds 14,000 Jobs as Employment Numbers Improve

The United States economy added 236,000 jobs and fell to a 7.7 percent unemployment rate despite federal economic woes and rises in payroll taxes, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment figure fell to 7.7 in February from 7.9 percent in January, a low last seen in December 2008. The long-term unemployed figure remained relatively unchanged from...

Read More »
Engineering & Design

Course on Wet Gas Flow Fundamentals and Measurement Training Scheduled in Houston

Wet gas presents a challenge in flow measurement, introducing gas flow rate errors by 10 percent or more. To tackle this challenge, Colorado Engineering Experiment Station Inc. (CEESI), based in Nunn, Colo., will hold a wet gas measurement course, providing training and knowledge to senior technicians and engineers, on March 25 and 26 in Houston. The course will be conducted by Richard Steven,...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

Makino Releases High-Precision Machining Centers for Medical Parts Production

Machine-tool manufacturer Makino has released a new series of horizontal CNC Machines designed for machining small parts that require tight tolerances. The N2 and N2-5Xa horizontal CNC machine centers are compact high-precision units that take up about one-fifth of a typical machining center's floor space. The N2 series occupies 26 square feet, including the coolant tank and chip management...

Read More »
Custom Manufacturing

The MFG Meeting Begins in Hawaii

The MFG Meeting, an annual retreat for educational sessions and networking events centered around American industry, began March 5 in Waikoloa, Hawaii and continues through Friday. Industry professionals have been presenting information to over 600 manufacturing leader attendees on the manufacturing economic outlook and sharing details of successful business practice implementation between...

Read More »

All Topics