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22-Yr-Old Shows Machining Is Great for Women, Too

Bailey Pinch is a young woman with a can-do attitude. She's mechanically inclined, doesn't want to spend a career sitting behind a desk, and likes challenging work that calls for innovative thinking, attention to detail, and problem solving. Most of all, she's "able to run with the big guys," as she puts it, when it comes to getting things done - which is important since her interests and...

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Ahead of IMTS, Metal Storm Highlights Latest Array of Technologies

This year's really big machining and manufacturing show, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), is three months away (Sept. 8-13, in Chicago). For those anxious to get an early taste of what some exhibitors will have on display at McCormick Place, or get a sense of business trends and equipment developments, there is a two-day regional event next week in Massachusetts that will...

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Engineering & Design

Rotork Is On Track for Another Strong Year

This has been a good year for Rotork plc, a global supplier of valves, actuators, and related equipment. The company, which is based in Bath, U.K., with its U.S. office in Mullica Hill, N.J., has provided equipment and expertise for major projects in the U.K. and Malaysia. This month, Rotork announced that it is assisting Thames Water, the U.K.'s largest water company, with the design and...

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Cooperative Networks Are Avenues for Skilled Talent Development

Developing local and regional cooperative networks that promote the education, training, certification, and placement of qualified workers is one way of addressing manufacturing's need for skilled labor. Shop owners, educators, equipment manufacturers, and OEMs that establish such coops will go a long way toward recruiting and developing employees for the skills necessary to keep their employers...

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Engineering & Design

Global Demand Is Years Strong for Flow Equipment

The U.S. petrochemical industry continues to have positive reports about its market growth posted. Opportunities are increasing for suppliers of valves, pumps, flowmeters, and related equipment. A quick review of plant construction projects, capacity expansions, and other plans shows that demand is increasing for a range of chemicals whose production benefits from the assured supply of low-cost...

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CT Scanning Aimed as Machined Part Validation Method

Machine shops invest sizeable sums of money and time in guaranteeing that the parts they produce meet specifications - especially those used in high-performance industries such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medical. One way they do this is by using advanced metrology and related inspection procedures. Third-party providers often conduct these analyses with specialized equipment and...

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Report Cites Strong Prospects for Industrial Valves in 2015

The oil and gas industry is on track to spend a record $10.3 billion on valves in 2015. Credit: iPhoto This is a great time to be in the valve business, as a manufacturer, distributor, or contractor, if your markets include the upstream global oil and gas industry. According to a report from market research company McIlvaine, titled "Industrial Valves: World Markets," the international oil and...

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IMTS 2014 Preview: Exhibitors Begin Promoting New Equipment

Early announcements of new equipment that will be on display at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) are beginning to appear. The biennial show, Sept. 8-13, will occupy McCormick Place in Chicago, showing the latest developments in metal production systems, automation, software, process technology, and related areas. Among the companies releasing information about new...

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Engineering & Design

Shale Gas Fuels Expansion of Commodity Chemical Plants -- And Challenges

The valve and pump industry stands to benefit mightily from the U.S. shale gas revolution via a surge in petrochemical production that the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) calls "a once-in-a-century opportunity." The payoff for valve and pump manufacturers and suppliers lies in capacity expansions and new pipeline infrastructure for a number of commodity chemicals whose production will benefit from...

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Wharton Professor: Don't Blame Worker Shortfall on Skills Gap

There is no skills gap. That is the contention of Peter Cappelli, professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He says manufacturers seeking qualified workers need to stop wishing for employees that meet all of their requirements and take a proactive, aggressive approach to finding suitable workers and training them....

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