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Zodiac Aerospace

As the aerospace industry ramps up production, its suppliers must, too. This is creating challenges for Zodiac Aerospace’s advanced composites and engineered materials division that the company is...
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Virtek Vision International Inc.

Virtek Vision International Inc. uses its laser-based templating, inspection and CNC manufacturing solutions to help users produce products faster, with better quality and at a lower cost. The company...
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UPM

Although some people might consider paper an archaic form of communication, companies such as UPM continue to show that paper isn’t just a relevant part of our past, but a vital piece of our future,...
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Uniroyal Engineered Products

Uniroyal Engineered Products has become a top producer of cast vinyl coated fabrics. Its assets include the iconic Naugahyde brand, a leading choice for many types of vinyl fabrics. Uniroyal Engineered...
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Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd.

As regulations on the allowable leakage in fluid or gas systems become more stringent around the world, Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. is working to provide its customers with tighter sealing and gasket...
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Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors is steadily on the track to achieving its not-so-secret secret plan. In 2006, three years after the company was founded, Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk divulged Tesla Motors’ true intentions...
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Superior Tube Co.

Developing innovative technologies for highly specialized uses is nothing new for Superior Tube Co. Since its founding in 1934, the Collegeville, Penn.-based company has been called upon to produce tubes...
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Super Diesel S.A.

Every motor vehicle is made up of hundreds of intrinsic parts that are unquestionably required for making it run. Among these parts, there exists a highly important component – the axle – and among...
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Spence Engineering Co. Inc.

Pressure-reducing regulators are used in systems that circulate steam or hot water in closed loops to provide heat. In 1925, Paulsen Spence designed the first normally closed, pilot-operated, diaphragm-actuated...
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Precision Drive Systems

When it comes to machine tools, the importance of the spindle – the rotating axis used in drilling, cutting, milling, contouring, deburring and polishing – is difficult to overstate. A broken or...
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PoolPak International LLC

The dehumidification business can be a complex one, with the constant entry of new innovations and customers that need high levels of customization. But PoolPak International LLC copes with it all, President...
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Pony Tools

Founded in 1903 as The Adjustable Clamp Company by Adele Holman, Pony Tools has created a long tradition of manufacturing high-end products here in the United States. The founder’s great-great grandson,...
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Washington

Whether 2015 legislative prospects regarding reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are real is anyone’s guess. On the environmental front, TSCA reform is the only viable contender for serious...
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Technology

Much of the credit for the recent revival of the U.S. automotive industry has been given to the doggedness of the American workforce. The media has personified the manufacturing worker as a rugged, never-give-up...
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West

The California High Speed Rail Authority broke ground in early January on the nation’s first high-speed rail system, but additional attention also is focused on the fact that some of the world’s...
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South

It is no secret that the manufacturing industry needs skilled workers, and members of the military have always been attractive options to fill open spots in manufacturing. Atlanta-based Bradley-Morris...
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Northeast

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills’ (NIMS) administration recently expanded its apprenticeships through an $100 million competitive grant program to launch apprenticeship models in high-growth...
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Midwest

Central Michigan University’s (CMU) engineering program has been designated as one of a select number of universities nationwide to be invited to participate in the Ford College Alliance. This new...
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International

Innovation often is the result of companies working together, and one Canadian business is demonstrating just that with a recent partnership with a company in the Netherlands. In late 2014, Enerkem Inc.,...
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AHR Show

Along those same lines, 96 percent of HVACR manufacturers believe 2015 sales will continue to increase, with 47 percent expecting sales increases of 5 to 10 percent. Twenty nine percent of the respondents...
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Management

With manufacturing in the U.S. predicted to grow in 2015, many firms are striving to take their business to the next level through geographic expansion or supply chain improvements. For mid-size manufacturers,...
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Evolving Chemical Management

The Challenge Product formulation is a balancing of performance, cost and safety considerations. Product manufacturers are always questioning whether chemical ingredients are safe and whether anything...
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Special Focus

From the Great Depression to the Great Recession and all of the economic and technology changes in-between, Stanek Tool has survived and outlasted many of its contemporaries for one main reason. “We’ve always operated as a family business – we value our employees and value building relationships with our customers and suppliers,” owner and President Mary Wehrheim says. “I think we’re respected in the industry because we’ve done what I feel are the right things.” For Wehrheim, doing the right thing includes treating employees, customers vendors and suppliers with respect. Wehrheim represents the third generation of family ownership at the company, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2014. Her grandfather, Edward Stanek Sr., a native of Czechoslovakia, founded the company in 1924 after leaving his home country and settling in Milwaukee.  Read more...
Car collectors know the impact coatings have had on automotive products. Nowadays, glass and silver aren’t needed to provide reflectivity in auto headlights – just a light aluminum coating on injection-molded plastic does the job and gives automakers increasing design flexibility. A similar story can be told about cutting tools, which are manufactured with tribological coatings that reduce wear and can double or triple their lifetimes. Enabling manufacturers to provide these benefits is the business of Mustang Vacuum Systems Inc. The company is a global manufacturer of industrial-scale vacuum deposition equipment, including sputtering systems, evaporation systems, optical coating units and roll-to roll-systems. The equipment it manufactures is used to apply coatings to automotive, decorative, medical and industrial tools, and thin-film solar products.  Read more...
It seems that no one desires to wait for anything these days. Fortunately, they often don’t need to. Today, a product can be ordered on Saturday morning and arrive at a doorstep on Monday. As it is in the consumer world, so it is within the business world as well. Manufacturers like LMT Onsrud that are able provide their customers with what they require and almost immediately are the ones that will win.  LMT Onsrud began in 1946 and since that time it has been committed to providing the best-quality router bits and cutting tools within the industry. Tooling lines range from wood materials to plastics and composite machining to the latest end mill lines utilized to cut aluminums and exotic metals. Its products are used in industries such as aerospace, defense and medical. Read more...
When Linear Mold & Engineering launched in 2003, the economy in its native Michigan was on shaky ground. Nevertheless, the company’s founders believed there would always be a need for manufacturers who could perform rapid tooling for the automotive industry. More than a decade later, Linear has been proven right, as it has grown to become one of the most successful providers of tooling for molds in North America. Director of New Business Development – Tooling & Manufacturing Lou Young says the company has become a leader in the industry through its dedication to upgrading its equipment and embrace of innovation as well as a solid reputation for handling customers’ requests in a timely fashion.  Read more...
CNC Engineering Inc.’s business is centered on machines, but its key element is its staff, Vice President Patrick Harrington asserts. “We’ve surrounded ourselves with very talented people,” he declares. They include its team of gifted engineers, which are among the best in the business. “We’re always on the look-out for the right type of engineer,” Harrington asserts.  Based in Enfield, Conn., CNC Engineering provides FANUC integration services for multiple industries, including aerospace, automotive, bearings, and oil and gas clients. “Aerospace is year in and year out probably our largest customer,” Harrington says. Co-owner Gary Caravella started CNC Engineering more than 30 years ago. Although his father specialized in manufacturing, “Gary studied electrical engineering,” Harrington says, noting that the younger Caravella focused on updating various machine tools. Read more...

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