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Vidir Machine Inc.

The story of Vidir Machine began in the early 1980s when Willie Dueck opened a welding shop and began making carpet carousels. Today, the Arborg, Manitoba-based operation is a manufacturer and worldwide...
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Trimble Mobile Computing Solutions

Modern manufacturing requires input of complicated data on the factory floor. But factory floor conditions sometimes are too rugged for conventional computers. Meeting the need for bar code scanning...
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Superior Fabrication Inc.

When oil and gas producers need separators, crude oil treaters and fired heaters, they often turn to Superior Fabrication Inc. (SPI). Based in Elk City, Okla., the company custom fabricates production...
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Sterling Machinery Exchange

Located in South El Monte, Calif., Sterling Machinery Exchange has called the same location home since it first opened the doors to its business in 1954. Today the company is a worldwide supplier of...
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S.S. White Aerospace

S.S. White Technologies designs, engineers, manufactures and tests a wide variety of flexible shaft products for the aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial markets around the globe. Almost all...
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SMTC Corp.

SMTC Corp. CEO and President Sushil Dhiman talks about the future of his electronics manufacturing company with the utmost confidence. He speaks of continued revenue growth, expanding the customer base...
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Royal Die & Stamping Co. Inc.

Some do not perceive metalworking as a typical job for a woman, but Royal Die & Stamping Co. defies expectations, COO Sue Freitag says. “The women [here] have always been on the production floor...
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Roboworld

Industrial robots have changed the face of manufacturing, helping companies become more competitive via increased speed and productivity while at the same time reducing costs and removing humans from...
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Rez-Tech Corp.

During its 33-year history, plastic jar manufacturer Rez-Tech Corp has expanded and contracted along with the market and its production needs. But the Kent, Ohio-based company is preparing to enter a...
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Qualtek Manufacturing

As the final step in the metal manufacturing process for its customers before final assembly or sale, Qualtek Manufacturing continuously strives to improve lead time. “In our world, lead time is the...
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Quality Industries

Founded in 1972 in Nashville, Quality Industries (QI) today is an integrated contract manufacturer. Initially focused on stainless steel foodservice equipment and class seven and eight truck component...
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Phoenix Dynamometer Systems LLC

Sometimes, a company leads its particular industry because it has a long legacy of products and technology that reaches back decades. In some cases, however, a company’s willingness to go back to the...
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New Compliance

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish “policies...
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New Opportunities

As an executive of an equipment manufacturing business, you’re in charge of maintaining sales and growing sources of revenue for your business. And, as you well know, the strategies you need to capture...
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The Political Game Plan

Yes, it is easy to get caught up in the “horse race”—the parade of candidates and the breathless punditry. But corporate lobbyists stay busy for a reason: They’re working the angles among the...
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Key Performance Indicators

Information overload is more prevalent than ever in today’s manufacturing industry. According to Adrian Ott in her book, “The 24-Hour Customer,” people see more than 34 billion pieces of information...
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Hollywood Connection

WESTEC, a major West Coast manufacturing event, is readying its programming for 2015, and part of it will be a keynote on the power of manufacturing in Hollywood. Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects will discuss...
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Students of Innovation

University electrical engineering design projects from across North America provided a glimpse into the future through the annual Texas Instruments (TI) Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest...
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‘In the Right Direction’

After many months of evaluation, the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) selected SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium as the country’s first Integrated Photonics...
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The Heart of it All

The national manufacturing industry has taken a major impact in the past several years, as a result of the recent recession and global competition. But many areas of the country still have a lot to offer...
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Green is Good

Chevrolet has put its secondary use battery technology in the record books by setting a Guinness World Records for the most people generating electricity in one week at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American...
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Fabulous FABTECH

It’s easy to imagine that the sound of robots gearing up for action in the Transformers movies is quite similar to the noise and excitement that surrounds FABTECH, which is coming to Chicago in November. North...
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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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