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Chemetall Opens $25 Million Facility in Michigan

Chemetall, a manufacturer of surface treatment and metal processing technologies, is opening a $25-million, 200-sq-ft chemical manufacturing plant in Blackman Township, Mich., that will house administrative, manufacturing and warehousing operations, and a physical testing laboratory.

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Fast bespoke plastic bearings

Fast bespoke plastic bearings | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The service was launched two years ago to provide customers with a fast and cost effective service for special parts, prototypes and low volume parts, which can be delivered within 24 hours.

The services now covers  a wide range of tribo-polymer materials with more sizes available, including stock sheet in various thicknesses.

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Risk of recession, default threaten progress of Argentina's plastics sector

Risk of recession, default threaten progress of Argentina's plastics sector | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

With per capita consumption steady and new machinery imports up last year from 2012, Argentina’s plastics sector looked like it would turn a corner in 2014 after consecutive years of industrial decline.

But with the economy expected to dip into a recession this year due to foreign currency shortages, inflation pegged at more than 30 percent since January, and risk of economic default for a second time since 2001, players big and small within the industry told Plastics News during Argenplás — held June 16-19 in Buenos Aires — that they’re entering uncharted waters.

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Fagor Arrasate improves its large press heads machining process

Fagor Arrasate has improved its large press heads machining process with the acquisition of the floor type milling-boring machine FX-20000 from SORALUCE.

Fagor Arrasate is a world specialists in design, manufacture and supply of forming machine tools, from presses and complete stamping systems to lines for manufacturing, processing and cutting sheet metal or special complete lines for manufacturing complex sheet metal parts.

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Hexagon Composites to Supply Type 4 Tanks to Major Auto Manufacturer

Hexagon Composites to Supply Type 4 Tanks to Major Auto Manufacturer | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Hexagon Composites’ wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Raufoss has been nominated by a major international car manufacturer to supply Type 4 high-pressure compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks.

The cooperation commences in third quarter 2014 with an initial product development phase. The first deliveries are targeted for the beginning of 2017, and the program is scheduled to run for up to 7 years. The estimated overall delivery value is around NOK 525 million (approximately USD 90 million).

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Concept Plastics moving to bigger plant

Concept Plastics moving to bigger plant | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Custom injection molder Concept Plastics Ltd. is relocating to accommodate growth.

The firm is moving from Mississauga, Ontario, to Brantford, Ontario, and expects to complete the move in August.

“We are running out of space,” said Concept President Arun Kulkarni is a phone interview. The firm has been running flat out and will soon occupy 55,000 square feet in Brantford. Its current Mississauga facility is 40,000 square feet.

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A New Twist on Modular Machining

A New Twist on Modular Machining | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Fuji is touting its latest product – the DLFn machining line – as a "reinvention" of modular machining.

In most cases, that kind of statement would be edited out as marketing hyperbole. But it seems like Fuji might be on to something here.

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Cretex adds tooling, short-run production with Wickstrom acquisition

Cretex adds tooling, short-run production with Wickstrom acquisition | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Cretex Cos. Inc. has purchased the assets of medical injection molder and mold maker S. Wickstrom Manufacturing Inc. in Redwood City, Calif., beefing up its short-run production base and adding capabilities in quick turnaround tooling production in-house.

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New engineering test centre

New engineering test centre | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The Welding Institute (TWI) is heading up the project as part of the Alconbury Weald project to regenerate the former RAF airbase into a 150 hectare government-backed Enterprise Zone for advanced engineering, high-value manufacturing and R&D. 

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Sandvik Coromant And Edgecam Demonstrate Machining Optimisation

Sandvik Coromant And Edgecam Demonstrate Machining Optimisation | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Manufacturers were shown how to get the best from their CNC machines by utilising the latest cutting tool and software technology, at Sandvik Coromant’s open day.

Engineers from all over the UK learned how to make improvements for delivering cost efficiency and enhancing quality to their production methods. Organised by Sandvik Coromant UK’s Machine Investment Manager James Rhys-Davies, the event was attended by manufacturers considering investing in new machine tools or who have recently purchased them.

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OMAX and Spatial co-develop 3D tool pathing solution for waterjet machining

OMAX and Spatial co-develop 3D tool pathing solution for waterjet machining | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

OMAX Corporation, provider of advanced abrasive waterjet solutions, and Spatial Corp., provider of 3D development components for manufacturing applications, have combined their technologies to create a 3D tool pathing solution. The new Intelli-CAM software tool for OMAX JetMachining Centers generates 3D tool paths from solid 3D models as well as quickly performs 3D to 2D file conversions.  

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Aerospace specialist automates

Aerospace specialist automates | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

FGP Precision’s business is 95% aerospace but it mitigates this exposure to a single sector by working closely with customers who have different machining needs, so the spread of work includes actuators, power generation and aircraft interior fixtures and fittings. 

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GF Machining Solutions buys fellow Swiss machine tool builder Liechti Engineering

GF Machining Solutions buys fellow Swiss machine tool builder Liechti Engineering | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it
Switzerland-headquartered GF Machining Solutions is to acquire fellow Swiss machine tool builder Liechti Engineering AG. GF Machining Solutions is known for its EDM, laser ablation and machining centre technology, and Liechti Engineering is a specialist in 5-axis milling machines designed to produce blades and blisks for aircraft engines and power generating turbines. 


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Audi Suspension Springs Are Trading Steel For Composites

Audi Suspension Springs Are Trading Steel For Composites | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Forget what you know about car suspension: Audi is tearing up the rule book and making its latest springs from glass fibre-reinforced composite instead of steel. It’s not gone mad though; this is the future.

The new springs, pictured on the left, are made of thin glass fibres held together in epoxy resin. A machine — which I would really love to see in action — twirls fibres around a small central core at plus or minus 45 degrees to the direction of the coil. Its then coated in epoxy and cured at around 100C.

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Machined for Mars

Machined for Mars | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The spacecraft will be carrying instrumentation designed to detect a wide range of trace atmospheric gases, many of which are important markers of geophysical and/or biogenic activity – it is into this instrumentation that the components machined by GB Precision will be incorporated. 

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Delcam's Vortex and Sandvik tools reduce transmission system machining time

Delcam’s Brazilian reseller, Seacam, worked together with Sandvik Brasil to machine aluminium transmission covers for a car being developed by students from the University of São Paulo State. A reduction of 73% was achieved in the machining time by using the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy in Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

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Auto supplier ZF in talks to acquire TRW

Auto supplier ZF in talks to acquire TRW | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG is in talks to acquire Livonia, Mich.-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., Bloomberg reports.

The deal would expand ZF’s reach to safety equipment and sensors boost its status as a global supplier.

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SGL starts production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibre

SGL starts production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibre | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

“Our new heavy tow carbon fibre SIGRAFIL® C 50k has already been exhibited with great success at this year’s JEC Composites Show in Paris and, after the show, we received our first orders,” reports Peter Weber, Vice President Sales & Marketing, SGL Group.

SGL has developed a sizing which enables the carbon fibres to be firmly bonded to the thermoplastic matrix so that their high stiffness and strength be fully transmitted to the finished components. Other sizing systems are in development, e.g. for high-temperature applications.

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People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing

People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

One glance at your morning newspaper or on the evening news on any given day, and you’ll find a dose of troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry.

It could be one of many things: a fire in a refinery, a major chemical spill, an evacuation after a gas leak, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the chemical, oil & gas and energy-based process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can ultimately lead to disaster if they are not contained quickly.

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Morgan Advanced Materials relocates composites and defense business

Morgan Advanced Materials has relocated its composites and defense systems business to Burlington, Ontario, which is an existing Morgan manufacturing site. Relocating to this site will offer increased capabilities for advanced composite hard armor, soldier systems, vehicle armor, lightweight vehicle technology, and aerospace armor. 

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GF Machining Solutions to acquire Liechti Engineering AG

GF Machining Solutions to acquire Liechti Engineering AG | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it
Schaffhausen, Switzerland – GF Machining Solutions, a division of GF, is to acquire Liechti Engineering AG, Langnau/BE (Switzerland). The company specializes in 5-axis milling machines designed to produce blades and blisks for aircraft engines and power generating turbines. 
With more than 10,000 planes in the order books, aircraft production is planned to stay strong for the foreseeable future and so is the demand for engine parts. The acquisition of Liechti Engineering AG will allow GF Machining Solutions to significantly strengthen its presence in this promising market sector. 
 
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Isle of Wight Centre of Excellence for composites, advanced manufacturing and marine technology gets £11m funding

Isle of Wight Centre of Excellence for composites, advanced manufacturing and marine technology gets £11m funding | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Composite material research, development and production are exciting, ground-breaking areas that businesses on the the Isle of Wight are doing pioneering work at. It’s something Islanders can be proud of.

Phenomenal strength, combined with lightness, make composite material the natural choice for industries as diverse as airlines, motor racing, competitive sailing and wind turbines.

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World Plastics Processing Machinery Market to Grow 7% Annually to 2017

Global plastics processing machinery demand is expected to advance 7.0 percent annually through 2017 to $37.6 billion. A healthier sales climate, resulting from accelerations in fixed investment spending and plastic resin consumption growth, will spur market gains through 2017. Equipment utilized in the production of plastic packaged goods will expand at the fastest pace through 2017 and climb the most in absolute terms. Increases will be spurred by pickups in packaging demand and food and beverage manufacturing activity as living standards continue to rise in developing countries, stimulating greater consumption of packaged goods, particularly foods and beverages. Additionally, generally improved economic conditions in industrialized nations will lead to even higher packaging demand levels there. 

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Voith builds Vivaro work with Vauxhall

Voith builds Vivaro work with Vauxhall | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Voith Industrial Services will manage and control all incoming material for the engine dress process. Engineers will prepare engine kits, and assemble the gearbox and ancillary parts to the engine including starter motors, alternators, power take-off, pulleys, fan belts, as well as the full wiring harness. -

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Photo-etched Al for aero

Photo-etched Al for aero | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Using photo-resist and etchants to chemically machine selected areas accurately, the process is characterised by retention of material properties, burr free and stress free parts with clean profiles, and no heat-affected zones. 

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Supplier aims to be a go-to source for weight loss

One of the first things Ramzi Hermiz asked for after taking over Shiloh Industries less than two years ago was a slimmer corporate logo.

"It looked too heavy for what I wanted to do," says Hermiz, who is racing to transform the 64-year-old company from "Shiloh the Metal Stamper" to "Shiloh the Lightweighting Company."

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