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Try, Try Again: Fiat Chrysler Tries to Merge a Second Time, This Time with PSA

Try, Try Again: Fiat Chrysler Tries to Merge a Second Time, This Time with PSA

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for the second time this year, said it wants to go to the merger altar. This time, it wants to join with PSA Group, parent firm of Peugeot. FCA unsuccessfully tried to merge with Renault in the spring. FCA's former CEO, Sergio Marchionne, who died in 2018, always sought a deal with another automaker, believing an auto industry consolidation was coming. Marchionne's successors clearly haven't given up on the idea. The urge to merge is being driven by the drive for self-driving and electric vehicles, both of which will require a lot of investment.

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Boeing's CEO Has a Bad Month, Reflecting the 737 Max Crisis

Boeing's CEO Has a Bad Month, Reflecting the 737 Max Crisis


Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive officer of Boeing Co., had a bad month in October. Early in the month, he lost his title as chairman of the board. The executive also presided over a quarterly earnings report that indicated Boeing's financial results were affected by the grounding of the 737 Max. At the end of the month, Muilenburg was grilled in Congress about the 737 Max and the two fatal crashes that caused the plane to be grounded. The executive tried to defend himself and Boeing's corporate culture.

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GM Profit Falls on UAW Strike

GM Profit Falls on UAW Strike


General Motors Co. reported lower third-quarter earnings because of a 40-day United Auto Workers strike. GM estimated the walkout reduced North American pretax profit by about $1 billion in the three months ending Sept. 30. The automaker says the walkout will have a full-year hit of about $3 billion. Despite the strike, North America was GM’s main source of pretax profit with $3 billion. That was an improvement from $2.8 billion a year earlier. The automaker said large pickups, its most profitable line of vehicles, recorded improved sales during...

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Manufacturing Loses 36,000 Jobs in October Because of GM Strike

Manufacturing Loses 36,000 Jobs in October Because of GM Strike


U.S. manufacturing lost 36,000 jobs in October, dragged down by a strike at General Motors Co. Makers of motor vehicles and parts cut 41,600 jobs. GM strikers were considered unemployed. Also, production shutdowns stemming from the strike also caused GM suppliers to lay off workers. The strike ended late in October after 40 days.

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Manufacturing Shows Some Signs of Improvement

Manufacturing Shows Some Signs of Improvement


Manufacturing contracted for a third consecutive month in October but showed some signs of improvement, the Institute for Supply Management said in a monthly report. The Tempe, Ariz.-based group’s manufacturing index, known as the PMI, was 48.3 percent last month. That was up from 47.8 percent in September...

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Way Covers & Wipers

Way Covers & Wipers

Dynatect designs and manufactures machine way covers, wipers, and bellows, offering both OEM designs and aftermarket replacement options. Dynatect has a large inventory of wipers and can manufacture new wipers to match machine make and model. Check applications and products here.

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Pittsburgh International Airport Seeks to Become a 3D Printing Center

Pittsburgh International Airport Seeks to Become a 3D Printing Center


Pittsburgh International Airport has announced plans for Neighborhood 91, a development that condenses and connects all components of the additive manufacturing/3-D printing supply chain into one production “neighborhood” concept. Neighborhood 91, developed in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, is the first development of the 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus and will be built adjacent to the airport terminal and runway. Argon gas supplier Arencibia has committed to be...

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Ford Reaches Labor Agreement With UAW

Ford Reaches Labor Agreement With UAW


Ford Motor Co. became the second Detroit-area automaker to reach a new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union. Under the agreement, Ford would close one Michigan engine plant, although workers there would be offered positions at a nearby transmission factory, CNBC reported. UAW members at Ford would receive $9,000 bonuses if the accord is ratified by the union, CNBC said. The Ford agreement came soon after UAW members at General Motors Co. ratified a new contract following a 40-day strike.

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DropZero Clamps Reduce Setup Time

DropZero Clamps Reduce Setup Time

New Carr Lane Roemheld DropZero Modular Zero-Point Clamping System enables you to completely machine a workpiece in one setup, significantly reducing setup time and fixturing costs. With a few turns of a wrench, DropZero locates, supports, and securely clamps the workpiece from underneath, providing full machining access to 5 sides. Drop Zero can be used with modular or non-modular tooling.

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Visit SCHMIDT at FABTECH in Booth A6336!

Visit SCHMIDT at FABTECH in Booth A6336!

Stop by booth A6336 at FABTECH November 11th-14th and check out our GeoMARK Pro laser marking system, a customized Styliner® pin marker, and more! We’ll have demos of our machines and can discuss your marking applications to help you find the right technology for your marking needs.
Call us for more information at 800-323-1332 or visit us at www.gtschmidt.com/tradeshows for a preview of our FABTECH booth.

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Alpha Laser Welders lead the welding industry in power and capability.

Alpha Laser Welders Lead the Welding Industry in Power and Capability

Alpha Laser Systems are finely tuned machines, engineered to perform the most difficult tasks with ease. If it can be laser welded, an Alpha Laser can do it more efficiently, with the best end result, hands down! Our laser systems improve production quality and process reliability. Our objective is to make laser welding exceedingly accurate and exceptionally fast! Our Industrial lasers are the most flexible, efficient, and reliable systems available!

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Modular Fixturing Saves Time and Money

Modular Fixturing Saves Time and Money

Modular fixtures can be setup within hours, whereas dedicated fixtures can take weeks to manufacture. And modifications to dedicated fixtures can be time consuming and costly. Reusing modular components reduces long-term tooling costs and saves you time. Stop by Booth B35022 at Fabtech to discuss your workholding needs with a Bluco Application Engineer.

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Optimize Welding Processes by Simufact Welding – a classified structural simulation software

Optimize Welding Processes by Simufact Welding – A Classified Structural Simulation Software

Do you face welding stresses and distortions? Do you want to evaluate weld sequences, clamping and fixturing strategies? Discover Simufact Welding with its modular product line, which offers comprehensive functionality for modeling elastic-plastic behavior of materials and structural welding simulation. The software covers different welding processes such as resistance spot welding, direct energy deposition and more. Visit us at FABTECH 2019, November 11 – 14th in Chicago, IL, in Hall B, Booth B37067 to learn more.

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