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Welcome to the FABTECH 365 e-Newsletter. Each monthly edition provides relevant industry news and technology updates, along with exciting announcements about the FABTECH exposition and conference. We hope you find it interesting and informative.

Manufacturing Growth Continues to Slow

The sputtering global economy is catching up with U.S. factories. While still in expansion territory, the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing index fell to 53.5% in January from 55.1% in December. The January figure fell just below the consensus forecast of 54.0%, but still represented the 20th consecutive month of growth in the sector.

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Fabricators Spend Big to Build Capacity

Overall projected capital spending growth has slowed from the dramatic rebound seen postrecession—but the growth continues and the spending has shifted. Fabricators are expecting to spend much less on consumables and supplies (down almost 30 percent) and much more on capacity-building machinery, especially for cutting and forming, where spending has jumped.

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Penn College Dedicates Centennial Sculpture

As part of its centennial anniversary, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed 78 new “students” this fall, many of which just might be around for the institution’s bicentennial. Some of these “freshmen” could sustain a broken body part, and others might corrode, but if welding majors, faculty, and staff did their jobs correctly, the centennial sculpture will be still standing in 2114.

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CAD Efficiency--Fewer People, Twice the Productivity

Here’s a testament to simultaneous stamping-die design and development, where CAD/CAM software integrates the diemaking process from quote to delivery. The result: improved quote hit rates, slashed lead times, reduced costs and optimized quality.

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New Custom Coater Job Shop Responds to Market Needs

In a time when opening a new finishing job shop can be tough, one company has hit a home run. Sunset Industrial Applications’ owners saw the need for a large coating operation to serve the multitude of OEMs in and around the Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania area. Read about their start up story and road to success.

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FABTECH 2015 Call for Speakers

The FABTECH co-sponsoring associations are seeking speakers to present at the educational sessions held alongside the exposition this November in Chicago. As a speaker at this event, you can share your technical knowledge, best practices, case studies, and innovations. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 27, 2015.

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