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OMCO Adds Three Roll Forming Lines to Southeast Facility; Triples Workforce at Plant

Press Release - OMCO


OMCO, the largest manufacturer of custom roll formed parts in the United States, has announced the expansion of its Talladega, Alabama, facility. Three new roll forming lines have been installed at the plant, increasing OMCO’s corporate-wide capacity to over 50 active roll forming mills. The facility was acquired along with the purchase of Weaver & Sons, Inc. in August of 2014. Since the acquisition, the plant’s workforce has more than tripled. Full Article

Tales of Convergence, Connectedness and Success from Automation Fair 2015

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


The convergence of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) to create a connected enterprise was the focus of Rockwell Automation’s Automation Fair 2015. The goal of the event was to help manufacturers understand how to integrate information, control, power and safety to maximize production. In addition to the exhibits—more than 180 in all—filled with the assets Rockwell and its partners had on display to help move manufacturing toward this goal there were 90 technical sessions, 18 hands-on labs and eight industry specific forums. Full Article

Cutting Oil Saves Shop $250K Plus Annually

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Many metalworking shops buy their cutting oils based strictly on price. While this might appear initially attractive on the procurement side, it often leads to a false economy when the total increased costs of tooling, downtime, and scrap, not to mention unhappy operators, are considered. Spending more to use a higher-quality cutting oil can produce a dramatic return on investment, and lower over-all cost per part.  Full Article

Canada Now Has More Than 10,000 MW of Wind Energy Capacity, CanWEA Reports at Annual Conference

PRESS RELEASE - Canadian Wind Energy Association


The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and Hannover Fairs Canada announced that CanWEA’s 31st Annual Conference and Exhibition attracted approximately 1450 registrants. In addition, it was revealed that the country now has more than 10,000 MW of wind energy capacity. Full Article

Inspired by Art, Lightweight Solar Cells Track the Sun

Press Release - The University of Michigan


Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched rooftops and vehicle surfaces. Now, by borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed solar cells that can have it both ways. Full Article

Tech Front: Absorbing Research for Cheaper, Better Solar Cells

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson


The idea that solar cells might someday viably compete with carbon-based fuels has driven researchers for more than a century. Rice University researchers may have now found a path to produce cheaper, more efficient metal-based solar cells, making the US goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to $0.06/kW-hr seem reachable. Full Article

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