Rocky Mountain Edition A2Z Metalworker

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Vol. 5, No. 1 Jan/Feb 2012

Rocky Mountain Edition (CO, UT, ID, MT and WY)

Micro Metals Retains Its Competitiveness In Design, Fabrication and Machining With Continuous Investment in New Technology

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Editors Corner “This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it”

Author: Capone Many of us are thankful that 2011 ended, though likely it ended up dramatically better than the prior two years. We are optimistic in 2012. An election year always stirs the pot, particularly in the stock market -- in a good way. So why does the stock market typically do well in a Presidential election year? The answer, according to advocates of the theory, is relatively simple. They say the reason behind this cycle is that incumbent administrations during election years try to make the economy look good. During a Presidential election year, regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in office, the incumbents typically take actions to bolster the economy through tax cuts and higher spending. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve Board avoids raising or lowering rates during a Presidential election year. And, in theory, incumbents vying for reelection do their best to not upset the markets. So let’s hope that the stock market performance helps our battered retirement funds. In the industry that we participate in, manufacturing, the back bone of our great country, performance in 2011 and forecasts for 2012 are very encouraging. In a January report by Bloomberg, • Manufacturers added 23,000 jobs in December, the most in five months. Hours by non-supervisory factory workers climbed to 41.5 in December, the highest since May 2010 and a sign manufacturers may keeping adding to payrolls. • Factories in the U.S. churned out more computers, cars and construction material in December as manufacturing remained at the center of the expansion. • Output climbed 0.9 percent last month, the biggest gain since December 2010. Homebuilder confidence jumped and wholesale prices unexpectedly dropped. • Gains in consumer and business spending, combined with lean inventories, may prompt factories to continue to boost payrolls and hours, bolstering economic growth. Additionally, more demand from emerging markets may help shield American industry from a slowdown in exports to Europe as the region’s financial crisis and a weaker euro threaten to restrain sales.

Micro Metals Retains Its Competitiveness In Design, Fabrication and Machining With Continuous Investment in New Technology Announcements/Releases.................... 6-7 Feature Articles.........................20-23,30-31 More Feature Articles....................... 42-43 Buyers Guide Equipment.................. 50-54 Buyers Guide Processes.................... 55-61 Card Gallery...................................... 50-61 Index Of Advertisers.............................. 62 Editorial................................. Throughout

Published by: A2Z Metalworker PUBLISHER/EDITOR Linda Daly Mail Address: PO Box 93295 Phoenix, AZ 85070 Telephone: (602) 412-7696 Website: E-mail:

CONTRIBUTORS Gene Wirth Kim Carpenter Chris Seay Published bi-monthly to keep precision manufacturers abreast of news and to supply a viable vendor source for the industry. Circulation: The A2Z Metalworker has compiled and maintains a master list of approximately 6400 people actively engaged in the Precision Manufacturing Industry. It has an estimated pass on readership of more than 18,000 people.

“Manufacturing remains an engine of growth,” said John Herrmann, a senior fixed-income strategist at State Street Global Markets, who accurately forecast the December gain. “Manufacturing has benefited from exports to emerging markets.The more resilient those economies are, the better it is for U.S. manufacturing.”

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Announcements & Releases Ogden Weber Technical College Wins ToolingU Platinum Education Center Award ToolingU recently awarded Ogden Weber Technical College its prestigious platinum award. Bryan Knaack, director of business development at ToolingU said in a letter to Ogden Weber Technical College, “Due to your outstanding use of ToolingU and your advocacy of our program you have been selected as one of the first TUPEC’s (ToolingU Platinum Education Centers).” TUPEC’s will receive an on-site visit in 2012 to see how their program is utilizing ToolingU in the shop, as well as several small gifts. They can use the TUPEC award on their marketing collateral. For more information on how to become a TUPEC, contact Bryan Knaack at

Metal Supermarkets Now Offers the New HYD-Mech Band Saw! Metal Supermarkets – Salt Lake City has added a new HYD-Mech band saw to its operation. The DM-1318P double miter, semi-automatic band saw provides exceptional miter cutting for medium duty applications. Its versatile swing head with easy to read angle scale, saves operator time. The heavy-duty gearbox and motor assembly ensures the DM-1318P will deliver maximum productivity.The cast iron double swivel head features an easy to read angle scale and “quick” stops at 90, 45, and 60 degree positions. The cast iron vise slides on linear ways which can be easily positioned to either the left or right side of the head and includes a quick release mechanism for rapid positioning. Featuring a 13”H x 17 3/4” W capacity at 90°, 5.4 HP motor, and 1 1/4” blade, the DM-1318P is a versatile double miter band saw. Call today to find out more about Metal Supermarkets’ offerings at 801-972-5911.

Moncktons Machine Tools (MMT, Inc.) Expands Its Utah, Idaho, Montana Presence with New General Manager Steve Polster has accepted the position as General Manager of the Utah, Idaho and Montana Division of MMT, Inc. starting 1/9/2012. Steve brings with him 28 years of Machine Tool experience, starting with Machinery Systems/Chicago in 1984. MMT, Inc. offers an extensive line of machine tools, including Haas, Makino and Citizen, among others. The MMT, Inc. showroom in Salt Lake City is located at 3676 W. California Ave,Salt Lake City, UT 84104. Please feel free to call or email Steve at or 435.901.0287.

RMTMA Welcomes Its Newest Members The Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association (RMTMA) is pleased to welcome the following new members to its association: New Member: Intrex Aerospace Intrex Aerospace draws on 30 years of experience. Our team of experienced engineers and machinists, and a facility equipped with cutting edge machine technology is posed to deliver to our customers the highest quality aircraft components on the market. With our wide variety of precision CNC A2Z METALWORKER


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equipment we can provide our clients with not only high quality parts such as couplings, seat frames, and flanges, but complete parts that have undergone any special processes a client needs. As an affiliate of the Demmer Corporation, a world leader in the aerospace and defense manufacturing, we have the engineering and machining assets to respond to a wide range of the aerospace parts machining market. 

With ISO 9001:2000 and AS 9100 certifications, Intrex Aerospace can be trusted to undertake important aerospace manufacturing projects. We also have ITAR certification for military contracting, and are experienced with DX and DO ratings. Our Louisville facility houses CNC horizontal/ver tical machine centers and CNC turn/mill lathes, for small to medium sized parts.We use electronic Statistical Process Control (SPC) measures to ensure our parts are uniform and made exactly as ordered, and we operate with a Parts Per Million (PPM) far below the industry average. www. New Member: Dynamic Design & Manufacturing, Inc Dynamic Design & Manufacturing, Inc. is a custom precision metal fabricator with laser processing, CNC punching and machining, rolling, stamping, EDM and welding capabilities. The company is located in Niwot, CO providing services to local, national and inter national companies by providing high-quality, tighttolerance prototype and production parts and assemblies to a variety of markets including medical, aerospace, telecommunications and process control iCustom 31,300 sq/ ft. building in Niwot, CO 
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www. New Member: Cutter Innovations Cutter Innovations is a brand new start-up focusing on design, manufacturing and machining of components for emerging energy technologies as well as the aerospace industry. It operates in a 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Wheat Ridge, CO just off of I-70. Cutter’s founder and CEO, Ruthie Swartzlander, spent 8 years in the aerospace manufacturing industry in Los Angeles and was a qualified supplier of critical aircraft components. She holds a BS from the Colorado School of Mines as well as an MBA from the University of Denver. Vice President, Mike Swartzlander, spent 6 years in off-grid energy development and the last 3 in medical device and automation manufacturing. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and, shortly, an MBA from the University of Denver. New Member: Reyco Precision Machining Reyco Precision Machining, Inc., is a family owned and operated precision machine shop, incorporated in 1986. We own our 20,000 SF environmentally controlled manufacturing facility in Englewood, Colorado and have the latest technology in CNC machining and inspection equipment, with great machining capabilities. Our emphasis is focused towards Aerospace(Satellites, Space launch systems & missle defense systems). 

We are proud of our accomplishments: 
•ISO and AS9100 quality standard approvals 
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•A rapport with our customers for problem solving in challenging situations as well as flexibility to accommodate their needs 
•reputation for delivering quality products in a timely manner New Member: Franco Machine With over 25 years in the machining industry, Franco Machine (Denver, CO) Owner Mike Foster has the production capability and technical expertise to accomodate your manufacturing needs. With backgrounds in Aerospace, Mechanical Automation, Medical Manufacturing, Automotive, and Custom Motorcycle applications, Franco Machine has a diverse field of experience to expedite your machining needs.We take pride in delivering the highest quality parts, at affordable prices with quick turn around times.
www. New Member: D&D Metal Products D&D has been satisfying customers with precision sheet metal and machined parts for two generations now in Broomfield, Colorado. We are proud to announce that Dan Clegg and the team at D&D

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Trusty-Cook, Inc., a leader in the Polyurethane manufacturing industry for over 30 years, has been making patented Polyurethane Spindle Liners now for 10+ years, of the 30,000+ liners made, and many have been for end users in large Production Facilities and Job Shops, Machine Dealers and Automatic Bar Feeding Manufacturers like LNS America, ATS Systems, MTA International, Bucci Industries, and Edge Technologies. Have you ever turned irregularly shaped extrusions or parts away because you couldn’t bar feed them onYour CNC Lathes? One area that we have really been promoting recently is our unique and patented ability to cast rectangular, square, and extruded shapes in the ID of our liners. Jobs that were once turned away by lathe machine tool dealers and their customers because there was not spindle liner technology available to bar feed them, are now being taken on by those same folks with this new advancement … It has and will continue to present a new pipeline of metal turning opportunities and subsequent increased machining hours and $$$ being generated on CNC Lathes. Our customer base of Machine Tool dealers throughout North America are telling us this new capability with spindle liners has actually led to significant sales of new lathe equipment and higher productivity levels on existing machines in service. We are excited to be able to promote this ground breaking technological advancement in publications like A2Z Metalworker. We invite you to visit our web-site or email us at for more details about our spindle liners, or call us toll free 877-240-2462.

D&B Precision Products Celebrates 10 Years In Business! D&B Precision Products, Inc. is a family owned and operated precision sheet metal fabricator, located in the Colorado Springs area. Brenda Alber ti, vice president of the company, says, “Everyone at D&B Precision Products is committed to the quality of parts that go to our customers.We are dedicated to providing our customers with superior products, outstanding customer service, and overall satisfaction in the final product.” Announcements Continued Next Page A2Z METALWORKER

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Fabricating Equipment Sales Co. Expands Their Product LineWith Machines Made in the USA! Fabricating Equipment Sales Co., in business since 1973 selling structural and fabricating equipment, is pleased to announce that it has become the exclusive dealer for 2 new product lines.The brother and sister team of Jim Daldos and Virginia Ebert own the company. Jim says, “We recently became the exclusive dealer in CO, WY and MT for the Controlled Automation line of structural steel fabricating machines. Controlled Automation specializes in quality machine design, manufacturing, and software. As well as new machinery, they are the industry leader in retrofitting control systems and remanufacturing structural steel fabricating machinery. All machines and controls are developed in the United States of America. The Controlled Automation line of machines offers an ideal solution to steel service centers. The plate processing capabilities of the Controlled Automation machines offer material thickness up to 6”, 10’ wide and 125’ long.” Virginia added, “The other line we just became authorized to distribute is the Plasma Automation / Vicon Machinery line of plasma cutting tables and machines. This line of products includes precision plasma, conventional plasma and an HVAC plasma line of cutting tables and machines.We are really excited about getting into the HVAC industry with the Plasma Automation / Vicon Machinery offerings. They are ideal for companies, both small and large, manufacturing heating, air conditioning, and duct work products.” Jim and Virginia selected these two manufacturers of machinery for a number of reasons: 1) They are made in America. 2) Both offer a complete solution, including the machine, the software and the controls.With both manufacturers, the software is PC based, offers the flexibility for growth, and offers one source for all maintenance and repairs needed. This was important to Jim and Virginia, because they want to support their customers’ service needs through one channel. 3) Both offer a broad product line, which enables small and large companies to purchase their equipment, and it allows growing companies to upgrade to larger, higher end machines as their business grows. To learn more about Fabricating Equipment Sales Co.’s line of structural steel, precision sheet metal and HVAC machines, call them at 303466-7342 or visit their website at www.fabricatingequipmentsales. com.



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Navy Will Select NGJ Contractor In 2013 Sensing continued financial pressure even in the well-protected electronic-warfare domain, the U.S. Navy is slicing through red tape to streamline acquisition of its prized Next Generation Jammer (NGJ). Savings from a decision to select a single contractor earlier than planned are being estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. With help from the offices of the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and the chief of naval operations, the Navy wangled approval to pick a single contractor—instead of two—for the technology development phase of the program that is slated to begin in 2013.The downselect had been planned for the engineering and manufacturing development phase in 2015. The NGJ program is in a technology maturation phase that ends in April. “The changes we had approved for NGJ will make it more affordable and help us get an early start on some of the integration,” says Navy Capt. John Green, chief of the airborne electronic attack (AEA) and EA-6B Prowler program office. “It’s huge to be able to avoid completely that kind of cost.With this decision, we are a fully funded program to develop the NGJ system and integrate it on to the EA-18G Growler.”

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Streamlining aside, contractors worry about some aspects of the project. They do not think the NGJ will be added to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on time, or perhaps at all, because there have been so many delays in getting through the JSF program basics, according to a vice president in one of the competing companies. “There is a concept for making [the F-35] an electronic attack platform, but they can’t even think about those sorts of things yet,” the official says. That means NGJ production might stretch out considerably, unless the system is adapted to other designs, most likely unmanned platforms with both stealthy and nonstealthy designs, which could be a boon to industry, contractors agree. “If there are going to be opportunities for conventional [non-stealth] aircraft applications, NGJ is going to present a franchise opportunity for the winner,” the industry official says. “It will provide financial backing for [development of further] increased capability.” Meanwhile, operational use of the Growler is gaining some definition.

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“There’s a discussion of stand-in jamming at closer ranges versus a modified escort [jamming] mission that would require a higher-power, standoff capability,” says a second industry executive, also involved in the competition. “The Navy’s primary motivation is that the Growlers provide the escort for the F/A-18E/Fs Super Hornets so that they can get close enough [to targets] to operate. But they can’t do that without electronic attack support. I wouldn’t be surprised if NGJ migrated to unmanned aircraft to keep aircrews safe.” Another concern for some is BAE Systems’ place as the incumbent electronic warfare (EW) house. A2Z METALWORKER

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partner victories,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation. Mazak supplies a wide range of Multi-Tasking machines and milling centers to Boeing for a variety of the company’s metal cutting operations. Boeing also uses a substantial amount of Mazak vertical machining centers with high-speed and full 5-axis capabilities. For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit http://www.boeingsuppliers. com/recognition/.

GoldTech Industries Announces NADCAP and ISO/AS9100 Rev. C Certification! Gold Tech Industries is pleased to announce that it is now certified to ISO/AS9100 Rev C and is recommended for accreditation for the NADCAP certification.

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Mazak Receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award Mazak announced that it has received a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Mazak maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011. This is the second consecutive year in which Mazak has achieved this prestigious accolade. For 2011, Boeing recognized a total of 529 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Mazak is among 407 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition. “At Mazak, we are committed to the manufacturing industry and understand that today’s manufacturer needs every advantage to be competitive. Therefore, we take all of our supplier relationships very seriously and treat our customers as partners. In essence, Mazak measures its achievements based on A2Z METALWORKER

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Gold Tec h Industr ies began its operations in 1984 and has become a recognized leader in precision plating applications specific to aerospace, electronics, communications and semiconductor industries. Company operations are based in three site locations in Tempe, Arizona, servicing a variety of customers worldwide. Custom designed processes provide a number of application specific electro-plating options which routinely meet a variety end use requirements such as: solderability, wire bonding, laser welding, RF shielding, corrosion protection, infrared reflectance and electrical conductivity. For more information, contact Gold Tech Industries at 480) 9681930 or visit their website www.

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transfer the power to a central tower that rises over 300 feet. The process is effective, producing ample amounts of clean energy, but limits where it can be located due to the space needed. Because the huge mirrors can cast shadows on each other, rendering them temporarily useless, a new pattern was needed to maximize effectiveness. From ancient Greeks to mathematicians, the “golden angle” of the sunflower, or 137 degrees, has been long respected, and researchers noticed the pattern could be used to optimize solar plants. Using the magic 137 degrees to arrange and angle the helistat mirrors, the CSPs took up 20 percent less space, and also have reduced shading and blocking! The reduced land space and increased effectiveness means that CSPs can be installed in more and more areas of the world, creating potential for green energy to be produced.

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MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants – by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in science as Fermat’s spiral. By rearranging the CSP’s massive heliostats, or mirrors, to resemble the yellow flower’s petals, the solar power harvester can take up 20% less space. Making the system more compact increases the CSP’s efficacy, giving it a higher potential for energy generation.

A traditional CSP plant, like PS10 in Spain, can generate enough solar energy to power 6,000 homes. But the drawback is the sprawling space needed to install the hundreds of almost 40 foot mirrors that siphon the power of the sun. As the sun moves throughout the day, the mirrors track it, and A2Z METALWORKER

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Following earlier reports on the mixed but generally upbeat predictions for the US steel industry, IndustryWeek reports, “The industry is not expected to reach a full recovery until 2013, according to Fitch Ratings.” Monica Bonar, a senior director at Fitch, said “steel producers are being cautious about how much inventory they’re stocking, including raw materials, on fears of a downturn.” Larry Kavanagh, president of the Steel Market Development Institute, said demand from the auto industry is expected to rise in the coming year, and that “the energy sector presents significant growth potential for the steel industry, led by the boom in shale gas exploration and distribution.” We’re Not Just A Nationwide Staffing Firm. We’re A Nationwide Staffing Firm Specializing in Manufacturing. That’s All We Do. Period. • CNC Programmers • Press Operators • CNC Machinists • Assemblers • Manual Machinists • Quality Control Inspectors • Maintenance Mechanics • MIG/TIG/Stick Welders

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Bruce Johnson, the Atlanta site and engineering director for Google, writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about how to “maximize the number of qualified applicants” a company like Google can find. “There is no single set of discrete skills one can learn that will last an entire career in high-tech,” Johnson writes. Instead, “ideal recruits are creative, adaptable and autonomous, and they have achieved a deep understanding of core subjects such as math, physics and computer science that make it possible to have a razor-sharp intuition and an ability to assimilate new subjects and technologies quickly, without even the expectation of being trained; they train themselves on the skills du jour as the need arises and with minimum help or structure.” In order to boost this type of applicant, Johnson writes, students must be familiarized and comfortable with STEM subjects at a younger age.

Cessna parent Textron reportedly could spin off some businesses Cessna Aircraft’s parent company, Textron, has undertaken a strategic review of the company that could include the option of spinning off some of its business, sources have told Reuters. The last four years has been volatile for Textron. Cessna cut 50 percent of its workforce — about 6,000 people inWichita — during the economic downturn as orders slowed and cancellations piled up. Textron shares have lost more than 70 percent of their value in the past few years. Besides Cessna, Textron operates Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems, Textron Financial, Kautex, Jacobsen, Greenlee and E-Z-Go divisions. Textron chief executive Scott Donnelly has worked to turn the company around. Cessna, for example, has made major changes in its executive staff, including a change of CEOs. Donnelly told The Eagle in 2009 that he wasn’t interested in selling Cessna. “I think I can be clear that no one is interested in any way, shape or form in divesting Cessna out of Textron,” he said then. “It’s a central asset of what Textron is.” Textron’s review comes as U.S. diversified industrial conglomerates come under increasing pressure to break up into units, often from activist investor pressure, Reuters said. Last year, Relational Investors pressured ITT Corp. to split up and urged L-3 Communications to divest assets, the Reuters report said.


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Ball Aerospace Submits Cryogenic Propellant Storage Mission Concept to NASA Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has submitted a mission concept study to NASA for the storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants in space. Ball Aerospace was one of four companies awarded a six-month contract by NASA to develop a mission concept that demonstrates long duration, in-space storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants. Successful development and in-space demonstration of the technology would advance the state of the art that is required for future exploration elements such as large cryogenic propulsion stages. The Ball concept study proposes solutions to close current gaps in technology to achieve that goal.

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spaceflight instruments and over 150 cryogenic space flights.These include NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the Cosmic Background Explorer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, and Power Reactant Storage Assembly tanks for the space shuttle program. As a leader in the analysis, design and fabrication of spaceflight cryogenic systems and components, Ball relies on its cryogenic technology strength to deliver complete flight hardware solutions and systems. A few of Ball’s cryogenic product innovations include high performance and next-generation multilayer insulation (MLI), dewars and cryostats, cryocoolers, cryoradiators, as well as related components such as vapor cooled shields, struts, and high efficiency heat exchangers. NASA will use the four contracted studies to plan and implement a future flight demonstration mission that will test and validate key capabilities and technologies. NASA’s Exploration Technology Development Program is funding the studies.

“Ball has provided cryogenic storage technology for every human mission beginning with Gemini,” said Cary Ludtke, vice president of Ball’s Civil and Operational Space business unit. “NASA’s future exploration architecture is well aligned with Ball’s heritage for innovative solutions.”

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Samuel Aerospace alloys are available in a complete range of shapes and sizes to meet the diverse requirements of the commercial and defense aerospace markets. We stock one of the most extensive aluminum inventories in the industry. Our available aerospace aluminum offering includes:

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A variety of AS, ISO and TS standards ensures conformance to customer’s requirements. Primary aerospace service centers are ISO 9000 and AS9100/9120 certified. Samuel Aerospace offers value-added quality processing services including:

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Our pre-production processing services are all performed to stringent quality standards to your specifications, saving you time and money while ensuring the quality of your end product. We go to great heights to deliver the right product to the correct quality standards, on time, every time. Plus, we offer Stock and Release and Vendor Managed Inventory programs. These programs can help your company eliminate costly inventories and improve cash flow.

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uranium armour, a new command and control system, second-generation FLIR thermal sights that include a commander remote-operated weapon station (CROWS II), a thermal management system (TMS) and a tank infantry phone. The advanced FLIR thermal sights are part of the US Army’s horizontal technology integration (HTI) second-generation forward-looking infrared (HTI SGF) sighting systems programme, which ensures compatibility with other vehicles such as the M2/ M3 Bradley IFVs. Additional features include improved colour displays, networked communications, high-density computer memory and increased microprocessing speed, and an open architecture capable of accommodating future technology improvements to ensure compatibility with the US Army future combat systems. The improved digital displays provide tank commanders and crews with a better understanding of the tank’s operational status and situation on the battlefield. The built-in test system ensures rapid and efficient diagnosis and repair, improving combat availability and saving operational costs. The army also plans to equip all active heavy brigade combat teams (HBCTs) with M1A2 SEP V2 tanks by 2013.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has been awarded a contract modification from the US Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command to continue upgrades of the M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 systems enhancement package (SEP) V2 configuration.

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The $60m contract extension follows the original $1.5bn contract awarded in February 2008 for the upgrade of 435 M1A1 tanks in the army’s inventory. The M1A2 SEP V2 is a technologically advanced digital tank featuring improved

The Los Angeles Times reports, “The US auto industry plans to add thousands of jobs this year as sales continue to rebound and automakers look to produce more cars in the United States to sidestep currency woes overseas. The growth in domestic manufacturing is coming as US auto sales are recovering from historic lows during the recession.” According to the Center for Automotive Research, “Total payrolls at US auto plants could reach 650,000 employees this year.”


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All you have to do is enter the impressive 140,000 square foot building that Micro Metals owns, and then take a shop tour, conducted by President/Owner Ken Driscoll or his son, Greg Driscoll,Vice President of Operations.That’s it. I guarantee you will want to make Micro Metals one of your suppliers of choice from that day on. Micro Metals, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was founded in 1972. Ken Driscoll, a master tool and die maker, was recruited to the company in 1981, with the understanding that he would have the option to buy the debt-ridden business within the next two years. Ken quickly turned the company around and on Halloween of 1983, he purchased the business outright. The company, located in a 5000 square foot facility, employed 22 people at the time of the purchase.

is Micro Metals’ largest. Beginning nearly 10 years ago, Micro Metals entered the armor/ defense industry. First, they were selected to manufacture escape hatches for the Ammo, used extensively in Desert Storm. They additionally built military self-destructing safes used by our troops, which were designed to burn critical confidential information in 12 minutes. Their largest contract ever came from an award they received to build add-on armor (AOM) for many of the military vehicles

Within 2 years under Ken’s ownership, the company grew its staff to 65.Today, the company employs 120, and it occupies 140,000 square feet of space. The company is as diversified as you can find in a machine/fab shop. Over the years they’ve manufactured components for communications equipment; mannequins and table stands for such retailers as Old Navy,Victoria’s Secret and Gap; airbag components; medical crash tool kits; a number of products sold directly to the United States Post Office, including zip code sorters; wheel chairs; elevator controls; and mining sectors, to name just a few. Though the company is diversified in the products they have designed and manufactured, both Ken and Greg admit that the majority of their business over the past decades comes directly from two sectors: the defense industry and the commercial air conditioning industry. They continue to manufacture a number of parts for some of the largest commercial air conditioning companies in the world, and today this industry segment A2Z METALWORKER

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deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Greg says, “We knew we had a few years to support our troops with add-on armor, because eventually all military vehicle manufacturer OEMs would manufacture their vehicles with the armor needed from the onset.” He continued, “We grew our team to 390 during this period to support our armed forces overseas.We were shipping product out of the facility everyday, shipping 5-28 semi-truck loads per day. Through this period, we manufactured add-on armor kits to fit 22,000 armor vehicles processing 30 million pounds of armor, more than 10 million pounds of aluminum, and 50,000 gallons of paint.” Greg added that his employees weren’t devoting an incredible amount of their time, well beyond standard work hours, just for the money – rather they were passionate and proud to be supporting our troops. Post add-on armor, the diversified Micro Metals continues to thrive. They continue to manufacture window frames that are deployed in nearly every armor vehicle manufactured today, with customers located around the globe, though their defense business today represents a much smaller percentage of their business. “We are successful for a number of reasons, including our employees, our design expertise, our in-house capabilities, and our technologies”, Ken said.

Employees Micro Metals manages their employees in a very different manner than most. For one, their employees, who participate in a Profit Sharing Plan, are all well trained, and remain their most valuable asset. The majority of Micro Metals’ employees are trained across 3 different machines or processes, enabling them to drastically reduce lead times. Additionally, employees operate in teams. Goals, objectives and compensation of each employee are based upon their team’s results. Poor performers just don’t work out when their team demands equal and superior performance by all. 5 engineers within the company are responsible for 1 or more processes or machining segments. The engineering leads must ensure that their specific machines and employees are performing well. They monitor and manage preventative maintenance on their equipment, thereby dramatically reducing the likelihood that a machine will fail.When an employee in their discipline doesn’t come to work, this engineer fills in with machining, welding, painting, or whatever discipline is at risk.

Design Expertise Customers frequently come to Micro Metals with products that are in the beginning design stages. Ken says that his team has assisted in a number of design concepts that

eventually move to production. Both he andVice President at the company, Gwynne Williams, spearhead the majority of these research projects. Ken says, “Gwynne came to Micro Metals more than 7 years ago, and we immediately hired him. He was trained in England and is a Chartered Engineer and Metallurgist, who had worked for GKN for a number of years. Gwynne is a huge asset to our customers seeking design support.”

Extensive In-House Capabilities The team at Micro Metals built their reputation on on-time delivery. Ken says, “We can build products for our customers typically before other companies can even get the materials.” In order to meet their customers’ delivery schedules, Micro Metals offers a number of capabilities in-house. Today, they offer the following: Assembly and Support - Riveting and “PEMsertion” of detail requirements, Roll sheet and plate into circles up to 3 ft. in diameter Blanking and Punching - Comprehensive ability for single punch or progressive blanking die forming CNC Machining - 40-person machine shop producing end products from steels, nonferrous and plastic materials CNC Punch - Multi-tool turrets for 32 tools, Up to 450 hits per minute, Up to 30 ton punch force, Work area up to 50” x 60”, Comprehensive shearing for blank preparation up to 12 ft. long A2Z METALWORKER

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Latest Technologies Ken says that the company is aggressive in its new purchases, averaging 6 new machines per year, with a focus on increasing automation. Some of their latest purchases include 3 TRUMPF press brakes: 1TruBend 5230 with BendMaster and 2 TrumaBend V230s. The TruBend machine concept features a rigid beam which is driven by four top cylinders instead of two. The result is a more even pressure distribution, which reduces buckling and increases bend quality. Another advantage is that the smaller profile cylinders give the front of the machine a flatter profile and additional clearance for improved bending flexibility. The TruBend 5230 has an integrated crowning axis, which guarantees bend quality over the full 4 meter bend length. This crowning axis is automatically controlled by a touch screen control. The machine also features a unique I-Axis, which can offset the bottom tool by 30mm. Used in conjunction with multi-V tools or hem tools, extremely complicated profiles can be bent with only one setup operation. The 250 tonTrumaBendV230 press brake has a high degree of stop and dimensional accuracy combined with a long stroke, generous bend space, and large tool height allowing Micro Metals to multi-task with more precision. Ken says, “We purchased our firstTRUMPF machine in 2003, and we’ve been buying from them since. Today we have 3 TRUMPF lasers on the floor, and we just purchased our 3rd TRUMPF press brake.” Greg says, “We continue to purchase TRUMPF machines from our local dealer, Don Jones.We work well with Don because he is so knowledgeable, he’s got a great product, he is extremely responsive in his follow up, and the service we receive is outstanding. We appreciate that Don isn’t a typical ‘pushy’ sales person. To learn more about Micro Metals, a superior full service manufacturing facility, contact them at (719) 593-8367 or visit their website at www. To learn more about the superior line of TRUMPF machine tools, contact Don Jones of PrecisionFab Inc. at 303-779-9180.

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Commerce Department Report Calls For Investments In STEM Education The Portfolio “Capital” blog reported that the Commerce Department released a report “concluding that more federal support for basic research, education and infrastructure is needed in order for the US to regain its lead on innovation. That edge has eroded over the past decade, contributing to slower economic growth.” The Hill “Hillicon Valley” blog reported, “The report’s key findings emphasize how federal investments can pay broad and unforeseen dividends, like the invention of the Internet.” Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (DWV) said, “Underinvestment in sectors like STEM education, high-tech research, and 21st century infrastructure has diminished

the nation’s competitive edge. Sustained federal investment in these sectors will not just help grow today’s economy, but it will also lay the groundwork for generations to come.”

Unemployment DropsTo 8.5 Percent With 200,000 New Jobs Created ABC World News reported on the “big news” “about jobs in America: 200,000 jobs added in the past month, more than predicted...and the growth driven by a surprising surge, not only in healthcare but in factory workers, pumping out new cars and appliances.” The CBS Evening News reported, “The Labor Department reported the rate fell two-tenths of a point last month to 8.5%. That’s the lowest level in three years. Job creation picked up as well. The economy cranked out 200,000 new jobs in December, bringing the total for the year to 1,640,000 new jobs.”

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A Hit-Or-Miss Year For A&D Companies The past year has seen a lot of turbulence in the stock market, but there have been a few bright spots for investors in aerospace and defense companies. Shares in suppliers of aerospace components fared particularly well in 2011 as Airbus and Boeing ramped up output, and soaring order numbers added to the airframers’ already bulging backlogs. Notable performers among suppliers include Hexcel (up 34%), TransDigm Group (33%),Triumph Group (31%), Sifco Industries (23%), Rolls-Royce (20%), Precision Castparts (18%), Safran (12%) and Moog (10%). Those yearly gains outpaced the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up 6%, and the S&P 500 index, which was essentially flat. The picture was more mixed when it came to the aircraft builders that are buying those components. Airbus parent EADS had a standout year, with shares up 38% as the re-engined A320NEO became a runaway sales success and losses from the A380 jet and A400M military transport aircraft began to subside. Boeing’s shares rose a more modest 12%, and the stocks of the No. 3 and No. 4 aircraft builders, Embraer and Bombardier, declined 14% and 19%, respectively. Defense stocks also turned in a mixed performance as investors tried to make sense of whether a dysfunctional U.S. Congress would really allow $1 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years to begin A2Z METALWORKER

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to take effect in January 2013. Lockheed Martin led the pack with a 16% increase, and shares at Raytheon (up 4%) and Qinetiq Group (2%) saw gains. But most defense stocks ended the year in negative territory, including Huntington Ingalls Industries (down 17%), BAE Systems (14%), General Dynamics (6%), L-3 Communications (5%) and Northrop Grumman (1%). In the space sector, Orbital Sciences shares declined 15% and DigitalGlobe 46%. Looking ahead, 2012 may well turn out to be a tale of two industries. Last year’s surge in commercial aircraft orders signals that demand for components should continue to rise for several years. And it’s not just narrowbodies: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Ronald Epstein forecasts a 97% increase in deliveries of widebody jets through 2015, underpinned by a 40% hike in Boeing 777 production rates and the arrival of the new 787 and Airbus A350. Meanwhile, defense stocks remain a wild card. A plan unveiled Jan. 5 by President Barack Obama to shift the Pentagon’s global military focus from Europe and the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region appears on its face to benefit the Air Force and Navy at the expense of the Army. But not everyone is convinced. Analyst Byron Callan of Capital Alpha Partners notes that the Middle East was mentioned several times during a Pentagon briefing to unveil the new plan, and in accompanying documents. That reinforced his belief that investors shouldn’t assume all air and naval programs will fare well and ground programs poorly. “There will be puts and takes,” Callan says.

Airbus, Boeing top 1,000 deliveries in 2011

The world’s dominant planemakers scored new orders as Airbus put the finishing touches to a record 2011, cruising peacefully for now above debt turmoil and new airline cutbacks in Europe.

Airbus and its U.S. rival Boeing unveiled more than 70 orders for new aircraft worth $7.5 billion as industry insiders confirmed the trans-Atlantic rivals had delivered a combined total of more than 1,000 jetliners in 2011 for the first time. The latest orders included confirmation of a 44-plane Airbus deal from Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris and an order for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners from an unidentified buyer. The Volaris order will count toward a 2011 tally to be announced, putting it on course for well over 1,600 orders and a big win over Boeing, which sold 921, but has pledged to turn the tables in 2012. Airbus will also announce that it delivered 534 aircraft in 2011, industry sources said, a record for the European manufacturer and a ninth successive victory over Boeing in the number of aircraft placed into service in a single year. Civil planemakers have for the most part avoided the European debt crisis and warnings of contagion to other regions as urbanization in emerging markets drives transport growth.

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EADS unit Airbus overtook Boeing in deliveries of passenger jets with more than 100 seats in 2003. Boeing delivered 477 commercial aircraft last year, roughly in line with a target of around 480 deliveries. Both manufacturers increased their deliveries to airlines by around 3 percent versus 2010, and have set out plans for record production of short-haul passenger jets to meet demand from emerging markets despite economic gloom in the West. In 2012, the focus will be on ensuring enough financing is available to keep up the momentum after European banks scaled back a significant involvement in the dollar-denominated sector to help relieve pressure on overstretched balance sheets. A2Z METALWORKER

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first launch scheduled in 2014.The Air Force has plans to build up to 32 GPS III satellites. “The government has mapped an extremely sensible acquisition strategy for GPS III and we are focusing on executing the program to deliver these much needed capabilities to billions of users around the word,” said Mark Valerio, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Surveillance and Navigation Systems line of business.

BAE Systems Receives $15.8 Million Order for X S B I S i d e B o dy Armor BAE Systems has received a $15.8 million award from the U.S. Army for the production and delivery of side ballistic insert plates, also known as XSBI hard body armor.

U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Third and Fourth GPS III Satellites The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $238 million contract for production of the third and fourth satellites in the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation, known as GPS III. The acquisition of the next two GPS III satellites at one time will allow the Lockheed Martin-led team to maximize efficiencies in satellite manufacturing.

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving needs of military, commercial and civilian users worldwide. GPS III satellites will deliver better accuracy and improved anti-jamming power while enhancing the spacecraft’s design life and adding a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with international global navigation satellite systems. “GPS is a global gold standard, providing accurate, reliable, continuous, free worldwide positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services,” said Col Bernie Gruber, director of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate. “And we are focused on delivering world-class space-based PNT capabilities to our users around the world. As the need for more capability increases, GPS III will allow us to affordably sustain and modernize the constellation by providing increased capabilities incrementally to better meet current and future needs.” In May 2008, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin an initial contract to design, develop and build the first two GPS III satellites. The contract also includes options for up to 10 additional spacecraft. With the most recent award, the GPS III team is now on contract to deliver four GPS III space vehicles, with the A2Z METALWORKER

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XSBI hard body armor inserts are worn on the inside of a Soldier’s vest to protect against a variety of ballistic threats. The protective plates, worn on both sides of the torso, offer greater ballistic protection over soft armor alone and are fully qualified by the U.S. Government to meet the military’s rigid requirements and specifications. BAE Systems first introduced the SAPI plate in 1998 and has produced more than 1 million hard body armor inserts, including XSBI and Enhanced SAPI, under multiple Department of Defense contracts. This $15.8 million order is part of a previous contract awarded to BAE Systems in late 2010. The most recent award brings the total contract value to approximately $50.6 million. Production is scheduled through February 2012.

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EADS has been awarded a $212.7m contract by the US Army for the delivery of 39 UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan.

U.S. Military Aircraft Sales May Peak at $66.5 Billion

Under the contract, 32 of the additional Lakota LUH helicopters will be built in the US Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration equipped with the mission equipment package (MEP). The S&S Battalion Lakota will allow Army National Guard units to continuously support federal law enforcement and first responders during disasters or emergency situations. The helicopters are used to perform medical evacuations, search and rescue operations, homeland security, VIP transport, disaster response and relief, general aviation support, combat flight training and pilot sustainment training. The aircraft will replace the ageing OH-58 and UH-1 rotary-wing aircraft, while allowing UH-60 Black Hawks to participate in combat missions. The US Army has ordered 232 UH-72As out of 345 helicopters under a Defence Acquisition Category (ACAT) I program that will

U.S. military aircraft sales rose by 6.7 percent, to $66.5 billion, in 2011, the 10th and probably final year of growth before steep government spending reductions. Military sales were the largest component of $218 billion in overall U.S. aerospace industry sales reported by AIA.The other components are civil aircraft ($50 billion), space ($46 billion), related products and services ($30 billion) and missiles ($25.6 billion). Military aircraft sales first exceeded civil sales in 2003, but that trend may be reversing. After declining in 2010, civil aircraft sales improved by 3.2 percent in 2011 and are projected to grow in the next two years. But the military sector faces the prospect of $1 trillion in reduced defense spending over the next decade, $600 billion through a process of “sequestration,” or automatic cuts, required by the Budget Control Act enacted in August. Marion Blakey, AIA president and CEO, spoke to the uncertainty regarding defense cuts. “So sequestration is coming. Or is it?” she asked. “At this point, the picture isn’t any clearer than it was before.” A2Z METALWORKER

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Embracing Technology, Continuous Learning, and ISO9001/AS9100 Certification If you have doubts about American manufacturers’ ability to remain competitive in a global economy, you need to look no further than Innovative Precision. The company, based in beautiful Ogden, UT, opened for business in 1998. It was founded by Bryan Cardon at the mere age of 22, when most young men and women are more interested in fun, Facebook, and dating than building a successful business. Br yan launc hed the business in a small 1200 sq. ft. shop with just an EZ Trak mill and a manual lathe. In just six months, the company grew from a one man operation to four. Innovative Precision was doing things right from its inception, and their reputation for doing high quality work with a quick turnaround and at very competitive prices quickly developed. Today, the company owns its 13,500 square foot facility, and recently completed the addition of an additional 6500 square feet. The company specializes in tool making, prototyping, and production machining. They pride themselves on their ability to manufacture complex parts, with very competitive pricing and on-time delivery. In fact, electronic drawings (CAD) sent via e-mail result in same-day bid turnaround or within 24 hours depending upon the size of the project. Bryan and the team at Innovative Precision have a gift for doing things the right way, and for taking all of the steps necessary to facilitate their growth. Their 60+ customers, located throughout the United States, span the medical, automotive, defense, aerospace, oil and gas, and commercial industries. They include such industry giants as Boeing and Parker Hannifin, as well as a number of other Fortune 1000 companies. Bryan admits that this diversity helped the company to sustain itself during the latest economic downturn. “We didn’t lay any of our employees off, and in fact, we used the time to improve A2Z METALWORKER

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our operations”, he said. “One of the most strategic improvements we made was our certification to ISO9001/AS9100 Rev. C. With in-house expertise, we were able to prepare for the audit without the use of a consultant. Today, we are told that we are one of very few machine shops in the area that are certified to the latest Revision of AS9100, and this is clearly helping our business.” Bryan and the entire team at Innovative Precision embrace new technology. “We utilize sophisticated CAD/CAM and shop management software”, Bryan said, “and every machinist is trained t o p ro g r a m t h e i r machines. We don’t have ‘just operators’. In fact, the team at Innovative Precision works very closely with the Davis Applied Technology Center (DATC) to bring in talented youth who are hungry to master the craft of precision machining. “We are very involved with supporting manufacturing for our youth”, Bryan says, “and key management team member Josh Halfman sits on the DATC Advisory Board.” The company’s machine tools are impressive, including a number of CNC machining and turning centers, programmable mills, CNC mills, manual lathes, Wire EDM, EDM drills, Sinker EDMs, Saws, Grinders, Honing machines, heat treat ovens and a full climate controlled inspection department. The company made a number of new capital equipment purchases this past year, including the addition of a Mazak Nexus VCN 700D/40-II Vertical Machining Center and a Mazak INTEGREX i-200S. “Our new machines allow us to bid on business that we previously couldn’t bid on at all, or that we couldn’t do manufacture cost effectively”, Bryan said. “With our new INTEGREX, for example,

where it previously took 3 set ups on our lathe and 3 set ups on our mill, for a total of perhaps 2 hours, today we can make that same complete part in 30-40 minutes. The set up time almost goes away, and the accuracy and consistency of the parts we produce is just vastly improved.” Bryan admits that while he has been a long time Mazak purchaser, he did look at competitive machine tool builders prior to making his latest purchases. “In the end, we stayed with Mazak”, Bryan said. “The INTEGREX has better travels, better ergonomics, and the options are just so much better than other machine tools.Things that are standard on the Mazak INTEGREX are options on their competitors. In the end, the choice to purchase the Mazak INTEGREX was obvious.” Bryan explained that the Mazak INTEGREX i-200S, the fifth generation Mazak multi-tasking machine, features a large machining area and high accuracy performance plus unsurpassed ease of operation thanks to the ergonomic machine design. The team at Innovative Precision values the long strokes for large work piece capacity, and the unsurpassed versatility thanks to B-Axis and C-Axis contouring. The new Mazak Nexus VCN 700D/40-II HS VMC machine, built in Florence, KY, is designed to maximize efficiency in high speed machining operations. It achieves high productivity with a standard 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle or an optional 18,000-rpm, 50-hp spindle. The machine features a 68.5” × 27.6” table with a maximum part weight of 4,409 lbs.The machine features a standard 30-tool magazine, and tool-to-tool change time of 1.5 sec. Bryan appreciates that Mazak manufactures a number of their machine tools right here in the United States. He also values the local machine tool dealer for Mazak in Utah, Smith Machinery. “We have local sales and support with Smith Machinery, and their knowledge and responsiveness are outstanding. Smith Machinery is one of the few dealers anywhere in the United States who are ISO certified, so they really understand a machine shop’s process requirements.” The Innovative Precision team also appreciates the extensive training they receive from Smith Machinery when they purchase new machine tools. The team at Innovative Precision attributes their outstanding growth and their success to 3 primary factors:

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He points out that despite a long-running and substantial decline in employment, output from factories nationwide continues to climb.

Anderson, a senior economist at Wells Fargo, recently co-authored a study that outlines the changing face of U.S. manufacturing in which output, not the number of jobs, is the most appropriate way to measure the sector’s health. The study also notes opportunities for growth as demand for U.S. factory technologies grows, particularly from emerging economies.

 Anderson’s job at Wells Fargo involves analyzing and forecasting international, national and regional economic trends. He also serves on the American Bankers Association Economic Advisory Committee and the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Professional Forecasters.

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Q: What prompted you to do the study?

A: It seems that when anyone looks at the manufacturing sector they only look at it from one perspective – jobs. I thought it was important to put a piece out there that talked about manufacturing in a more positive tone. The general belief out there is that manufacturing in the United States is dead or dying. We wanted to point out that it’s just evolving.


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Q: Were you surprised by any of the findings?

A:When we were putting together the hard data analysis we ran some correlations between manufacturing production and employment that turned out to be quite telling. They showed us that before 1980 there was a strong positive correlation between manufacturing and jobs, but since then that correlation has basically been turned upside down. What that means is that we’re producing more and more, yet we’re actually losing jobs.The extent of that shift tells us there’s a structural change that’s gone on that deserves a deeper look.

 Q:The study points to key changes in manufacturing technologies, like robotics, that fueled this shift. Are there any more coming that you see that could continue or accelerate this trend?

A: I don’t know if we see anything brand-new, but I think these trends are well in place. Some of the pressures that are even building on manufacturers in emerging markets will create a spread of those technologies globally. Many of them, like robotics, computer- aided design and just-in-time inventory management, are widely used in the United States. But now countries like China that are seeing large increases in labor costs are going to follow our lead and implement them.

 Q: Your study talks about the expanded opportunities for the manufacturing sector in the United States to support the development of emerging economies. Do any of those opportunities translate into more manufacturing-related jobs here?

A: They will translate to jobs – maybe not the same jobs that manufacturers have lost over the years, but manufacturers will be hiring new workers. What we found is that there is what manufacturers now refer to as a mismatch in skills. Manufacturers are saying they need highly skilled workers, people with advanced degrees in things like computer science and engineering as well as factory technicians and programmers. We can sell the equipment that’s going to drive manufacturing in some of these emerging markets, and we can sell the know-how.

 Q: How much of our manufacturing output is specifically aimed at supporting new economies?

A: We looked at real exports of capital goods excluding autos.Those have increased from $12 billion in 1994 to $41 billion today.We’re also noticing that a lot of those exports are going to emerging markets. We looked at exports to so-called BRIC economies – that’s Brazil, Russia, India and China – and we found that those countries had a 4 percent share of our exports in 2000 and 12 percent today. That’s a big shift in a very short period.

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A: There are a lot of studies out there that say we’re not producing enough graduates in engineering and science. In the new economy, the new normal, we are shifting away from a consumerdriven, housing- and construction-driven economy toward a more productive, export-driven model.

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Jim McAleese, who operates a defense-aerospace consultancy, placed the F-35 under the “favors” category in a chart he crafted showing his take on winners and losers under the new strategy. Thompson said the most likely outcome for the F-35 under Obama’s plan is a “slower production ramp, but [a] secure future.”

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Apple Sees The Corporate Market As A Huge Growth Opportunity The New York Times reports, “While corporate technology buyers say Apple does not try to hide the fact that consumers are still its top priority, they note that the company has gotten easier to work with in recent years, adding features to its devices that make them more palatable to business.” Apple “has begun to drop hints that it sees the corporate market as a big growth opportunity. During recent earnings calls with analysts, Apple executives have boasted about the portion of Fortune 500 companies testing or deploying iPads and iPhones - 92 percent and 93 percent, respectively, Apple said last month.” A2Z METALWORKER


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spacecraft.This establishes a Moog-European base for the production The sites will not be coof and&subsystems for the Unitedflight-proven Technologiescomponents Corp.’s Pratt Whitney unit andinternational Rolls-Royce located with existing DoD space industry. PLC are ending one aircraft-engine joint venture to start another. sites that have been cleared Pratt will pay $1.5 billion for Rolls-Royce’s share in their existing to fly UAS the United Bradford Engineering makes pressure transducers, flowinmeters, cold International Aero Engines consortium, which produces the engines States, suc h as Grand gas systems, sun sensors and reaction wheels for major European that power the Airbus A320 jetliner family. Forks Air Force Base, ND, satellite prime manufacturers. Pennington said. However, The two companies plan to work together in a new venture that will he said new airspace sites willplant likely butt up in against those DoDFromthe Bradford in aircraft Heerle thePratt’s Netherlands, develop engines forEngineering’s future narrow-body using geared owned sites. Moog technology. will offer legacy satellite technology such as propulsion and turbofan actuation solutions for on-orbit satellite motion and fluid control DoDtowill begin preliminary site selection for those locations by the the venture European market. The new will go head to head with General Electric Co. to end of 2012, Pennington said. develop more-efficient engines for the single-aisle-aircraft segment, The acquisition also enables Bradford Engineering to supply the U.S. in which the companies expect demand to be around 20,000 new Thespace unmanned aircraft will use a ground-based sense-and-avoid system market with technology Moog does not currently provide, aircraft over the next 20 years. for such the early flight tests scheduled for thewheels airspace as pressure transducers, reaction and locations. sun sensorsSense for andthe avoid technology allows unmanned aircraft to detect other planes positioning and control of satellites in orbit. It also comes after London-based Rolls-Royce declined to develop in the area and change its course to avoid midair collisions. new engines for the latest upgrades to the A320 neo, produced by Moog will ofretain all ofAeronautic Bradford Engineering’s employees Airbus, a unit European Defence & Space Co. and Thecontinue ground-based system will relay information from air traffic to benefit from Bradford Engineering’s management team control and other sources on the location of all aircraft flying in the to run the Netherlands-based design and manufacturing facility. Pratt had all but abandoned the single-aisle market in the early 1990s area of existing the UAS. That info will then be relayed to the UAS pilot as on Bradford Engineering contracts continued butAll began muscling its way back in over the pastwill fewbe years in the face the expected. ground, who can then maneuver the aircraft through the air traffic. The development and maintenance of GE. a non-ITAR product of dismissals from its rivals including Rolls and portfolio will be strategically important for future operations. As tests progress, DoD officials plan to move to a partially automated Last year, Pratt scored a coup when Airbus selected its geared sense-and-avoid system on board the aircraft, Pennington said. turbofan engine Completes as one of two engine options for the revamped A320. Samuel Acquisition of Doral

Creation of these airspace bubbles was part of the FAA reauthorization Inc. But Steel this summer Pratt was excluded from a similar move at Boeing bill proposed earlier this year. Lawmakers tabled passage of the FAA Co., which opted to upgrade its 737 instead of investing in a nextbill until September, when Congress is set to return from its summer Wayne Bassett, generation aircraft.President and CEO of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited recess. and Cam Smith Sr., Chairman and CEO of Doral Steel announced

theplane confirmation of the signing of thefrom agreement the Therecently new 737 exclusively uses an engine CFM,for a joint Once passed, Pennington predicted that there would be a lot of Samuel acquisition of Doral Steel Inc. venture between GE and France’s Safran SA. “political jockeying” by lawmakers to land one of the test sites, given the money and resources DoD plans to pump into the effort. TheDoral new venture willoperate focus onasthe geared-turbofan Steel will an high-bypass independentratio, business division of Samuel, The Son other & Inc. CaminSmith Jr. will partnership—Japanese stay on as President of technology. the previous Boeing Dreamliner Finishes Test Doral Steel and and report to Al Bromley, President of the Samuel’s Aero Engine Corp. MTU Aero Engines GmbH—intend to join. U.S. Service Center Division. Mike Crooks will retain his role as Program Executive Vice President of Doral.

Roche licenses technology from Bloomberg News reportsa full therange Boeing 787 Dreamliner “finishedand its Biodesign Institute Doral sells and stocks of carbon flat rolled products

20- has month flight-test program in the hurdle approval one location in Toledo, Ohio withfinal 120,000 sq. toward ft. of warehouse for passenger service that could start next month.” The last flight was Roche and Technology Enterprises announced an space andArizona four slitters and another in Clinton,(AzTE) Tennessee with 58,000 made on August 13 and now the FAA “must verify the paperwork in agreement license several technologies by Stuart sq. ft. andtotwo slitters. As well, Doral has andeveloped exclusive processing aLindsay review Boeing has said it expects this week and then certify the jet at the for Biodesign Arizona State and agreement use of a Institute slitter andatcut-to-length lineUniversity in Monterrey, before its first delivery. Colin Nuckolls of the Columbia University Nanoscience Center for Mexico. the development of a revolutionary DNA sequencing system. The agency, which has worked with Boeing since the 787’s “The addition of Doral Steel will significantly increase the ability of inception, doesn’t discuss certification work, said Alison Duquette, The licensed include specialized for DNA Samuel to technologies serve our current customer base byapproaches providing additional abase spokeswoman.” The article notes that the only the 787s with Rolls sensing and reading and build and on stainless an ongoing collaboration processing capacity of aluminum products for our Royce engines completed testing and more are needed for those with between Roche’s sequencing center oftoexcellence, Sciences, current locations from Pennsylvania Georgia and454 intoLife the Midwest. GE Engines. andDoral’s IBM to significant develop and commercialize a single-molecule, participation in automotive accounts nanopore will help DNA sequencer with the capacity to rapidly decode individual’s to increase our growing presence in the automotiveanmarket.” said The CNETgenome News “Cutting blog notes that on the final test flight, complete for wellEdge” below $1000. Mr. Bassett. “the 14-person crew successfully completed simulations of a dispatch with a failed generator and failed fuel flow indication during the flight.”

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S&S Machinery Sales__ 602-368-8542 Laser Cutters Action Machine_ ____ 303-532-2900 Fuchs Machinery_ ___ 303-744-1205 Moncktons Mach Tools_ 303-571-4933 Muratec_________949-466-8255 PrecisionFab Inc._ ___ 303-779-9180 S&S Machinery Sales__ 602-368-8542 Sidley Diamond Tool_ _ 800-544-9070 Triad Machine______ 303-424-0268 Pipe & Tube Benders/ Notchers Fabricating Equip Sales_ 303-466-7342 S&S Machinery Sales__ 602-368-8542 Plasma/Gas CuttingSystems Muratec_________949-466-8255 Plate Rolls Fabricating Equip Sales_ 303-466-7342 Jorgensen Machine Tools_800-952-0151 Press Brakes Fabricating Equip Sales_ 303-466-7342 Fuchs Machinery_ ___ 303-744-1205 Jorgensen Machine Tools_800-952-0151 King Machine_______ 208-345-9600 PrecisionFab Inc._ ___ 303-779-9180 S&S Machinery Sales___ 602-368-8542 Shearing Machines Action Machine_ _____ 303-532-2900 Fabricating Equip Sales__ 303-466-7342 Fuchs Machinery_ ____ 303-744-1205 Jorgensen Machine Tools_ 800-952-0151 King Machine_______ 208-345-9600 S&S Machinery Sales___ 602-368-8542 Turret Press Muratec_________ 949-466-8255 PrecisionFab Inc._ ____303-779-9180 Welding Equipment Rocky Mountain Saw Blades_ 303-761-3000 OTHER ACCESSORIES Fire Extinguishing Systems Firetrace Intl_ _______ 480-544-4450 Fire Suppression Systems Firetrace Intl_ _______ 480-544-4450 Tooling Systems Desert EDM Sales______ 480-816-6300 USA EDM Supply_ _____480-836-8330 PALLET SYSTEMS Automatic Pallet Systems Midaco___________ 847-593-8420 Automatic Door Opener Systems Midaco___________ 847-593-8420 Manual Rotary Pallet Systems Midaco___________ 847-593-8420 Robotic Part Loading Systems Midaco___________ 847-593-8420 A2Z METALWORKER

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PROG. SYSTEMS Engineering Services Factory Automation/Logistics Advanced Coord. Tech _ __ 303-469-6161 First Article Inspection Muratec_________ 949-466-8255 CAD/CAMSoftware, CAD Advanced Coord. Tech _____ 303-469-6161 AME, Inc._ ________ 303-922-9266 Datum Inspection_ ______602-997-1340 Feature Cam_ ______ 602-502-9654 Western States Calibration___ 801-466-1700 Heavyhaul PROTOTYPE MACHINERY IRH _ ___________ 801-972-5581 APEX CAD Prod________970-314-9772 Injection Molding 3D Parts To Go________801-380-7935 3D Parts To Go_ _____ 801-380-7935 Rapid Prototyping Inspection Services APEX CAD Prod_________970-314-9772 Rapid Manufacturing Advanced Coord. Tech _____ 303-469-6161 APEX CAD Prod_________970-314-9772 Datum Inspection_ ______602-997-1340 Team Industrial Services____801-397-2202 RECYCLING Team Industrial Services____602-269-7868 Recyclable Metals Calibration Services Iron & Metals, Inc_____ 303-292-5555 Advanced Coord. Tech _ __ 303-469-6161 Utah Metal Works, Inc._ 801-364-5679 Klontech Industrial Sales__480-948-1871 Scrap Metal Recycling Western States Calibration___ 801-466-1700 Iron & Metals, Inc_____ 303-292-5555 Machine Repair/Servicing Utah Metal Works, Inc._ 801-364-5679 Jorgensen Machine Tools___800-952-0151 REPAIR PARTS MAG Particle Team Industrial Services____801-397-2202 Belts All World Machinery Supply_815-943-9111 Team Industrial Services____602-269-7868 Manufacturing Rep Bearings(Precision) All World Machinery Supply_815-943-9111 ProSalez____________480-773-3239 Process Improvement/ Audit Metric O-Rings BMSC _ _____________ 602-445-9400 All World Machinery Supply_815-943-9111 Sustaining Edge Solutions___888-572-9642 Switches (Proximity, Limit) All World Machinery Supply_815-943-9111 Certified InspectionX-Ray Service_ _602-267-0661 Valves (Hydraulic, Pneumatic) Semiray____________602-275-1917 All World Machinery Supply_815-943-9111 Team Industrial Services____801-397-2202 ROBOTIC EQUIPMENT Team Industrial Services____602-269-7868 Integrated Systems Inc__ 928-649-9600 ISO9000 / AS9100 Cert. BMSC _ _____________ 602-445-9400 SERVICES Gladhill Associates_______719-495-8045 Consultant, ISO BMSC_ __________ 602-445-9400 MEP _ ____________801-863-7001 MEP ___________ 801-863-7001 Orion Registrar _ _______ 303-645-4017 Sustaining Edge Solutions__ 888-572-9642 Sustaining Edge Solutions___888-572-9642 ISO Registrar Western States Calibration_ 801-466-1700 _ _______ 303-645-4017 Calibration: Repair & Certify Orion Registrar Lean Manufacturing Western States Calibration___ 801-466-1700 MEP _ ____________ 801-863-7001 Calibration Services Sustaining Edge Solutions__ 888-572-9642 Advanced Coord. Tech _ __ 303-469-6161 Machine Tool Rebuilding Klontech Industrial Sales__480-948-1871 EDM Network_ ______ 480-836-1782 Process Improvement Western States Calibration___ 801-466-1700 BMSC _ _____________ 602-445-9400 Calibration Training Western States Calibration___ 801-466-1700 Sustaining Edge Solutions___ 888-572-9642 Rapid Prototyping Contract Inspection 3D Parts To Go_ _____ 801-380-7935 Advanced Coord. Tech _ __ 303-469-6161 Klontech Measure Sol___ 480-626-8131 Reverse Engineering Total Quality Systems Inc.__ 480-377-6422 Advanced Coord. Tech ___ _303-469-6161 Contract Programming Diversified Metal Services___ 801-972-6093 Total Quality Systems Inc.__ 480-377-6422 Klontech Measure Sol____ 480-626-8131 Education Rigging Ogden-Weber Tech College__801-395-3795 IRH ____________801-972-5581

Spindle Rebuilding Setco-Pope Spindles______866-362-0699 Staffing Resource Mfg_________801-265-1999 Statistical Process Control Total Quality Systems Inc.__ 480-377-6422 SHOP FLOOR AUTOMATION Hardware: USB Bytebox____________ 888-Bytebox Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 Scheduling Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 Serial Port Bytebox____________ 888-Bytebox Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 Software:CNC Networking Bytebox____________ 888-Bytebox Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 RS232 Cabling Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 Transportation IRH ____________801-972-5581 Virtual CNC Shop Floor Automations_ _ 877-611-5825 TOOLING Arc Cutting Tools Helical Solutions_______866-543-5422 TRAINING CAD/CAM Training Davis Applied Tech College___801-593-2483 CNC/Conventional Machining Davis Applied Tech College___801-593-2483 Machining Software Davis Applied Tech College___801-593-2483 USED MACHINERY EDM Network_ ________ 480-836-1782 Jorgensen Machine Tools___800-952-0151 King Machine_______ 208-345-9600 K.D. Capital Equipment____480-922-1674 Methods West_________602-437-2220 PrecisionFab Inc._ ____303-779-9180 S&S Machinery Sales_____602-368-8542 WATERJET CUTTING Action Machine________303-532-2900 Fabricating Equip Sales___ 303-466-7342 FLOW Intl.___________909-620-5707 Global EDM Supply_____480-836-8330 Jorgensen Machine Tools___800-952-0151 King Machine_______ 208-345-9600 OMAX Corp_________800-838-0343 Triad Machine_______ 303-424-0268 WaterJet: Filtration/Chillers Ebbco Inc_ _______800--809-3901

Buyer’s Guide & Card Gallery Processes

ASSEMBLIES Bar-S Machine_________ 928-636-2115 Prescott’s Manufacturing___ 719-482-5826 Seastrom_ _________ 800-634-2356 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 Wasatch Laser Processing___801-972-3500 Welded Assemblies Weiser/Mile High Precision_ 303-280-2778 BENDING JQ Enterprises__________801-975-0777 Mandrel Bending BK Machine Inc.________801-253-1929 BONDING Diffusion VACCO Industries_ ______ 626-443-7121 BRAZING Precision Casting Repair_ __ 801-972-2345 BROACHING Ponderosa Ind_________303-298-1801

DIES Prec. Mach’d Products__970-482-7676 Specialty Steel Services___ 801-539-8252 Able Machining & Eng.__ 801-268-6766 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____ 602-437-8995 Turning: Automatic EDM Matrix Machine_______ 480-966-4451 EDM: Dialectric Systems Coating: Liquid /Filtration Pilkington Metal Finishing_ 801-972-2146 Ebbco Inc_ __________ 586-716-5151 Coating: Nickel/Teflon/ EDM: Drilling Small Hole Chrome BK Machine Inc.______801-253-1929 Coating Technologies____623-581-2648 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____ 602-437-8995 LA Specialties________ 602-269-7612 Micropulse West_______ 480-966-2300 Coating:Zinc & Mag.Phos. EDM: Ram-Type (Sinking) Coating Technologies____623-581-2648 Innovative Precision____ 801-334-6317 Electro-Coating Services Maverick Mold & Machine_ 970-535-4604 VACCO Industries_ _____ 626-443-7121 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____ 602-437-8995 COLD SPRAY Micropulse West_______ 480-966-2300 Accuwright Industries____480-892-9595 Petersen Inc__________800-410-6789 CUTTING Prec. Mach’d Products_____ 970-482-7676 Bandsaw Cutting EDM: Wire Echols Saw & Supply_ ____602-278-3918 Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 Plastic Central Valley Machine_ __435-752-0934 ImageTek_ _________ 303-806-8111 Excalibur Manufacturing_ __719-520-5404 Foremaster Tool_ ______801-737--0265 DESIGN/ CAD/CAM Bar-S Machine________ 928-636-2115 Innovative Precision______ 801-334-6317 H& S Machine________ 801-755-7627 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____ 602-437-8995 Micropulse West_______ 480-966-2300 DIE CASTING Watkins Tool & Supply_ __ 303-295-9603 Paramount Machine_ ____801-282-2755

H&R Precision_________801-975-7400 Jet Processing________ 623-869-6749 LA Specialties________ 602-269-7612 METCO Metal Finishing_ __ 602-276-4120 Operose Manufacturing___ 303-833-5967 Phoenix Heat Treating_ __ 602-258-7751 Precision Mach’d Prod____ 970-482-7676 Superior Grinding______801-487-9700 De-Rusting Glass Bead Clean Coating Technologies_ ___623-581-2648 Hand Deburring: Precision H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Liquid Painting Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 MPI International_ _____ 956-631-6880 Passivation Certified Inspection Service___602-267-0661 • 55 • Jan/Feb 2012 55 •July/Aug 2011



MPI International_ _____ 956-631-6880 Aluminum (Medium & Large) Aero Tech________ 801-292-0493

Coating Technologies_ ___623-581-2648 Jet Processing_____ 623-869-6749x117 METCO Metal Finishing_ __ 602-276-4120 Powder Coating Arizona Finishing______602-438-4443 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 LA Specialties________ 602-269-7612 MPI International_ _____ 956-631-6880 Pilkington Metal Finishing_ 801-972-2146 Silk Screening Arizona Finishing______602-438-4443 Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 Potting/Encapsulation Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 Wet Paint/CARC MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 A2Z METALWORKER

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FOUNDRY May Foundry & Machine_ 801-531-8931 State Brass Foundry & Mach._ 801-467-9461 GAS NITRIDING Blanchard Metals Proc._ __801-972-5590 GEAR CUTTING Delltronics, Inc________ 303-789-2661 Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 Reata Engineering & Mach._ 303-936-1350 Specialty Steel Svcs____ 801-539-8252 Gear Hobbing Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 GRINDING AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 ChemResearch________ 602-253-4175 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Diversified Metal Services__ 801-972-6093 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Prec. Mach’d Products____ 970-482-7676 Precision Tech________801-285-7288

Kelly Martinez Machine Shop Lifetime Products, Inc. P.O. Box 160010, Freeport Center, Bldg D-11 Clearfield, UT 84016 T: 801.726.5312 F: 801.728.1979 email:

Ron Grob Co._ _______970-667-5320 Steel Services Grinding_ __ 800-662-0126 Superior Grinding______ 801487-9700 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 Grinding, Blanchard Diversified Metal Services__ 801-972-6093 Steel Services Grinding_ __ 800-662-0126 Superior Grinding______ 801487-9700 Grinding, Centerless Ron Grob Co._ _______970-667-5320 Grinding: OD AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____602-437-8995 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 Ron Grob Co._ _______970-667-5320 Superior Grinding______ 801487-9700 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550

Grinding: Surface ChemResearch________ 602-253-4175 Superior Grinding______ 801487-9700 GALVANIZING Jordan River Galvanizing__801-282-9375 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 ENGINEERING/DESIGN 3rd Gen Machine_____ 435-764-4980 AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Nuclear Filter Tech_____303-384-9785 Graphite Services Micro-Tronics, Inc_ _____602-437-8995 FABRICATION Aero Tech________ 801-292-0493 Arrow Sheet Metal Prod_ 303-427-6419 Central Valley Machine_ __435-752-0934 Cygnet____________ 818-240-7574

Image Tek Business Card 2011 (Neil Daley: President) 3.5” Wide by 2” High

D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Mountain View Machine _ _435-755-0500 Custom Auto/Truck/Bike H& S Machine_______ 801-755-7627 Fabrication: Custom Metal Machining VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 Fabrication: Enclosures Falcon Sheet Metal___ 801-298-5064 Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 Fabrication: Medium & Large Arrow Sheet Metal Prod_303-427-6419 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 Falcon Sheet Metal___ 801-298-5064 Group Mfg Serv_______480-966-3952

Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 Weiser/Mile High Precision_ 303-280-2778 WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Fabrication: Non-Metal Wesco Laser Mchg._ ____ 303-765-5916 Fabrication: Plastic ImageTek_ _________ 303-806-8111 Fabrication: SheetMetal Arrow Sheet Metal Prod_303-427-6419 AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Cygnet____________ 818-240-7574 D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Denver Machine Shop____303-295-6000 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 Falcon Sheet Metal___ 801-298-5064 Group Mfg Serv_______480-966-3952 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 Laser Concepts Inc._ ____ 801-280-7723 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Weiser/Mile High Precision_ 303-280-2778 WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Wrico_ ___________ 480-892-7800 Fabrication: Steel EMJD Corp_ ______ 303-761-5236

Falcon Sheet Metal___ 801-298-5064 Precision Electronic Sheet Metal D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 FINISHING Arizona Finishing______602-438-4443 Coating Technologies_ ___623-581-2648 Galvanizing: Hot Dip Jordan River Galvanizing__801-282-9375 Galvanizing: Zinc Jordan River Galvanizing__801-282-9375 Passivation Gold Tech Industries_____ 480-968-1930 Polishing Gold Tech Industries_____ 480-968-1930 Selective Coatings ImageTek_ _________ 303-806-8111 FORMING D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 Wasatch Laser Processing__801-972-3500 HEAT TREATING Blanchard Metals Proc._ __801-972-5590 Phoenix Heat Treating_ __ 602-258-7751 Pilkington Metal Finishing__801-972-2146 Reata Engineering & Mach._ 303-936-1350

Temperature Processing___ 303-772-0250 Custom Temperature Processing___ 303-772-0250 Cryogenics Temperature Processing___ 303-772-0250 Aluminum Temperature Processing___ 303-772-0250 Nitriding Temperature Processing___ 303-772-0250 INSPECTION Inspection, First Article Klontech Measure Sol____ 480-626-8131 Inspection Services Klontech Measure Sol____ 480-626-8131 Micropulse West_______480-966-2300 Sustaining Edge Solutions__888-572-9642 IRON STITCHING Precision Casting Repair__801-972-2345 LASER CUTTING Laser Cutting Arrow Sheet Metal Prod_303-427-6419 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 • 57 • Jan/Feb 2012 57 •July/Aug 2011


A Veteran-Owned Small Business

Shawn Carlin

Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 Laser Concepts Inc._ ____ 801-280-7723 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Wasatch Laser Processing__801-972-3500 Wesco Laser Mchg._ ____ 303-765-5916 Wrico_ ___________480-892-7800 Laser Cutting: Micro VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 Laser Cutting: Non-Metal Wesco Laser Mchg._ ____ 303-765-5916 Laser Cutting: Pipe&Tube Wasatch Laser Processing__801-972-3500 Wesco Laser Mchg._ ____ 303-765-5916 Laser Cutting: 3D E-Coat MPI International_ _____ 956-631-6880 EMI/RFI Shielding Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 Laminating Wesco Laser Mchg.___303-765-5916 Laser Engraving 4 Axis Machining Inc.____ 303-295-1544 VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 A2Z METALWORKER

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Laser Marking 4 Axis Machining Inc.____ 303-295-1544 Photo-Chemical Etching VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 Precision Etched Parts VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 LINE BORING WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 MACHINING Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Mountain View Machine_ _435-755-0500 RD Machine & MFg____ 801-977-0447 Radtech__________ 303-789-4247 Seastrom_ ________800-634-2356 Skydandee Mfg______ 801-774-8031 St. Vrain__________ 303-702-1529 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Machining: 3D Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 Micropulse West_______480-966-2300 Machining: 5 Axis 4 Axis Machining Inc.____303-295-1544 5th Axis Fixtures______ 858-505-0432

Accutech Machine______ 801-975-1117 Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Cling’s Manufacturing____ 480-968-1778 CNC Rescue_ ________ 801-266-2261 Faustson___________303-420-7422 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 St. Vrain__________ 303-702-1529 Superior Metal Products____303-791-7550 Machining: Aerospace Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 Matrix Machine_____ 480-966-4451 Lewis Aerospace_ ____ 877-254-2024 Matrix Machine_____ 480-966-4451 Micropulse West_______480-966-2300 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ ____ 602-437-8995 Mountain View Machine_ _435-755-0500 Nuclear Filter Tech_ ___ 303-384-9785 Paramount Machine_ ___801-282-2755 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 Precision Mach’d Products_ 970-482-7676 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 Prescott’s Mfg________ 719-482-5826 Quick Turn Precision_____801-334-6800 Radtech__________ 303-789-4247 Reata Engineering & Mach._ 303-936-1350 RD Machine & MFg____ 801-977-0447

Skydandee Mfg______ 801-774-8031 St. Vrain__________ 303-702-1529 Superior Metal Products_ 303-791-7550 White Rock Inc._ _____ 435-750-6414 Machining: CNC 4 Axis Machining Inc.____303-295-1544 Able Machining & Eng.__ 801-268-6766 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 Accutech Machine______ 801-975-1117 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 Bar-S Machine_______ 928-636-2115 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 Cling’s Manufacturing_ _ 480-968-1778 CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 CNC Rescue_ _______ 801-266-2261 Davis Manufacturing___ 303-762-0550 DMSI___________801-972-6093 Faustson__________ 303-420-7422 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Foremaster Tool_____ 801-737--0265 H&R Precision_______ 801-975-7400 H& S Machine_______ 801-755-7627 Innovative Precision_ __ 801-334-6317 L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Leading Edge Machine__ 435-563-9425 Maverick Mold & Machine_ 970-535-4604 Micro-Tronics, Inc_____ 602-437-8995 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Operose Manufacturing___ 303-833-5967 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722

St. Vrain Manufacturing, Inc.

3762 Imperial St. Unit A Frederick, CO 80516

“Precision Machining Solutions for Industry”

Robert Bergstrom President

819 So. Lincoln Street P. O. Box 1066 Longmont, CO 80502 Website:

Premac Precision Mach’g_719-784-9434 RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447 Reata Eng.& Mach_ ___ 303-936-1350 Seastrom_ ________800-634-2356 St. Vrain__________ 303-702-1529 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Machining: Contract American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Nuclear Filter Tech_ ___ 303-384-9785 Paramount Machine_ ___801-282-2755 Radtech__________ 303-789-4247 Skydandee Mfg______ 801-774-8031 Machining: DoD CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 Machining: Laser AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 Faustson__________ 303-420-7422 Foremaster Tool______ 801-737--0265 Gerome Mfg________520-622-8402 Innovative Precision_ __ 801-334-6317 L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Lewis Aerospace_ ____ 877-254-2024 Matrix Machine______ 480-966-4451 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Nuclear Filter Tech_ ___ 303-384-9785 Paramount Machine_ __ 801-282-2755 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Reata Engineering & Mach_ 303-936-1350 RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447

Phone: (303) 702-1529 x 103 Fax: (303) 702-1534 Email: RFQ Email:

White Rock Inc.______ 435-750-6414 Machining:Medical Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 Prescott’s Mfg________ 719-482-5826 Machining: Milling Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Cling’s Manufacturing____ 480-968-1778 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Mountain View Machine__435-755-0500 Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 Prec. Mach’d Products__970-482-7676 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 Ron Grob Co._ _______970-667-5320 Machining: Mobile Field Service WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Machining: Mold Base Maverick Mold & Machine_970-535-4604 Machining: Plastic ImageTek_ _________ 303-806-8111 Machining: Production 3rd Gen Machine_____ 435-764-4980 Able Machining & Eng.__ 801-268-6766 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 CNC Rescue_ _______ 801-266-2261 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Faustson__________ 303-420-7422

Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Innovative Precision_ __ 801-334-6317 L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Newport Tool_ _______801-295-7411 Paramount Machine_ __ 801-282-2755 Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 Premac Precision Mach’g_719-784-9434 Prescott’s Mfg________719-482-5826 Radtech__________ 303-789-4247 Reata Engineering & Mach_ 303-936-1350 RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447 White Rock Inc.______ 435-750-6414 Machining: Prototype 3rd Gen Machine_____ 435-764-4980 4 Axis Machining Inc.____303-295-1544 Able Machining & Eng.__ 801-268-6766 Accutech Machine______801-975-11174 Advanced Machining Inc.__303-485-5256 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 Bar-S Machine_______ 928-636-2115 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 Central Valley Machine__435-752-0934 Cling’s Manufacturing_ _ 480-968-1778 CNC Rescue_ ________ 801-266-2261 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Faustson___________303-420-7422 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 Foremaster Tool______ 801-737--0265 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Innovative Precision_ __ 801-334-6317

L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Leading Edge Machine_ _ 435-563-9425 Lewis Aerospace______ 877-254-2024 Micropulse West______ 480-966-2300 Mountain View Machine_ 435-755-0500 Newport Tool_ _______801-295-7411 Nuclear Filter Tech_ ___ 303-384-9785 Premac Precision Mach’g_ 719-784-9434 Quick Turn Precision_ __ 801-334-6800 Radtech_ _________ 303-789-4247 RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447 Seastrom_ ________ 800-634-2356 Skydandee Mfg______ 801-774-8031 St. Vrain__________ 303-702-1529 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 Machining: Precision 4 Axis Machining Inc.___ 303-295-1544 Able Machining & Eng.__ 801-268-6766 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 Central Valley Machine__435-752-0934 CM Manufacturing_ ___ 406-543-4450 Focused on Machining_ __ 303-922-3076 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Newport Tool_ _______801-295-7411 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 Ponderosa Ind________ 303-298-1801 Precision Machined Prod.__ 970-482-7676 Precision Tech_______ 801-285-7288S A2Z METALWORKER

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Gregg A. Dunlap Business Development

3508 East Corona Avenue Phoenix. AZ 85040 OFFICE 602-276-4120 CELL 602-725-8380 FAX 602-276-0109

MPI Metal Processing International, L.P. TACOM APPROVED o ISO 9001-2000

E-Coat,Powder Coat,Wet Paint/CARC,Plating Alodine,ZN Phosphate,Chemical Stripping,Acid Pickle 6100 S. International Pkwy. Suite 500 McAllen, TX. 78503

Local: (956)631-6880 Fax: (206)203-3102

WMC Machining______ 801-978-1388 Machining: Swiss 3rd Gen Machine_____ 435-764-4980 Bar-S Machine_______ 928-636-2115 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 Ron Grob Co._ _______970-667-5320 White Rock_ ________ 435-750-6414

Superior Metal Products___303-791-7550 Machining: R & D 3rd Gen Machine________ 435-764-4980 American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ ____ 602-437-8995 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Premac Precision Mach’g_719-784-9434 Prescott’s Mfg_______ 719-482-5826 Reata Engineering & Mach._ 303-936-1350 Superior Metal Products___ 303-791-7550 Wasatch Laser Processing__801-972-3500 White Rock Inc._ _____ 435-750-6414 A2Z METALWORKER

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Machining: Turning American Machine & Eng._ _ 801-973-0494 Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 AzMark_ __________480-926-8969 Bar-S Machine_______ 928-636-2115 BK Machine Inc.______ 801-253-1929 Faustson__________ 303-420-7422 H&R Precision________ 801-975-7400 Leading Edge Machine_ __ 435-563-9425 Mountain View Machine___ 435-755-0500 Operose Manufacturing___ 303-833-5967 Prec Mach’d Products_ ___ 970-482-7676 Premac Precision Mach’g_719-784-9434 Quick Turn Precision_ __801-334-6800 RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447 Wesco Laser Mchg______ 303-765-5916

RD Machine & Mfg_ ___ 801-977-0447 Contract Apex Engineering_____ 435-713-0072 Manufacturing: Electrode Wire-Tech_ ________ 480-966-1591 Mfg: Photo-Chemical VACCO Industries_ ____ 626-443-7121 Production Aero Tech_ ________ 801-292-0493 BK Machine Inc.______801-253-1929 Central Valley Machine__435-752-0934 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Laser Concepts Inc.____ 801-280-7723 Prescott’s Manufacturing_719-482-5826 Robotic CNC DMSI____________ 801-972-6093 Routering CNC DMSI____________ 801-972-6093 Small Part Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 Turnkey Product Services Aero Tech_ ________ 801-292-0493 L.A.R. Manufacturing___ 801-280-3505 Accuwright Industries___480-892-9595 METALIZING Accuwright Industries___480-892-9595 MOLDING: RUBBER Micro-Tronics, Inc_____ 602-437-8995 MOLDING: ARC Watkins Tool & Supply__303-295-9603 MOLDS Colorado Tool Design Inc_ 720-218-5246 Lifetime Products_____ 801-728-1260 Maverick Mold & Machine970-535-4604 Prescott’s Manufacturing_719-482-5826 Molds: Blow Lifetime Products_____ 801-728-1260 Molds: Plastic Injection Lifetime Products_ _____801-728-1260 Maverick Mold & Machine_ 970-535-4604 Micro-Tronics, Inc_ ____ 602-437-8995 Watkins Tool & Supply_ _ 303-295-9603 Molds: DieCast Design Colorado Tool Design Inc_ _ 720-218-5246

Molds: Rotational 3rd Gen Machine_____ 435-764-4980 Molds: Trim Die Design Colorado Tool Design Inc_ _ 720-218-5246 Molds Steel DMSI____________ 801-972-6093 Aero Tech_ ________ 801-292-0493 Arizona Finishing_____602-438-4443 ChemResearch_ _____ 602-253-4175 Jet Processing____ 623-869-6749x117 Mil Spec Painting Industrialex_______ 303-456-6847 PAINTING MPI International_ _____ 956-631-6880 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 PARTS: MISC. Lifetime Products_ _____801-728-1260 PHOTO FABRICATION Newcut Inc._ _______ 315-331-7680 Gold Tech Industries_ __ 480-968-1930 PLATING Gold Tech Industries_ __ 480-968-1930 METCO Metal Finishing__ 602-276-4120 Blanchard Metals Proc.__ 801-972-5590 ChemResearch_ _____ 602-253-4175 LA Specialties_______ 602-269-7612 MPI International_____ 956-631-6880 Anodizing Blanchard Metals Proc._ __801-972-5590 ChemResearch________ 602-253-4175 Jet Processing_____ 623-869-6749x117 Pilkington Metal Finishing_ 801-972-2146 Nickel/Chrome Gold Tech Industries_ __ 480-968-1930 Tin/Zinc Plate Gold Tech Industries_ __ 480-968-1930 POLISHING Gold Tech Industries_ __ 480-968-1930 LA Specialties_______ 602-269-7612 PRECISION FORMING Richards Fab________801-409-0392 Wrico_ ___________480-892-7800

Machining: Ultra-Precision CNC Rescue_ _______ 801-266-2261 Pinnacle Precision_ ___435-563-2722 White Rock Inc.______ 435-750-6414 Machining: Waterjet Colorado Waterjet_ ___970-532-5404 Quick Turn Precision_ __801-334-6800 PRINTING MANUFACTURING Custom Screen Group Mfg Serv______480-966-3952 Molds: Injection Design Prescott’s Manufacturing_719-482-5826 Colorado Tool Design Inc_ _ 720-218-5246 ImageTek_ __________303-806-8111

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TESTING Testing: Non-Destructive Blanchard Metals Proc._ __801-972-5590 Jet Processing_____ 623-869-6749x117 Pilkington Metal Finishing_801-972-2146 THERMAL SPRAY Accuwright Industries____480-892-9595 TOOL & DIE Foremaster Tool______ 801-737--0265 Newport Tool_ _______801-295-7411 Wrico_ ___________480-892-7800 TOOLING Frontier Metal Stamping_ _ 303-458-5129 Mountain View Machine_ _435-755-0500 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 TUBE FORMING Cling’s Manufacturing____ 480-968-1778 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 Formed Tubing Cling’s Manufacturing____ 480-968-1778 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776 Tube Bending /Fabrication Cling’s Manufacturing____ 480-968-1778 Howell Precision_______ 623-582-4776

WATERJET CUTTING Colorado Waterjet_ __ 970-532-5404 Diversified Metal Services__ 801-972-6093 JQ Enterprises________ 801-975-0777 Leading Edge Machine_ __435-563-9425 Marzee Inc._______ 602-269-5801 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Mountain View Machine_ _435-755-0500 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Quick Turn Precision_____801-334-6800

Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Denver Machine Shop____303-295-6000 H& S Machine_______ 801-755-7627 JQ Enterprises________ 801-975-0777 Kustom Koncepts_ _____ 307-472-0818 Laser Concepts Inc._ ____ 801-280-7723 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Mountain View Machine_ _435-755-0500 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Precision Casting Repair_ _801-972-2345 Precision Tech________801-285-7288 Quick Turn Precision_____801-334-6800 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Wasatch Laser Processing__801-972-3500 Weiser/Mile High Prec._303280-2778 Welding: Aluminum Medium & Large MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Skyline Products________719-392-9046 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Welding: Orbital Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Welding: Precision Arrow Sheet Metal Prod___ 303-427-6419 D&B Precision Products___ 719-473-3699 Davis Manufacturing_ ___303-762-0550 Excalibur Manufacturing_ _719-520-5404 MicroMetals_________ 719-593-8367 Richards Fab_ _____ 801-409-0392 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789 Weiser/Mile High Prec._303280-2778 Welding: TIG Arrow Sheet Metal Prod___ 303-427-6419 Mountain View Machine___ 435-755-0500 Petersen Inc_________ 800-410-6789

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Index of Advertisers 3rd Gen Machine...60 4 Axis Machining, Inc...57 5th Axis Fixtures...36,53 Able Machine & Engineering...60 ABS Quality Evaluations...14 Accutech Machine Inc...57 Accuwright Ind....59 Action Machine....50 Advanced Coord. Tech...51 Advanced Machining Inc...58 Aero Tech Mfg...56 AgieCharmilles...11 AIT...15,52 AllWorld Machinery Supply...28,51 Amcon....49 AME, Inc...51 Apex CAD Products...53 APEX Engineering...58 Arizona Finishing...58 AZ Tool Steel...55 Arrow Sheet Metal...57 AZMark Aerospace...55 Bar-S Machine, Inc...56 Bemsco...56 BK Machine Inc...61 Blanchard Metals Proc...56 Blaser Swisslube...51 BMSC...42,55 Bytebox...51 Canyon State Oil ...50,51,64 Castrol ...52,53,64 Central Valley Machine...58 ChemResearch...57 Christensen Oil...53,64 Cling’s Manufacturing...58 CM Manufacturing...59 CNC Rescue...59 Coating Technologies...57 Colorado Tool Design, Inc...58 Colorado Waterjet...58 Cygnet Stamping...57 D&B Precision Products...56 Datum Inspection Services...53 Davis Applied Tech College...52 Davis Manufacturing...59 DCM Tech...40,50 Delltronics...56 Denver Machine Shop...56 Desert EDM Sales...53 A2Z METALWORKER

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DMSI...55 Ebbco Inc...51 Echols Saw and Supply...50 Edge Technologies...53 EDM Network...41,52 EDM Performance Accessories...52 EMJD Corp....57 Erickson Metals...50 Excalibur Manufacturing..56 Fabricating Equipment Sales..8,52 Fadal CNC...29,51 Falcon Sheet Metal...59 Faustson...45,56 Firetrace...54 Flow Intl...27,50 Focused On Machining...58 Foothills Machinery..5,19,50 Foremaster Tool...59 Frontier Metal Stamping...60 Fuchs Machinery...50,52 Gage Lab Products...52 Ganesh Machinery...19 Gladhill Assoc...47,50 Global EDM Supply...51 Gold Tech Industries...55 Group Manufacturing...56 H&R Precision...56 HAAS Automation...2,50 Hartwig...25,50 Haynes Intl...53 Helical...52 Hexagon...52 Horizon Carbide...52 Howell Precision...40,57 HPMP....36,60 Image Tek...57 Industrialex...55 Industrial Heat Treat Co...57 Innovative Precision...30-31,55 IRH...53 Iron & Metals, Inc...24,53 J.M. Grisley...50 Jet Processing...59 Jordan River Galvanizing...59 Jorgensen Machine Tools ...50,53 JQ Enterprises...60 K.D. Capital Equipment...52 King Machine...19,52,53 Klontech Industrial..51,52

Kustom Koncepts...56 L.A. Specialties...56 L.A.R. Manufacturing...55 Laser Concepts...58 Leading Edge Machine...58 Lewis Aerospace...55 Lifetime Products, Inc...56 Marshall Tool...52 Marzee...14,57 Matrix Machine Inc...56,57 Maverick Mold & Machine...55 May Foundry & Machine...55 MEP...52 Metal Processing Intl...60 Metal Spinning...56 Metal Supermarkets...23,52 Metco Metal Finishing...60 Methods ...50 Micro-Tronics Inc..16,55 Micro 100...38,51 MicroMetals..1,20-22,56 Micropulse West ...55 Midaco...8,53 Monckton Mach...2,32-33,50 Mountain View...55 Muratec...52 Newport Tool...59 NFT..59 Ogden-WeberTech College...52 OGP...51 Omax...50 Operose Manufacturing...59 Orion Registrar...52 Pacific Metal Stampingss...61 Paramount Machine...56 Petersen Inc...58,59 Phoenix Heat Treating...58 Pilkington Metal Finishing...57 Pinnacle Precision..58 Ponderosa Industries...58 Precision Casting Repair...55 PrecisionFab Inc...1,20-22,53 Precision Mach’d Products...60 Precision Tech...59 Premac Machining...60 Premier Precision...58 Prescott’s Mfg...10,55 Prime Axis Machine...12 ProSalez...59

Qualichem...51 Quick Turn Precision...60 RD Machine...60 Radtech..59 Reata Eng. & Machine...57 ResourceMfg...13,56 Richards Fab...56 RMTMA...46,48 Rocky Mountain Saw Blades...53 Ron Grob CO....57 S&S Machinery...51 Samuel Son & CO..17,39,53 Seastrom...55 Seco Tools Inc...51 Self Clinch Direct...52 Setco Spindles & Slides...51 Shop Floor Automations...52 Shop Tools, Inc..26,51 Skydandee Mfg...55 Smith Machinery Co..50,63 Specialty Steel Serv....48,56 Spectra Financial Services...18 SPRING WORKS Utah...60 St. Vrain Manufacturing...59 Star Metal Fluids...3,50,51,52 State Brass Foundry & Machine...56 Superior Grinding..34,57 Superior Metal Products...60 Sustaining Edge Solutions...51 TCI Precision Metals...9 Team Industrial Services..46,50,52 Temp Processing...56 Todd Machinery...50 Total Quality Systems...44,51 Triad Machinery...51 Trusty Cook...37,54 Tsugami...35 Universal Laser Systems...45 U S Shop Tools...50 Utah Metal Works, Inc...53 VACCO Industries...44,58 Wasatch Laser Forming...59 Weiser/Mile High Precision...61 Wesco Laser Machining...57 Westec...43 Western States Calibration...54 Western States Metals...52 White Rock Inc...58 WMC Machining...59 Wrico Stamping...57

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