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Cambridge Intl. Unifies Two Plants, Opens Innovation Center

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Cambridge International, Cambridge, MD, a manufacturer of metal conveyor belts and architectural mesh, has unified two plants at its 237,000-sq.-ft. headquarters location and also opened a 7,000-sq.-ft. innovation center at this location.
Following the 1998 merger of Cambridge Wire Cloth and Maryland Wire Belts, Cambridge International operated two separate facilities near one another, and over a recent six-month span, moved all conveyor-belt and wire-mesh manufacturing into its headquarters. The move included 65 employees and 37 pieces of equipment and is expected to greatly improve operations, enhance productivity and increase capacity to meet growing product demand, according to company officials.
Cambridge optimized the footprint of its main building to unite the workforce, leverage synergies and strengthen operations. Renovations included a new product-development area, manufacturing and process improvements, and numerous facility upgrades. Recent interior and lobby improvements include exhibits that trace Cambridge’s 105-year history and highlight the company’s mission, vision, values and people.
The new innovation center is a dedicated product development and testing lab that includes an engineering department and test conveyors to showcase innovation and improvements to visiting clients. Engraved plaques showcasing the company’s 38 active patents, and trademarks line the center’s walls.

Tenere Expands to Mexico

Friday, May 27, 2016
Tenere Inc., Dresser, WI, a provider of metal and plastic components and assemblies, has announced the addition of a facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The new Tenere Monterrey sheetmetal operation is the company’s first wholly owned international site.
The Tenere Monterrey facility will add capacity and strengthen Tenere’s core competencies of engineering support, production, quality and assembly, according to company officials. The new facility provides soft-tool metal fabrication and assembly services. Capabilities include laser cutting, punching, bending, pressed hardware and welding, with expansion plans to include powder coating. The facility has approximately 103,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.
“Our Tenere Monterrey operation is well-positioned to provide an expanded offering of services and solutions to our customers in the region,” states Francisco Carreon, general manager of Tenere Monterrey. “Critical Monterrey functional positions were trained out of Tenere’s Wisconsin sheetmetal facilities to assure our customers the Tenere Monterrey facility and its employees have a deep understanding of the quality that the Tenere brand has become known for.”
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Worlds Largest Vacuum Furnace Set to Go Online

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Solar Atmospheres of Western Pennsylvania and Solar Manufacturing, Inc. have nearly completed what is believed to be the world’s largest vacuum furnace. The working hot zone of this high-vacuum (three 35-in. Varian diffusion pumps) furnace is 80 in. dia. by 48 ft. long with a maximum operating temperature of 2400 F. Its patented dual-load-car-design will have the capacity to transfer as much as 150,000 lb. of material in and out of the furnace. For dimensionally critical, near-net-shape jobs, the design will be capable of maintaining the critical support needed at elevated temperatures to keep parts flat to within 0.030 in.
All of the major components have been delivered and installed, and the remaining installation of all the electrical components and wiring will occur over the next several weeks. The furnace is expected to enter production at Solar Atmospheres in July.
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