Events

3-6
The Automate Show
McCormick Place — Chicago, IL

Automate 2017 is the broadest automation event in North America and is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. It showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies...

Automate 2017 is the broadest automation event in North America and is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. It showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions. From traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies, you'll find ways to automate every process in your company. It's held just once every two years, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to find the right solutions to meet your automation challenges, all at this one great show.

For more information, please click here.

www.theautomateshow.com

3-6
ProMat 2017
McCormick Place — Chicago, IL

Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry's leading innovators showcase their latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment and systems at ProMat 2017, held April 3-6 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

ProMat is where manufacturing and...

Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry's leading innovators showcase their latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment and systems at ProMat 2017, held April 3-6 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals come to to find their X – that unknown quantity that will take their supply chain to the next level of success. At ProMat, you can:
— Experience the latest innovations from over 850 solution providers.
— Learn the latest ideas driving productivity in four keynotes and in more than 100 show floor seminars including new town hall style hall sessions on autonomous vehicles and sustainable facility solutions.
— Build strong business partnerships with suppliers from around the world.
— See hands-on demonstrations of the latest technologies and innovations.
— Network with your peers on the show floor networking lounge and at MHI Industry Night, featuring comedian Dana Carvey.

ProMat 2017 is the one show where you will see in person, in action, the best solutions and innovations the industry has to offer and meet the leading providers face-to-face. There is no cost to attend the exhibits and conference sessions.

Whatever manufacturing and supply chain solutions you need to succeed, you’ll find them at ProMat 2017. Come see what’s next. Come solve for X.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

www.promatshow.com

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Robotic Process Automation: The Art of the Possible
Webinar hosted by Information Services Group, Stamford, CT

Information Services Group (ISG; Stamford, CT), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, will host a live, interactive discussion about the benefits of implementing robotic process automation (RPA) and the planning needed for a successful outcome on Tuesday, April...

Information Services Group (ISG; Stamford, CT), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, will host a live, interactive discussion about the benefits of implementing robotic process automation (RPA) and the planning needed for a successful outcome on Tuesday, April 4, at 11:00 am (EST).

Featuring ISG partner and RPA expert Mark Davison, the online discussion, "RPA: The Art of the Possible," is part of the ISG Smartalks™ webinar series. "Software robots can deliver staggering ROI, but it doesn't happen automatically," said Davison. "This session is designed to help metal fabricators understand the important behind-the-scenes work that goes into a successful RPA project and the transformative effects it can have on an organization."

During this hour-long webinar, Davison will discuss:
• How to prevent multinational issues that can slow adoption, based on valuable insights gained from experience working with global clients;
• Which security, legal and regulatory concerns to consider, including the specific risks that need to be addressed based on client's IT, industry, competitive, geographic and other requirements;
• How to identify efficiency and savings opportunities – often identified during the RPA process assessment phase;
• Where and how to get started on the RPA journey and the next steps to gather momentum;
• How to estimate hard and soft costs and evaluate providers, including using third-party assistance.

ISG helps metal fabricators seize the transformational opportunities of RPA by helping them assess their situation, develop a strategy, implement the solution, train their employees and plan for change. "We are ready to help manufacturers understand the 'art of the possible' with RPA, and how to leverage this exciting new technology within their organizations," added Davison. ISG invites those interested in joining the conversation to register by clicking here. A replay will be made available after the webinar for those unable to participate in the live, interactive session.

www.isg-one.com

4-6
Heat Treating: Expanded Vacuum and Atmosphere Training
Ipsen U | Ipsen Inc. — Cherry Valley, IL

Continuing their long-standing tradition of offering training that teaches best practices and help improve the performance and lifespan of your equipment, Ipsen USA (Cherry Valley, IL) has expanded their available training in 2017. Courses are available April 4-6 in their...

Continuing their long-standing tradition of offering training that teaches best practices and help improve the performance and lifespan of your equipment, Ipsen USA (Cherry Valley, IL) has expanded their available training in 2017. Courses are available April 4-6 in their newly remodeled, state-of-the-art space that offers an ideal arena for attendees to build and refresh their knowledge of heat-treating equipment, processes and maintenance through applied learning.

For those that prefer to stay close to home, the company will also be providing additional one-day trainings throughout the United States; specific topics that will be covered during these local seminars include:
• Vacuum and atmosphere furnace maintenance best practices
• Optimizing operations with predictive maintenance
• Achieving and maintaining Aerospace compliance

Overall, both training opportunities will teach best practices for regaining control of your equipment and offer expert insight into specific maintenance issues you might be experiencing on a daily basis. Reflecting on past courses, attendees have commented that “staff and facility are top notch and very knowledgeable in the heat-treating process.”

To register for an upcoming 2017 Ipsen U course, please click here, and stay tuned for local seminars that may be coming to your area by clicking here.

4-7
MTA – Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017
Singapore Expo — Singapore

MTA will showcase the latest cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and solutions from 400 international exhibitors. Regional buyers are from high-value manufacturing sectors such as Aerospace, Semiconductor, Electronics, Oil & Gas, Medical Technology and Contract Manufacturing. Features of the exhibition include the...

MTA will showcase the latest cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and solutions from 400 international exhibitors. Regional buyers are from high-value manufacturing sectors such as Aerospace, Semiconductor, Electronics, Oil & Gas, Medical Technology and Contract Manufacturing. Features of the exhibition include the Capabilities Hub, Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub, and Semiconductor Innovation Centre.

Held alongside this exhibition is the Smart Manufacturing Asia conference that features the best minds and practitioners from Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing for Final Part Production and Advanced Automation.

www.mta-asia.com

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Regulatory Affairs that Concern and Affect Brass and Copper Alloys
Sheraton Centre Toronto — Toronto, ON

ASTM International (W. Conshohocken, PA) will host an April seminar on Regulatory Affairs that Concern and Affect Brass and Copper Alloys. The ASTM International Committee on Copper and Copper Alloys (B05) is sponsoring the seminar on the Update of Regulatory...

ASTM International (W. Conshohocken, PA) will host an April seminar on Regulatory Affairs that Concern and Affect Brass and Copper Alloys. The ASTM International Committee on Copper and Copper Alloys (B05) is sponsoring the seminar on the Update of Regulatory Affairs that Concerns and Affect Brass and Copper Alloys, April 5, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto in Toronto, ON. The workshop will take place in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the committee.

An update of the regulatory threats and opportunities for copper and brass alloys will be presented as part of this seminar. The entire value chain will be considered, including issues that affect the upstream production of materials, as well as downstream fabrication and use of finished products. North American regulations will be discussed, as will policies stemming from other jurisdictions that may set important precedents.

Meeting presenters include:
• Carrie Claytor, Copper Development Association (CDA) Director of Health, Environmental and Sustainable Development, and
• James Michel, Manager, Technical Services, Copper Development Association, Inc.

Registration opens approximately January 18 and closes on March 29, 2017. Registration questions can be directed to Hannah Sparks at 610-832-9677 or by clicking here. For technical information or questions on the workshop, please contact seminar chairman James Michel by clicking here.

Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by ASTM, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use – from the toy in a child’s hand to the aircraft overhead.

Working across borders, disciplines, and industries, ASTM harnesses the expertise of over 30,000 members to create consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, systems and services. Understanding commercial needs and consumer priorities, ASTM touches every part of everyday life: helping our world work better.

For more information on the workshop and the January standards development meetings, including fees and hotel accommodations, please click here.

5
Creating Custom Retainers In-House
Stamping Webinar hosted by Wilson Tool International, White Bear Lake, MN

Wilson Tool International (White Bear Lake, MN), one of the largest independent manufacturers of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping and tableting industries, has announced open registration for their latest stamping...

Wilson Tool International (White Bear Lake, MN), one of the largest independent manufacturers of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping and tableting industries, has announced open registration for their latest stamping webinar on creating custom retainers in house.

This 45-minute webinar will discuss how die builders can create or modify custom retainers in house using patented HP Accu-Lock® retainer inserts. Using the retainer inserts, stampers can eliminate the need for specialized tooling, jigs and fixtures to create a ball lock holder. Participants will learn how using the HP Accu-Lock ball lock punch retention and customized tooling can help save on costs and contribute to faster, more efficient production.

When: April 5, 2017 — 1 pm CST

Where: Online

Topic: Die builders can learn how to save on costs and time by creating or modifying custom retainers in house using HP Accu-Lock retainer inserts.

Presenters: Pat Lefevre, Wilson Tool Sales Engineer and Brett Wilcutt, Wilson Tool Sales Engineer

Cost: Free

To register for this webinar, please click here. For additional information or questions about the webinar, please contact Lindsey Paulson at lindsey.paulson@wilsontool.com or 651-286-6154.

www.wilsontool.com

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Machine Safety Compliance 101
Webinar hosted by Rockford Systems, Rockford, IL

Live Webinar to Help Plant Managers Better Understand Safeguarding Standards

Rockford Systems, LLC (Rockford, IL), a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has announced details for the next webinar in its online educational series: Machine Safety Compliance 101.

This...

Live Webinar to Help Plant Managers Better Understand Safeguarding Standards

Rockford Systems, LLC (Rockford, IL), a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has announced details for the next webinar in its online educational series: Machine Safety Compliance 101.

This free, interactive webinar takes an in-depth look at the major challenges facing managers today as they strive to better understand OSHA, ANSI and NFPA standards that they apply to metal working machinery, along with the steps involved in assessing and safeguarding potentially hazardous machinery to full compliance.

"Our in-house research shows that less than half of metal working machinery in operation today is in compliance with OSHA and ANSI standards," said Carrie Halle, the vice president of marketing for Rockford Systems. "Many times, this is due to a basic lack of understanding of standards and technology, which is what this important new webinar directly addresses."

The Machine Safety Compliance 101 webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am CST. It will be led by Roger Harrison, the director of training for Rockford Systems. He is an industrial safeguarding expert and author with extensive training experience. Participants will be able to pose their questions live to Harrison while the webinar is still in progress.

Managers interested in gaining first-hand expertise on improving compliance with metal working machinery standards, reducing insurance costs, and preventing employee injuries can register by clicking here or by visiting www.rockfordsystems.com.

Specifically, this free webinar will tackle how to safeguard machines to meet or exceed OSHA 29 CFR regulations, ANSI B-11 and NFPA 79 safety standards. ANSI B-11.1 (Safety Requirements for Mechanical Power Presses) will be the primary topic.

Rockford Systems delivers innovative machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted advisor since 1971, the company helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications.

They also provides complete Machine Safety Life-Cycle Management Solutions, including onsite risk assessments, onsite machine surveys, customized engineered solutions, proprietary products, installation and integration services, safety training, 24x7 technical and in-field support, and ongoing compliance validation.

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Automated Precision Open House
Automated Precision Inc. Services Division — Newport News, VA

Automated Precision Inc. Services Division is holding an open house on April 6, 2017, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST) at their new facility in Newport News, VA. Automated Precision is expanding their footprint by moving into a new...

Automated Precision Inc. Services Division is holding an open house on April 6, 2017, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST) at their new facility in Newport News, VA. Automated Precision is expanding their footprint by moving into a new 14,000 sq ft building that will allow concurrent contract metrology and product testing in parallel to their laser tracker calibration and repair activities. This new facility will house their laser tracker calibration and repair services, but also allow them to offer customer training, contract measurement services, laser scanning and modeling, and robot performance testing.

To register for this event, please click here.

The open house will be filled with demos, speakers, mock training sessions, networking opportunities, prizes, and much more! Come to this open house and see the new space! A number of speakers will be making informative presentations on laser trackers, machine tool health, and some interesting application stories. The speaker schedule is as follows:
— Demo #1 - Paul Nicholas (Services Sales Manager) will be in the large conference room doing a training session and going over how SMRs can be broken by untrained laser tracker users.
— Demo #2 - Ryan Ritter (Contract Manager) will be doing a laser tracker demo using the OT2 and v-Probe on a dune buggy frame to showcase the capabilities of the autolock feature.
— Demo #3 - John Gross (Calibration Manager) will perform a quick calibration demo and explain why calibration is so important.
— Demo #4 - Art Kietlinski ( NA Service Manager) will speak on Machine Tool Health and what that can mean for your company's bottom line.
— Demo #5 - Stephen Strand (Scanning Application Engineer) will discuss the USS Monitor gun turret scan completed by API Services for the Mariners Museum. You can learn about the history of the ship and why laser scanning is pivotal in taking accurate scans of historical monuments.

The most exciting speaker is Will Hoffman, the Conservation Project Manager and Senior Conservator at the USS Monitor Center, who will talk about the history of the Civil War-era USS Monitor steamship and current/future historical preservation projects the Mariners' Museum is performing. See API's part in 3D imaging the USS Monitor.

apisensor.com

11-12
Hyundai WIA Open House
Hyundai WIA Machine Tool America — Itasca, IL

Hyundai WIA Machine Tool America is hosting an open house on April 11-12, 2017, with the theme:

Intelligent Daily Production Solutions
"Higher Profit from Hyundai Machine Tools"

Location: 265 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

To RSVP...

Hyundai WIA Machine Tool America is hosting an open house on April 11-12, 2017, with the theme:

Intelligent Daily Production Solutions
"Higher Profit from Hyundai Machine Tools"

Location: 265 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

To RSVP for this event, please click here.

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How to Apply IoT and Predictive Analytics in the Manufacturing Domain
Webinar hosted by CIMdata, Ann Arbor, MI

This free educational webinar will offer a road map on how disruptive technologies can fit into an enterprise application architecture.

CIMdata, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI), a leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational...

This free educational webinar will offer a road map on how disruptive technologies can fit into an enterprise application architecture.

CIMdata, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI), a leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "How to apply IoT, Industry 4.0, and Predictive Analytics in the Manufacturing Domain." This webinar will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 11:00 am (EDT) and will last for one hour.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) has been used in many industry sectors over the past several decades. However, current practices do not leverage all the opportunities available to improve the creation of information and decision-making. This technology is on the cusp of change with the advancement of interconnected devices and industry standards. Those who enable IoT and Industry 4.0 processes will expand their digital product definition to better manage and service the products they bring to market. By improving the digital definition of a product using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies, industrial customers can enable greater factory efficiency and automation. This webinar will concentrate on new and emerging (disruptive) technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 practices, as well as applying Predictive Analytics.

According to the webinar host, CIMdata's director for manufacturing systems engineering, Michael Fry, "IoT, Industry 4.0 processes, including predictive analytics and asset lifecycle maintenance, are beginning to play a major part in conventional manufacturing. The ability to sensor and monitor all aspects of the manufacturing process is creating a flood of data. It is our job to make this data available and relevant to clients when they are making decisions that impact the bottom line. PLM technologies, together with enterprise applications, are the solution."

Fry has over 39 years of PLM and manufacturing industry experience. He has broad industry experience servicing clients from aerospace and defense, shipbuilding, automotive, and electronics industries. Prior to his consulting career, he was an aerospace design engineer with Beech Aircraft and Martin Marietta. Later, while at several leading PLM solution providers, he worked with global manufacturing companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense, building products, fabrication, industrial equipment, and marine industries. More recently, he was involved in the predictive analytics discipline working on projects implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 practices to provide data collection for cognitive computing and decision-making. This work was applied to machine tool operations, drone imaging and video capture, as well as jet engine failure prediction.

This webinar will help attendees understand where IoT, Industry 4.0, and Predictive Analytics fit within an enterprise application and how it can be supported by PLM. Attendees will also learn why IoT is the catalyst for manufacturing transformation. The webinar will be useful to manufacturing planners and managers, PLM team leaders, PLM team members, PLM users, manufacturing engineers, field service personnel, product managers, IT leadership, solution and service providers, industrial companies seeking to make CAM investments, industry and financial analysts, and anyone who wants to learn more about PLM, IoT, Industry 4.0, asset management, and predictive analytics.

During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, please click here. To register for this webinar, please click here.

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Metalworking Manufacturing & Production Expo
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre — Winnipeg, MB

For more information about this event, please click here.

For more information about this event, please click here.

18-19
Clean Air Academy
RoboVent — Sterling Heights, MI

Become an Air Quality Expert

Air quality is a critical issue for manufacturers. Fumes and particulates created by welding and other industrial manufacturing processes aren’t just unpleasant — they have real health and safety consequences for employees and having dirty equipment...

Become an Air Quality Expert

Air quality is a critical issue for manufacturers. Fumes and particulates created by welding and other industrial manufacturing processes aren’t just unpleasant — they have real health and safety consequences for employees and having dirty equipment and facilities also cuts down the useful life of your capital equipment purchases. This is why RoboVent has launched the Clean Air Academy that is tailored to help manufacturers learn first-hand the scientific and practical lessons to improve the air quality and production processes within their plant.

Do you have the knowledge you need to make effective decisions regarding air quality issues in your plant? RoboVent has developed a two-day course designed to give engineers, facility managers and maintenance staff a solid foundation in the science of air quality management. Participants will come away armed with the knowledge they need to recognize air quality problems, evaluate remedy options, make informed equipment selections, and maintain a healthy work environment.

Classes will be held at RoboVent’s headquarters located at:
37900 Mound Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

This academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about industrial hygiene, clean air and equipment solutions. It is especially geared towards engineering, operations or maintenance staff who have a role in selecting, implementing or maintaining air quality solutions.

$995 USD per person.
Lunch provided at no additional charge.
Client discounts available.
Note: All travel, lodging and accommodation costs must be covered by the attendee.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

www.robovent.com

25-27
Precision Machining and Technology Show
Greater Columbus Convention Center — Columbus, OH

Registration is now open for PMTS 2017 - The Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), April 25-27, 2017, in Columbus, OH. PMTS is the only tradeshow in North America dedicated to the people, technology and suppliers of the turning and precision...

Registration is now open for PMTS 2017 - The Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), April 25-27, 2017, in Columbus, OH. PMTS is the only tradeshow in North America dedicated to the people, technology and suppliers of the turning and precision machining industry.

PMTS pre-registration is free and includes the following features and benefits:
• Full access to the PMTS 2017 exhibit hall featuring 200+ technology suppliers
• Complimentary educational sessions presented by the Precision Machined Parts Association (PMPA)
• Admission to live machining demonstrations and technical knowledge center sessions
• Networking opportunities at the PMTS Happy Hour
• Pre-show technology updates and special offers
• Entry to co-located Reliable Plant Exhibit Hall

At PMTS 2017, an anticipated audience of more 6,000 machining professionals will connect with 250+ companies exhibiting the latest machining, tooling and workholding, materials, software, inspection and measurement and parts finishing, technology. In addition, PMTS educational sessions, live machining demonstrations and technical knowledge center presentations, will provide visitors with an array of options for learning more about the trends and technologies that are shaping the turning and precision machining industry.

PMTS is presented by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and co-presented by Production Machining and Modern Machine Shop. PMTS is the precision machining industry’s signature event, offering North America’s largest international gathering of precision machining equipment, products and services.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

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Step Into the Future: SigmaNEST 365
Webinar hosted by SigmaTEK Systems, Cincinnati, OH

This free webinar will take an in-depth look at SigmaNEST 365, the latest step into the future of manufacturing from SigmaTEK Systems (Cincinnati, OH). SigmaNEST 365 moves SigmaTEK products to the cloud, making them accessible on any device, from anywhere...

This free webinar will take an in-depth look at SigmaNEST 365, the latest step into the future of manufacturing from SigmaTEK Systems (Cincinnati, OH). SigmaNEST 365 moves SigmaTEK products to the cloud, making them accessible on any device, from anywhere in your shop. This also means greater storage capacity and faster computer speeds. Another plus is that SigmaNEST 365 removes the need to manually upgrade each time there is a new release in our software — this process is now automatic.

This free webinar will take place on April 26, 2017, at 2:00 EST and last for one hour.

To register for this event, please click here.

www.sigmanest.com

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Show Excel the Door: Accelerating the Quoting Process
Webinar hosted by SecturaSOFT, Cincinnati, OH

Webinar for Fabricators to Showcase Breakthrough Web-Based Quoting

SecturaSOFT, LLC (Cincinnati, OH), a leading provider of web/cloud-based quoting and production solutions, announces their upcoming webinar “Show Excel the Door: Accelerating the Quoting Process.” Scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017...

Webinar for Fabricators to Showcase Breakthrough Web-Based Quoting

SecturaSOFT, LLC (Cincinnati, OH), a leading provider of web/cloud-based quoting and production solutions, announces their upcoming webinar “Show Excel the Door: Accelerating the Quoting Process.” Scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 1:00 pm (EST), this 30-minute webinar will discuss:

• Web-Based Quoting for Fabricators
• How to Win More Jobs
• Know the Status of Customers Parts at all Times
• Analytics Based on Profitability of Jobs
• Integration into your CAM Providers
• Geometry-Based Importing from Multiple CAD File Types
• Integration into your Current Accounting/Inventory Control

Information & Registration
Please click here for information and registration. Can’t wait or unable to attend? Contact Bob Hales at bob.hales@secturasoft.com to learn more or to schedule a demonstration.

Who Should Attend
Shop Owners, Production Managers, Manufacturing Managers and those responsible for quoting and operational process improvement will benefit from this webinar.

“Manual or semi-automatic programs, such as Excel, are literally costing fabricators hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in lost revenue," notes Brad Stropes, the director of sales at SecturaSoft. "In today’s fast-paced manufacturing environment the fastest quote generally wins. SecturaFAB® moves beyond traditional quoting with new levels of speed and accuracy. Replacing guess-work with actual material costs, machine run time, labor costs, secondary operations and other known variables allows the most accurate quotes to be generated at speeds not previously attainable. SecturaFAB centralizes all manufacturing and business systems allowing companies to quote instantly, win more jobs, and change their schedule instantly.”

SecturaSOFT delivers leading web-based applications for the fabrication industry, with quoting solutions that are ideal for steel fabricators, job shops and service centers that are looking to boost efficiencies while slashing time and costs of ineffective quoting systems. They have streamlined the sales, production and invoicing process by supplying an integrated solution with existing CRM, CAD-CAM software and financial systems.

www.secturasoft.com