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Arc Welding 101: API 1104 qualifications

October 24, 2014

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Q: What is the procedure to qualify welding procedure specifications (WPS) as well as a welder to American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 1104, Welding Pipelines and Related Facilities? What tests are necessary to qualify? A: Your questions are good ones. I often receive similar questions...

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UniCarriers Americas hosts visit from U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren

October 23, 2014

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., visited UniCarriers Americas Corp.’s headquarters for the Americas in Marengo, Ill., on Oct. 15. The congressman met with the forklift manufacturer’s executive team before touring the facility and participated in a town hall-style meeting with more than 30...

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U. S. Steel Canada announces ratification of new collective agreement with USW Local 1005

October 23, 2014

U. S. Steel Canada Inc., Hamilton, Ont., has announced that its employees represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1005 have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will extend through until March 31, 2015. The agreement covers about 600 employees at the company's Hamilton Works...

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LAI Intl. acquires Zak Inc.

October 23, 2014

LAI Intl. Inc., Tempe, Ariz., an RLJ Equity Partners’ portfolio company, as announced the acquisition of Zak Inc., Green Island, N.Y., a manufacturer and certified turnkey supplier of precision machined and custom fabricated components for the power-generation, specialty metals, and oil and gas...

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Americase celebrates 30th anniversary

October 23, 2014

Waxahachie, Texas-based Americase Inc., a developer of custom cases for the aviation, aerospace, oil, gas, government, education, audio/visual, sporting, and military industries, is marking 30 years in business. Bill Kinsala founded the company as a manufacturer of custom gun cases for...

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Gas cylinder valves incorporate quick-action lever for opening, closing

October 23, 2014

Linde Gases has developed EVOS™ gas cylinder valves. They employ a quick-action lever in place of the more traditional hand-wheel mechanism for opening and closing of the valve. This functionality helps ensure simplified opening and fast closing in case of emergency, and it allows the user to see...

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Metal sculpting for SEMA—Derelicts and Hellcats

October 23, 2014

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Metal artists find inspiration in many places. Derelicts and Hellcats inspired Josh Welton to create his versions of classic vehicles and motorcycles to be displayed at SEMA’s Art Walk in November.

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Arc Welding 101: A WPS lesson for beginners

October 23, 2014

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Q: Recently I was given a weld procedure specification (WPS) from a contractor to review. It’s still lying on my desk. Do you have any tips for a beginner like myself on how to review a WPS? Habeeb R. A: It’s time to pick up that WPS off your desk and give it a good, hard look. The first...

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Brush filament offers aggression, flexibility

October 23, 2014

Osborn has introduced a crimped rectangular filament in silicon carbide and aluminum oxide on its ATB line of brushes, including FastCut composite wheels, Uni-Lok max-density disc brushes, Uni-Lok Turbo disc brushes, and Uni-Lok quick-change disc brushes. According to the manufacturer, the...

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Wall Colmonoy acquires Franklin Bronze & Alloys

October 22, 2014

Madison Heights, Mich.-based Wall Colmonoy Corp., a manufacturer of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, has announced the acquisition of Franklin Bronze & Alloy Co. Inc., a casting foundry in Franklin, Pa. Integrating expertise, sales and marketing teams, and...

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Recycled aluminum innovation supports circular economy

October 22, 2014

Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, Swindon, England, has played a key role in enabling Jaguar Land Rover to develop a new aluminum alloy, which means that up to 50 percent of the body of the new Jaguar XE is made from recycled aluminum. This new lightweight aluminum alloy,...

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No-drip internal-mix atomizing nozzles positively stop liquid flow

October 22, 2014

Internal-mix atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce liquid atomization up to 300 centipoise. The nozzles work the same way the company’s standard atomizing nozzles work, but they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off....

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Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd. to open facility in southern U.S.

October 22, 2014

Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has announced plans to open a new metal service center in Columbia, Tenn. Designed to support the growing automotive market in the South, the facility will service Tier 1 automotive manufacturers and OEM auto makers. The plant will house a hybrid...

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Egan vice president named to “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” list

October 22, 2014

Mechanical contractor Andy J. Egan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that Andy Jasper, vice president, has been named one of West Michigan’s “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” for 2014. The Grand Rapids Business Journal, which administers the annual contest, selected Jasper from a...

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Uncovering waste with an all-encompassing metric

October 22, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, MCT, is a broad metric that encompasses the entire enterprise. The shorter an organization's MCT, the more adaptable and successful it can be.

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