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Aleris expands in Kentucky

October 30, 2014

Aleris has announced plans for a $350 million expansion to its 1.6 million-sq.-ft. mill in Lewisport, Ky. The expansion will allow the company to manufacture aluminum sheet for vehicle bodies, with shipping to begin by early 2017. The company expects to add 60 employees. "This is the next step...

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Magnetic drill pilot light increases visibility

October 30, 2014

Hougen Mfg. has added an LED pilot light to the magnet of three new two-speed drill models — the HMD905, the heavy-duty HMD917, and the power feed HMD927 — as well as the redesigned HMD904. This first-of-its-kind feature shines light along the bottom of the cutting teeth and over the...

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From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals

October 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.

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The bright side of proper fume extraction

October 30, 2014

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All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.

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Electrodes designed to operate at lower temperature

October 30, 2014

Hypertherm has introduced new Centricut brand consumables as an alternative for ESAB XR consumables in PT-36 torches. According to the manufacturer, its patented SilverLine electrode features a hybrid copper/silver weld joint that delivers performance equal to a solid silver electrode at a...

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Arc Welding 101: Hands-off MIG education

October 30, 2014

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Q: I recently bought a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine, and I’ve also just completed a beginner’s welding course at the local college. Unfortunately, the basics don’t explain enough about the controls, such as voltage, wire speed, and stickout, and how they affect the weld penetration,...

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Where is your press brake tooling

October 30, 2014

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An organized workspace is an efficient workspace. Press brake technicians should have all the tools they need to perform a changeover. Unlabeled punches and dies, stored haphazardly on a rack, on the floor, or in boxes, only make their jobs harder.

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CNC hitch feed automatic saw maintains length tolerance of +/-0.006 in. per index

October 30, 2014

The CPO 315 HFA CNC hitch feed automatic saw from Scotchman is fully programmable. It cuts tube and pipe up to 3.5 in. dia. and solid material up to 1.75 in. while maintaining a length tolerance of +/-0.006 in. per index. According to the manufacturer, the first part cut is always accurate. The...

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TMW to open toll processing center at Big River Steel in Arkansas

October 29, 2014

The Material Works Ltd. (TMW), Red Bud, Ill., has announced it will build a flat-rolled toll processing center adjacent to the new Big River Steel mill in Osceola, Ark. With construction beginning in Q2 2015, the facility is expected to be fully operational to coincide with Big River Steel’s...

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SWE honors NASA Glenn Research Center engineer with 2014 Achievement Award

October 29, 2014

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Chicago, has honored Frances Hurwitz, senior materials research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, with its 2014 Achievement Award. The Achievement Award, SWE's highest honor, is awarded to a woman at the pinnacle of her career who has made...

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Sierra College hosts Nontraditional Employment for Women event for high school girls

October 29, 2014

Sierra College, Rocklin, Calif., hosted the second Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) event on Oct. 19 to inspire high school girls to consider science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Keynote speaker Gina Lujan, founder of the Sacramento Hacker Lab, organized a panel of...

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Siemens to modernize pickling line for ArcelorMittal Asturias in Spain

October 29, 2014

Spanish steel producer ArcelorMittal Asturias has awarded Siemens Metals Technologies an order to completely modernize the pickling line at its Avilés plant. The aims of the project are to increase the capacity of the pickling line from 1.5 to 1.8 million metric tons per annum and to improve...

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Walter Surface Technologies unveils new website

October 29, 2014

Surface treatment technology provider Walter Surface Technologies, Windsor, Conn., has launched a newly designed and fully featured website at www.walter.com. The site has been updated to deliver improved navigation and functionality. Visitors can access comprehensive product information,...

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Horizontal machining center designed for use on heat-resistant materials

October 29, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc. has introduced the Yasda YBM 7Ti 5-axis precision horizontal machining center for difficult-to-cut materials. The rotary table design and rigid machine structure allow machining of heat-resistant materials such as titanium and INCONEL® alloy. Features include a...

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North American Tool VP receives ISA American Eagle Award

October 29, 2014

North American Tool Corp., South Beloit, Ill., a manufacturer of cutting tools for the industrial marketplace, has announced that Bernie Bowersock, senior vice president of sales and marketing, is the recipient of the Industrial Supply Association (ISA) American Eagle Award for his years of service...

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