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Autodarkening welding filter introduced

January 23, 2017

ArcOne offers the new X540V autodarkening welding filter. It has a light shade of 4, dark shade of 9 to 13, and TIG rating of 10.Features include grind and delay, four sensors, and an Xtreme® viewing area of 12.6 in. The filter pairs with any of the manufacturer’s Vision® welding...

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Fox Machinery updates website

January 23, 2017

Fox Machinery Associates, a distributor of metal fabricating equipment, has launched an updated website at www.foxmachinery.com. The website provides expanded information and improved accessibility. It includes a used machinery list that is updated regularly, as well as a fabricating tips section...

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FD Machinery to make first tube mill installation in North America

January 23, 2017

FD Machinery, Cleveland, has received an order for a new, HF ERW tube mill—its first tube mill installation in North America. The complete tube mill line will be equipped with an automated coil feed and butt weld system, a PLC tooling positioning system, an automated ID scarf blowout, and an...

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Solar Atmospheres invests $2 million in large vacuum furnace

January 23, 2017

Solar Atmospheres has placed an order for a large, horizontal-loading, 10-bar vacuum furnace with advanced cooling technology, built by sister company Solar Mfg. Inc. The furnace, which will have a 6-ft.-dia., 6-ft.-deep graphite and carbon fiber composite (CFC) hot zone, will be used for the heat...

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Drawbridge-shelf style cart design provides flexibility in material handling

January 23, 2017

Creform Corp. has introduced a drawbridge cart designed to be towed by an NSI AGV. It is built so the AGV can tunnel underneath, and it features an A-HPL hitch that accepts the tow pin of the AGV unit. Four of the five shelves tilt up. This is suitable for a sequential operation that requires...

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MSCI urges new administration to take action to help industrial metals supply chain

January 23, 2017

The Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has urged the new Trump administration to take serious and immediate action to restore growth and to help the industrial metals supply chain fully recover from the lingering effects of the Great Recession and government...

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Sturbridge Metallurgical obtains Sikorsky approval

January 23, 2017

Sturbridge Metallurgical Services Inc., Sturbridge, Mass., has been approved as a materials testing lab for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Corporation, and its manufacturing supplier base. This approval means that Sikorsky and its manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors can use all of...

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GTAW/SMAW power sources weld material up to 5/8 in. thick

January 23, 2017

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the addition of two new GTAW power sources. They deliver up to 400 amps of output power for GTAW and SMAW in such applications as pipe and tube fabrication, precision fabrication, and exotic material fabrication. The Dynasty 400 AC/DC power source welds up to...

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Are you lax on your PPE? It could cost you

January 23, 2017 | By Shannon DeCamp

OSHA handed out $11 million in fines to metal fabricators in 2015, and PPE citations comprised 10 percent of that. This number does not include medical cost, increased workers' compensation, property damage, and replacement personnel costs. Are you prepared for an OSHA inspection? If not, here's what you can expect should the agency come calling.

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GMAW for beginners

January 20, 2017 | By Adam Urbano, Rhonda Zatezalo

Even though GMAW is relatively simple process to execute in comparison to other welding processes, there are a lot of moving parts that will either make or break your weld. New welders have a lot to consider, including understanding the base metal, the type of weld necessary, how to set up the machine, and how the best to lay the bead. Knowing which is best for the application is often part of the challenge.

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Reach for the skies!

January 20, 2017

The energy sector is the biggest global market for manufacturers of steel pipes, with the focus on two nonrenewable resources: oil and gas. However, tubular products are equally indispensable for renewable energy, especially wind power. A report from Germany details the progress in making wind towers in Germany's power industry.

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Software solves the biggest bending problems for tube fabricators

January 20, 2017 | By Tom Adams

CAD software allows engineers to work up perfect designs, and this is problematic for tube fabricators. If the engineer lacks experience with tube, they tend to develop parts that can't be made, or can't be made economically. Unison has introduced soft are to gel deal with this situation.

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Automated cutting machine turns notion of conventional work flow on its head

January 20, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

When mechanical contractor J.C. Cannistraro found that it was having trouble keeping up with the construction boom in the Boston area, it went looking for a better way to do things. Operations Manager of Plumbing Joe Mierzejewski thought that its cutting and collaring oration was a bottleneck and set his sights on improving the process.

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Weld camera available with starter kit

January 20, 2017

Xiris Automation Inc. has released a starter kit for its XVC-1000 high-dynamic- range (HDR) weld camera. It includes the camera, optics, mounting hardware, power supplies, and cables, all packed in a plastic case. The camera’s HDR image capture allows the user to see clearly all details of an...

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Ryerson acquires Laserflex

January 20, 2017

Ryerson Holding Corp., Chicago, a distributor and value-added processor of industrial metals, has acquired The Laserflex Corp., a privately owned metal fabricator with locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Wellford, S.C. Laserflex, which specializes in laser fabrication metal processing and welding,...

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