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Demand for synthetic formulations surges in global metalworking fluids market

December 19, 2014

Booming end-user markets, especially in Asia, are driving the global metalworking fluids market. As industrial production increases in China, India, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, and Southeast Asian countries, regulations on wastewater treatment and disposal are compelling end users to optimize the use...

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Caterpillar announces officer retirement, appoints new vice president

December 19, 2014

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc., a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural-gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives, has announced the retirement of vice president Jim Johnson and the appointment of a new vice president, Raymond Chan....

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Is the production meeting a relic of the past?

December 19, 2014

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In today's manufacturing world where more is done with less, many metal fabricators don't see the need for a daily production meeting. It's one more example of manufacturers adjusting to the times because of lack of time.

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Aleris to sell extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama

December 19, 2014

Aleris, Cleveland, a privately held, global provider of aluminum rolled products and extrusions, aluminum recycling, and specification alloy production, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its aluminum extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama Inc., a Japanese building products and extrusions...

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TeraDiode hires COO

December 19, 2014

Wilmington, Mass.-based TeraDiode, a supplier of high-power, direct-diode laser systems, has named Richard (Rick) Feldt as COO. Feldt has more than 20 years of operational experience at the executive level. Before joining the company, he was CEO at Advanced Electron Beams. Before that he was...

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Aluminum Workshop: An introduction to pulsed MIG power supplies

December 19, 2014

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Q: What’s the story behind pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW) aluminum? Some think it’s great, but others say it’s just a way for equipment makers to sell expensive power supplies. A: GMAW transfers metal in three ways. At low currents, you get short-circuit transfer, in which the molten...

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Aluminum Workshop: TIG welding and radio frequency interface

December 18, 2014

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Q: When I gas tungsten arc-weld aluminum using AC, my portable radio speakers buzz. Does the high frequency that stabilizes the arc cause this? Will it hurt the radio or other electrical equipment? Can I shield adjacent equipment or minimize the effects? A: The high frequency (HF) that...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Surface modeling techniques

December 18, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis guides the reader through some of the CAD tricks necessary to create a 3-D model of a series of drill bits.

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ABB board nominates new chairman

December 18, 2014

The ABB board of directors has unanimously nominated Peter Vosser to succeed Hubertus von Grünberg as chairman. Grünberg and Michael Treschow, chairman of the governance and nomination committee, have decided not to stand for re-election to the board. David Constable will stand for election,...

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Punch/fiber laser combination machine reduces secondary operations

December 18, 2014

The LC 2515 C1 AJ punch/laser combination machine from Amada America Inc. features a 2-kW fiber laser that provides up to 70 percent electrical savings when compared to a CO2 system, the company reports. The fiber laser can cut reflective materials such as copper, brass, and titanium. The laser...

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UniCarriers Americas announces management changes at NEIT

December 18, 2014

UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo, Ill., a manufacturer of material handling equipment, has announced management changes at its factory-owned dealership, New England Industrial Truck Inc. (NEIT), Woburn, Mass., effective Jan. 1, 2015. Tim Haraden has been appointed as general manager. He has...

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Collaboration in the cloud

December 18, 2014

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Streamlined production, better customer relationships, and smarter decision-making are just some of the benefits that may result from cloud-based ERP software.

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RAM Specialty Fabrications receives 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Award

December 18, 2014

Ram Specialty Fabrications, Naugatuck, Conn., has been named as Manufacturer of the Year in the 2015 Harold Webster Smith Awards, presented by the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Small Business Council. The company produces precision sheet metal parts and custom metal fabrications for the...

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2-kW fiber laser cutting system provides 4-kW cutting capabilities

December 18, 2014

Amada America Inc. offers the new ENSIS 3015 AJ 2-kW fiber laser cutting system that provides 4-kW cutting capabilities. Amada reports that it is the first manufacturer of advanced metalworking machinery to develop its own fiber laser oscillator. Joint development between Japan and America has...

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Seeking normal and missing life—one welder’s odyssey

December 18, 2014

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Most of us strive for a “normal” life and look forward to that magic day when everything falls into place. This quest can keep you from living a full life today. Something to think about as you approach the new year.

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