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Metrology software brings new capabilities to inspection machines

November 26, 2014

Heidenhain offers version 3.1 of its IK 5000 Quadra-Chek PC-based metrology software for 2-D and 3-D measuring tasks on inspection machines. The software can communicate with Optimet and Keyence lasers, offers 3-D profile fit algorithms, and can export measured features in STEP format. With...

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LaserCoil Technologies to supply blanking system to Worthington Specialty Processing

November 26, 2014

LaserCoil Technologies LLC, Perrysburg, Ohio, has received an order for a coil-fed blanking system from Worthington Specialty Processing (WSP), a toll processor for the automotive industry. The 2,100-mm-wide, dual-head system, featuring two 6-kW lasers, is being installed at the company’s...

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Aluminum Workshop: Weldability of aluminum mold plate

November 26, 2014

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Q: I’m trying to weld some very thick aluminum mold plate. I don’t know what the alloy is. The plate thickness is about 12 in. I’m having lots of cracking problems. Can you tell me what the problem might be? A: In the way of background, most of the molds used for injection or blow molding...

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Shapiro Metals opens facility in Kansas

November 26, 2014

Shapiro Metals has opened a 35,000-sq.-ft. scrap metal facility in Wichita, Kan. The plant is the company’s ninth full-service location, focusing on nonferrous scrap collected from manufacturing and industrial customers. Equipment at the site includes a baler, roll-off containers, and other...

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Carbide-tipped saw blade handles austenitic stainless steel tube

November 26, 2014

Kinkelder offers Connexxioncut 4 (CX4) carbide-tipped saw blades for cutting of 300 series stainless steel tubes from 0.12 to 0.24 in. thick. Based on a constant cutting speed of 262.47 FPM and constant tooth load of 0.002 in./tooth, the blades cut 2.36- by 0.16-in. tube in less than 4 sec.,...

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NAPW names WestWind Corp. purchasing manager as 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

November 26, 2014

The National Association of Professional Women, Garden City, N.Y., has named Susan A. Willis, purchasing manager at WestWind Corp., Huntsville, Ala., as the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year for her leadership in business. Willis uses her expansive knowledge of the defense industry in her...

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SMS Meer supplies pipe welding line to CSI

November 26, 2014

SMS Meer, Germany, has delivered an electrical resistance welding (ERW) line for pipe diameters from 8.625 to 24 in. to CSI Tubular Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of California Steel Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif. The line achieves production speeds up to 114.8 FPM, producing up to...

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FABTECH reporter notebook: A reason to be thankful

November 26, 2014

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Managers at one shop did the moral thing back in 2009, and that moral decision turned out to be a smart business decision, too. That's something to be thankful for.

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Hydraulic manipulators help eliminate strain injuries

November 26, 2014

TDA Buddy hydraulically powered manipulators are designed to allow a worker to hold and maneuver parts up to 1,000 lbs. in three dimensions with almost no strain injuries. The manipulators are suitable for heavy-duty industrial material handling applications. The throttle-style control feature...

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Conduit designed for friction-free welding applications

November 26, 2014

Electron Beam Technologies Inc. offers Anti-Friction Conduit (AFC). It accommodates a variety of aluminum, mild steel, and exotic welding electrodes in sizes from 0.03125 to 0.09375 in. The dual-insulated conduit offers standard fit, modular design, quick connections, corrosion and kink...

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Aluminum Workshop: Common porosity problems (and how to fix them)

November 26, 2014

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Q: I’m having a lot of problems with porosity in my aluminum welds. Can you tell me what’s causing it? A: As we’ve said before, all porosity in aluminum welds is caused by hydrogen, which is very soluble in molten aluminum but insoluble in solid aluminum. Generally, hydrogen comes from two...

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Waterjet cutting CAM software generates tool paths from 3-D models

November 25, 2014

OMAX® Corp. offers CAM software for cutting complex, precision parts on its JetMachining® waterjet cutting machines. Free to OMAX machine owners, Intelli-CAM™ 3 software interfaces directly with the company’s intuitive Intelli-MAX® software suite, generating 3-D tool paths from 3-D solid...

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Upsizing in a downsizing economy Portrait of a growing shop

November 25, 2014

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Different shops have different ways of coping with and surviving business downturns. Some downsize, while others take advantage of opportunities and invest in people and equipment. Upsizing paid off for Wilson Works, Morgantown, W.V.

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Make it better, keep it better with press monitoring

November 25, 2014

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Press monitoring systems improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and help identify downtime culprits. Press controls track when the machine is running and when it is not. It counts machine cycles, and can detect both empty strokes and cycles when die protection or tonnage faults exist.

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Tungsten carbide-tipped circular saw blades designed for tube and pipe cutting

November 25, 2014

New-Form Tools has added tungsten carbide-tipped (TCT) circular saw blades to its metal cutting product line. The blades are designed to address the specifications of the tube and pipe industry. The blades, which produce a burr-free cut through steel materials, are coated for up to 4 to 10 times...

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