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Pipe processing system handles two bundles at once

November 28, 2014

A pipe processing system from transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH fabricates mattress frame support components from square pipe automatically. The user programs the number of beds needed and their width, and the machine fabricates the components for each bed in a one-piece-flow process. The system can...

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Flexible electric gripper designed for universal robots

November 27, 2014

Robotiq has released a new version of its 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper, with nearly twice the strength and speed as the previous version. The gripper is compatible with universal industrial robots with payloads between 11 and 22 lbs. The unit handles a variety of part shapes with its different...

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Video measuring microscope offers image processing

November 27, 2014

Mahr Federal has introduced the MarVision QM 300 video measuring microscope with image processing capability. Designed for measuring and dimensioning geometric elements, the unit incorporates an integrated CCD color camera with a 23-in. touchscreen PC with keyboard and mouse and Windows® 8-based...

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Robotic cells designed for first-time buyers of welding automation

November 26, 2014

The Lincoln Electric Co. offers Auto-Mate™ pre-engineered robotic welding cells for new buyers of welding automation. Two cells are available. The Auto-Mate 5 is a single-zone cell suitable for welding medium-sized to larger parts. The Auto-Mate 10 is a two-zone cell, but with the same...

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Associated Tube Group receives third consecutive GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

November 26, 2014

Associated Tube Group, Markham, Ont., a division of Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., has won a 2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the third year in a row for its supply of the GM Gen 5 direct injection DOM tubing to GM Components Holdings LLC. The GM Gen 5 V6 and V8 are the primary engines for GM...

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12 great gadgets and die components

November 26, 2014

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Sometimes it’s the small items that make your workday easier. Standard die components with incremental improvements, such as roller cages with cylindrical rollers, and special gadgets, such as auto-indexing dimplers, can help smooth the stamping process and extend uptime.

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M. Davis doubles fabrication capacity with purchase of Delaware facility

November 26, 2014

M. Davis & Sons Inc., an industrial contractor and fabricator in Wilmington, Del., has purchased a new fabrication facility in Newark, Del. The new shop more than doubles the company’s current capacity for manufacturing skids, tanks, and structural steel. In 2013 the firm purchased a...

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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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