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Part-marking on the move

February 10, 2016

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A new battery-operated, hand-held marking unit has capabilities and software that are often found only on much larger units.

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Totally enclosed waterjet cutting

February 10, 2016

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After having purchased waterjet cut parts as part of his old job, Dan Sarmiento thought he could develop a better waterjet cutting system. He had his handiwork on display at FABTECH 2015.

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Managing metal fabrication through the generations

February 10, 2016

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Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.

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Keeping pace with fabricating technology

February 10, 2016

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Quality is a given, but delivery time is not. Sjoberg Tool & Manufacturing Corp., Hartland, WIs., knows that, so it has relied on the latest machine tools over the last 40 years to squeeze time out of the production process. It must be working because customers keep coming back—with ever-increasing demands.

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Inflatable dams allow weld purging in tight bends

February 10, 2016

For closure welds, tight bends, T-piece joints, and dome end connections on which a conventional tandem weld purging system cannot be used, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® offers a line of single-ended inflatable weld purge dams. Manufactured for pipe diameters from 6 to 96 in., these...

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Nesting software connects SOLIDWORKS 3D Design to manufacturing

February 10, 2016

Geometric Ltd. has released NESTINGWorks™ 2016 3-D nesting software for nesting layouts of SOLIDWORKS® parts and assemblies automatically for production. This application is integrated within SOLIDWORKS 2016 software, enabling automated nesting of flat or 3-D part or assembly models made from...

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Pros and cons of commercial specifications for tubular products

February 10, 2016

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Modern, mass-produced tube and pipe products come in three main varieties: extruded, welded, and drawn over mandrel. The standard specifications that apply to the most common type, welded, occasionally come under scrutiny. Are commercial tolerances tight enough? Editor Eric Lundin captured a discussion on this topic at TPA’s 2015 conference, Pipe & Tube Lincoln (Sept. 23, Lincoln, Neb.)

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Refueling, repairing, refurbishing, redeploying a supercarrier

February 10, 2016

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Every aircraft carrier is built to last, and the nuclear propulsion systems mean they don’t need port calls to fuel up, but even the most well-built and durable carriers need an overhaul after 25 years at sea. Editor Eric Lundin visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, CVN 72, to learn about the refueling and complex overhaul process from contractor Newport News Shipbuilding.

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Lean manufacturing prepares lawn care OEM for the future

February 10, 2016

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After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.

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Medium track motion platform accommodates rapid product changes

February 10, 2016

ABB has introduced the IRBT 2005, a flexible, compact, modular medium track motion platform for robots and transfer applications. It is designed to accommodate rapid product changes in applications that require an extended working range and high degrees of speed and accuracy, including arc welding,...

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C4 Industrial to hold open house in March at new Dallas facility

February 9, 2016

Houston-based C4 Industrial Inc. will hold a grand opening at its new C4 Industrial Experience Center in Dallas on March 30-31, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will showcase fiber laser, high-definition plasma, waterjet, press brake bending, milling, and turning equipment, with...

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Conveyor/filtration system made for entry-level machining centers

February 9, 2016

Jorgensen Conveyors Inc. has introduced the EcoFilter® conveyor and filtration system for entry-level and midpriced turning and machining centers. It uses a two-stage metal chip removal and coolant filtration design: a hinged steel belt conveyor removes large chips, while a flow-through...

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FMA’s Software Council to offer complimentary educational webinar March 3

February 9, 2016

Rockford, Ill.-based FMA’s Software Technology Council has announced it will present an education program on supply chain, lean, and inventory management as a complimentary webinar on March 3, 2016. The Software Technology Council comprises 10 industry leaders representing software providers...

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Walter Surface Technologies releases abrasive selection app

February 9, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies, Windsor, Conn., has announced the launch of the new Walter Abrasives Selector app for all iOS® and Android® smartphones. It is designed to help metalworking professionals select abrasives for their specific applications. The user selects the operation (finishing,...

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Jetcam celebrates 30th anniversary

February 9, 2016

Monaco-based Jetcam, a provider of CAD/CAM and nesting software for sheet metal and composite manufacturing, marks its 30th year in business in 2016. The company was founded by Ivan Stern and Bill King in Australia in February 1986, relocating to Germany in 1990 and the South of France in...

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