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Plasma cutter offers high power-to-weight ratio

December 5, 2016

Thermal Dynamics®, an ESAB brand, has unveiled its new Cutmaster™ 60i hand-held air plasma cutting system. According to the company, the system provides the industry’s highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. It also incorporates an oversized digital interface. New functions include a gas...

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Metal fabrication in a small shop: The hidden blessing of having no space

December 5, 2016 | By Tim Heston

As shop metrics go, sales per square foot is elegantly simple. One New England fab shop has a sales-per-sq.-ft. metric that’s twice the industry average. Its success shows how having so little space can be a blessing in disguise.

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AT&F Cleveland facility installs robotic welding system

December 5, 2016

AT&F has added a large robotic welding system to its Cleveland facility. The multiaxis programmable welding arm can perform consistent welds at high speeds and can tackle complex welding situations, states the company. The system can weld lengths up to 40 ft. long and 20 ft. high. Six axes on the...

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Welding machines offer portable power

December 5, 2016

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the Rebel 235ic series of portable, multiprocess welding machines. Available in early 2017, the series includes the Rebel EMP 235ic for GMAW/SMAW/GTAW and Rebel EM 235ic for GMAW. The 53-lb. unit has a 235-amp rated output at 40 percent duty cycle...

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Metal fabrication improvement: Manage the gray area between operations

December 5, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

If you analyze the entire quote-to-cash cycle for an order, you’ll find that it spends most of its time in a gray area, sitting between operations—both on the shop floor and in the front office. So if a shop really wants to improve, it should tackle this gray area.

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EVS Metal adds fiber laser cutting system to New Jersey facility

December 5, 2016

Precision metal fabricator EVS Metal Inc. has acquired an Amada LCG 3015 AJ fiber laser for its Riverdale, N.J., facility. The machine features a high-speed cutting head, a helical rack-and-pinion drive system, an AMNC 3i Control touchscreen, and a sectionalized dust collection system. According to...

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ESAB 2017: Redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting

ESAB 2017: Redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting

December 5, 2016

By: ESAB Welding & Cutting Products

See how ESAB’s breakthrough 2017 product releases are redefining what’s possible in welding and cutting.

Want to know more? Go to esab.com/impact to get the full story on the bigger, badder Rebel; Renegade, the Stick machine that’s made to move; and Sentinel – the cutting-edge helmet that’s worn by the best.

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Being your own boss versus working the “day job”

December 5, 2016 | By Josh Welton

While being self-employed is a dream of many who are “working for the man,” doing so isn’t always as idyllic as many think. Here’s a dose of reality for those who are pining away for the greener pastures of being your own boss.

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Plasma tables introduced

December 5, 2016

MegaFab has announced the addition of a new line of Piranha plasma tables. Each table is built on an all-welded frame and features a fully integrated CNC with a 10-in. LCD screen for cutting intricate shapes. Standard features include servomotors on the X and Y axes, dual side drive in the Y axis,...

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A foundation for company expansion

December 5, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Anchor Investments has manufacturing companies located in two states, with the original being Anchor Fabrication in Fort Worth, Texas. It has had success bringing these acquisitions into the family because it has an ERP system that is flexible enough to match the operational style of the individual divisions, while also being able to deliver the necessary information for company management to make the correct strategic corporate decisions.

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector up in November; primary metals and fabricated metal products reported growth

December 5, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 90th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued Dec. 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the...

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SHRM LINE: December hiring rates to be mixed compared with a year ago

December 5, 2016

In December, more manufacturers will add jobs compared with the previous year, while service-sector employers will hire at a lower rate. Headcount reductions will also decline in both sectors compared with December 2015.A net of 36.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in December (44.9 percent...

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R&D Update: Predicting springback when bending AHSS and aluminum alloys, Part 1

December 5, 2016 | By Aanandita Katre, Ali Fallahiarezoodar, Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note: Part II of this article, which will appear in the January/February 2017 issue, will discuss the results and case studies of the newly introduced inverse analysis method for improving springback prediction. In the automotive industry, the use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS)...

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Ironworkers available with material positioning technology

December 5, 2016

MegaFab has announced that TigerStop material positioning technology is available on new or existing Piranha ironworkers for automated shearing and punching. The operator enters the length, and the system moves into position. The operator then places the material through the shear against the stop...

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Fabric Images collaborates in fabrication of Flatiron Sky-Line installation

December 2, 2016

Elgin, Ill.-based Fabric Images Inc.® has completed fabrication of the Flatiron Sky-Line in New York. Designed by LOT, the Flatiron Sky-Line was the winning design in the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition by The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement...

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