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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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U. S. Steel announces new headquarters location

November 25, 2014

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters to the former Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh. To be completed in 2017, the new 250,000-sq.-ft. headquarters will house employees from a number of locations under one roof. Adjacent to CONSOL Energy Center,...

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Aluminum Workshop: Explaining the causes of black smoke

November 25, 2014

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Q: I get a lot of black smoke on the surface of my aluminum welds. What is it, and how can I get rid of it? A: I can tell you what the black smoke isn’t. It is not soot and it doesn’t contain carbon, as most people think. It is, in fact, a mixture of very fine particles of aluminum oxide and...

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Micromachining center handles complex components

November 25, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc. has introduced the Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II, a new micromachining center suitable for delivering the precise manufacturing and high surface finishes required on small, complex features in components and dies/molds in industries such as medical and semiconductor. Features...

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Okuma opens Aerospace Center of Excellence

November 25, 2014

Okuma America Corp. has announced the opening of an Aerospace Center of Excellence at its facility in Charlotte, N.C. The company will debut the center at its annual open house on Dec. 9 and 10. The center is open to aerospace manufacturers for use as a testing and proving ground for advanced...

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Laser trackers offers portability

November 25, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has introduced two new Leica Absolute Tracker systems. The AT960 is a walk-around CMM that fits in a single flight case. The portable laser tracker offers high-speed dynamics and 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) capabilities. The unit measures to a Leica T-Probe, T-Scan, or...

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Valbruna Slater Stainless to expand in Indiana

November 25, 2014

Valbruna Slater Stainless Inc., a stainless steel and nickel-alloy manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its operations in Fort Wayne, Ind., creating up to 45 new jobs by 2017. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vicenza, Italy-based Acciaierie Valbruna, will invest $30.5 million to...

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Metal saws leave workable edge

November 25, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced three new Slugger saw models that leave a workable edge when making straight or bevel cuts up to 45 degrees on steel plate, angle, pipe, and square or round tube. The new 7.25-in. metal hand cutting saw has a double-insulated, 1,400-W, 120-V, 12-amp,...

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Aluminum Workshop: Addressing arc blow

November 25, 2014

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Q: I’m welding aluminum plate and extrusions of various alloys using both GTAW and GMAW. Sometimes I encounter what seems to be arc blow while welding, mostly with GMAW. But since aluminum isn’t magnetic, arc blow shouldn’t be possible. Is it something else? If so, what? A: This is a common...

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Innovation Days at transfluid Maschinenbau highlights pipe fabrication technology

November 24, 2014

At the ninth Innovation Days event, held recently at transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH in Schmallenberg, Germany, industry experts and specialists met to exchange ideas and knowledge about pipe fabrication. The theme of the event, designed for medium-sized companies, was “Profitable Forming...

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