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Wall Colmonoy acquires Franklin Bronze & Alloys

October 22, 2014

Madison Heights, Mich.-based Wall Colmonoy Corp., a manufacturer of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, has announced the acquisition of Franklin Bronze & Alloy Co. Inc., a casting foundry in Franklin, Pa. Integrating expertise, sales and marketing teams, and...

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Recycled aluminum innovation supports circular economy

October 22, 2014

Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, Swindon, England, has played a key role in enabling Jaguar Land Rover to develop a new aluminum alloy, which means that up to 50 percent of the body of the new Jaguar XE is made from recycled aluminum. This new lightweight aluminum alloy,...

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No-drip internal-mix atomizing nozzles positively stop liquid flow

October 22, 2014

Internal-mix atomizing spray nozzles from Exair Corp. mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce liquid atomization up to 300 centipoise. The nozzles work the same way the company’s standard atomizing nozzles work, but they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off....

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Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd. to open facility in southern U.S.

October 22, 2014

Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has announced plans to open a new metal service center in Columbia, Tenn. Designed to support the growing automotive market in the South, the facility will service Tier 1 automotive manufacturers and OEM auto makers. The plant will house a hybrid...

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Egan vice president named to “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” list

October 22, 2014

Mechanical contractor Andy J. Egan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that Andy Jasper, vice president, has been named one of West Michigan’s “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” for 2014. The Grand Rapids Business Journal, which administers the annual contest, selected Jasper from a...

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Uncovering waste with an all-encompassing metric

October 22, 2014

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Manufacturing critical-path time, MCT, is a broad metric that encompasses the entire enterprise. The shorter an organization's MCT, the more adaptable and successful it can be.

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Aluminum oxide abrasive products meet challenging applications

October 22, 2014

Norton | Saint-Gobain has expanded its Norton Rapid Prep™ nonwoven surface conditioning product line. The Bear-Tex® portfolio now includes a regular flex (RF) line of aluminum oxide (A/O) products that are suitable for demanding belt and quick-change disc applications. Combining A/O abrasive...

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Plasma cutting or laser cutting? How about both?

October 22, 2014

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Not all parts need the tight-tolernace edge that laser cutting provides; now a fabricator canhave the fine touch of laser cutting and the poweful force of plasma cutting for thicker materials in one machine.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014

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Vision systems for a welding applicaiton usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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Cut, bend, weld, paint, assemble—box—and ship

October 22, 2014

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Fabricators didn't join the profession beacuse they love packaging and shipping. A custom-box-making machine may be jsut the thign to allow them to focus on the fun stuff.

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Arc Welding 101: Earning D1.1 compliance

October 22, 2014

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Q: The company I work for has welded steel to make web truss frames for steel buildings for 20 years but has never been certified in any way. Some bids that we see require certification from a national organization. Do you know what our best approach should be to becoming certified? Larry S....

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Fiberglass tape that has your [weld’s] back

October 22, 2014

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Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.

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Gas cutting tips available with copper finish

October 22, 2014

ESAB’s Global Center of Excellence for Gas Apparatus has introduced a new copper finish for its OXWELD® series of acetylene, alternate fuel, specialty cutting, and steel industry product tips in its gas apparatus product line. The company no longer chrome-plates its cutting tips, as the process...

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Staffing the comeback

October 22, 2014

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It’s no secret—this industry has a tough time finding people, and as demand has increased in recent years, the problem has gotten worse. Just how many people does this industry need to compete, what talents do they need to have, and how can a company attract the best? To address these questions requires realistic planning based not on perceptions, but on facts.

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Low-alloy filler metals: From A to W

October 22, 2014

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Low alloy steels gain their mechanical and chemical properties from the addition of alloying elements, including nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. They typically offer an ultimate tensile strength of 80,000 PSI or greater, and as with any material, they require a filler metal that matches their chemistry and provides the desired strength.

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