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Aluminum Workshop: Determining contact tip size

November 21, 2014

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Q: What is the right contact tip size for using 0.0468-in. filler wire to gas metal arc weld aluminum alloys? Some people use a tip that is one size larger (for example, a 0.0625-in. tip on 0.0468-in. wire), while others use the size the manufacturer specifies for 0.0468-in. wire. Still others use...

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Welding fumes in aluminum MIG

November 21, 2014

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Q: I just started gas metal arc welding (GMAW) aluminum in my shop. I have noticed that a lot of white smoke comes off when I weld. Is this dangerous? Are there other issues with fumes I need to be aware of when welding aluminum? How concerned should I be? A: You are absolutely doing the right...

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Metcam welcomes Canadian delegation to Georgia headquarters

November 21, 2014

Metcam, a certified fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, recently welcomed a delegation of Canadian business and government leaders to its Alpharetta, Ga., campus in partnership with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian group was in Georgia for FABTECH 2014,...

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Belaz wins Swedish Steel Prize 2014

November 21, 2014

Belaz, located in Zhodino, Belarus, has won SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize for its new construction for axle suspension and slewing bearings for the world’s largest dump truck. The new construction takes full advantage of the properties of high-strength steel. “Belaz has boldly gone beyond the...

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Eurolls S.p.A. to supply roll tooling to SMS Meer

November 21, 2014

Eurolls S.p.A., Attimis, Italy, has been selected by SMS Meer GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Germany, and its customer Huta Labedy, Gliwice, Poland, to supply tooling for SMS Meer’s 12.75-in. tube mill. Eurolls is a provider of roll tooling for the tube forming industry....

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Siemens executive named to list of 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM

November 21, 2014

Siemens, Atlanta, has announced that Anne Cooney, president of the Process Industries and Drives (PD) division in the U.S., was named to the list of 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector®, a consortium of more than 110 companies, associations, academic institutions, and government...

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Camera provides images of welding, laser processes

November 21, 2014

Xiris Automation has released the Xiris XVC-1000 weld camera for capturing welding and laser process images. The system includes a 140+ dB high dynamic range capability with power over Ethernet. Features include a suite of welding-specific imaging software tools, image triggering, general-purpose...

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The case for consumables

November 21, 2014

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New-generation GMAW consumables reduce the number of components, eliminate threads in the electrical path, and feature gas ported contact tips that run cooler and can accommodate more wire in a single tip.

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Magnetic drum separators separate ferrous parts from abrasive media

November 21, 2014

Eriez® magnetic drum separators are suitable for separating ferrous parts from abrasive media. Models are available in various sizes and strengths to meet application requirements. The line includes models in diameters from 12 to 36 in. and widths from 12 to 60 in. They provide separation on...

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Aluminum Workshop: Push/pull guns for aluminum MIG welding—Are they necessary?

November 21, 2014

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Q: I’m just starting to weld aluminum with gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Do I really need a push/pull gun—they’re expensive—or can I use a standard gun with a Teflon® liner and contact tips for aluminum? A: This is not a yes or no answer. It really depends on the type and size of filler...

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T&C Metals hosts Veterans Day celebration

November 20, 2014

T&C Metals, a distributor of aluminum and stainless products, held a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11 at its facility in Jacksonville, Fla. After beginning the festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance, the company honored customers, associates, and guests who are veterans. The event included...

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American-made at FABTECH

November 20, 2014

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With much to see at FABTECH®, welder and blogger Josh Welton made special note of those companies that continue to produce products in the U.S. Here are some highlights from his visit to the show.

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Kennametal receives recognition from BMW for innovation, collaboration

November 20, 2014

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., was recognized at the 2014 BMW Supplier Innovation Awards in the productivity category for its development of new tooling that increased productivity in the manufacture of engine blocks at BMW’s Steyr, Australia, production facility. The company also was...

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Short torch designed for use in 3-D plasma cutting

November 20, 2014

Hypertherm has introduced a modified HyPerformance® HPRXD® torch developed in cooperation with HGG Profiling Equipment B.V. Coupling of HGG’s pipe, box, beam, and profile cutting equipment with Hypertherm’s line of torches required a joint development effort to create a shorter,...

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Aluminum Workshop: Using backing material for large-diameter pipe

November 20, 2014

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Q: I need to fabricate many pieces of aluminum pipe from plate. The pipe will be 16 in. in diameter and 8 ft. long with 0.25-in. wall thickness. I want to weld the seam in one pass from the outside, but I don’t want to use any backing material and I don’t want to do anything to the root of the...

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