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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014

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Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Arc Welding 101: Preparing for an overhead certification test

October 31, 2014

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Q: A carpenter friend of mine has taken some night-school welding courses and needs help getting certified in overhead welding. He uses steel beams to support the homes he builds and would like to weld them himself. How should he prepare for and take an overhead welding certification test?...

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Reinventing the caster wheel

October 30, 2014

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It sounds funny, but casters really are the wheels that assist in the smooth part flow that lean manufacturing demands.

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Spartan Motors to close plant in Florida

October 30, 2014

Spartan Motors Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the RV, emergency response, defense, government services, delivery, and service markets based in Charlotte, Mich., has announced plans to close its fire truck body assembly facility...

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Layman Fabrication moves to new facility in Indiana

October 30, 2014

Layman Fabrication Inc. has moved into a new 8,400-sq.-ft. facility in North Vernon, Ind. The new facility gives the company room to expand its cutting, forming, painting, and welding activities. The metal fabricator produces carts, containers, conveyors, platforms, tables, and tanks. The...

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Image Industries launches new website

October 30, 2014

Image Industries, Huntley, Ill., has launched a new website at www.imageindustries.com highlighting its stud welding products. Through its partnership with Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), the company has committed to learning and incorporating digital marketing best practices into...

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Abrasive caps available with radius or tapered ends

October 30, 2014

Pferd has expanded its line of POLICAP® abrasive caps to include two new abrasive types: SIC-Cool for cool grinding on titanium, aluminum, and common alloys used in the aerospace industry, and Co-Cool for cool grinding on stainless steel, nickel, and other heat-resistant metals. Both types contain...

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The human side of selling a business

October 30, 2014

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Cancer greatly altered the ownership sitatuation for GH Metal Solutions in 2005, but several years of hard work to put the company on a new growth path helped the fabricator to find just rhe right owner.

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Haier America to locate tech center in Indiana

October 30, 2014

Manhattan-based Haier America, a division of the multinational home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, has announced plans to locate its North American tech center in Evansville, Ind., creating 50 new jobs by 2015. The company plans to invest about $2.8 million in...

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Aleris expands in Kentucky

October 30, 2014

Aleris has announced plans for a $350 million expansion to its 1.6 million-sq.-ft. mill in Lewisport, Ky. The expansion will allow the company to manufacture aluminum sheet for vehicle bodies, with shipping to begin by early 2017. The company expects to add 60 employees. "This is the next step...

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Magnetic drill pilot light increases visibility

October 30, 2014

Hougen Mfg. has added an LED pilot light to the magnet of three new two-speed drill models — the HMD905, the heavy-duty HMD917, and the power feed HMD927 — as well as the redesigned HMD904. This first-of-its-kind feature shines light along the bottom of the cutting teeth and over the...

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From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals

October 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.

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The bright side of proper fume extraction

October 30, 2014

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All Rite Industries, Lake Zurich, Ill., found success when it added robotic welding capabilities to its high-volume stamping business, but also found that its older fume extraction system couldn't keep up with the new cells. A new ventilation system helped to remove the shop floor haze.

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Electrodes designed to operate at lower temperature

October 30, 2014

Hypertherm has introduced new Centricut brand consumables as an alternative for ESAB XR consumables in PT-36 torches. According to the manufacturer, its patented SilverLine electrode features a hybrid copper/silver weld joint that delivers performance equal to a solid silver electrode at a...

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Arc Welding 101: Hands-off MIG education

October 30, 2014

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Q: I recently bought a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) machine, and I’ve also just completed a beginner’s welding course at the local college. Unfortunately, the basics don’t explain enough about the controls, such as voltage, wire speed, and stickout, and how they affect the weld penetration,...

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