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Consumables Corner: Choosing the correct filler metal for mismatched base materials

July 22, 2016

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Q: We're a small shop that builds and welds a lot of custom metal products. In many instances, the products are made from two or three different material combinations, including stainless steel at times. Is there a good rule of thumb for deciding the correct filler metal to use? A: That is a...

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Arc Welding 101: All’s not fair in welding between U.S. and Canada

July 22, 2016

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Q: I know what you're thinking—another early Saturday morning question.... I've been looking at the requirements for obtaining a Canadian Welding Bureau CWB) inspector certification. Am I seeing this correctly? A CWB inspector can apply for an AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) by reciprocity...

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Aluminum Workshop: What are the advantages of AC in aluminum GMAW?

July 22, 2016

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Q: Lately I have seen a few welding equipment manufacturers offering gas metal arc welding (GMAW) power sources that use alternating current (AC) instead of the direct-current electrode-positive (DCEP) current. Can you tell me what, if any, advantages there are to using AC instead of the more...

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Multiaxis laser workcell quickly processes even highly reflective materials

July 22, 2016

IPG Photonics Corp.’s multiaxis laser workcell welds and cuts most metal components, enclosures, and fabrications. Configurable with high-efficiency CW lasers or high-peak-power QCW lasers, the workcell provides fast processing of even highly reflective materials, the company says. Available...

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LIFT technology project to research distortion reduction in welding lightweight sheets

July 21, 2016

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), Detroit, has launched a collaboration of research and industry partners to use complex computer models to reduce distortion while joining lightweight metal sheets. The technology development team expects to expand the ability of laboratory computer...

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Kimball Electronics acquires Aircom Mfg.

July 21, 2016

Kimball Electronics, Jasper, Ind., has acquired the assets of Aircom Mfg. Inc., an Indianapolis-based contract manufacturing company that specializes in metal fabrication, plastic injection molding, and assembly. As part of the transaction, Kimball Electronics acquired Aircom’s 80,000-sq.-ft....

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Nucor to acquire Joy Global plate mill in Texas

July 21, 2016

Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has agreed to acquire Joy Global's steel plate mill in Longview, Texas. The mill, which produces carbon and alloy plate products from 1 to 12 in. thick and up to 138 in. wide with heat-treating capabilities, has an annual capacity of 180,000 tons. It employs about...

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Chemetall metalworking coolant gains Boeing approval

July 21, 2016

Chemetall, New Providence, N.J., has announced that its Tech Cool® 35052CF Generation V semisynthetic metalworking coolant has received Boeing Aircraft approval for use under BAC5008, including areas 2, 5, and 6. The coolant combines ultrahigh lubricity characteristics required for aerospace...

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Proto Labs expands additive manufacturing services

July 21, 2016

Proto Labs Inc., a digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts, has announced it will integrate multiple Concept Laser Mlab cusing and M2 cusing machines into its new, 77,000-sq.-ft. facility in Grapevine, Texas. The new LaserCUSING® metal powder-bed systems...

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Axalta Coating Systems receives Worthington Industries 2015 Certified Supplier Award

July 21, 2016

Axalta Coating Systems, a Houston-based supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has been recognized as a certified supplier for the eighth consecutive time by Worthington Industries. To become a Worthington Certified Supplier, Axalta was required to meet or exceed a number of product...

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Robotic welding fume capture 101

July 21, 2016

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The Robotic Industries Association reports that an estimated 260,000 robots are operating in North American factories. If you are joining in on the trend, it may be time to reassess the fume collection requirements for your facility. It’s best to make this part of the planning process before you install robots. If you wait until weld cells are already in place, installing the collector can be problematic. It is always better to engineer the fume removal equipment in advance for the space and the application.

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Sciaky to deliver additive manufacturing system to EWI

July 21, 2016

Chicago-based Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., has announced that EWI, Columbus, Ohio, has purchased an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) system. The two companies will work together to produce prototype parts for high-tech manufacturers in a variety...

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AIMS receives $100,000 grant to develop vision/image recognition technology for CMMs

July 21, 2016

AIMS Metrology, Dayton, Ohio, in collaboration with Fastlane (an Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate of the University of Dayton Research Institute) and SK Mold and Tool, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to develop new vision and image recognition technology for its CMMs. The...

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Shop management software upgraded

July 21, 2016

Sightline Systems has released Assure 2.0, which allows users to monitor multiple servers and access control servers; applications; storage devices; network devices; and peripherals, such as cameras and doorlocks. Enhanced with new views and customized dashboards, the software also enables...

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Air curtain protects torch arc in underwater cutting

July 21, 2016

Hypertherm has introduced a new Centricut brand air curtain for underwater cutting with ESAB plasma systems. Designed for use with the Centricut brand quick-change torch for ESAB PT-36, PT-600, and PT-19XLS torches, the small, lightweight curtain mounts directly onto the torch, making it easy to...

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