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North American robotics market sets new record in first half of 2014

July 29, 2014

Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start ever in 2014, according to new statistics released from Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich. A record 14,135 robots valued at $788 million were...

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AT&F India expands facility operations

July 29, 2014

AT&F India Fabrication Pvt. Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of AT&F based in Cleveland, a provider of large-scale welding and steel fabrication, has announced a 94,000-sq.-ft. facility expansion in Chakan, Maharashtra, India. The new manufacturing facility will be completed in early 2015. It will...

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Eriez announces two staff promotions

July 29, 2014

Eriez, a provider of equipment for magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling, has announced the promotions of two staff members at its Erie, Pa., location. John Klinge has been promoted to market manager-sanitary. He is responsible...

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Auto-indexing dimpler prevents multiple-blank feeds in stamping

July 29, 2014

Welker Engineered Products offers an auto-indexing dimpler that protects dies by minimizing the potential for multiple-blank feeds in stamping operations. It prevents sheet metal blanks from sticking together by producing a pattern of small dimples in the trim edge that automatically index with the...

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CNH Industrial opens agricultural equipment manufacturing complex in China

July 29, 2014

CNH Industrial has opened a manufacturing complex built in the area of its previous assembly plant in Heilongjiang Province, China. The agricultural equipment manufacturing facility extends over a total area of 4,305,564 sq. ft., of which 1,248,613 sq. ft. are covered. The vertically integrated...

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Stamping with a better idea

July 29, 2014

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Cleveland-based Stripmatic Products strives to add more customer value by focusing on additional operations and asking what else customers may need. This led the company to a unique setup involving a servo press and a fiber laser welding cell.

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Tough optics for extreme laser welding

July 29, 2014

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Engineers at EWI have developed laser welding optics tailored for high-power applications.

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Test system detects defects as small as 5 percent of tube wall

July 29, 2014

Magnetic Analysis Corp. has developed a 19.6-in. transverse/longitudinal flux leakage Rotoflux® test system for a new tube mill at an OCTG producer in Russia. It is designed to detect seams, laps, pits, scabs, rolling skins, cracks, weld line defects, and transverse and longitudinal defects as...

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Keeping sheets and parts moving with automation

July 29, 2014

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Modern laser cutting technology can achieve speeds of more than 400 inches per minute, and that puts pressure on the automation used to load sheets and unload cut parts and skeletons. If the automated material handling system can’t keep up, the fabricator won’t be able to maximize uptime on the laser cutting machine.

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Circular saw makes straight, miter cuts on bars, tubes, structural workpieces

July 29, 2014

Pat Mooney Inc. offers the OMP KR3 fully automatic circular miter saw. It is designed for production sawing applications requiring straight and miter cuts on bars, tubes, and structural workpieces. Its upcut design provides a cutting capacity of 8.5 in. and the ability to cut angles in the...

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Solvent-based cleaning system allows ultrasonic and filtration simultaneously

July 29, 2014

Dürr Ecoclean offers the EcoCCore system for solvent-based parts cleaning, designed for operations with nonhalogenated hydrocarbons or modified alcohols under full vacuum conditions. Standard equipment includes two flood tanks, heat recovery, and full-flow plus bypass filtration capabilities....

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Composite system repairs steel pipes/pipelines

July 29, 2014

Henkel offers the Loctite® composite repair system for steel pipes and pipelines, which meets the requirements of the ISO/TS 24817 global quality standard. The heart of the new all-in-one repair system is a composite material made of resin reinforced with fibers. In steel pipelines, the...

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Fiber laser lights the way for new business direction

July 29, 2014

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To bring in more high-volume work, Deltec Inc., Batavia, Ohio, needed to expand its laser cutting capacity. New fiber laser cutting technology proved to be the right fit.

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FABTECH 2014 heading to Georgia

July 28, 2014

FABTECH®, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is expected to attract more than 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 11 to 13. FABTECH exhibits will include live equipment...

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A new kind of skilled workforce

July 28, 2014

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The need for skilled worker continues unabated, but the issue has many wrinkles of complexity. For one, technology has changed the nature of the job.

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