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Fiber laser offers consumable-free metal part marking

June 29, 2015

REA Elektronik has developed the REA JET FL fiber laser, which permanently marks metal and plastics. The system uses no consumables and offers long operational life, the company states. The high-resolution print provides machine-readable codes for product traceability. Typical applications...

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MetoKote adds electrocoating technology to two plants

June 29, 2015

MetoKote Corp., a custom coating applicator based in Lima, Ohio, has added electrocoating (e-coating) technology at its Sheffield Village, Ohio, and Sumter, S.C., plants. The new Powercron® AdvantEdge™ technology by PPG Industries is a high-edge, cationic-epoxy product formulated with a...

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Forming aluminum on the press brake: Bending soft, not sharp

June 29, 2015

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Air bending soft aluminum has such a low tensile strength that it doesn't take much for a narrow punch tip to penetrate the surface and turn the bend sharp.

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Keeping it together at 330 MPH

June 29, 2015

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Top Fuel races are a dazzling sight, covering 1,000 feet in little more than 3 seconds. The drivers get the glory and the engines get the attention—they develop approximately 10,000 horsepower—but underneath the car’s exterior is a marvel of modern engineering: a tubular chassis that somehow holds together through 4G of acceleration during the race and the even harsher 5G of deceleration when it’s over.

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High-density storage saves floor space

June 29, 2015

The Vidmar® Tower high-density vertical storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) can be built up to 46 ft. high with unlimited custom drawer configurations. It offers an optional dual-delivery, continuous-pick feature and a choice of ergonomic picking bay designs and drawer access setup....

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Misa Metal Fabricating to expand in Kentucky

June 29, 2015

Misa Metal Fabricating Inc., a provider of cutting services for carbon steel products in Pleasure Ridge Park, Ky., has announced plans for an expanded, $4.3 million facility. The company currently occupies a nearly 122,000-sq.-ft. plant that employs 155 people. The expansion is expected to...

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Quick-change torch designed for plasma cutting systems

June 29, 2015

Hypertherm has introduced a new Centricut brand quick-change torch for use with ESAB plasma cutting systems. The torch is designed to replace ESAB PT-36, PT-600, and PT-19XLS torches. According to the company, the two-piece, quick-change design allows operators to change out consumables up to...

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Flap disc technology allows fast grind rate with long life

June 29, 2015

Weiler Corp. has launched the Tiger® X flap disc. It features the company’s X3 technology, which combines a triple split coat grain anchoring system, dual flap design, and engineered abrasive cloth backing with intermixed ceramic alumina and zirconia alumina materials. According to the company,...

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Ask the Expert: How can I evaluate the performance of recycled lubricant in-house?

June 29, 2015

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Q: I have an issue regarding the consumption of stamping lubricant in our facility. The toolroom is requesting to use only new lubricant rather than recycled, as well as a richer lubricant mix in some tools. This is increasing our lubricant and disposal costs. Is there a test that I can perform...

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Catalog highlights robotic GMAW guns, consumables

June 26, 2015

Tregaskiss has announced the availability of its new automation catalog, featuring information on the company’s robotic GMAW guns, consumables, and peripherals. The 22-page catalog includes information about the new TOUGH GUN™ CA3 and TOUGH GUN TA3 robotic air-cooled GMAW guns, including...

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Cost estimating software includes 3-D CAD feature recognition

June 26, 2015

MTI Systems Inc. has released Costimator® with 3DFX, an automated feature recognition (AFR) function that recognizes CAD features and their parameters from solid models. This function provides estimators with control over features they extract and import into the software for estimating....

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Osborn announces two staff additions

June 26, 2015

Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds, and buffs, has hired Jon-Michael Raymond as private brand national account manager and Brian S. Smith as North American marketing manager. Raymond holds an MBA from Assumption College and has more than seven years of experience in...

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PAPR system added to ADF welding helmet

June 26, 2015

The e3000 PAPR system from Optrel Inc. now is available with its e684 welding helmet with autodarkening filter (ADF). The helmet features Adaptive Shade Autopilot technology, which automatically adjusts the ADF to the appropriate shade level between 5 and 13 during welding. As the intensity of...

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Abtex Corp. appoints VP of marketing and sales

June 26, 2015

Dresden, N.Y.-based Abtex Corp., a manufacturer of machine/brush deburring systems, has promoted Jason Saner from group manager of the company’s Systems Group to corporate vice president of marketing and sales. Saner joined the company in 2013. He began as market development manager and was...

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New line of surface conditioning belts introduced

June 26, 2015

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels has added 12 new belts to its surface conditioning belt line. They are available in brown (coarse) 120 grits, maroon (medium) 180 grits, and blue (very fine) 320 grits. Dimensions are 3 by 21 in., 1 by 72 in., 4 by 54 in., and 4 by 72 in. X-flex and low-stretch...

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