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Emergency-stop assembly prevents machine operator injuries

March 23, 2017

Rockford Systems LLC has introduced a new cable and push-button emergency-stop assembly featuring cam operation for fast, positive stopping of metalworking machines without the risk of tripping caused by vibrations. The CLM510 assembly also serves as an awareness barrier on the back side of shears...

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Aluminum Workshop: The truth about welding aluminum castings

March 23, 2017 | By Frank Armao

Q: A group of friends and I were talking the other day. Some people said that all aluminum castings are weldable. Others took the extreme opposite position and said that aluminum castings usually aren’t weldable. What’s the truth?A: The short answer is that, yes, most aluminum castings are...

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U.S. Labor Department delays beryllium rule effective date

March 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a delay in the effective date of the rule titled “Occupational Exposure to Beryllium,” from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.The delay will allow OSHA to review and consider the rule further, in keeping with the Jan. 20, 2017, White House memorandum,...

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Yale lift truck named Product of the Year finalist

March 23, 2017

Yale Materials Handling Corp., Greenville, N.C., has announced that Plant Engineering has honored the Yale® MPE080VG end rider with Driven by Balyo technology as a Product of the Year finalist. It operates as a robotic lift truck, independently picking up, transporting, and dropping off pallets...

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Primetals Technologies modifies continuous caster at Gerdau Cartersville

March 23, 2017

London-based Primetals Technologies has received an order to modify the continuous caster at Gerdau’s location in Cartersville, Ga. The modification will give the long product maker the ability to produce an additional beam blank format, which will allow the company to roll larger finished...

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Air-powered press brake clamp reduces setup time

March 23, 2017

Wilson Tool International® has introduced Express Air, a new press brake clamp for bending applications. It gives sheet metal fabricators an air-powered option for clamping and seating front and back tools simultaneously with the touch of a button. This quick-change technology allows fabricators...

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Beckwood to supply hydraulic deep draw press to Columbia Metal Spinning

March 23, 2017

Beckwood Press Co., Fenton, Mo., has received a contract from Columbia Metal Spinning, a Chicago-based producer of precision metal spun and deep drawn parts, to produce a custom, 450-ton hydraulic deep draw press. Scheduled for completion in August 2017, the machine will expand Columbia Metal...

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Augmented reality meets the press brake.

The future of fabrication is now

March 23, 2017 | By Dan Davis

Augmented reality and verbalizing operating instructions to machine tools may be coming to your shop floor sooner than you realize.

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Solid-state disk laser designed for Industry 4.0

March 23, 2017

TRUMPF has introduced the latest generation of its TruDisk disk laser. The compact, energy-efficient machine offers the ability to carry out condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, a basic prerequisite for successful implementation of lasers in digitalized and connected manufacturing...

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Plate processing system punches, shears simultaneously

March 22, 2017

Trilogy Machinery Inc. offers the Sunrise ALS fully automatic angle processing system. This complete, enclosed plate processing system punches and shears simultaneously. It is driven by a rack-and-pinion infeed capable of handling material up to 40 ft. long at speeds up to 40 FPM. Standard features...

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New ASTM test method helps determine composition of aluminum alloys

March 22, 2017

A new standard from ASTM Intl., W. Conshohocken, Pa., provides a method for analyzing the composition of aluminum and aluminum alloys. The test helps manufacturers, consumers, and laboratories verify that an alloy’s composition is within the needed limits through an analysis method called...

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Schuler delivers laser blanking lines to Daimler

March 22, 2017

Göppingen, Germany-based Schuler has delivered two laser blanking lines to the Daimler plant in Kuppenheim, Germany. Both lines, used for the serial production of compact vehicles, can be changed instantly to another cutting style at the touch of a button. Contours are programmed offline and can...

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London Taxi builds plant to produce electric vehicles

March 22, 2017

The London Taxi Co. (LTC) has opened the U.K.'s first car plant dedicated to the production of range-extended electric vehicles (EVs). The plant, located in Coventry, U.K., will produce the world's first purpose-built, mass-market electric taxi.LTC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geely, has invested...

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EEMUA publishes second edition of tube end welding recommendations

March 22, 2017

EEMUA has published edition 2 of EEMUA 143 recommendations for tube end welding. It takes ISO 15614-8:2016, Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials – Welding procedure test – Part 8: Welding of tubes to tube-plate joints as the primary source, with additions...

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The Metal Shop adds fiber laser

March 22, 2017

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom metal fabricator in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has installed a new Mitsubishi eX 6,000-W fiber laser. Added to the shop’s automation tower, the laser replaces a Mitsubishi LVPLUS II that had been in service for seven years. The company fabricates not just parts but...

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