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Fabric Images collaborates in fabrication of Flatiron Sky-Line installation

December 2, 2016

Elgin, Ill.-based Fabric Images Inc.® has completed fabrication of the Flatiron Sky-Line in New York. Designed by LOT, the Flatiron Sky-Line was the winning design in the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition by The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement...

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Die Science: Estimating die cost

December 2, 2016 | By Art Hedrick

Before receiving a contract to design and build a die, the building shop must quote a price to the customer. Because every die usually is a one-of-a-kind tool, the process of quoting tooling cost is not always easy. The person estimating this cost must have a good understanding of sheet metal...

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Metcam launches Business Solutions Division

December 2, 2016

Metcam, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has launched its Business Solutions Division (BSD). The new division helps inventors of sheet metal-intensive products with product design, prototyping, materials acquisition, manufacturing, inventory,...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: The continuous improvement approach to die design

December 2, 2016 | By Thomas Vacca

The “10 Die Design Laws,” which appeared in the September/October 2016 issue, are most effective when used along with a continuous improvement approach. At the end of every tool build and final development cycle, the die design team should review what went well and build on those strengths, but...

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Lindberg/MPH names business development manager

December 2, 2016

Lindberg/MPH, Riverside, Mich., a manufacturer of standard and custom industrial heat-treat furnaces for the ferrous and nonferrous markets, has announced that Bill St. Thomas has rejoined the company as business development manager. Thomas, who began his career in the heat-treat industry with the...

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Abrasive belts, discs deliver fast cutting

December 2, 2016

Norton | Saint-Gobain has introduced the Norton Red Heat R983 line of abrasive belts and discs. The ceramic grain delivers sharp, fast cutting and resistance to wear, the company states.Designed for grinding and polishing of INCONEL® alloy, stainless steel, and carbon steel, the discs and belts...

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Lucid Motors to build electric car manufacturing plant in Arizona

December 1, 2016

Lucid Motors has selected Casa Grande, Ariz., for its electric car manufacturing operation. The facility is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs and bring more than $700 million in capital investment to the region by 2022.Development of the site is slated to begin in Q2 2017 as Lucid completes...

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Quaker acquires Lubricor

December 1, 2016

Quaker Chemical Corp., a provider of process fluids and specialty chemicals in Conshohocken, Pa., has acquired Lubricor Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of metalworking fluids based in Waterloo, Ont. Lubricor serves primarily automotive suppliers in North America and Southeast Asia. The company...

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Ceramic flap discs grind all metals

December 1, 2016

CS Unitec's new PLANTEX® ceramic discs have been developed for grinding such metals as stainless steel, steel, aluminum, titanium, bronze, and special alloys. The abrasive structure helps reduce heat when grinding, preventing heat discoloration on the workpiece.The discs feature a backing plate...

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Generac to acquire Motortech

December 1, 2016

Generac Holdings Inc., Waukesha, Wis., a manufacturer of generators and small engines, has announced plans to acquire the assets of Celle, Germany-based Motortech Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of gaseous-engine control systems and accessories. The transaction is expected to close in Q1...

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Sterling Machinery Exchange distributes quality awards

December 1, 2016

Sterling Machinery Exchange has presented Scotchman Industries and Cincinnati Incorporated with its Top Quality Award. The award recognizes the companies’ dedication to maintaining the highest standards of quality in U.S. manufacturing. Sterling Machinery Exchange has been chosen as the first...

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Angled flap discs grind hard-to-reach places

December 1, 2016

Weiler Abrasives Group has added an angled flap disc to its Tiger® coated abrasives lineup. The disc delivers aggressive grinding with flexibility for finishing fillet welds, T-joints, and hard-to-reach places and for repair and rework. The disc is designed for grinding steel, stainless steel, and...

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Aluminum Workshop: 6061-T6 cracking

November 30, 2016 | By Frank Armao

Q: My company recently purchased a piece of equipment fabricated from 6061-T6 structural shapes. The welds do not seem to be very good and we have found several cracked welds. However, it is the weld shown in the photo that is puzzling. This weld shows a crack in the 6061 base metal about 2 in....

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Arc Welding 101: Explaining essential and nonessential variables for a WPS

November 30, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I am unclear on the American Petroleum Institute’s Standard 1104 regarding a weld procedure specification (WPS). Section 5.3.2.3 says: The ranges of specified outside diameters (ODs) and specified wall thicknesses over which the procedure is applicable shall be identified. Groupings are shown...

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Consumables Corner: Cost or classification

November 30, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

What is more important, price or classification? The Consumables Corner guys have the answer.

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