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Arc Welding 101: Measuring preheat and interpass temperatures

March 24, 2017 | By Paul Cameron

Q: What is your preference when it comes to measuring weld preheat and interpass temperatures? Right now I am using seven different temperature-indicating crayons with various ratings. Is that enough to get the job done?The infrared pyrometer that I have is unreliable at best. If anything, I'm...

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Robots for hire

March 24, 2017 | By Tim Heston

A company has introduced a new way for a fabricator to use automation: not by investing in a permanent system, but by hiring them and paying for their use by the hour. The technology behind collaborative robotics is making this possible.

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U.S. dominates automotive aftermarket in North America

March 24, 2017

The U.S. dominates the North American automotive aftermarket for powertrain components, accounting for 86 percent of overall sales, or $10.3 billion, in 2016. Through 2021 U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will rise 1.6 percent per year, a slight uptick...

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Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing to be held March 28-30

March 24, 2017

Women in Manufacturing™ (WiM) and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management’s second annual Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing will be held March 28-30, 2017, in Cleveland. The event provides executive education and training to WiM members in mid- to high-level...

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Hoist buckets offered in three sizes

March 24, 2017

Ergodyne has added seven new hoist buckets to its ARSENAL® gear storage line. Two detachable polyester safety tops are available to secure the contents inside of the buckets.Five of the hoist bucket models are made of 24-oz., abrasion-resistant, gray canvas with synthetic leather bottoms. The...

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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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