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Simonds Saw names president

January 5, 2017

Simonds Intl. has announced that David Miles has been named president of Simonds Saw LLC, a Fitchburg, Mass., manufacturer of metal cutting saw and file products. He succeeds Ray Martino, who continues to serve as CEO of Simonds Saw and president/CEO of Simonds Intl. Miles has served as vice...

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Tool clears blowback slag from oxyacetylene torch cutting tips

January 5, 2017

Slag Rebel LLC has developed the slagRebel™ tool for clearing blowback slag from oxyacetylene torch cutting tips. The patent-pending tool clears blowback slag in less than a minute. The stainless steel tool can be used with manually induced hydraulic pressure, creating water force to clear...

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ICYMI – The most viewed articles and posts in 2016

January 5, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

Remember when the Internet was in its infancy? My how it’s grown. So much content vies for your attention that you may have missed the most popular articles and blog posts published on thefabricator.com in 2016. Here are four items you may not have seen or may want to revisit.

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Press brake’s control system guides users step-by-step through bending process

January 5, 2017

Bystronic offers the Xact Smart press brake. The company’s Bysoft 7 software integrates the press brake seamlessly into the user’s production environment, the company states. The machine incorporates the ByVision Bending control system. The interface uses a 22-in. HD touchscreen to display 3-D...

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SHRM LINE: January hiring rates to increase compared with a year ago

January 5, 2017

In January, more manufacturers and service-sector employers will add jobs compared with January 2016. Headcount reductions also will decline in both sectors compared with a year ago.A net of 41.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in January (48 percent will hire; 6.3 percent will cut jobs)....

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AIM appoints Mankin & Associates as manufacturers’ rep

January 4, 2017

AIM, Cranston, R.I., has announced the addition of Des Moines, Iowa-based Mankin & Associates as its new representative in Iowa and Nebraska for its line of solder materials for the plumbing industry. Mankin & Associates specializes in the plumbing, heating and cooling, industrial, and municipal...

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Lightweight welding helmet covers numerous applications

January 4, 2017

The Translas Force 300 fully automatic welding helmet, available in the U.S. from RoboVent, covers applications from SMAW and GMAW to low-amperage GTAW and grinding. The lightweight helmet is available for private...

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Robinson Metal adds fiber laser machine

January 4, 2017

Robinson Metal Inc., a single-source metal fabrication supplier in De Pere, Wis., has installed a fiber laser machine to help enhance its laser cutting efficiency and reduce project lead times. The upgraded laser features improved reliability and reduced operational maintenance to help minimize...

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Ford to invest $700 million in Michigan plant

January 4, 2017

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. has announced it will invest $700 million to renovate and expand its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., creating 700 jobs. The automaker canceled plans to build a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, but will build its next-generation Focus® at its...

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Anatomy of a robot-based welding system

January 4, 2017 | By Bob Rochelle

A robot is only a part of a robot-based automation system, whether the system is for welding or other applications. Regardless of the application, several components and functions are common to all systems. Controls, communication devices, operator interfaces, sensors, peripheral equipment, parts handling equipment, fixtures, safety features, and cable management devices are common components in all systems. Most projects require some personnel involvement as well.

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Shaping the laser beam for the best cut

January 4, 2017 | By Tim Heston

The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has developed a system that quickly oscillates the beam in specific patterns as it cuts, welds, or otherwise processes material. These patterns have the effect of “shaping” a laser beam, allowing the technician to tailor the beam’s shape to fit the application.

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Electron Beam Eng. approved for laser welding Airbus A320neo engine

January 4, 2017

Electron Beam Eng. Inc. (EBE), Anaheim, Calif., has been approved for the laser welding required in the hydraulic fuel system of the Airbus A320neo engine. “We were approached to perform the intricate laser welding of the fastening device within the fluid coupling mechanism that went into...

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Automated system loads/unloads flat material, cut parts

January 4, 2017

The Bystronic ByTrans Extended is a compact material handling system that loads and unloads in 60 seconds. It integrates into any ByVision-controlled machine, and the short cycle time is independent of the thickness of the metal sheet.Available in three sizes with 11, eight, and six material...

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IFS Coatings architectural powder coatings now have EPDs

January 4, 2017

Gainesville, Texas-based IFS Coatings has announced that each product in its architectural series—IFS 300SP and IFS 400SD powder coatings and IFS 500FP high-performance powder coatings—has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).An EPD is an internationally recognized and standardized...

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MSCI applauds Trump’s trade team

January 4, 2017

M. Robert Weidner III, president/CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has issued the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative, Peter Navarro to direct the National Trade Council,...

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