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Record results reported at wire and Tube China 2014

October 16, 2014

The recent staging of wire and Tube China 2014 in Shanghai closed to record results: 1,461 exhibitors presented technology, machinery, and products from the wire, cable, and tube processing industries to more than 38,000 visitors. In addition to the strong Chinese participation and many...

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Metal fab fortifies TV treehouses

October 16, 2014

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Pete Nelson, show host and treehouse builder on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, sought help refurbishing and fortifying a bridge stairway, and support foundation of the first two treehouses he had built on his original property for his own children. Building the treehouses had launched his successful treehouse-building business, Nelson Treehouse and Supply, Fall City, Wash. Nelson’s creations—and their design and build—is the subject of the wildly popular show. How does a man fortify a weather-beaten treehouse? The answer, my friend, is fabbing in the wind. Metal fabricator Architectural Elements stepped up to help.

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Murata Machinery USA marks 40 years in business

October 16, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based Murata Machinery USA Inc., a provider of high-production machine tools and industrial automation, celebrates its 40th year in business in 2014. The firm offers sales, service, and support of the Muratec brand in North America. The company, a subsidiary of Murata Machinery...

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Sales and operations planning meets contract fabrication

October 16, 2014

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O’Neal Manufacturing Services, one of the country’s largest contract fabricators, has implemented a strategy called sales and operations planning, or S&OP, a process designed to improve not just sales forecasting, but the entire enterprise.

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Software’s cutting model increases waterjet machine predictability

October 16, 2014

OMAX® Corp. has released Intelli-MAX® 21 software for its JetMachining® centers. Featuring a fourth-generation cutting model, the new version optimizes tool paths automatically and provides predictability of cutting speeds, taper, and jet lag. The cutting model within the software builds upon...

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Metal Sales outfits 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome in New Orleans

October 16, 2014

Roof and wall panels from Metal Sales™, Louisville, Ky., will be showcased on the 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome demonstration home at the 2014 Greenbuild International Expo in New Orleans, Oct. 22-23. The 1,550-sq.-ft. modular home meets LEED® for Home Platinum requirements and will be available to...

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Still Building America: Calling young metalworkers

October 16, 2014

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I’d like to introduce a new project I’m working on for The FABRICATOR®, “Still Building America.” I will continue to write my normal bimonthly posts about welding in addition to starting a new series focusing on youngish (under 35), skilled tradespeople, manufacturing entrepreneurs,...

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Intelligrated appoints new executive VP/GM for software group

October 16, 2014

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, a North American-based automated material handling systems provider, has appointed Kevin Roach as executive vice president and general manager of its software group. Based in Atlanta, Roach works with senior management to grow the company’s fulfillment...

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Combination punch/right-angle shear made for short component runs

October 16, 2014

Prima Power has introduced the SGe5 Combi punch and right-angle shear. Using servo electric motors for low power consumption and low noise levels, they operate without human intervention from the blank to automated sorting. Suitable for short runs of components, the machine enables the mixing of...

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Cole-Tuve named as exclusive distributor in U.S., Canada for Apollo s.r.l.

October 16, 2014

Cole-Tuve Inc., White Marsh, Md., has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for the U.S. and Canada by Apollo s.r.l., a manufacturer of high-speed CNC tube and pipe punching and drilling machines based in Italy. Apollo manufactures 22 different hydraulic punching machines for punching and...

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Communication protocol added to encoders

October 16, 2014

Heidenhain offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its ECN/EQN 1300 optical absolute encoders. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/sec. and a cycle time of 31.25 μs. Motion control system components with the...

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Putting the finish first

October 16, 2014

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R & B Wagner, Milwaukee, has had a primary role in the construction industry for more than 100 years. From its early days as a blacksmith shop, the company has grown to become a designer and manufacturer of handrail components and systems; a contract manufacturer for OEMs; and a first-rate finishing company, providing top-notch polishing services for other fabricators and manufacturers. Manufacturing Operations Manager Kane Behling and President Rick Kettler shared the company’s story with Editor Eric Lundin.

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Caster made for heavy-duty use

October 16, 2014

Caster Concepts has introduced the new 87 series caster. Designed for heavy-duty industrial applications, the maintenance-free caster carries a load evenly over a radially loaded precision ball bearing. A forged steel top-plate stabilizes the bearing, and a precision-machined yoke base helps...

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Improving metal cutting productivity

October 15, 2014

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“Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organization,” by the LENOX® Institute of Technology, identified three areas that fabricators need to focus on to improve efficiency and productivity in sawing operations.

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Ford adds 850 jobs at Rouge Center

October 15, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its Ford Rouge Center, which comprises the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping, and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs, which are divided among the three facilities, will support production of the 2015 F-150®. Dearborn Truck...

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