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Miter saw designed for dry cutting

November 17, 2016

The Kalamazoo Industries model KM14SC miter saw uses a 14-in. carbide-tipped blade to produce clean cuts without burrs or heat generation. This enables dry cutting of thin-wall mild steel and aluminum, as well as 1/4-in. angle, pipe, and structural steel. The saw features heavy cast-iron...

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Welding power source delivers up to 160 amps for light industrial applications

November 16, 2016

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the launch of the Maxstar® 161 welding power source. The portable machine allows welding operators to keep the arc lit, even on difficult-to-run electrodes such as E6010. The company’s Stick-Stuck technology detects if the electrode is stuck to the part and...

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Need welders? Automation can help!

November 16, 2016 | By Chris Anderson

Finding good welders is a real issue for some fab shops, but so is the anxiety attached to integrating robotic welding to help fill the gaps. Pinpointing the appropriate skill set for robotic welding programmers is important to ensure you have the right person in place to run the machine. Industry also has stepped up to deliver systems that make robotic programming easier and faster for individuals who have limited programming training.

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How to choose the right wire and flux for SAW

November 16, 2016 | By Robert Fox

Discovering as much as possible about the application’s requirements helps identify potentially costly and time-consuming conflicts between expectations and reality during the selection process, as opposed to during implementation. Most important, answering the following key questions provides insight into the big question: Which wire and flux is best for you?

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Coil processing systems suitable for fineblanking applications

November 16, 2016

Coe Press Equipment has announced the availability of its high-precision coil processing lines suitable for fineblanking applications. The systems rely on the company’s Fineblanking Edition HD straightener, which can address both the coil set and crossbow issues needed to achieve the flatness...

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 1

November 16, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Product improvements and introductions were on display in abundance on day one of FABTECH® 2016. Here are just a few of many that can be seen at the show.

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What makes an air bend sharp on the press brake?

November 16, 2016

Press brake operators use rules of thumb when it comes to determining sharp bends. But what truly determines the point at which a bend turns sharp is the relationship between the punch nose radius, the tonnage required to form, and the shear strength of the material.

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Pennsylvania manufacturers highlight engineering careers to support STEM education

November 16, 2016

Applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge and skills to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context is the goal of Saucon Valley High School's (SVHS) Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program. Students enrolled in this curriculum recently visited...

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New housing, mixed-reality technology added to automated production systems

November 16, 2016

Wemo has updated the design concept of its automated production systems with a colorful, strong housing. It eliminates the need for a safety fence and protects the production line from dust, dirt, and other outside influences to help reduce failures, stoppages, and damage. The housing also provides...

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Bright lights, big city, metal fabrication, and memories

November 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

It’s that time of year again. Fabricators are hitting the road to see the sights and sounds of the biggest show in North America devoted to metal fabricating. FABTECH® opens tomorrow. Will you be there?

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Workstation extends training capabilities to SMAW process

November 15, 2016

The LiveArc™ welding performance management system from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. now includes an option for SMAW. The LiveArc WorkStation with SmartStinger extends training capabilities to the SMAW process in addition to the previous training capabilities available for GMAW and FCAW. The...

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Solar Atmospheres CEO receives ASM Distinguished Life Membership Award

November 15, 2016

Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pa., has announced that CEO William R. Jones has received the ASM Distinguished Life Membership Award. The award recognizes leaders who have devoted their time, knowledge, and abilities to the advancement of the materials industries. Jones received the award with the...

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Andes Coil Processors adds slitting line to Dallas facility

November 15, 2016

Andes Coil Processors LLC has added toll processing services to its Dallas facility with the installation of a 60-in. Pro-Eco custom slitting line. Featuring shape-correction capabilities, the line will process materials from 0.015 to 0.250 in. thick and master coils up to 72 in. OD and 50,000 lbs....

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Foerster Instruments hires new president for North America

November 15, 2016

Foerster Instruments Inc., a provider of equipment for NDT, metal detection, and magnetics in Pittsburgh, has hired Jason Wilburn as its new president to handle all operations and oversee all facilities in North America.Wilburn’s experience includes industrial NDT, industrial services to...

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Adaptive bending system handles large profiles

November 15, 2016

LVD Strippit has introduced Synchro-Form adaptive bending technology, an integrated feature of the Synchro-Form series press brake. The technology automatically maintains angular consistency and the required geometric profile when handling, positioning, and bending large parts with multiple bends....

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