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External laser scanner features high-speed, 3-D point cloud capturing capabilities

July 7, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has introduced an external laser scanner for use with the new Romer Absolute Arm. The Hexagon Probe Laser 20.8 (HP-L-20.8), which replaces the CMS108 laser scanner, performs on complex surfaces and workpieces made of shiny materials such as machined, cast, stamped, and forged...

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Consumables Corner: Combating dull weld appearance with metal-cored stainless steel wire

July 7, 2014

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Q: We fabricate 401 stainless steel components and have considered using metal-cored stainless steel consumables. One of the issues with metal-cored consumables is the dull appearance of the weld compared to the appearance achieved with a solid wire. What can we do to maintain a clean or shiny...

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Stainless steel weld finishing by the numbers

July 7, 2014

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As the demand for stainless steel increases, welders and metal fabricators need to understand how to obtain the proper finish.

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Coating extends tool life x 3

July 7, 2014

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Like so many automotive suppliers, the GT Technologies stamping team encountered tooling challenges when it shifted its work material from cold-rolled steel to a tougher steel for certain components. Its tooling started wearing out in a third of the time, creating downtime havoc and production disruption. Switching to a different tool coating helped the manufacturer resolve its tool and die wear problems.

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Portable pipe cutting tool simplifies sawing process

July 7, 2014

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It's not often that a tool as simple as a hand-held circular saw wins an award for its design, but it happened when Exact Pipe Tools Inc. submitted three models to Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of the oldest design institutes in Europe. The saw clamps to the pipe, so users are safer and cuts are straighter.

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Consumables for high-amperage welding

July 7, 2014

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High-amperage welding, whether in semiautomatic or robotic applications, pust a great amount of stress on welding consumables. By following a few tips, however, a welder can extend the life of these components.

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Planer-type horizontal boring/milling machine features extended Y axis

July 3, 2014

Toshiba Machine Co. America offers the BP-150.R22 planer-type horizontal boring and milling machine. It features a newly extended 140-in. Y axis and a 5.91-in.-dia. spindle. A long-nose spindle head extends the spindle by 7.87 in. to allow improved access to the workpiece and ensure stable...

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Turning center offers automatic part loading/unloading as option

July 3, 2014

The new Tongtai HS-22 high-speed, high-precision, slant-bed turning center, distributed by Absolute Machine Tools, can be equipped with an optional automatic part loading/unloading system. It functions from the end of the machine rather than a gantry system that operates from the top of the...

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Coalescing system helps extend coolant performance

July 3, 2014

Zebra Skimmers offers the FZ17 Coalescer, an industrial coalescing system that combines interchangeable flow restrictors, adjustable tramp oil weir and collection chamber, and a T strainer filter designed to prevent large debris from entering the system. It removes tramp oils from machine...

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CAD-based dimensional metrology software available for SolidWorks platform

July 3, 2014

Origin Intl. Inc. has released CheckMate CAD-based dimensional metrology software for SolidWorks®. Users can implement dimensional metrology functionality on the CAD platform of their choice, eliminating “islands of automation” and retaining a common interface they are accustomed...

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TRUMPF Inc. names president/CEO, senior VP

July 3, 2014

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., a manufacturer of fabricating machinery and industrial lasers for flexible sheet metal processing, has announced that Peter Hoecklin has assumed the role of president and CEO. In this position, he is responsible for all of the company’s subsidiaries and business...

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Consumables Corner: Nixing porosity during weld start

July 3, 2014

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Q: I work for a job shop that fabricates and welds process piping for various applications. The pipes, made from A106-88a carbon steel and 304 and 316 stainless steel, are welded using GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. We have been experiencing porosity, primarily on the weld starts. Our shielding gas is a...

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Starrett supports Workshops for Warriors

July 3, 2014

Athol, Mass.-based L.S. Starrett Co. has donated more than $100,000 worth of precision measuring tools to support Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit entity with a mission to train and place veterans into advanced manufacturing careers. “Manufacturing is the backbone of America, and with over...

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Spreading the word about metal fabricating

July 2, 2014

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Metal fabricators fear that a negative image is preventing the next generation from considering manufacturing as a career choice. What's the best way to combat that? Let metal fabricators share their stories. They love their profession, and as a result, they can help others to love fabricating as well.

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Waterjet cutting system delivers up to 150 HP

July 2, 2014

Hypertherm offers the HyPrecision™ waterjet cutting system. The machine offers 15 to 150 HP. It comes with Advanced Intensifier Technology to help extend maintenance intervals, reduce maintenance time, and maximize performance, according to the manufacturer. The system is part of the...

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