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Best practices for laser cutting tube, pipe, profiles

April 18, 2016

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Interviews with BLM, Mazak, and TRUMPF reveal tips and tactics for buying, handling, cleaning, cutting tube. Other topics include machine maintenance, software upgrades, and operator training.

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Heartthrob finds a less exhausting way to clean parts

April 18, 2016

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Cleaning the inside of long, bent tubes is a chore, especially when it has to be done outdoors in inclement weather. Nobody knew this better than the staff at Heartthrob Exhaust Accessories, Litchfield, Minn., when they had to use a pressure washer outside during winter months. An ultrasonic cleaning machine brought the process indoors while making it faster and less labor intensive.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: A review of animation tools to improve the work flow for moviemaking

April 18, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating animations. The use of dedicated software is discussed.

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General Magnaplate to close California facility

April 18, 2016

Engineering coatings company General Magnaplate Corp. has announced it will close its Ventura, Calif., facility and will serve West Coast customers from its Arlington, Texas, and Linden, N.J., operations. The firm cites difficult business conditions created by the state of California and the...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Do die repairs require full lockout/tagout?

April 18, 2016

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Editor’s Note: Regular readers of this column might recognize that Mr. Cattell answered a similar question in the May/June 2010 issue of STAMPING Journal®. Since this question reflects a common concern among stampers—and is asked of Mr. Cattell quite frequently in his work—we felt it would be beneficial to address the issue again.

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AMT donates 3-D printer package to Primoris Academy

April 15, 2016

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has presented a MakerGear 3-D printer to Primoris Academy, Westwood, N.J., to help advance the school’s mission of preparing students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and to interest more students in careers in...

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Manufacturers not doing enough to protect against cyberthreats, report finds

April 15, 2016

Manufacturers and distributors, like companies in other industries, face mounting cybersecurity risks. Still, some don’t do enough to address the issue and protect intellectual property and sensitive data and information, according to a new industry report from professional services firm Sikich...

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Semiautomatic band saw intended for structurals, solids

April 15, 2016

Kalamazoo Machine Tool has introduced the model H5SA semiautomatic double-column band saw with a 6-degree canted head for cutting structurals, solids, and difficult materials. The machine miters 0 to 60 degrees left and right. All functions are fully hydraulic, and the freestanding operator’s...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I form titanium successfully?

April 15, 2016

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Q: We are getting more and more inquiries for components made of titanium. We have never worked with this material. Any advice? A: Titanium can be cold- or hot-formed on standard equipment using techniques similar to those used on stainless steels, but you need to consider two main issues: The...

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Transystems to open fifth Idaho facility

April 14, 2016

Transystems has announced plans to invest $1 million in a facility in Rupert, Idaho. The company will move the semitruck-trailer manufacturing portion of its business from Twin Falls, Idaho, to the new facility, where production is expected to begin in summer 2016. It will employ 15 to 20 people....

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Belt grinder can be positioned at any point from horizontal to vertical

April 14, 2016

The Kalamazoo Industries model BG448 is a 4- by 48-in. belt grinder that can be positioned at any point from vertical to horizontal. The 7,200-SFPM belt speed enables quick metal removal with minimal heat. The unit features a 4- by 10-in. workspace that allows full work movement from left to...

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Restored citizens, veterans benefiting from central Ohio's TAPP Project

April 14, 2016

Restored citizens preparing for re-entrance into society after incarceration often have a difficult time locating gainful employment, even when they have marketable skills. Today's manufacturing industry faces an acute shortage of skilled, entry-level employees, and these restored citizens could...

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Clarcor Industrial Air brings back DustHog brand

April 14, 2016

Clarcor Industrial Air, Overland Park, Kan., which now includes the United Air Specialists business, has announced it will bring back the DustHog® brand with a new logo. The brand has not been in active use for a decade. The line of dust collection equipment features such media technologies as...

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EVS Metal acquires power press brake with automation

April 14, 2016

Metal fabrication, machining, and finishing shop EVS Metal Inc. has added an Amada EG 6013 power press brake with automation to its Riverdale, N.J., manufacturing facility. The machine uses a 6-axis robot that automatically sets itself up with the correct tools to create the required bends, even in...

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Direct-drive belt grinder travels at 5,400 SFPM

April 14, 2016

The model BG260 belt grinder from Kalamazoo Industries is a heavy-duty, direct-drive unit with an 8- by 2-in. belt and an 8-in. contact wheel with a clear right side for inside corner shaping. The 5,400-SFPM belt speed delivers quick metal removal with minimal heat. The grinder features a 2- by...

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