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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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Understanding modern press brakes

January 4, 2017 | By Paul LeTang

This overview provides a brief discussion of press drives, crowning systems, and tooling setup found on today's press brakes.

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Construction project showcases best of metal fabrication

January 4, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Editor Eric Lundin interviewed several of the people who were instrumental in the design, fabrication, and installation of the decorative façade that adorns FMA’s new office in Elgin, Ill

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Lucas-Milhaupt launches brazing book website

January 4, 2017

Lucas-Milhaupt Inc., Milwaukee, a supplier of brazing and soldering materials, has launched a new micro-website, www.brazingbook.com, based on The Brazing Book. The website is divided into five main reference sections:Brazing - Provides general information about the process, from the six...

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Using key performance indicators to measure progress

January 4, 2017 | By Bill Frahm

To improve a process, you need to measure the results and compare them against expectations. In many instances, a metal former needs to define key performance indicators and keep track of them to determine just how its shop is performing.

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AAM appoints VP/CIO

January 4, 2017

American Axle & Mfg. Inc., Detroit, a manufacturer of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems, electric drive systems, and metal formed products for vehicles, has promoted Donald E. Wright to the position of vice president/CIO. Wright joined the company...

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EB Industries hires director of operations

January 4, 2017

Farmingdale, N.Y.-based EB Industries, a provider of electron beam and laser welding services, has appointed Thomas A. Shelby to the position of director of operations. Shelby, who most recently served as vice president of operations for Monarch Metal Fabrication in Bohemia, N.Y., has more than 25...

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