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Arc Welding 101: What's up with a WPS?

October 6, 2014

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Q: Do I need a welding procedure specification (WPS) for my company when it is just me and all I do is on-site portable welding of a wide range of items?Steven B. A: Whether your company requires a WPS depends on the customers you serve. For example, if your company is hired to fabricate your...

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Electronics stamper uses hybrid press for precision parts

October 6, 2014

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Wiegel Tool Works stamps large, complicated automotive circuitry in high volumes for perfection-demanding applications. The manufacturer needed a fast press with a large bed and adjustable-stroke capabilities. It had a specially designed mechanical press custom-built for its unique needs.

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Filler metal facts

October 6, 2014

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The factors that influence filler metal consumption, such as joint design and the choice of welding process, are key to helping you better understand, anticipate, and monitor operational costs and the bottom line.

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Manufacturing Day, and the joy of making things

October 3, 2014

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Manufacturing Day celebrates continuous improvement, excellence, and, perhaps most important, the tinkerer in us all.

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Spirol achieves gold level status in Caterpillar supplier recertification

October 3, 2014

Spirol Intl. Corp., a manufacturer of engineered components for fastening and joining in Stow, Ohio, has achieved gold level status in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) recertification. SQEP is Caterpillar’s operational excellence initiative that recognizes a supplier’s...

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Nylon abrasive disc brushes available

October 3, 2014

Brush Research Mfg. offers NamPower nylon abrasive brushes for surface finishing and deburring in OD applications. Suitable for use with automated equipment, the abrasive disc brushes come in a variety of sizes. Small diameters are available with a specialized toolholder for flow-through...

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Metal Technology Inc., nuFaktory form partnership to expand additive manufacturing

October 3, 2014

Metal Technology Inc. (MTI), Albany, Ore., and nuFaktory LLC, Springfield, Mass., have announced the formation of a strategic partnership in response to growing opportunities for additively manufactured metal components across multiple industries. The partnership combines MTI’s experience in...

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Ice Industries designated a Steelcase Premier Supplier

October 3, 2014

One year after its first production shipments to Steelcase, Sylvania, Ohio-based Ice Industries has been designated as a Steelcase Premier Supplier. The designation is awarded to companies that meet and maintain rigorous relationship, quality, and delivery standards. Ice Industries’ metal...

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Solar Atmospheres expands into Southeast

October 3, 2014

Solar Atmospheres, Souderton, Pa., a provider of vacuum heat-treating services, has chosen a site in Greenville, S.C., for its new Solar Atmospheres Southeast division. The facility has 54,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, free-span construction, 40-ton and 30-ton bridge cranes with 24-ft....

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Laser processing system handles coil-fed metals

October 3, 2014

Preco Inc. has introduced a high-speed, discrete-part laser processing system for tool-free processing of coil-fed metallic materials. The system uses fiber-based lasers with high-speed galvanometer technology for high-speed materials processing. The system includes unwind components to handle...

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Alcoa opens world’s largest aluminum-lithium aerospace plant in Indiana

October 3, 2014

Alcoa, a provider of lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, has opened what it says is the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Ind., where it produces third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. Aircraft manufacturers are...

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Tube bending CAD/CAM software accommodates laser tube cutting

October 3, 2014

A new version of TubeWorks tube bending CAD/CAM software, which provides tubular metal fabricators with preproduction tools for laser cutting as well as tube bending, is available from Unison. Developed by the software consultancy 3DCompound, the software is an add-in module for the SolidWorks®...

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CO2 slab laser delivers 6-kW cutting

October 3, 2014

Rofin offers the DC 060, a 6-kW CO2 slab laser. The laser operates with a few components and does not need conventional gas recirculation. Standby operation helps minimize energy consumption. The laser is provided with the Rofin Control Unit (RCU), which enables extended monitoring and control...

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Arc Welding 101: Vertical-up or -down in robotic welding?

October 3, 2014

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Q: We have a weldment that incorporates 0.375-in.-diameter steel rods and a 0.060-in.-thick sheet metal stamping of 1018 CR material. Each weld is the same, 0.75 in. long with a 0.25-in. fillet, perhaps including weaving. The assembly is fixture and welded robotically using GMAW with CO2 gas and...

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Walmart, Google headline FABTECH 2014 keynote presentations

October 2, 2014

FABTECH®, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, has announced its lineup of speakers and panels that will participate in the show this November. Keynote presentations by executives from Google Enterprise and Walmart, a Veterans Day panel on how...

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