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Hope dies last

July 9, 2014

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A hard-nosed welding instructor at a medium-security prison in rural North Carolina gives his students discipline, confidence, a foot in the door to a trade, and the possibility for a new life upon release.

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Pneumatic 3-D part manipulators allow precise material handling

July 9, 2014

TDA Buddy Inc.’s pneumatic 3-D part manipulators enable a single worker to perform precise material handling movements with little effort, says the company. The pneumatic manipulators can grip a part up to 400 lbs.; roll, pitch, or yaw it if necessary; hold it rigid; and place it accurately...

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Bending Basics: The hows and whys of springback and springforward

July 9, 2014

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Why exactly does springback occur, and how can a technician predict it? Press brake guru Steve Benson covers the basic factors.

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The importance of process innovation

July 9, 2014

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Manufacturing is getting a lot of attention in Washington. Proposals abound about pushing new products and technologies from R&D to the market. But when it comes to a purely employment perspective, process innovation—including continuous improvement—may be even more important.

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Compact 3-D bender can be integrated with robotics

July 9, 2014

Automated Industrial Machinery Inc. (AIM) offers the AFC compact 3-D bender. The small-footprint machine requires a low investment, enabling smaller companies to bring in automation and the larger ones to offset current capacity. Features include standard slip ring technology with unlimited...

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Consumables Corner: Selecting the correct diameter for flux-cored wire

July 9, 2014

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I work in a large manufacturing fabrication shop where we weld subassemblies and then fit and weld them together to complete the machines we manufacture. Currently we use gas-shielded, flux-cored wires from 0.045 to 0.09375 in. in diameter. At what point is a small-diameter wire too inefficient,...

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Report projects metal finishing chemicals demand to reach $9.5 billion by 2020

July 8, 2014

Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, Calif., has released a research report titled "Metal Finishing Chemicals: A Global Strategic Business Report." The report, which provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic metal finishing industry...

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Four executives honored by Best Practice Institute for key roles in Novelis turnaround

July 8, 2014

Best Practice Institute has honored four senior leaders at Novelis, Atlanta, for the pivotal roles they have played in the turnaround of the aluminum products manufacturer and recycler. The 2014 BPI C-Suite Award is presented to Steve Fisher, senior vice president and CFO, and Nick Madden,...

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Texas Iron and Metal marks 75 years in business

July 8, 2014

Steel and pipe provider Texas Iron and Metal, Houston, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. Established during World War II, the company began supplying stainless steel products to aid the country’s war effort. Today the firm has two offices: its headquarters in Houston and a second...

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Bewo moves to new location in Netherlands

July 8, 2014

Bewo Cutting Systems B.V. will move its Netherlands headquarters to Waalwijk in October, after nearly 80 years at its Tilburg location. The move will give the company, a developer and manufacturer of manually operated circular saws and automatic cutting machines for tubes, additional space for...

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Portable laser marker moves to the workpiece

July 8, 2014

The TruMark 5010 Mobile Marker, a portable laser marking unit from TRUMPF, will make its North American debut at IMTS. This new laser marking concept features a compact, hand-held marking head. The operator moves the laser marking unit to the workpiece, eliminating the need to move the part, and...

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Robinson Helicopter adds Avure fluid cell press

July 8, 2014

Robinson Helicopter Co., a manufacturer of civil helicopters in Torrance, Calif., has installed a fluid cell press from Avure Technologies, Columbus, Ohio, for component production. Suitable for low-volume, high-quality sheet metal forming, the model QFC 0.7x1.8-800 Flexform™ fluid cell press...

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SigmaTEK announces promotions

July 8, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing process automation in Cincinnati, has announced several promotions to its product development, operations, and support teams. The employees’ new titles are: Jim Lindsey, director of product developmentBen Klinker, operations...

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AP&T opens R&D center in Sweden

July 8, 2014

AP&T has opened a center for R&D at its newly constructed facility in Ulricehamn, Sweden. The facility is used to develop, test, and demonstrate tools, presses, automation equipment, and control systems. It also is used for testing different methods for finishing work, such as laser cutting of...

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Cross-jet design prevents sparks from contaminating focusing lens cover slide

July 8, 2014

Prima Power Laserdyne has developed a new focusing lens assembly with a cross-jet design that maintains the compact profile of the third-generation BeamDirector®, called BD3Y. The cross-jet feature provides a high-velocity gas barrier that prevents metal sparks in the weld zone from contaminating...

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