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Software creates, shares visual work instructions for manufacturing

August 28, 2014

Visual Knowledge Share offers VKS software for creating, sharing, and viewing step-by-step visual work instructions in any manufacturing environment. It offers integrated quality check lists, automatic revision control, and live KPI graphs. Users can standardize upon best processes to help raise...

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Rectangular electromagnets lift up to 38,800 lbs.

August 28, 2014

Eriez® rectangular lifting magnets are designed to reduce labor power requirements and eliminate the need for slings, hooks, and cables in arduous attaching tasks. The line includes three standard models and lengths from 9 to 96 in. With a 2-to-1 safety factor taken with the magnet in the hot...

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Getting ready for the next generation

August 28, 2014

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The U.S. population is aging, as is the workforce. Employers of all sorts are doing what they can, or should be doing what they can, to prepare for increasing rates of retirement. If you're lucky enough to have (1) a pool of experienced workers, (2) a company culture that encourages the sharing of the tribal knowledge, and (3) an enthusiastic group of new recruits, you're just missing one element that can help to make the transition go smoothly.

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Metal cutting band saw offers high cutting capacity with space-saving design

August 28, 2014

MetalMizer has introduced the new MV2018 metal cutting band saw. The space-saving saw is designed to offer the same or greater cutting capacity of other saws in its class with 30 percent less machine depth, the company states. The motor drive system is mounted directly on the cutting head,...

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Consumables Corner: Eliminating porosity on galvanized steel

August 28, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures storage rack systems made from mild steel and galvanized tubing. A majority of our parts are fixture-welded on a robot using 0.045-in.-diameter ER70S-6 wire with 90 percent argon/10 percent CO2 shielding gas. We have experienced problems with weld appearance quality and...

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Fabricator delivers a big fish story

August 28, 2014

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Lou Rodriquez finds out he has a talent for creating metal art and ends up with a fish tale that is easy to believe because people can see the result: a huge metal sturgeon that’s the talk of Port Huron, Mich.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act signed into law

August 27, 2014

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to...

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SigmaTEK names regional sales manager for Texas and New Mexico

August 27, 2014

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a provider of CAD/CAM nesting and manufacturing process automation in Cincinnati, has promoted Brad Stropes to regional sales manager. In this position, Stropes is responsible for increasing the company’s user community throughout Texas and New Mexico. In addition to...

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Industrial Innovations hosts U.S. congressman visit

August 27, 2014

U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., visited Industrial Innovations at its Grandville, Mich., facility to discuss how Congress can help boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through legislation. Huizenga and Troy Turnbull, owner of the company, originally met in Washington, D.C., in March 2014...

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Coe Press appoints CFO

August 27, 2014

Coe Press Equipment, a manufacturer of coil handling and servo roll feed equipment in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced the appointment of Dave Boissonneault to CFO. The firm has created the position in response to growth in its coil processing business and the addition of its cut-to-length...

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Permanent lifting magnets lift both thin, thick materials

August 27, 2014

Alfra has introduced permanent lifting magnets for thin and thick materials. One magnet can lift materials as thin as 20 ga. or 2 in. The lever-actuated, nonelectric magnets are small and lightweight. The TML250 lifts up to 500 lbs., and the TML500 lifts up to 1,100 lbs. They offer the highest...

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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Arc Welding 101: Reading between the lines of AWS D1.1

August 27, 2014

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Q: I am a weld inspector and one of my clients builds control panels. A potential customer of theirs requested that they conform to AWS D1.1 standards on a control panel. This seems odd to me. Can a company become AWS D1.1-certified? Is there a certain process they have to go through to become a...

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3M names VP of Personal Safety Division

August 27, 2014

3M, St. Paul, Minn., has named Jose Varela vice president and general manager of its Personal Safety Division. In this role, Varela oversees the company’s global safety business and more than 40 major platforms, including respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection, protective...

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Robots offer long and extended reaches

August 27, 2014

Yaskawa Motoman offers MH50 II series robots. Their flexible design allows them to be used for applications such as machine and press tending, material cutting and handling, coating, and dispensing. The long reach of the robot and the extended reaches of the MH50 II-35 and MH50 II-20 models...

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