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Machitech Automation, EZ Cut CNC announce partnership

November 6, 2014

St. Louis-based EZ Cut CNC and Quebec-based Machitech Automation, both suppliers of plasma cutting systems, have announced a business partnership that allows both companies to expand into new markets. Machitech now has access to expanded infrastructure and EZ Cut CNC’s U.S. product line. EZ...

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Qnect names VP of engineering

November 6, 2014

Qnect LLC, Hadley, Mass., a provider of software for the structural steel industry, has hired Tim Fraser as vice president of engineering. Fraser has 35 years of experience in structural steel fabrication and consulting engineering, He spent 19 years as chief engineer at fabricating and...

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NN Inc. president/CEO recognized for corporate growth leadership

November 6, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based NN Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal bearings and components, has announced that its president/CEO Richard Holder has received the M&A Atlas Americas award for corporate growth leadership related to the four acquisitions the company closed before the end of August...

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Muza Metal Products adds fiber laser machine

November 6, 2014

Contract metal fabricator Muza Metal Products, located in Oshkosh, Wis., has installed an Amada FOL3015AJ fiber laser cutting system. "Adding this technology to our asset base means we can reduce cut time by 60 percent and double our laser cutting capacity,” said John Kriz, president....

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Driving profitability while protecting employees

November 6, 2014

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Developing a total solutions approach to safety, health, and wellness is going to be critical to every employer’s business survival in the future. The best companies will be those that create a culture where everyone feels responsible for identifying, reporting, and reducing potential risks, greatly improving their ability to take proactive corrective action before anything bad happens.

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Kimball Intl. to move Idaho production to Indiana

November 6, 2014

Furniture manufacturer Kimball Intl. Inc., Jasper, Ind., has announced the planned consolidation of its metal fabrication production from its operation located in Post Falls, Idaho, into existing production facilities in Indiana. Citing improvement of customer delivery, supply chain dynamics, and...

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Wire EDM offers large capacity

November 6, 2014

Sodick Inc. has introduced the VZ500LH wire EDM. Featuring rigid linear motor drive technology as standard, the machine offers large capacity and extreme height capability. It is suitable for mold and die, aerospace, and energy applications including parts such as turbine hubs, aerofoil vanes,...

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EMH appoints operations manager

November 6, 2014

Engineered Material Handling (EMH), Valley City, Ohio, has appointed Jean-Francois (Jeff) Larouche to the position of operations manager for North America and South America, as well as for the company’s international operations. He has been part of the crane industry for more than 17 years,...

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Aluminum Workshop: Aluminum TIG with DCEN

November 6, 2014

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Q: I do a lot of aluminum GTAW, and I have always used alternating current (AC). Recently a friend told me that I can GTAW aluminum using direct current electrode negative (DCEN). Is this true? A: Yes, it is true, but using DCEN requires some changes in the process. Let’s find out what they are....

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Nidec Minster opens service center in Mexico

November 6, 2014

The Nidec Minster Corp., Minster, Ohio, has announced the opening of a regional customer service center in Querétaro, Mexico. The service center offers locally inventoried common repair and replacement parts for expedited delivery to the region. All transactions are processed in U.S. dollars or...

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Ameristar Mfg. selected for Quality Certification Award

November 6, 2014

Ameristar Mfg., Mankato, Minn., has been selected for the 2014 Quality Certification Award by the Mankato Area Council for Quality. The award recognizes the company’s holding a consistent quality rating in the 90th percentile on the parts it ships to customers throughout the country, as well as...

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Compact multiprocess welding machine is portable

November 6, 2014

The Power MIG 210 MP from Lincoln Electric is a multiprocess welding machine that performs GMAW, as well as DC SMAW, DC GTAW, and self-shield FCAW. Push-and-turn digital controls and a color display screen simplify setup and operation, while the all-metal wire drive and sheet metal construction...

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Keeping things straight—welding control arms

November 6, 2014

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Welding control arms for a Chevy COE flatbed truck seemed like no big deal, but every project has challenges.

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Rotary encoders compatible with Mitsubishi interface

November 6, 2014

Heidenhain has introduced the new absolute ECN/EQN and ROC/ROQ 400M rotary encoders for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. These encoders fulfill the requirements of the Mitsubishi High Speed Generation 2 pure binary interface with two-pair transmission. The products are an...

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Arc Welding 101: Thoriated tungsten and its alternatives

November 6, 2014

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Q: In "TIG welding--An overview," you said you used 2 percent thoriated tungsten until you heard about the health risks. What are other options? Does cost vary significantly (not that cost should matter when it comes to health or safety)? My fabrication shop runs 14 gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW)...

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