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Portable wire feeder withstands extreme abuse

December 3, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers the new MobileFeed 201AVS, a suitcase-style portable wire feeder. The machine is designed to provide even, secure wire feeding for smooth operation in a variety of industrial welding applications. Weighing less than 30 lbs., the compact unit is designed to fit...

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Friendship and loss on the job

December 3, 2014

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A young ironworker learns the value of job friendships, how to make work fun, and how devastating an on-the-job accident can be.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Cap-offs, springs, and threads

December 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.

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Stretch-forming machines designed for aerospace industry

December 3, 2014

Beckwood Press Co. has expanded its product line with the addition of stretch-forming machines. Engineered for extrusion and sheet stretch forming, the machines can be configured to the user’s needs — for instance, heat can be integrated to facilitate forming of high-strength materials....

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BLS: Manufacturing productivity up 2.9%, labor costs down 1.3% in 3rd quarter

December 3, 2014

The revised, third quarter 2014 productivity and labor cost report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.3 percent annual rate, as output increased 4.9 percent and hours worked increased 2.4 percent. From the third...

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Aluminum Workshop: Aluminum-scandium alloys—Strong yet scarce

December 3, 2014

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Q: I’ve seen various references to aluminum-scandium (AlSc) alloys. Apparently, the addition of scandium makes aluminum alloys stronger. But I never see these alloys used in common welded fabrication. Why? Can I weld them? A: The major aluminum companies experimented with Sc additions to a lot...

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Fiber laser equipped with automation

December 3, 2014

The LCG 3015 AJ from Amada is a high-speed, high-precision, 2-kW fiber laser cutting system that uses about one-third of the electricity required by a CO2 laser system of the same wattage, the company reports. The flying-optic laser system cuts brass, copper, and titanium. The material remains...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A reason to smile

December 2, 2014

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According to November manufacturing data, industry hummed along in November, shrugging off the economic slowdown in much of the rest of the world. Drew Greenblatt isn't surprised.

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Transition notch press handles blank widths to 44 in.

December 2, 2014

Marion Die & Fixture, a member of The Bradbury Group of companies, has introduced a transition notch press designed for a 44-in. maximum blank width. The press and die produce a lead/trail industry-standard notch pattern. Dedicated die sets for specific profiles are available. A hydraulic power...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum acquires Fox Metals and Alloys

December 2, 2014

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., a metals service center in Los Angeles, has acquired all of the capital stock of Houston-based Fox Metals and Alloys Inc. Fox is a steel distributor specializing in alloy, carbon, and stainless steel bar and plate products, primarily servicing OEMs and machine...

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U.S. aluminum extruders see 10 to 15 percent business increase after tariffs on Chinese imports

December 2, 2014

Independent consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide, Troy, Mich., has released a study on behalf of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., focused on identifying the benefits from and future risks to the U.S. aluminum extrusion market’s trade case against the People’s...

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Indian Hills Community College earns NIMS accreditation

December 2, 2014

Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa, has announced that its Machine Technology Program has earned NIMS accreditation — the highest benchmark that a metalworking training provider can achieve, according to the college. The IHCC staff and faculty have met NIMS national skill standards...

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Stainless steel fasteners serve as alternative to microscrews

December 2, 2014

New microPEM® TackScrew™ fasteners from PennEngineering® integrate self-clinching technology for permanent sheet-to-sheet attachment while also incorporating a threadlike feature to allow fastener removal when necessary. The fasteners can be reinstalled one time if desired. These hardened,...

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Commercial Metals Co. to expand in Virginia

December 2, 2014

Commercial Metals Co. will invest $12 million to relocate and expand its manufacturing operation in King George County, Va. The project will increase the number of employees by about 50 percent, creating about 20 new jobs. The company and its subsidiaries manufacture, recycle, and market steel...

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Global welding products market expected to reach $23.78 billion by 2020

December 2, 2014

A new market report from Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research, “Welding Products Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020,” indicates that the global welding products market, valued at $17.47 billion in 2013, is expected to reach...

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