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Fipa develops lightweight EOAT for FANUC America

July 26, 2016

Fipa Inc., a manufacturer of vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) in Cary, N.C., has created a custom EOAT for FANUC America Corp. for use on its robotic automation systems. The 15-lb. EOAT helps extend the range of parts that the robots can...

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Steel pipe production machinery is custom designed

July 26, 2016

Cagil Makina produces tailor-made, spiral-welded steel pipe and ERW steel pipe mills. The company can design and manufacture complete production mills to produce pipe profiles for gas and water line applications. Options include a coil handling system with pretensioning system and uncoiling...

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Custom automated manufacturing equipment suppliers form Smart Automation Group

July 26, 2016

Several suppliers of custom automated manufacturing equipment have launched the Smart Automation Group, a collaborative partnership. Eclipse Automation, Insys Industriesysteme AG, Transmoduls Ltd., SMZ Wickel-und Montagetechnik AG, JULI Technology, and ITE Automation have joined together to...

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The daily grind in a small fab shop

July 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

A day in a small fabricating shop seldom follows a linear progression. Many things vie for attention, and the ability to multitask comes in handy.

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Compact filtration system protects users from fine dust during cutting processes

July 26, 2016

Kemper offers the PlasmaFil Compact extraction system for combustion and plasma cutting applications. The stand-alone system can handle medium to large amounts of dust. Its filtration technology separates more than 99 percent of captured hazardous material and the majority of ultrafine dust...

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UV-A LED lamp designed for use in the field

July 25, 2016

Spectroline’s OPTIMAX™ 365 cordless UV-A (365-nm) LED inspection lamp is designed to meet the needs of inspectors in the field. It is suitable for magnetic particle and fluorescent penetrant inspection. Nominal steady-state UV-A intensity is 18,000 µW/cm² at a distance of 15 in. Powered by...

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Multiaxis laser system features two independent workstations

July 25, 2016

Prima Power Laserdyne has introduced the new dual-workstation Laserdyne 606D multiaxis laser processing system. The system features two completely independent work stations in a single, unitized structure. The dual-workstation design helps maximize the work envelope and throughput per unit of...

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Deere announces workforce adjustments

July 25, 2016

Deere & Co. has informed approximately 120 production employees at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., that they will be placed on indefinite layoff effective September 6. The factory currently employs about 1,050 people. The company said it continues to adjust the size of its...

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Protective glove offers ANSI level 4 cut resistance

July 25, 2016

Brass Knuckle® Safety Products has introduced the SmartShell™ BKCR4599, a heavy-duty protective glove offering heavy-duty cut resistance, light oil and moisture resistance, non-tacky slip resistance, and shock-absorbing impact protection. The glove delivers ANSI level 4 cut resistance while...

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Hydmech donates band saw to submarine restoration project

July 25, 2016

Hydmech, a manufacturer of metal sawing equipment in Woodstock, Ont., has donated a VCS-20VSD band saw to the Maritime Park Association in San Francisco for its restoration of the USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine and U.S. Historic Landmark. The submarine offers an immersive educational...

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U.S. Rep. Foster tours CNH Industrial's North American headquarters

July 25, 2016

CNH Industrial recently hosted Congressman Bill Foster at its North American headquarters in Burr Ridge, Ill. Foster, who represents Illinois' 11th district which includes Burr Ridge, met with local management, toured the facility, and learned about the company’s production of agricultural and...

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Solar Atmospheres of California receives Nadcap 24-month merit status

July 25, 2016

Fontana, Calif.-based Solar Atmospheres of California has been awarded Nadcap 24-month merit status for heat treating. The firm has held Nadcap accreditation since opening in 2011. The new recognition grants the company an accreditation that lasts until July...

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Bradbury roll tooling engineering manager retires after 45 years of service

July 25, 2016

The Bradbury Co. Inc., a provider of coil processing and roll forming equipment in Moundridge, Kan., has announced the retirement of Verne Voth, roll tooling engineering manager, after 45 years of service. During his career, Voth has been involved in the design of standing seam roof panels,...

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Consumables Corner: Choosing the correct filler metal for mismatched base materials

July 22, 2016 | By Nino Mascalco, Rob Koltz, Steve Sigler

Q: We're a small shop that builds and welds a lot of custom metal products. In many instances, the products are made from two or three different material combinations, including stainless steel at times. Is there a good rule of thumb for deciding the correct filler metal to use? A: That is a...

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Arc Welding 101: All’s not fair in welding between U.S. and Canada

July 22, 2016 | By Paul Cameron

Q: I know what you're thinking—another early Saturday morning question.... I've been looking at the requirements for obtaining a Canadian Welding Bureau CWB) inspector certification. Am I seeing this correctly? A CWB inspector can apply for an AWS certified welding inspector (CWI) by reciprocity...

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