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End forming machine achieves tube expansions to 12 in.

November 8, 2016

Huth Ben Pearson Intl. has introduced a new end forming machine for large tube and pipe expansions. The 1674V achieves expansions from 1-1/2 to 12 in. The machine has two expanding cylinders, mounted vertically. The vertical orientation uses gravity to hold the part against the expander head and...

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Polaris marks grand opening of Alabama facility

November 8, 2016

Medina, Minn.-based Polaris has celebrated the official grand opening of its new, $142 million manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., which has been operational since summer 2016. The plant, which builds Ranger and Slingshot recreational vehicles, could employ up to 2,000 workers in the next...

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Rafter ships Turk’s-heads with 3-axis servo adjustment

November 8, 2016

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped three RT-2500 single-sided Turk’s-head straighteners, each with 3-axis servo motorized adjustments, to a North American custom roll former of direct-welded profiles. The new straighteners replace existing block-type and barrel...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling a ribbon cable

November 8, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers techniques for adding ribbon cable connections to 3-D models

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Logan Corp. relocates in Kentucky

November 8, 2016

Dump truck bed manufacturer Logan Corp. has moved to a 137,000-sq.-ft. facility in Salyersville, Ky. This relocation from a 27,000-sq.-ft. plant in Martin County, Ky., allows the company to get into the aluminum body business and increase its production. By January 2018, the company hopes to double...

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Waterjet cutting system cuts more than 750 IPM

November 8, 2016

WARDJet has introduced the E-2040 midsize waterjet cutting machine for 2-D and 3-D cutting. It has a 6- by 12-ft. cutting envelope capable of handling a variety of common sheet sizes. The new crossbeam design allows cutting speeds to reach more than 750 IPM. Almost any cutting head configuration,...

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Making sense of manufacturing acronyms

November 8, 2016 | By Stu Johnson

The enterprise software space has hundreds of three-letter acronyms—from MRP and ERP to MOM and MES—that represent technologies that help make managing business processes easier.

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Alliance Steel installs stretcher leveler

November 8, 2016

Alliance Steel has installed a Red Bud 72- by 0.400-in. high-efficiency stretcher leveler with a 90,000-lb. coil capacity at its Bedford Park, Ill., facility. Featuring SUREGRIP® technology, the line can achieve a 40-ft. stretch in a cycle time of less than 8 sec. The stretcher is complemented by...

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Circular cold saw cuts aluminum, nonferrous materials

November 8, 2016

Behringer Saws Inc. has introduced the VA-L 500 fully automatic circular cold saw, designed for production cutting of solids and thin-walled pipe and profiles made of aluminum and nonferrous materials. Features include a frequency-controlled main drive system; adjustable cutting speeds; a 32-HP,...

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Silver-tipped copper electrodes last to a pit depth of 0.08 in.

November 7, 2016

Hypertherm has introduced SilverPlus® electrodes for its HyPerformance® HPR400XD® plasma cutting systems. According to the company, laboratory testing shows the electrodes last 50 percent longer than standard copper electrodes in most cutting applications. he electrodes are designed to last to a...

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AutoForm software chosen by Volkswagen’s tool shop

November 7, 2016

Switzerland-based AutoForm Eng. GmbH, a supplier of software for the sheet metal forming industry, has announced the decision of Volkswagen’s tool shop to use AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA software for its process design. The software was developed in collaboration with Volkswagen. The main...

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Level 3 Inspection achieves Rolls-Royce supplier approval

November 7, 2016

Level 3 Inspection LLC, Stuart, Fla., a provider of computer-aided inspection (CAI) for precision manufactured aerospace components, has announced it has received the Rolls-Royce Corp. Supplier Certificate of Approval. This means the company is considered a Rolls-Royce subtier supplier, approved...

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Portable plasma cutter delivers 6.5 kW of output power

November 7, 2016

Hypertherm has released the Powermax45 XP® plasma cutting system, delivering 6.5 kW of output power for clean cutting of material up to 5/8 in. thick and severing of material nearly twice that thickness. A new low-amp process simplifies marking, scoring, and precision gouging. Eleven torch styles...

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MacLean-Fogg opens MacLean Curtis Mooresville plant

November 7, 2016

MacLean-Fogg Co., Mundelein, Ill., has announced the grand opening of the MacLean Curtis Mooresville, N.C., plant. The 96,000-sq.-ft. plant expands the company’s portfolio of products with more variations and increased capacity. Paul Hojnacki, president of MacLean Curtis, said, "By 2020, we'll...

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Mayville Eng. recognized as one of largest closely held companies in Wisconsin

November 7, 2016

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has been recognized by the Wisconsin 75 program as one of the largest closely held companies in the state. The metal fabricating company has extensive operations in Wisconsin with manufacturing facilities in Mayville, Beaver Dam, Neillsville, and...

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