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Hawk Technology adds executive business development staff

July 5, 2016

Hawk Technology Ltd., Rock Island, Ill., a designer and manufacturer of robotics integration systems and vision inspection systems, has hired Terry O'Connell with a role in executive business development. O’Connell previously participated in the acquisition and integration of Panasonic's...

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Midrail gantry waterjet system runs up to four cutting heads

July 5, 2016

Jet Edge has introduced a new-generation midrail gantry waterjet system. Designed for heavy-duty, 24/7 use in industrial environments, the machine can operate up to four abrasivejet or water-only waterjet cutting heads. The system holds +/- 0.001-in. linear positional accuracy (over 12 in.) per...

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FTI signs strategic partnership agreement with Plante Electric Vehicle Co.

July 5, 2016

Forming Technologies Inc. and Plante Electric Vehicle Co. have signed a strategic partnership agreement whereby FTI will provide a customized design and costing system for the car body of Plante’s electric vehicles. The launch of the H car will be the first application of this system. Plante...

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Formtek becomes North American distributor for Milltech

July 5, 2016

Formtek Inc., Cleveland, a manufacturer of equipment and tooling for metal forming, roll forming, and tube and pipe producing, has been named the exclusive North American distributor for Milltech, a manufacturer of pipe producing and finishing systems based in Daejon, Korea. Milltech, the...

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Exltube names president

July 5, 2016

Exltube, a producer of structural, mechanical, and specialty tube and pipe in North Kansas City, Mo., has promoted Bill Snyder to division president. Snyder joined the company in January 2016, previously serving as executive vice president and general manager....

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A ticket of entry to laser cutting

July 5, 2016

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Alkras has introduced a laser small enough to fit on the gantry of a cutting table. It’s being marketed as a ticket of entry for those fab shops—especially small ones—that have not yet entered the laser cutting arena.

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Reshaping metal grinding

July 5, 2016

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Metal fabricators don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the costs associated with grinding. It’s necessary in many shops, so company management just throws labor at it. They don’t realize, however, that new ceramic alumina developments have the potential to save them money when it comes to grinding operations. The Norton Quantum 3 abrasive wheel is one such example.

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Tooling: The heart of choosing a press brake

July 5, 2016

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When considering a new press brake purchase, focus on the tooling and forming method first. How will your staff react to changes? How steep will the learning curve be? Also, think about where your company is headed and the markets it serves.

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GMAW gun offers impact-resistant handle

July 5, 2016

American Torch Tip has introduced the Lightning® Curve semiautomatic GMAW gun. Its ergonomic N-66 handle is engineered with impact additives to withstand extreme contact. The gun features high-strength cabling and a gooseneck crafted from insulated aircraft...

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Great gates!

July 5, 2016

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After learning to weld on the family farm and honing his skill during his college years, Josh Foster decided to augment his steady, part-time job with a fabrication business. Big Creek Metal Works makes all sort of items, from large ranch gates to small art items, specializing in custom work.

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Belt conveyor oven heat-treats coiled spring steel

July 4, 2016

Grieve has supplied No. 866, a 550-degrees-F belt conveyor oven, to a customer for heat treating coiled spring steel. Oven workspace dimensions are 18 in. by 20 ft. by 15 in. Nichrome wire heating elements deliver 60 kW to heat the oven, while a 4,200-CFM, 3-HP recirculating blower provides...

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Job site markers available in ultrafine point

July 4, 2016

Milwaukee Electric Tool has added ultrafine-point markers and pens to its INKZALL™ line. Built with a clog-resistant tip, the markers write on dusty, wet, and oily job site materials with bleed- and smear-resistant ink. Both markers and pens feature extended cap-off life up to 72...

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Managing part flow in custom metal fabrication

July 1, 2016

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Think of how fast modern laser cutting is; now think of a typical press brake. There’s no contest. With this in mind, how can a fab shop best manage part flow? Elements of quick-response manufacturing (QRM) can help.

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Workcell is modular system for robotic welding of large workpieces

July 1, 2016

Yaskawa Motoman’s new ArcWorld® 2000 modular welding workcell is designed for robotic welding of large workpieces. It is suitable for low- to medium-volume manufacturers with a medium to high mix of parts. Able to accommodate parts up to 16.4 ft. wide and payloads up to nearly 7 tons, the...

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MC Machinery Systems/Mitsubishi Laser holds groundbreaking ceremony

July 1, 2016

The management team for MC Machinery Systems/Mitsubishi Laser officially dug their shovels into the ground at the site of its new, 176,000-square-foot facility in Elk Grove Village, Ill., on June 30. MC Machinery Systems, which first started operations in Illinois in 1979, has had its...

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