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Taking charge of taking inventory

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Taking inventory of any sort of item is a monotonous task that kills productivity and saps morale, and tube and pipe are especially challenging. Scott Ross learned a thing or two about inventory control at one of the most inventory-intensive companies in the world, Amazon, and has brought some of his knowledge and experience to the tube and pipe industry through his company, Invictus Inventory.

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Tracing the evolution of bending knowledge, bending machines, bender tooling

March 6, 2017 | By Mike Thomas

Tube bending has advanced remarkably over the last 30 years or so, both in the technology available and forming knowledge. Few industries have done as much to innovate as aircraft, and other industries have benefited, especially automotive.

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Team Industries' welding technology trio takes training, traceability, timetables to new levels

March 6, 2017

In its efforts to train welders consistently and deliver products on time, Team Industries Inc. looked for welding equipment that would minimize training time and maximize consistency. It discovered three Miller products that helps it achieve these goals.

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Using heat to form complex metal parts

March 6, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Just as hydroforming was “discovered” in the late 1980s or early 1990s, as it transitioned from just a few specialized industries into more mainstream manufacturing segments, another, related process is forging a similar path: Hot metal gas forming. Similar to hydroforming, but performed at elevated temperatures, it does many of the things hydroforming once did – forms difficult shapes and complex shapes, reduces part weight, exhibits less wall thinning than some competing processes – but takes them further because it works with more pliable material.

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Pneumatic grinders are compact, lightweight

March 6, 2017

Suhner Abrasive Expert has introduced four new pneumatic grinders. The portable, lightweight tools are designed primarily for machine building, tool- and moldmaking and maintenance, aircraft construction, astronautics, automotive manufacturing, and foundries.The grinders feature an exhaust air duct...

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Wilson Tool to host stamping webinar on April 5

March 3, 2017

White Bear Lake, Minn.-based Wilson Tool International®, a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping and tableting industries, will host a webinar on April 5 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. The 45-minute webinar will discuss how die builders...

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Marwood Metal receives FedDev Ontario funding

March 3, 2017

Marwood Metal Fabrication Ltd., a Tillsonburg, Ont.-based metal stamping and assembly company supplying the automotive industry, has announced it will receive up to $4.27 million from FedDev Ontario (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario).The company will invest the money in...

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Quest Machining & Fabrication acquires assets of Tatra Industries

March 3, 2017

Quest Machining & Fabrication LLC of Holbrook, N.Y., has announced the acquisition of the assets of Tatra Industries Corp. of Copiague, N.Y., which specializes in precision sheet metal fabrication. Tatra employees and management have been offered positions with Quest; the acquisition has added...

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Generous spirit forms essence of welder/fabricator/artist

March 3, 2017 | By Eric Lundin

Having grown up on a farm, John Eckbold learned a lot about fixing machinery and raising animals. Both have a place in his venture, Flying J Metal Arts & Fabrication, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

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Gas analyzer measures trace oxygen levels

March 3, 2017

Witt has unveiled the PA 7.0 gas analyzer, which uses an optional zirconium cell for measuring trace oxygen levels in the parts per million range. The accuracy of the measurements is +/- 5 percent relative to the measured value, states the company.All measured values are stored and can be...

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Technology Spotlight: Modular design meets the press brake

March 3, 2017 | By Tim Heston

A press brake manufacturer uncovers an alternative to the conventional C-frame design. According to the company, the modular design eliminates the need for a conventional crowning system and makes machine installation easier.

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Kennametal leaders receive Women In Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards

March 2, 2017

Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. has announced that two of its female leaders, Binky Sargent and Lena Siegel, have received honors at the fifth annual Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards presented by The Manufacturing Institute.The awards honor...

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U.S. Labor Department proposes delay to beryllium rule effective date

March 2, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay in the effective date of the rule entitled “Occupational Exposure to Beryllium,” from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.The announcement follows a White House memorandum entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," issued Jan. 20, 2017,...

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Technology Spotlight: Managing manufacturing information overload

March 2, 2017 | By Dan Davis

IGear has developed what it is calling an Industrial Internet of Things messaging platform to help decision-makers cope with the voluminous amount of machine information and human conversation involved with running a modern manufacturing facility

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Nucor acquires assets of Omega Joist

March 2, 2017

Steel products manufacturer Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has acquired the assets of Omega Joist, a subsidiary of Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd. Omega Joist produces open-web steel joists at its manufacturing facility located in Nisku, Alta., and maintains sales offices in western British Columbia and...

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