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Robotic tool changer handles payloads to 600 lbs.

February 5, 2015

The new QC-160 robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation has a high moment capacity in a lightweight, compact design. It uses the same locking mechanism as the company’s QC-200 series. The tool changer features internal lock/unlock sensing and five 3/8-NPT and four ½-NPT...

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AC/DC inverter offers modes for GTAW, MMA welding

February 5, 2015

The new Parweld 320A XTI 353 AC/DC inverter is a lightweight, portable machine for production applications. The unit can be used in both AC and DC modes for GTAW or MMA welding. Square-wave AC output and power pulsing help maximize productivity and reduce heat input, the company reports. The AC...

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Wallover adds regional sales manager

February 4, 2015

Wallover Oil Co., a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants in Strongsville, Ohio, has named David Custis as a regional sales manager responsible for covering northern Missouri, southern Illinois, and Iowa. Based in St. Louis, Custis has more than 12 years of outside sales...

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Protective clothing protects wearer from arcs, flame

February 4, 2015

Magid® has introduced three new products that provide arc-rated and flame-resistant protection. The AR Defense™ relaxed-fit base layer shirts and balaclava address a need for arc-rated protection following revised National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for workplace safety. The...

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People: A fabricator’s greatest competitive advantage

February 4, 2015

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Competing fabricators can invest in the same technology and software, but they can't employ the same people.

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Beckwood to supply rubber pad forming hydraulic press to sheet metal fabricator

February 4, 2015

Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, has been contracted to supply a 400-ton hydraulic rubber pad forming press to a U.S.-based sheet metal fabricator for the forming of parts for the aerospace, medical device, electronics, and transportation industries. Scheduled for completion in June, the...

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AkzoNobel powder coating in use at JCB

February 4, 2015

Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel has announced that its Interpon Align powder coating has been selected by construction and agricultural equipment-maker JCB, Staffordshire, U.K., for its latest-generation Fastrac 4000 series of tractors. The coating is used on the tractor’s engine cover. In the...

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System backs up CNC files automatically

February 4, 2015

FANUC America Corp. has introduced FASBacCNC (FOCAS Automation Solution Backup CNC), a network-based backup system for FANUC CNCs. The system automatically backs up CNC files that have been created and customized by the machine tool builder or end user to a remote network server, eliminating...

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Ford adds 1,550 workers to support F-150

February 4, 2015

As Ford ramps up production of the all-new F-150®, the company is adding 1,550 new jobs in Q1 2015. Of the new jobs, 900 are allocated for Kansas City Assembly and 500 will be added between Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified, with the remaining 150 jobs going to Sterling Axle. These jobs...

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Spirol Europe earns ISO 9001:2008 recertifications

February 4, 2015

Spirol Europe has announced that both Spirol Industries Ltd., Corby, England, and Spirol SAS, Reims, France, have been recertified to ISO 9001:2008 by the British Standards Institution. The three-year certifications apply to the manufacture and distribution of precision-engineered fasteners,...

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Crane diagnostic system allows data access through mobile devices

February 4, 2015

Terex Material Handling has launched a new diagnostics system for crane installations with Demag StatusControl. The system comprises an interface that is integrated into the crane installation, as well as associated software to visualize the status of the crane installation. Users can access all...

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Intelligent part identification: Keeping track of it all

February 4, 2015

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Modern forming technology has made kit-based part flow much easier. But when you’re dealing with a dynamically nested sheet, with kits of different parts, pieces can get lost in the mix. Fabricators can tackle this problem with intelligent nesting and part identification.

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Sheaths protect thermocouples in furnace heating control systems

February 4, 2015

HotRod™ pyrometry sheaths from Morgan Molten Metal Systems protect thermocouples in furnace heating control systems. The pyrometer assemblies are made of an erosion-resistant clay-graphite mix with special plasticity properties, which then is extruded into the proper shape. The pryometer...

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Using laser velocimeters to improve tube and pipe production

February 4, 2015

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Accurate and reliable length and speed measurements are critical parameters that help tube and pipe producers increase yield, improve quality, and reduce production costs. The relentless improvement in electronic technology, accompanied by falling prices, have made laser-based measurement systems more capable and affordable than ever before.

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Labels resist chemicals, solvents

February 4, 2015

CILS has introduced CILS-82000S solvent-resistant labels, offering permanent adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as acetone, MEK, and hydraulic brake fluids. The computer-printable surface coating allows variable data (serial numbers and bar codes) to be printed in...

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