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Azco announces acquisition by Burns & McDonnell

December 14, 2016

Appleton, Wis.-based Azco Inc., an industrial and fabrication contractor, has announced its acquisition by Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo. Azco offers construction services; metal fabrication services; and production of carbon steel, stainless, chrome-moly, and alloy pipe. According to Burns &...

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Aerospace 3-D printing market to grow at 55.85 percent CAGR to 2020

December 14, 2016

Pune, India-based ReportsnReports has released a forecast that predicts the global aerospace 3-D printing market will grow at a CAGR of 55.85 percent from 2016 to 2020. The aerospace components segment accounted for the maximum market share during 2015 and will continue to dominate the aerospace...

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Orbital wrapping machine spans nearly 9 ft.

December 14, 2016

Tab Industries LLC has unveiled its largest Tab Wrapper Tornado orbital stretch-wrapping machine. Its wrapping ring spans 115 in. dia. to wrap palletized loads as large as 8 ft. tall by 50 in. wide. The custom-made unit secures a palletized load to its pallet as a single unit by wrapping the...

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Visualizing products made from flat patterns—a valued job shop skill

December 14, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Take a flat-patterned drawing and visualize the end product, complete with all of the necessary bends in the correct sequence and orientation. Can you do it? This skill is much appreciated in a metal fabrication shop.

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Powder Coating & Curing Processes Seminar

Powder Coating & Curing Processes Seminar

February 21-22, 2017

Alabama Power Technology Applications Center, Calera, AL

CCAI returns to Alabama Power’s Technology Applications Center (TAC) in Calera, AL in February 2017 to present the popular Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar. A proven success, this seminar always satisfies and provides attendees with important training and valuable networking to increase every day productivity and improve processes.

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Carbide bur provides increased metal removal rates

December 14, 2016

Pferd Inc. has introduced Cast Cut carbide burs for work on cast iron. They provide a high stock removal rate with smooth milling action to help reduce vibration and noise. According to the company, the tooth geometry results in removal rates up to 100 percent higher than those achieved by...

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MTI partners with LIFT to deliver largest linear friction welding machine to Detroit

December 13, 2016

Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI), South Bend, Ind., has announced it will develop North America’s largest linear friction welding machine (in terms of force capacity and tooling envelope) for LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow—for use in lightweight metals R&D projects, based in...

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Sciaky to deliver industrial-scale metal 3-D printer to Airbus

December 13, 2016

Chicago-based Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc. (PSI) and provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has announced that Airbus will take delivery of an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) 110 system in December 2016. The aircraft manufacturer will...

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Multiprocess welding machine delivers up to 230 amps of power

December 13, 2016

The new Multimatic™ 215 from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. delivers all-in-one multiprocess capabilities for GMAW, FCAW, DC GTAW, and DC SMAW and welds up to 3/8-in.-thick mild steel in a single pass. The 38-lb. unit provides up to 230 amps of power for GMAW projects. With the addition of an electrode...

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Synalloy to acquire Marcegaglia’s stainless pipe and tube operations

December 13, 2016

Synalloy Corp., a Richmond, Va.-based company that produces stainless steel pipe, fiberglass and steel storage tanks, and specialty chemicals and distributes seamless carbon pipe and tubing, has announced that, through its subsidiary Bristol Metals LLC, it has signed a definitive agreement to...

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Optomec receives order for controlled-atmosphere hybrid 3-D printer

December 13, 2016

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3-D printed metals, has announced that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has ordered a Lens 3-D metal hybrid controlled-atmosphere system. The powder-fed, directed energy deposition...

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Trust and turnarounds in manufacturing

December 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Lack of communication and trust may lie at the heart of a lot of problems at a lot of companies, in manufacturing and elsewhere.

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System offers speed change point of 0 in. on press brakes

December 13, 2016

Lazer Safe offers Iris, a combination guarding and image processing system developed for press brake applications. RapidBend Ultimate technology enables tools to close at high speed until the pinch point, regardless of the machine’s stopping performance. This reduces the speed change point to 0...

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GE takes controlling acquisition of two additive equipment companies

December 13, 2016

GE has agreed to acquire a 75 percent stake in Concept Laser GmbH of Lichtenfels, Germany, allowing GE to take full ownership over the next several years. The company, which manufactures powder bed-based laser additive manufacturing machines, has more than 200 employees. It has locations in China...

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So, you want to be a CWI—Part IV

December 13, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Joints and symbols are an important part of the test to become a certified welding inspector. This article covers the components of a symbol and discusses different joint types.

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