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Aluminum Workshop: Sizing up feedability and conductivity in contact tips

December 2, 2014

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Q: There seems to be a lot of controversy about what size contact tip to use for GMAW aluminum. Can you give me any advice? A: The contact tip has two functions. First, it provides guidance for the welding wire. Second, it provides a means of conducting welding current from the welding torch...

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Geometric, Machining Training Solutions partner to offer training programs

December 2, 2014

Manufacturing software provider Geometric, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Machining Training Solutions (MTS), a developer of CNC simulation-based training systems in Longwood, Fla., have partnered to address the lack of skilled CAD/CAM programmers and CNC operators for advanced computerized machines....

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GMAW consumables’ contact tips have shielding gas ports for cooling

December 2, 2014

Tweco®, an ESAB brand, has introduced the patent-pending Velocity™ GMAW consumables platform. The contact tips feature shielding gas ports that keep the tip 30 percent cooler than other consumables, which improves parts life by up to five times or more in some applications, the manufacturer...

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AGCO names Diamond Mfg. as North America Supplier of the Year

December 2, 2014

Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has announced that Diamond Mfg., Wyoming, Pa., has received its 2014 North America Supplier of the Year Award. Diamond Mfg. was one of five companies to receive a supplier award. The company is a provider of...

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Multiprocess inverters designed for extreme-use applications

December 2, 2014

Tweco®, an ESAB brand, has introduced the ArcMaster® 401MST (GMAW/SMAW/lift GTAW) and ArcMaster 401S (SMAW/lift GTAW) power sources for on-site and portable welding applications. The units have a 10- to 400-amp output. At 16.5 by 8.3 by 17.7 in., they weight 54 and 46 lbs., respectively....

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Antifatigue welding mat also protects against sparks

December 2, 2014

ALECO® has introduced the Comfort Weld™ antifatigue welding mat. Constructed of self-extinguishing material, the fire-retardant mat guards against sparks and hot metal. Its slip-resistant pebble surface provides ergonomic qualities that enable welders to stand comfortably, minimizing the pain...

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Aluminum Workshop: The ABCs of anodizing

December 2, 2014

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Q: What is anodizing? Is it the same as hardcoating, and can I do it myself? Can you weld on anodized parts? A: Anodizing is a process in which a thin, uniform coating of aluminum oxide is formed on the surface of aluminum. Any aluminum alloy can be anodized, but different alloys form anodized...

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Almetals, Chain Oil Co. mark anniversaries

December 1, 2014

Almetals Inc. and Chain Oil Co., subsidiaries of Chain Industries with corporate headquarters in Wixom, Mich., recently marked milestone anniversaries. Almetals Inc. celebrated 30 years of doing business and Chain Oil Co. celebrated 70 years. Almetals Inc. is a specialty metals processor and...

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Superior Tube receives DDTC registration

December 1, 2014

Superior Tube, Collegeville, Pa., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for the aerospace, nuclear, medical, and oil and gas industries, has announced the extension of its registration with the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as a manufacturer...

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Welding helmet delivers filtered air into breathing zone

December 1, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the VIKING™ PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) 3350 welding helmet. The PAPR draws air from the environment through a HEPA filter located on the belt and delivers filtered air in the breathing zone of the auto-darkening helmet. This model, which offers...

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USW applauds ITC for continuing investigation of welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey

December 1, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has announced its approval of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) action in voting to continue investigating antidumping and countervailing duties on welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey. The USW joined the petition to impose antidumping and...

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General Sheet Metal to relocate in Indiana

December 1, 2014

General Sheet Metal, South Bend, Ind., has announced plans to move outside the city, to St. Joseph County. The metal fabricating company will build a 22.6 million, 170,000-sq.-ft. building. The expansion is expected to create 28 new...

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SUPERB Industries announces expansion, addition of 50 jobs

December 1, 2014

SUPERB™ Industries, Sugarcreek, Ohio, has been awarded a contract by Alevo Mfg., part of the Swistzerland-based Alevo SA Group, that will create at least 50 jobs and require a 12,000-sq.-ft. addition to the current facility. The project, dubbed "Operation Moonshine" because some of the...

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Robotic laser cutting cell’s software simplifies precision path production

December 1, 2014

ABB offers FlexCutLaser™, a pre-engineered robotic cell for laser cutting applications. Robotic laser cutting uses shape-generating software that simplifies the production of precision paths. The robotic cell can adapt to multiple parts for quick changeover. QuickMove and TrueMove path...

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Molybdenum production and use increase

December 1, 2014

Global use of molybdenum in Q2 2014 increased to 139.9 million lbs., up 3 percent from 136.1 million lbs. in the previous quarter and 4 percent higher than the same quarter in 2013, according to figures released by the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA), London. Global production...

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