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Self-clinching pilot pins available in several variations

August 25, 2016

PEM® self-clinching pilot pins from PennEngineering® are offered in a variety of designs for positioning, alignment, and pivot applications. They install in thin metal sheets and become permanent parts of an assembly. Type TPS™ (300 series stainless steel) pins install in steel or aluminum...

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Still Building America—How one welder helps keep our world safer

August 25, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Welders work on all sorts of projects. Sometimes their efforts keep us safe in ways we probably never think about. Meet Devin March and learn about his contributions to our safety.

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Cutting fluid offers extra lubricity for hard-to-machine materials

August 25, 2016

Walter Surface Technologies has released the new Coolcut S-50™ soluble cutting fluid for reducing heat buildup and friction on workpieces. EP additives in the liquid provide extra lubricity for cutting of high-tensile steel, stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, and copper alloys. The fluid also...

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Fronius Perfect Welding Division under new management

August 24, 2016

Fronius Intl. GmbH has named Harald Scherleitner as the new head of its Perfect Welding Division. He succeeds Wolfgang Lattner, who plans to retire in 2017. Scherleitner has been with the company since 1994 and has spent the last eight years as head of the Perfect Charging Division. He began his...

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GMAW gun online configurator includes reverse part number lookup function

August 24, 2016

Bernard and Tregaskiss have introduced a new reverse part number lookup function for their semiautomatic and robotic GMAW gun online configurators—online tools that allow users to customize a GMAW gun by selecting amperage, neck style and angle, and consumables.The reverse part number lookup...

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White paper highlights use of artificial intelligence in manufacturing

August 24, 2016

BellHawk Systems Corp., Millbury, Mass., has announced the availability of a new white paper, "The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Manufacturing Operations Management." The white paper, available for download at www.bellhawk.com, describes how real-time artificial intelligence (AI) techniques...

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Samco adds two staff members

August 24, 2016

Samco Machinery, a Toronto-based provider of roll forming and coil processing equipment, has announced two staff additions.Gary Sanford has been named project manager in the project management office. He previously worked for Samco and has extensive training and experience in lean manufacturing,...

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Reamers suitable for high-volume production

August 24, 2016

Allied Machine & Eng. Corp. offers ALVAN® expandable precision reamers for high-volume production. The line is available through an exclusive supply agreement with S.C.A.M.I., the Italy-based manufacturer. Offered with carbide, cermet, polycrystalline diamond (PCD), and cubic boron nitride (CBN)...

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B2B Industrial Packaging acquires Alpine Packaging

August 24, 2016

Addison, Ill.-based steel strapping distributor B2B Industrial Packaging has acquired Alpine Distribution’s Packaging Division, a supplier of strapping products and equipment with warehouses and sales offices in Portland, Ore., and Eugene, Ore.The Alpine sales team joins B2B Industrial...

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Automation system comprises laser cutter, loader/unloader, and storage unit

August 24, 2016

Power-Tech has introduced the Crane Master Store for full automation of the production process. The system comprises the Eagle iNspire or Eagle eVision laser cutter, the Crane Master loader/unloader, and the TwinTower storage unit for sheet metal stock. The loader/unloader receives sheets from the...

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AP&T adds simulation service

August 24, 2016

Sweden-based AP&T has announced a service that allows its customers to get an exact picture—as early as the tendering stage—of how their planned production line will function and perform in an authentic environment. Using the Process Simulate simulation program, the company’s technical sales...

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So, you want to become an AWS CWI—Part II

August 24, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

The letters and numbers used to classify electrodes all mean something. Understanding their meaning is important when choosing an electrode for your job. You also must be knowledgeable about these classifications to become an AWS CWI.

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Autodarkening helmets available for beginner to professional welders

August 24, 2016

Forney Industries has expanded its line of autodarkening welding helmets. They provide protection and comfort with custom designs, says the company. Three helmet varieties are available for different welder skill levels: the Premier Series™ for the basic needs of hobbyists, DIY, and beginner...

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Cabinet, locker protect gas cylinders

August 24, 2016

Illinois Engineered Products has introduced the Saf-T-Gas™ cabinet and the VUE™ locker. The cylinder cabinet is 65 in. tall and 33.5 in. deep, in widths of 30 or 60 in. It complies with OSHA and NFPA requirements, protecting gas cylinders from unauthorized access. No assembly is required. The...

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United Steel opens dedicated clean room for contamination-free metal production

August 23, 2016

United Steel Inc., a fabricator and erector of structural steel and miscellaneous metals in East Hartford, Conn., has opened a new, 7,000-sq.-ft. clean room designed for manufacturing aluminum and stainless steel parts and components that are free from cross-contamination with carbon steel...

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