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Robotic pallet wrapper handles 60 loads/hr.

March 13, 2014

ITW Muller has introduced the GW-4100, a 40-in. robotic pallet wrapper. The newly designed carriage offers twice the speed, throughput, and battery life compared to the standard GW-4100, according to the company. The 40-in. carriage accommodates the wrapping of larger loads. The wrapper...

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Proos announces expansion in Michigan

March 13, 2014

Supply chain manufacturer Proos has announced its $5.7 million expansion in Grand Rapids, Mich., adding 50 jobs to its existing 83-employee workforce. The company intends to expand both its fabrication operation, Proos Fabrication, and its stamping operation, Proos...

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USW cites failure of Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 13, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW), Washington, D.C., have joined members of Congress and private-sector experts in declaring the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS-FTA) has fallen far short of job promises and improvements in trade balances after two years. "Government data, congressional...

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Virtual reality simulator expands support for lap joint on mild steel, aluminum

March 13, 2014

Lincoln Electric has released the fifth VRTEX® Extensions™ virtual welding simulator software upgrade. The upgrade includes a new lap joint weld coupon with support for mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel in the virtual welding simulation environment. This release increases the...

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Paying a heavy price for purchasing only on price

March 13, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As fabricators become more selective about jobs they accept, OEMs need to rethink purchasing procedures.

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Sustainable growth in the sunny Southwest

March 13, 2014 | By Tim Heston

You might have noticed the employees of CAID Industries Inc., Tucson, Ariz., walking around FABTECH 2013 with bright yellow shirts indicating that the fabricator was hiring. The company is looking for the right talent to help turn the $40-million-a-year business into something much larger.

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Increasing vehicle age sustains growth in brake rotors, drums, and calipers aftermarket

March 12, 2014

North American consumers are spending more on parts and service because they are keeping their cars and light trucks longer due to prolonged economic uncertainty. The increasing average age of vehicles — which currently stands at 10.5 years — will drive the aftermarket for brake rotors, drums,...

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Portable air cleaner source-captures pollutants from multiple applications

March 12, 2014

Micro Air® Clean Air Systems has released a brochure that showcases its TM 1000 TaskMaster, a portable unit that source-captures pollutants and fumes from grinding, welding, cutting, and gluing. The brochure shows the available attachments, including improved articulated source-capture arms...

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V-Tech opens Indiana plant

March 11, 2014

V-Tech Eng. Inc., Bluffton, Ind., a producer of food processing equipment for the baking and snack food industries, has opened a new site in Adams County, Ind. The plant expands the company’s manufacturing space by 125 percent to accommodate recent business growth and the company’s plans for...

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Linde's Alabama plant receives Responsible Care certification

March 11, 2014

Linde LLC’s air separation plant in Birmingham, Ala., has been certified under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program. The Birmingham plant produces and delivers oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to steel producers and metal fabricators in Alabama and six surrounding states....

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Kolene Corp. marks 75 years in business

March 11, 2014

Detroit-based Kolene Corp., a provider of manufacturing cleaning technology, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Founded by John H. Shoemaker, the company is led today by third-generation Chairman and CEO Roger L. Shoemaker. The company provides integrated cleaning systems based on...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating adds two machines

March 11, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has added a waterjet cutter and large press brake to its fabricating line. The Flow Mach 3 4020b waterjet cutter operates at 50 HP with a pump rated to 60,000 PSI and a 13-ft. by 6-ft. by 6-in. cutting area. The waterjet cutter...

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From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— planes, dragsters, “old lady welders,” and a close look at today’s factory worker.

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Rolling induction

Rolling induction preheating for roll-welded pipe

March 10, 2014 | By Kristi Endries

Preheating pipe before welding can be a cumbersome, tedious task. A new technology, rolling induction heating, addresses some of the concerns associated with other heating methods.

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Preventing weld defects through proper consumables care

March 10, 2014 | By Tina Geraghty

SMAW electrodes are magnets for moisture if they aren’t properly stored, maintained, or handled. Moisture—hydrogen—can ultimately lead to cracks when deposited into the weld puddle. You can minimize moisture pickup with proper electrode storage and handling procedures to ensure that consumables operate at optimal levels.

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