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Tube fabricating tool package suitable for installing CPI™, A-LOK® fittings - TheFabricator.com

Tube fabricating tool package suitable for installing CPI™, A-LOK® fittings

February 7, 2011

Parker Hannifin Corp. offers a package of heavy-duty, hand-operated tube fabrication tools for small-bore tube assembly. The tools can be used to install both CPI™ and A-LOK® tube fittings in various system applications. The package includes several tools: *Heavy-duty PTB tube...

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Changeover system accommodates up to 10 torch bodies

February 7, 2011

Fronius Intl. has introduced the Robacta TX welding torch body changeover system. Its console can accommodate up to 10 torch bodies. The device for cutting the welding wire is flanged onto the console. The system automatically cuts the wire before the torch body is changed, winds the wire back,...

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Software facilitates quick flange, blank shape development

February 7, 2011

Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI) has released BlankWorks 4.3. It provides SolidWorks® 2011 users with a fully integrated tool for developing flat patterns from complex 3-D designs. With the software, users can develop flanges and blank shapes for their stampings in less than a minute, the company...

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Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts - TheFabricator.com

Parallel grippers handle long tooling, heavy parts

February 7, 2011

PHD offers series GRK low-profile parallel grippers. They feature the highest grip force in their class, according to the manufacturer, and provide a high moment load capacity to handle long tooling and heavy parts. The ultrarigid, wear-compensating jaw guide system is designed to eliminate...

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Plate-edge beveling machine operates at up to 10 FPM

January 31, 2011

Gullco's KBM self-propelled bevelers can operate at up to 10 FPM. According to the manufacturer, they produce clean machined bevel angles of 22.5 to 55 degrees with no thermal distortion on steel and aluminum. The bevelers can be supplied with an exclusive adjustable-height, self-aligning,...

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Online welding system design tool introduced - TheFabricator.com

Online welding system design tool introduced

January 31, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced Equip to Weld™, an online tool designed to help users build a complete, customized, industrial GMAW/multiprocess/SMAW system from the ground up. At www.millerwelds.com/equiptoweld, users are led through a step-by-step process that helps them select...

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Automatic fastener-installation press performs without hydraulics - TheFabricator.com

Automatic fastener-installation press performs without hydraulics

January 31, 2011

The PEMSERTER® Series 3000™ automatic fastener-installation press system from PennEngineering® performs without hydraulics to install all types of self-clinching fasteners in thin metal sheets. The custom-built, fully servo-controlled, dual-axis, electromechanical actuator helps...

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Power consumption reduction system incorporated in punch presses, press brakes - TheFabricator.com

Power consumption reduction system incorporated in punch presses, press brakes

January 31, 2011

LVD Strippit has incorporated the new Energy Reduction System (ERS) into its Strippit VX-series punch presses and PPEC series press brakes. The system manages power consumption during machine operation, standby, and idle times, reducing energy consumption by 15 to 30 percent over...

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All-electric tube bender holds up to eight tool sets - TheFabricator.com

All-electric tube bender holds up to eight tool sets

January 31, 2011

The ELECT XL™ all-electric, 12-axis tube bending machine from BLM Group USA is designed to bend tubes up to 6 in. in diameter. The multistack bender holds up to eight tool sets, permitting rapid processing of complex parts and quick changeover, according to the manufacturer. It can be...

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Kit comprises variety of pipe fitting tools

January 24, 2011

Sumner Mfg. offers the new Fit Kit 2- to 12-in. tool package, comprising a variety of pipe fitting tools. The kit contains four Fold-A-Jacks®; one 2- to 6-in. Ultra Clamp; one 2- to 6-in. Ultra Fit; one 5- to 12-in. Ultra Clamp; one 5- to 12-in. Ultra Fit; one each of the 2- to 4-in., 4- to...

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Magnetic drilling machine suitable for drilling structural steel and other metals - TheFabricator.com

Magnetic drilling machine suitable for drilling structural steel and other metals

January 24, 2011

CS Unitec's MAB 1300 magnetic drilling machine is designed for continuous use in heavy-duty drilling applications. Its 20-amp, 110-V, double-insulated, reversible motor is suitable for drilling structural steel and other metals. The four-speed oilbath gearbox (30 to 80, 50 to 120, 130 to 350,...

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Air-powered abrasive-belt machine can be used in normally inaccessible areas - TheFabricator.com

Air-powered abrasive-belt machine can be used in normally inaccessible areas

January 24, 2011

Dynabrade's Mini-Dynafile II is a lightweight, air-powered abrasive-belt machine for grinding, blending, and deburring in normally inaccessible areas. Running at 25,000 RPM, the machine uses 0.125- to 0.5-in.-wide by 12-in.-long abrasive belts. The tool accepts coated and abrasive-impregnated...

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Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding cell developed for high-mix fabrication environments

January 24, 2011

Applications Technologies Co. has developed the Flex System welding cell for high-mix fabrication environments. Designed around a Fanuc ARC Mate® 120iC robot, the cell's two welding zones each have a 30- by 72-in. welding area that can be set up for a mix of stationary tooling or...

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Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces - TheFabricator.com

Compact profile grippers offer high retention forces

January 24, 2011

Bilsing Automation North America's PS pneumatic grippers feature a compact profile that offers high retention forces for press shop and transfer press applications. The PS-30 weighs about 1.1 lb. and features a piston diameter of 0.79 in. and a holding force of 500 N. The PS-40 has a piston...

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Punch press tooling systems offered - TheFabricator.com

Punch press tooling systems offered

January 24, 2011

Mate offers a complete range of Salvagnini-style Type II and Type III tooling in a newly published 28-page catalog. Also available and in stock are Type 70 and 90 tooling, fully guided assemblies, and PU and PB forming assemblies. Manufactured from powdered metal-based, high-speed steel, the...

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