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Rafter ships 24-in. weld box

April 14, 2014

Rafter Equipment Corp., a manufacturer of tube and pipe mills, roll forming machines, cutoff machines, and other related tube and pipe mill machinery in Strongsville, Ohio, has shipped a 24-in. weld squeeze box to a North American API pipe producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's...

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Software integrated in measuring device for tube quality control

April 14, 2014

Prodim has developed TubeCheck software for quality control of tubes. Integrated into the company’s Proliner® Tracker 10IS measuring device, the software enables digitization of tubes on the device’s screen for checking. The portable device can measure points and contours with high...

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Carl Bechem GmbH announces formation of Bechem Lubrication Technology

April 14, 2014

Carl Bechem GmbH, Hagen, Germany, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of its joint venture partner’s 50 percent interest in Etna-Bechem Lubricants LLC. Carl Bechem has formed a new company — Bechem Lubrication Technology LLC in Chagrin Falls, Ohio — as a result of this...

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Baltimore light-rail vehicles to use ABB traction technology in retrofit

April 14, 2014

Power and automation technology group ABB, Cary, N.C., has obtained a contract from Alstom Transport to supply new traction converters associated with the modernized train control management system (TCMS) and new electrical control panels for the overhaul of Baltimore’s entire fleet of 53...

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Automated slurry-blast system has 2-axis gun motion

April 14, 2014

Guyson Corp. has introduced a 72- by 72-in. wet blasting machine with a 1,500-lb.-capacity powered transfer cart and a gun manipulator that moves the blast nozzles vertically and horizontally in a repeatable programmed routine. Designed for wet-blast cleaning, descaling, and prepolish treatment...

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Electro lifting magnets handle loads up to 12,125 lbs.

April 14, 2014

Lightweight Selecto® continuous-duty electro lifting magnets are available from Eriez®. They can be used individually or in multiples to eliminate the need for hooks, slings, and grabs. The magnets are rated at 100 percent duty cycle for continuous operation. A variety of models are...

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Torch lineup includes 4-ft.-long model

April 14, 2014

Hypertherm has introduced Duramax Hyamp air plasma torches. The line includes long models for extended-reach cutting and a number of robotic torches. The long torches, designed for hand-held cutting, come in two different lengths — 2 ft. and 4 ft. — and two different torch head...

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How scalable is contract metal fabrication?

April 14, 2014

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Most of contract metal fabrication serves a local and regional customer base, and that’s one reason small- and medium-sized customer fab shops dominate this business. Aside from upper-tier automotive stampers and similar companies, typical annual revenue ranges in custom fabrication range from $8... Continue Reading

Vehicle seat manufacturer rolls with the changes

April 14, 2014

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Freedman Seating Co., founded in the late 19th century, originally manufactured seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies. As gasoline engines displaced animal power, Freedman adapted and today uses the latest technologies, such as CNC tube benders and a laser cutting machine, to stay current with trends in transportation.

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Quality assurance gets an upgrade at Eaton Fabricating

April 14, 2014

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Eaton Fabricating Co. Inc., Grafton, Ohio, revamped its front office and shop floor operation to ensure parts emerge from machines right the first time. The key is that management gives operators time to perform quality assurance checks at every stage in manufacturing.

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Trumpf TruLaser 5030 fiber with BrightLine fiber

TRUMPF Inc.

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The TruLaser 5030 fiber is a high performance laser cutting machine that features a TruDisk solid state laser. The cutting speed in thin materials can be up to 3 times faster than CO2 cutting. The quality trade-offs of cutting thick material cutting with solid state lasers are now eliminated with the BrightLine fiber option. BrightLine fiber delivers outstanding cut quality and performance in thicker steel and stainless steel, making the TruLaser 5030 fiber the best all-around laser cutting machine on the market.

Salvagnini to open office in Canada

April 11, 2014

Salvagnini Canada ULC, a subsidiary of Salvagnini America, will open a new office and warehouse facility in Mississauga, Ont., on May 1. The office will develop into a service and spare part stocking depot. It will be able to deliver most spare parts directly to Canadian customers. Ultimately,...

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Fabricating next-generation workers

April 11, 2014

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A lot has been made of the fact that manufacturers can’t find the right workers. The issue is explored nicely here. But what can’t be denied is that fewer manufacturing workers exist, from almost 14.3 million in 2004 to just over 12 million today. Two major recessions within a 10-year span and... Continue Reading

Optrel opens first office in North America

April 10, 2014

Optrel AG, a provider of auto-darkening filter technology for welding helmets, has opened its first office and distribution center in North America. Operating as Optrel Inc., the East Greenwich, R.I., office manages all customer service, sales, marketing, and distribution for the company’s...

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Tube cutting/finishing system produces 5,000 pieces/hr.

April 10, 2014

Rattunde Corp. has introduced the ACS® + CFMtwin tube cutting and finishing system. Equipped with a twin machining head that fits onto the standard head, the machine cuts two tube or bar sections simultaneously, then machines both ends of both workpieces at the same time. The machine can...

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