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Industry innovations at EuroBLECH 2016 reflect the need for speed

November 29, 2016 | By Robert Colman

At EuroBLECH 2016 the world’s machine tool makers and software developers showcased innovations aimed at reducing the time between part conceptualization and final delivery to the customer.

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Regulator controls laser assist gas delivery from any supply mode

November 29, 2016

CONCOA has introduced a high-pressure, ultrahigh-flow regulator designed to provide steady and reliable control in laser assist gas delivery applications supplied by both liquid and high-pressure sources.Providing primary control in systems requiring delivery pressures up to 750 PSIG and flow rates...

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The 3 challenges of managing welding fumes

November 29, 2016 | By Rebecca Wescott

Welding fumes should be a real concern for fabricating shop owners. By understanding what types of materials they are dealing with, the explosive nature of metal dust, and the proper ventilation system needed to control the fumes, shop owners can keep their employees safe and focused on the job.

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Repeat orders are manna to a job shop

November 29, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Job shop business is often cyclical. There are times of feast and famine. Repeat customers and jobs are the lifeblood of most shops. Finding and keeping them is a high priority.

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Pressure matters in abrasive waterjet cutting

November 29, 2016 | By Pradeep Nambiath, PhD

Abrasive waterjet pump technology continues to evolve toward higher pressures. Within the pump’s design limits, the higher the pressure, the faster the abrasive moves, and the faster you can cut.

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Tangible Solutions adds 3-D metal powder-bed printers

November 28, 2016

Tangible Solutions has announced the addition of 3-D metal printing to its capabilities. The company is integrating five Mlab cusing machines and one M2 cusing machine from Concept Laser into its new, 25,000-sq.-ft. facility in Fairborn, Ohio. The Mlab machines will be dedicated to printing with...

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Constellium researchers win Air and Space Academy Award

November 28, 2016

Constellium N.V., Amsterdam, has announced that three of its researchers have received the Medal of the Academy from the Air and Space Academy (AAE), Toulouse, France, for their achievement in developing Airware® aluminum. The award recognizes individuals who significantly contribute to progress...

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Aligning with OSHA

November 28, 2016 | By Dave Knoll

Safety improvement for Anderson Dahlen was not an overnight event. It took a couple of shocking incidents and the willingness to work with, not against, the state’s safety regulatory agency before a significant change in the company’s safety culture took place.

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Structural fabrication, the next generation

November 28, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Structural fabrication is on the cusp of some big changes, and the entry-level employee of today will grow in a field that’s becoming increasingly digitized.

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Job shop estimating: A historical perspective Step 2

November 28, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis continues a series of columns that address one of the most important activities related to shop profitability: job estimating. In this second installment, he describes how an estimator can use the shop’s manufacturing history to refine the predictions of future expense.

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Interlaken Technology adds hot metal gas forming press

November 23, 2016

Interlaken Technology Co. LLC, a provider of material testing, product design, and prototyping services, has installed a 500-ton HEATform™ hot metal gas forming press at its Chaska, Minn., facility for producing parts not constrained by raw material selection or geometric complexity. “This...

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Lucifer Furnaces delivers high-temp furnace to Compacting Tooling

November 23, 2016

Lucifer Furnaces, Warrington, Pa., has delivered a model HS8-181224 dual-chamber, high-temperature furnace to Compacting Tooling Inc., McKeesport, Pa., to add capacity for CPM high-speed steel heat treating. The custom-designed furnace, powered with 42 kW, reaches 2,450 degrees F in the upper...

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Automated Precision appoints senior VP, global sales and marketing

November 23, 2016

Rockville, Md.-based Automated Precision Inc., a global provider of coordinate measurement systems for the metrology industry, has appointed Song Chung as the new senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Chung previously worked for 20 years at Perceptron, where he most recently served...

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Talan Products named one of fastest-growing companies in northeast Ohio

November 23, 2016

Cleveland-based metal stamper Talan Products Inc. has been named to Crain's Cleveland Business‘s 2016 list of the 52 fastest-growing companies in northeast Ohio. The award recognizes Talan's sales growth of 35 percent from 2014 to 2015, with annual revenue totaling between $40 million and $50...

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Roll-up and laser weld module fabricates round sheet metal wrappers

November 23, 2016

Coldwater Machine Co. has announced the availability of its roll-up and laser welding module for fabricating clothes washer and dryer drums and baskets and other round sheet metal wrappers. The system can be modified to suit customer requirements.The modular process automates the production of...

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