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Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools - TheFabricator.com

Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools

October 10, 2012

Innovative Product Ideas LLC has announced the addition of the DuaLast® Edge Technology scraper blade to its Scrape-N-Burr postwelding and work surface area cleanup tools. The dual working edges of the blade are formulated to hold up to the repeated pounding of steel on steel without...

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Image processing systems automate surface inspection - TheFabricator.com

Image processing systems automate surface inspection

October 9, 2012

Vitronic offers Vinspec turnkey automated surface inspection systems. The 2-D and 3-D camera-based systems generally are installed inline to inspect surfaces at production speed. Parts with any shape, area, and contours are recorded reliably, even when the part is not positioned precisely, the...

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Solid paint marker designed in small package - TheFabricator.com

Solid paint marker designed in small package

October 2, 2012

LA-CO Industries has introduced the Quik Stik® Mini to the Markal® line of industrial markers. The compact industrial marker makes paint marks that dry in 5 to 7 min. The plastic barrel will not break, and the twist-up knob advances and retracts the solid paint for 100 percent marker...

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Retrofit turns manual CMM into 3-D model-based inspection system

October 1, 2012

Verisurf Software has introduced complete CMM retrofits that add Verisurf X6 software and new USB communications to any manual CMM, transforming it into a 3-D model-based inspection system. With the retrofit, users can perform model-based definition and inspection, with the ability to read...

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Training system teaches robotic welding - TheFabricator.com

Training system teaches robotic welding

September 26, 2012

Lincoln Electric offers a mobile robotic welding education cell. With its collapsible, 2,000-sq.-in. workspace, the cell can be used in multiple classrooms and welding labs as a training tool, as well as transported to recruiting events to attract students to schools and their programs. The...

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Electric tug does work of four people - TheFabricator.com

Electric tug does work of four people

September 25, 2012

American Sales Development LLC has introduced the ASD electric walkie tug for moving heavy or unwieldy loads in a manufacturing or warehouse environment. With a capacity of up to 20,000 lbs. on wheeled carts or trailers, the unit replaces the effort of four to eight people. The walk-behind,...

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Nesting software for plasma, oxyfuel applications enhanced

September 18, 2012

Hypertherm has announced releases of its TurboNest® and NestMaster® nesting software for conventional plasma and oxyfuel applications. A 2-D CAD editor has been added for creating or editing a detailed CAD drawing. In addition, the part list pane has been redesigned for greater flexibility and...

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Additive manufacturing process uses EBW gun to deposit metal layer by layer

September 13, 2012

Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), offers Direct Manufacturing technology, a large-scale, fully programmable means of achieving near-net-shape parts made from such metals as titanium, stainless steel, nickel, and refractory alloys. This additive manufacturing (AM)...

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Polyurethane wheels handle loads up to 7,200 lbs.

September 12, 2012

New Ultralast™ wheels from Hamilton Caster are designed to handle heavy loads in continuous, high-speed use on smooth surfaces. The wheels are made from new polyurethane materials that minimize heat buildup, enabling them to roll smoothly under loads up to 7,200 lbs. Two designs are available....

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Marker writes on rough, rusty materials - TheFabricator.com

Marker writes on rough, rusty materials

September 12, 2012

LA-CO Industries offers the Markal® PRO-LINE® XT marker, designed to mark on dirty, rusty surfaces with paint that does not fade, even in extreme conditions, the company states. Available in 14 colors, the marker's enamel-based paint binds quickly to the surface, resisting wear,...

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Welding tables feature five-face design - TheFabricator.com

Welding tables feature five-face design

September 11, 2012

Strong Hand Tools® is an authorized U.S. distributor of German-made Siegmund welding tables for heavy-duty fixturing applications. They feature a one-piece, five-face design with 0.98-in.-thick reinforced steel plate for a rigid work surface with flatness within 0.012 in. Load capacity is...

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Laser profiling accessory attaches to crawler without tools - TheFabricator.com

Laser profiling accessory attaches to crawler without tools

September 4, 2012

The new RedLine™ laser accessory from Envirosight LLC attaches to the ROVVER X™ inspection crawler to perform geometric profiling of the insides of buried pipelines. Captured profile data is analyzed to verify proper pipe installation, plan relining projects, determine remaining pipe...

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Sheet metal software shows orders, material stock, machine workloads

August 30, 2012

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l. will showcase a variety of new and updated products at FABTECH 2012. The company also will release a sheet metal-specific version of CrossTrack software for composites, delivering traceability and providing visibility of orders, material stock, nests, and machine workloads....

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Air amplifiers are CE-compliant - TheFabricator.com

Air amplifiers are CE-compliant

August 29, 2012

Exair Corp. has announced that its air amplifiers have attained the CE mark. To earn the mark, the amplifiers must be certified by an independent laboratory that they meet the European Union’s safety, health, and environmental standards. These amplifiers move large volumes of air for...

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Ferrite content measurement device identifies weld cracking susceptibility - TheFabricator.com

Ferrite content measurement device identifies weld cracking susceptibility

August 29, 2012

The FERITSCOPE® FMP30 hand-held ferrite content measurement device from Fischer Technology determines if the ferrite content in a weld can withstand mechanical stresses at high temperatures. It identifies if the weld is susceptible to cracking under tension or vibration by taking a quick...

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