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Cleaner, degreaser imparts corrosion protection

November 5, 2012

Cortec® offers VpCI®-414 cleaner and degreaser, a heavy-duty, temporary coating and wax remover for metal and painted surfaces. This nontoxic, nonflammable, water-soluble, and biodegradable concentrate removes dirt, oils, and greases. As a viscous liquid, it is suitable for underhanging and...

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CAD/CAM software provides improved multitool support

October 30, 2012

Vero Software has announced the introduction of the 2013 release of Radan sheet metal CAD/CAM software. The new release provides improved support for multitools. Multitool configurations are deployed by taking the "variable to buy" for the machine tool in question. For example, a configuration for...

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Dot marker needs no manual Z-axis height adjustment

October 23, 2012

The new e8-c153 z-a SIC dot marker from SIC Marking delivers precision, consistent part marking aided by the Autosense function, making it suitable for data matrix code and human-readable text applications. Its marking window is 6.3 by 3.9 in. The marking head descends automatically to the part,...

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Information application serves as large electronic bulletin board

October 22, 2012

Henning Software Inc. offers the new Visual EstiTrack Shop Kiosk, an add-on application to its Visual EstiTrack ERP product. The application is designed to be run on a user's desktop machine or as an information bulletin board on a large, wall-mounted monitor in a shop's public area. It provides...

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Air recirculation system ventilates entire plant

October 18, 2012

RoboVent offers the Push-Pull System for large facilities. It is suitable for use when source-capture of airborne contaminants isn't possible because of processes that involve large parts or overhead cranes. The full-plant system recirculates air in the entire plant without conflicting with...

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Portable marking system handles flats, rounds - TheFabricator.com

Portable marking system handles flats, rounds

October 11, 2012

SIC Marking USA offers hand-held dot peen marking systems for marking flat and round workpieces such as plate, pipe, and fabricated vessels, especially products with heavy weight. The cast aluminum body and handle make the markers suitable for rugged shop environments. Two marking head sizes...

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Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad - TheFabricator.com

Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad

October 10, 2012

New Pig Corp. offers the Pig Blue® absorbent mat. According to the manufacturer, the mat soaks up more liquid — up to 43 oz. per pad — from both high-volume leaks and spills and everyday cleanup tasks than any other of its mats. FiberFusion technology fuses superabsorbent...

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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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