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HVLS fans designed for efficiency

June 20, 2016

Blue Giant offers the AirFlow series of HVLS fans. The blade design moves cool air in summer and distributes ceiling-level heat in winter to help reduce energy bills by up to 30 percent, according to the company. Two models are available, both of which come in a variety of blade sizes. All fans...

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Bettcher Mfg. appoints new general manager

June 20, 2016

Stamping company Bettcher Mfg. LLC, McAllen, Texas, has hired Anthony Matti as general manager. He has more than 27 years of quality, engineering, and operations management experience. Matti worked most recently at Tarkett, North America, as director of engineering. Before that he spent 15 years...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling with surfaces, patterns, and configurations

June 20, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the use of equations, configurations, design tables, and specific modeling tools for creating 3-D models of paper and cake.

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TCI Powder Coatings, BASF form strategic alliance

June 17, 2016

TCI Powder Coatings, Ellaville, Ga., a subsidiary of RPM Intl., and BASF have entered into an agreement that allows TCI to sell the BASF CathoGuard® electrocoat technology to specified TCI market segments. The electrocoat technology is suitable for use on parts that are difficult to paint...

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Metal fabrication and the buying experience

June 17, 2016

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SixAxis, a fabricator of safety platforms, portable stairs, and other industrial products, developed its own software with quoting, customer relationship management, and product configuration features. According to sources, software changed the customer buying experience, which in turn helped the company quintuple in size over six years.

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating renews ISO 9001:2008 certification

June 17, 2016

Masury, Ohio-based Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc. has announced the renewal of its ISO 9001:2008 certification for the processing and slitting of steel. The company supplies conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steel. It provides...

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Okuma to host shop floor automation event June 22

June 17, 2016

CNC machine tool provider Okuma America Corp. will host an Easy Shop Floor Automation event, June 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Partners in THINC in Charlotte, N.C. The event will include tips and demonstrations of simple automation technologies for machine tool users. Automated gauging,...

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New NIMS standards define competencies, skills for entry-level CAM positions

June 17, 2016

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), San Francisco, has released the first industry CAM standards. Developed with guidance from 3-D design and engineering software manufacturer Autodesk Inc., these standards are intended to enhance education and training programs to meet the...

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R&D Update: Controlling material flow in drawing operations

June 17, 2016

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The researchers at The Ohio State University's Center for Precision forming perform research on controlling material flow in drawing operation using CNC hydraulic cushions to help improve drawability.

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Pillar Induction celebrates 50th anniversary

June 16, 2016

Pillar Induction, Brookfield, Wis., is celebrating 50 years of business serving the thermal processing industry. Established in 1966, the company manufactures systems for such applications as hardening, tempering, annealing, stress relieving, brazing, soldering, warm forming, forging, curing of...

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Laser power meter measures high-power lasers

June 16, 2016

Ophir Photonics Group has introduced the Helios compact laser power meter for measuring solid-state lasers such as diode, fiber, and Nd:YAG with powers from 100 W to 12 kW and energies from 10 J to 10 kJ in industrial processing applications. The power meter includes PC software and...

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Reading progressive die strip — Part II

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part article about reading progressive-die strips. Part I, which appeared in the May issue, covered the causes of pilot hole distortion and mismatched cuts. Hard marks, otherwise known as coin marks, occur when metal is severely squeezed between two...

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Ajax Tocco supplies induction billet heating system to LC Mfg.

June 16, 2016

Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp., Warren, Ohio, has shipped a 1,000-kW PowerZone billet heating system to LC Mfg., Lake City, Mich. The 1.3- to 3.3-kHz system is designed to heat 1.06- to 2.875-in.-dia. by 6.0- to 20.0-in.-long carbon steel billets to forging temperatures. The system includes...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part III

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is third installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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Die Science: Developing forming dies - Part II

June 16, 2016

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Editor's Note: This is first installment of a three-part series that discusses die development for producing nonuniform, contoured parts by breaking the process down into eight steps. Part I covers the part material, its form, and its function. Part II discusses length-of-line analysis and tip...

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