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Length gauges offer accuracy for in-process measurement

August 18, 2016

Heidenhain has introduced the +/- 1-µm accurate Acanto 1217 and 1218 length gauges. When the gauges are paired with the proprietary bidirectional serial interface EnDat 2.2, operators can monitor gauges being used in production and detect failures before they occur. Along with built-in error...

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Respect for the finishing line

August 18, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Painting and powder coating come at the end of the line, but that doesn't mean it should be the last thing that fabricators think of if they are interested in running an efficient fabricating operation.

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Specialty Strip & Oscillating hires new inside sales rep

August 17, 2016

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., Masury, Ohio, a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in cold-rolled low-carbon, high-carbon, alloy, and stainless steel, has hired Michelle Roberts as inside sales representative. Roberts joined the company a year ago as part of the office...

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Orange Aluminum ranks No. 1,780 on 2016 Inc. 5000

August 17, 2016

Orange Aluminum, Orange, Calif., a provider of aluminum extruded trim, shape, and bar, has been ranked No. 1,780 on the 35th annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The firm achieved three-year sales growth of 209 percent. It also has launched the new Aluminum...

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Mistakes happen. Get over it.

August 17, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Have you ever thought about how quick we are to notice and point out mistakes? Doing so seems to have become de rigueur in today’s society. When even the most trival mistakes generate a deluge of hostile corrections, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the practice and the reasons behind it.

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Higher penalties, tougher regulations coming from OSHA, says MSCI conference speaker

August 17, 2016

An expert on workplace safety issues and OSHA, David Jones, says there will likely be few immediate changes in OSHA enforcement, regardless of who wins the presidential election. Jones will be the keynote speaker at Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based MSCI’s Safety Conference, Oct. 19-20, 2016, in...

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Ace Corner Guards joins rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray

August 17, 2016

New York-based Ace Corner Guards is joining rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires by supplying schools and hospitals in the region with metal and steel corner covers. The low-maintenance corner guards feature the proprietary SafetyEdge design and install with...

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Electrode designed for large structural and offshore applications

August 17, 2016

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced an all-position, flux-cored, gas-shielded electrode designed for welding HSLA steels such as HY-80. The new Select 550Ni is developed to maintain a yield strength of 80 KSI and impact toughness at –76 degrees F. The wire produces minimal spatter emission on 100...

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Cardinal Metalworks achieves ISO 9001:2015 registration

August 17, 2016

Cardinal Metalworks Inc., a manufacturer of precision fabricated sheet metal components in Burgaw, N.C., has achieved registration to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system Organizations that meet the...

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Robot deposits welds in high gear with Tip TIG

August 17, 2016 | By Tim Heston

A new robot welding cell incorporates TIP TIG, a hot-wire welding process that feeds an oscillating wire under a tungsten electrode. In some applications, the method reportedly allows the robot to weld at speeds close to those of gas metal arc welding.

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Bending Basics: How to locate the press brake’s backgauge position

August 17, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When determining the backgauge position, you need to know the outside flange dimension and bend deduction, based on the actual radius you achieve.

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Diamond and borazon grinding pins added to microfinishing tool line

August 17, 2016

Titan Tool Supply Inc. has introduced a line of microdiamond and borazon grinding pins for extremely small, precision ID grinding. The grinding pins, starting at a 0.016 in. dia., are on a carbide shank, which provides extra strength and precision. The working ends of the pins are coated with...

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Manufacturing and the consumer class

August 16, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Manufacturing built the middle class, a consumer class. Today, this "middle" consumer class is fading. For a consumer-based economy, that can't be a good thing.

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Meritor appoints senior VP/general counsel/corporate secretary

August 16, 2016

Meritor Inc., Troy, Mich., a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has named April Miller Boise as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. She most recently served as senior vice president,...

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Dorner appoints territory manager for Georgia and Florida

August 16, 2016

Hartland, Wis.-based conveyor manufacturer Dorner has appointed Jon Schadeberg as a territory manager covering the states of Georgia and Florida. In this newly created sales position, he works with sales channel partners and key accounts to increase the company’s industrial and sanitary conveyor...

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