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Welding training device allows for testing 18-in. joints

April 22, 2013

RealWeld Systems Inc. has announced that its patent-pending RealWeld Trainer™ system will support welding of 18-in. joints, which meets or exceeds the test requirements of the AWS B2 specification for plate welding. The system, designed for a welding booth, can be used while under the hood with...

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Demo tool management system introduced - TheFabricator.com

Demo tool management system introduced

April 11, 2013

Kennametal Inc. has expanded its ToolBOSS™ tool management system. The new Flex Unit is a smaller, portable demo unit that the manufacturer is making available to its distribution channel partners. At 100 lbs., the demo unit includes a computer loaded with the full version of ToolBOSS...

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Workbench's cantilever design provides more leg room

April 10, 2013

IAC Industries has introduced the 930 and 940 Pro Series adjustable-height workbenches. Both series incorporate a cantilever support system, housing the hydraulic lifters, that eliminates the typical front legs to provide more leg and knee room. The 180-degree rolled front edge on the work surface...

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Electric lift trucks hold up to 4,000-lb. loads - TheFabricator.com

Electric lift trucks hold up to 4,000-lb. loads

April 10, 2013

Nissan Forklift Corp. has introduced the TX series three-wheel, AC-powered lift trucks. They are available in 3,000-, 3,500-, and 4,000-lb. capacities and include a new vehicle control module. An LCD panel readout and keypad allow operators and technicians to identify and respond to truck...

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Authoring software added to flexible gauge

April 10, 2013

Origin Intl. Inc. offers a customized Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge that includes Origin's Equator authoring software. The software module allows users to create part programs on their existing CMMs from measuring the master part. Using the part program and measured results file, the software...

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Battery-powered scissor lift places loads at convenient height - TheFabricator.com

Battery-powered scissor lift places loads at convenient height

April 9, 2013

XBP series portable electric scissor lifts are available from Presto Lifts Inc. The battery-powered tables lift and lower at the touch of a button, allowing the operator to transport loads and lift them to a convenient height, regardless of the application. According to the company, they roll...

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Dust collector hoppers fit low-profile applications - TheFabricator.com

Dust collector hoppers fit low-profile applications

April 9, 2013

Camfil APC has introduced two new dust collector hoppers for use in constrained-space applications. Depending on the model, the low-profile hoppers can reduce overall collector height by as much as 36 in. Designed to fit Farr Gold Series® cartridge dust collectors, the Low Pro hopper...

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Fieldbus encoders feature hollow-shaft design

April 9, 2013

Heidenhain offers the ECN/EQN 400 series rotary encoders with Profibus and Profinet interfaces for use in manufacturing and process automation. The encoders feature a blind hollow shaft with a 12-mm dia. Both the models ECN 413 and EQN 425 rotary encoders resist shock up to 1,000 m/s2 and...

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Workbench, storage systems are customizable - TheFabricator.com

Workbench, storage systems are customizable

April 8, 2013

The MCS aluminum framework system from HepcoMotion® lets users customize workbench and storage systems from standard elements. Visitors to the company's website can click on a framework, choose a size, and select accessories. Standard workbenches, trolleys, and high-back workbenches are...

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OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor - TheFabricator.com

OPC server retrieves production data from shop floor

April 4, 2013

FANUC FA America has introduced FASOPC for retrieval of CNC machine production data. The OPC server is designed for getting machine production data out of a FANUC CNC and off the shop floor. The server is designed for communicating with FOCAS-enabled FANUC CNCs to read and write data. The...

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Seating pins also function as feet

April 3, 2013

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 6321.1 seating pins in metric sizes. The RoHS-compliant seating pins are fabricated of tempered, hardened steel. The pins are 0.26 to 0.79 in. long, with head diameters from 0.24 to 1.57 in. In addition to their use in positioning the parts of a jig assembly, they...

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Surface treatments add wear resistance to complex components

April 3, 2013

UltraFlex™ wear-resistant surface treatments from Kennametal are designed for components with complex geometries in the power-generation and oil and gas industries. The treatments provide metallurgical-bonded, void-free cladding for critical components in demanding environments. They protect...

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Compact palletizer frees up space

April 1, 2013

QComp Technologies Inc. has introduced the QComp 5G palletizer. Its compact, modular design frees up floor space, allowing users to stack bags, cases, and trays at any point in their production line to eliminate conveyor runs to specialized palletizing areas. The unit's robot performs 20...

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PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes - TheFabricator.com

PC-based software system creates complex pipe shapes

March 27, 2013

Mazak Optonics Corp. has released FX Tube, a PC-based software system for tube and pipe processing, for use on the Mazak Fabri Gear machine. The new system can create complex pipe shapes via imported solid models, 2-D CAD data, or internal drafting features. The input system defines geometric...

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Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages - TheFabricator.com

Motion controller designed for precision linear positioners, rotation stages

March 27, 2013

Physik Instrumente (PI) LP offers a new motion controller for closed-loop precision positioning systems. The C-884, a 4-axis digital servo controller, controls motorized linear translation stages and rotary positioners with high accuracy and repeatability, the company reports. The high-speed...

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