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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.

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Linde Material Handling North America to change name in 2015

November 17, 2014

Linde Material Handling North America Corp., Summerville, S.C., has announced plans to change its corporate name to Kion North America Corp. in January 2015. The change allows the company to align itself more effectively with its European parent company, The Kion Group. The Kion Group offers...

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SteeloCare aerosol can wins German Packaging Award

November 17, 2014

SteeloCare, the tinplate aerosol can of the technology network Lanico, Schuler Pressen, and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein, has received the German Packaging Award in the category of cosmetics and hygiene articles. The can is manufactured by deep drawing foil-laminated tinplate. The foil lamination...

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Donaldson Co. to close Iowa plant

November 17, 2014

Donaldson Co., Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to close its muffler and exhaust product manufacturing plant in Grinnell, Iowa. The company cites declining demand for the products because of changing diesel emission regulations. The work will be moved to the company’s other plants,...

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Bradbury announces staff changes

November 17, 2014

The Bradbury Co. Inc., Moundridge, Kan., a manufacturer of roll forming and coil processing equipment, has promoted Aaron Woods, Mike Nuzum, and Shawn Fields to new positions within the customer service department. Woods has been named field completion coordinator. He has worked in hydraulic...

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Self-propelled powered cranes handle awkward, heavy workpieces

November 17, 2014

AutoWild has introduced two series of self-propelled powered cranes. The SC series floor crane offers 6,000-lb. capacity at 13 ft. above grade with a battery electric power/hydraulic system. All functions are speed-controlled for picking and placing in tight spots. Features include automatic...

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Vertex Rail to add 1,300 jobs in North Carolina

November 17, 2014

Vertex Rail has announced plans to add 1,300 new jobs at the former Terex Crane facility in Wilmington, N.C. The company will manufacture rail tank cars to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas, and other energy-producing states. The company will hire assemblers and fitters, welders, and...

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Aluminum Workshop: Where in the world is the 5052 filler alloy?

November 17, 2014

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Q: I am about to begin a project that requires me to weld a lot of 5052-O sheet material. There’s just one problem: I can’t find 5052 filler. Can you tell me why this is and what I should use instead? A: I can understand why you might think that you should weld 5052 sheet with 5052 filler...

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Open-source communication standard updated

November 17, 2014

The MTConnect® Institute has released the MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The open-source communication standard addresses the interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include interdevice connectivity to enable machine-to-machine...

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Coating protects metals from corrosion indoors and outdoors

November 17, 2014

VpCI®-389 from Cortec® is an environmentally friendly, water-based, temporary coating that delivers multimetal protection for outside applications and salt-spray resistance. Suitable for use as a replacement for oil-based products, it provides up to five years of protection in indoor storage and...

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Arc Welding 101: Wire-feed welding, stick welding with the same machine

November 17, 2014

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Q: I would like to know if a wire-feed welding machine can double as a modest-amperage DC shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) machine if I attach an electrode holder to the output. I have been told that aluminum welding works well and is convenient using SMAW and DC. I have the aluminum roller kit...

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Lightweight, cordless tools designed for above-average operating time

November 17, 2014

TRUMPF Inc. has added new models to its TruTool line of compact, lightweight, lithium-ion cordless power tools: the PN 130 profile nibbler, S 160 and S 114 shears, and C 160 cutting shears. The battery-optimized aluminum gear head is designed for the low voltage of the battery used in the...

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Steelwind Industries acquires Universal Industries, Hall Steel

November 14, 2014

Steelwind Industries Inc., Oak Creek, Wis., has acquired fabricator Universal Industries LLC, Tomahawk, Wis., and Hall Steel Corp., a provider of heat-treating fabrication and flame cutting in Milwaukee. Steelwind Industries is a steel fabrication company providing products to the mining and...

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Schnitzer Steel receives Ethics Inside certification

November 14, 2014

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland, Ore., has announced that it has earned Ethics Inside® certification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™ from The Ethisphere Institute, a provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. Recipients are recognized for...

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Optomec becomes Platinum-level member of America Makes

November 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec, a global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3-D-printed metals and printed electronics, has become a Platinum-level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The role, which includes a...

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