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Shelving bad habits with your GMAW gun

July 14, 2016

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A welder tired of accidental triggering or incidental damage to his gun developed a holster that can be mounted to a worktable, welding cart or in any way necessary.

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Penn United adds laser cutting capabilities

July 13, 2016

Cabot, Pa.-based Penn United has added an Amada FLCAJ 3015 fiber laser to its capabilities. The laser system has a 2,000-W fiber engine, the capacity to hold 60-in. by 120-in. sheets, and cuts up to four times faster than conventional CO2 lasers, the company states. The system also features an...

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AT&F invests in high-definition plasma cutting technology

July 13, 2016

Global metal fabricator AT&F has invested in new cutting technology to be installed in its Wisconsin facility. The new high-definition plasma cutting machine has a 5-axis bevel head capable of cutting up to 2 in. (50 mm) thick. The latest CNCs and supporting software enhance small-diameter...

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Coordinate Metrology Society to host "Discover Metrology Days" at 2016 CMSC

July 13, 2016

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has announced it will host "Discover Metrology Days" during the 32nd annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC), July 25–29, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The open house is designed to generate interest in the field of...

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DENSO invests in Battle Creek, Mich., plant, receives grant for training

July 13, 2016

Global auto supplier DENSO is investing more than $37 million in machinery and equipment to expand automation at its DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Inc. (DMMI) facility in Battle Creek. The investment supports localization of component manufacturing for several customers. The Michigan Strategic...

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Pliers instantly adjust to hold large or small workpieces

July 13, 2016

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the new Strong Grip® Big Mouth pliers. The pliers have a four-position adjustment so the user can adjust the jaws for holding capacities from ¼ to 3 in. The patented crank handle opens and closes the plier jaws quickly. The crank handle also can be used to...

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Bull Moose Tube purchases sprinkler pipe mills

July 13, 2016

Bull Moose Tube, a subsidiary of North American manufacturing group Bull Moose Industries, has announced that it has purchased sprinkler pipe mills that will be incorporated into two of the company’s existing manufacturing operations. The first is scheduled to be added to its Trenton, Ga.,...

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How to gild your safety record

July 13, 2016

Talan Products has consistently reduced its safety incident rate since 2006. That it has manufactured for 1,600 days without a lost-time accident is no accident. It is the result of a deliberate development of an omnipresent safety culture. Other manufacturers often ask, “How do you do it?” The manufacturer shares its safety secrets, including establishing a safety culture, learning from near-misses, using sensors, and tracking safety metrics.

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Magnets hold stock using inside and outside edges

July 13, 2016

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced inside/outside angle magnets. Depending on the setup of each substructure, either the inside or outside surface of the magnets can be used. For inside welds, the magnets hold stock from the outside; for outside welds, they hold stock from the inside. The...

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High-speed stamping quenches thirst for beverage cans

July 13, 2016

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All of the components of a beverage can are stamped in a high-speed press. The process of producing two-piece beverage cans starts with the blanking and forming of a cup from a large aluminum coil. Today’s most advanced cupping presses can run a 14-out die up to 350 strokes per minute (SPM), producing up to 4,900 cans per minute. Would soda beverages be as popular if they could not be packaged in a portable, singular, recyclable can made inexpensively by a high-speed stamping process? Some unique challenges and critical factors for press work in high-speed can stamping include high operating speeds, dynamic balancing, and off-center loading. Here are some ways to handle stamping at (almost) the speed of light--and takeaways for slower operations.

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Workshops For Warriors receives Motorola foundation grant

July 12, 2016

San Diego-based Workshops For Warriors, a nonprofit school empowering veterans who are transitioning into civilian life through advanced manufacturing training and certification, has received a grant for $40,000 as part of the Innovation Generation Grant program from the Motorola Solutions...

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Arcam subsidiary secures financing for new powder manufacturing plant

July 12, 2016

Additive manufacturing equipment supplier Arcam AB, Mölndal, Sweden, has announced that its powder manufacturing subsidiary AP&C in Montreal has established a financing arrangement with Investissement Quebec to build a new powder plant. The plant is intended to allow the company to address the...

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Fastenal adds SPEEDWRAP brand fasteners to its iHub warehouse

July 12, 2016

The Fastenal Co., an industrial distributor in Racine, Wis., has added Speedtech’s SPEEDWRAP® brand products to its iHub warehouse located in Indianapolis. Earlier this year Speedtech announced Fastenal’s decision to offer its customers the hook and loop and specialty fasteners. Also being...

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Small-scale cutting: The next frontier

July 12, 2016

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Many of today’s cutting applications require surgical-like precision to produce small, intricate parts. Technological advancements in waterjet and laser cutting are making these processes even more attractive to fabricators in a variety of industries.

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MSC executive vice chairman/former CEO dies

July 12, 2016

MSC Industrial Supply Co. has announced that Executive Vice Chairman/and former Chief Executive Officer David Sandler died July 11 at the age of 59 from pancreatic cancer. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of David," said MSC President and CEO Erik Gershwind. "His accomplishments at MSC were...

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