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Grain size control for successfully fabricating stainless and INCONEL alloy tubing

November 21, 2016 | By Chiranjib K. Mukherjee

Tube producers and fabricators make and use tubing that conforms to a particular manufacturing standard, but few standards specify grain size. Knowing the role that grain size plays is a crucial first step in understanding how a fabrication process succeeds or fails.

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Miller Electric integrates Jetline welding automation products into Miller brand

November 21, 2016

Arc welding product manufacturer Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced the integration of welding automation products from Jetline Eng. Inc. into the Miller brand. Jetline Eng. Inc. now is branded Jetline by Miller. Jetline was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2000 and...

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Shopping cart manufacturer rings up productivity gains with automated bending cell

November 21, 2016 | By Eric Lundin

Shopping cart manufacturer Technibilt has been incorporating automation little by little over the last few decades, but recently took a big step when it solicited bids for a transfer system that would bend and punch tube to make shopping cart frames.

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CAM software updated with new features

November 21, 2016

Geometric Americas Inc. has released CAMWorks® 2017 software with additions to support smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The tolerance based machining (TBM) feature uses tolerances and nongeometric data in a 3-D CAD model to select optimal machining strategies and create toolpaths...

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Brochure highlights precision waterjet cutting systems

November 21, 2016

Jet Edge Inc. has published a new precision waterjet cutting systems brochure that features industrial-grade waterjet gantries, ultrahigh-pressure waterjet pumps, and waterjet parts and accessories. The literature also explains the company’s custom engineering...

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FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 3

November 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The sun has set on FABTECH® 2016. If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing show. Each year I wonder what could possibly be new? And each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of innovation. Ours is a creative industry.

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Board of Laser Safety launches website

November 18, 2016

The Board of Laser Safety (BLS), Orlando, Fla., a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Laser Institute of America (LIA), has launched a new website at www.lasersafety.org.The website provides a platform for laser safety officers to stay up-to-date with laser safety and certification news. The...

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57-year veteran tool- and diemaker “started somewhere”

November 18, 2016 | By Kate Bachman

Of all of the roles 57-year veteran tool- and diemaker Paul Rettberg has had, the one he has enjoyed the most is the one he fills currently … as a teacher.

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6 Q&A about compact in-die transfer tooling

November 18, 2016 | By Bob Gunst

Compact in-die transfer tooling technology brings the flexibility of a press-mounted transfer system to small-press and small-part applications. The small transfer system mounts directly to the stamping die, becoming part of the die. The in-die transfer tool is set up and run in continuous mode, just like a progressive die.

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Keats Mfg. opens precision metal stamping plant in Mexico

November 18, 2016

The Keats companies have opened a new manufacturing plant in El Marques, Queretaro, Mexico. Keats de Mexico produces complex precision metal stampings, wire forms, and assemblies for the automotive, electrical distribution, medical, electronics, appliance, and home automation industries. The...

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Tube bender switches from clockwise to counterclockwise bending

November 18, 2016

Transfluid offers the t bend DB 630 CNC bending machine for pipes up to 1.65 in. dia. While the machine usually processes the parts in a clockwise direction, it can be converted to counterclockwise bending for smaller diameters.For the processing of smaller pipe diameters, a quick change of the...

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Mahr Federal expands in Southeast

November 18, 2016

Providence, R.I.-based Mahr Federal Inc. (MFI) has expanded its direct sales coverage for dimensional metrology systems products in the Southeast, now serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee."Our longstanding relationship with MSI-Viking Gage...

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Kion North America adds Spokane Forklift to dealer network

November 18, 2016

Kion North America, Summerville, S.C., has appointed Spokane Forklift & Construction Inc., Spokane, Wash., to its dealer network.The dealer will offer sales and service of Linde and Baoli material handling brands to parts of Washington, Idaho, and...

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Next-gen biobased lubricants, materials offer performance advantages over petro-based

November 18, 2016

While biobased solutions earned past skepticism, the next generation can offer high value in specialty chemicals, biopolymers, and advanced materials, according to Lux Research.

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Compact coil feed lines: small size, large impact

November 18, 2016 | By Nicholas Miller

Profitable part processing begins with a small footprint. a compact coil line does not need a loop and pit because the coil is mounted above the leveler and feeding mechanisms. A compact line has many of the same capabilities as a conventional line but occupies less floor space and, often, with simplified operation. Even at its small size—less than half the size of a standard line—it can handle thick and strong materials. These floor-space savers can process coils up to 20 tons with widths up to 59 inches (1,500 millimeters) and thicknesses between 0.031 and 0.47 in. (0.8 and 12 mm).

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