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Economic reality and the skilled-worker issue

August 22, 2014

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The only thing missing from the skilled worker shortage were rising wages for skilled workers that were apparently in demand. Could that be changing?

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Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metal for robotic welding

August 22, 2014

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Q: We are just getting started in robotic welding. What advice can you give us on how to select the correct filler metal? A: As in any high-productivity application, the main consideration in selecting a filler metal for robotic welding is performance consistency. You want a wire that will...

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Reshoring to Kentucky in Balluff’s Global Production Plan

August 21, 2014

With the 2014 completion of Balluff's new customer support and training center in Florence, Ky., space is available for expansion in the company’s original location in Florence. The company will focus on local production of linear transducers and encoders. “By 2016 production hours in the...

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Consumables Corner: Storing stick electrodes

August 21, 2014

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Q: I recently saw a comment that regular stick electrodes could be overdried in ovens to the point of causing poor weld performance. Is this true? We store all our electrodes, including low-hydrogen, at 135 to 140 degrees F at all times and have not noticed any problems. We are located in Arizona,...

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Aluminum oil tank repair

August 21, 2014

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A welded aluminum oil tank extended the life of a Formula Ford, making it race-worthy again.

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Omco purchases Weaver & Sons

August 21, 2014

Custom roll former Omco, Wickliffe, Ohio, has announced the purchase of Weaver & Sons Inc., Talladega, Ala. The acquisition adds metal fabrication capabilities to the company’s roll forming services while providing the company with a manufacturing presence in the Southeast. Weaver & Sons is a...

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Backpack offers maximum storage for tools

August 21, 2014

Ergodyne has introduced the Arsenal® 5843 tool backpack. Featuring a two-compartment design, the backpack can carry up to 50 lbs., allowing for hands-free climbing and portability of tools and equipment around the job site. The two main compartments feature 26 interior pockets, 11 PALS webbing...

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Newcomb Spring general manager marks 50 years of service

August 21, 2014

Newcomb Spring Corp., a worldwide supplier of compression springs, extension springs, torsion springs, wire forms, stampings, rings, hooks, and battery contact springs in Decatur, Ga., has announced that Ron Hubbard, general manager of Newcomb Spring of Texas, is celebrating 50 years with the...

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System tends machine tools with vision-guided robotics

August 21, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the FlexMT™, a flexible, pre-engineered system designed to load and unload machine tools using vision-guided robotics. Designed for small-batch and high-volume production, the system increases spindle utilization by up to 60 percent over manual machine tending,...

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C. Cowles & Co. to relocate Massachusetts division to Connecticut

August 21, 2014

Diversified manufacturer C. Cowles & Co. is relocating its Carlin Combustion Technology division from Massachusetts to North Haven, Conn. The company will consolidate the division, along with its corporate offices and four other manufacturing divisions, in the new facility. The relocation has...

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Fully automatic band saw has infinitely variable band speed

August 21, 2014

Kaast Machine Tools offers a fully automatic band saw that features a rigid, compact design; automatic material feed; a parts counter; and a built-in coolant system. It incorporates infinitely variable band speed and cutting force, as well as hydromechanical blade tension and an automatic band...

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Specialty Metals Processing purchases Thomson Steel Polishing equipment

August 21, 2014

Specialty Metals Processing, a toll processor of special flat-rolled metals in Stow, Ohio, has acquired 13 abrasive belt polishing/grinding machines from Thomson Steel Polishing, a toll processor in Chicago that has closed its doors. The new equipment expands the company’s capabilities and...

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6-axis CNC backgauge retrofits to press brakes

August 21, 2014

Zakron U.S.A. has introduced a line of retrofittable 6-axis CNC backgauges for press brakes with bed lengths from 10 to 20 ft. and from 200 to 1,000 tons. X1, X2 travel is 24 to 72 in.; R1, R2 travel is 6 to 15 in.; and Z1, Z2 travel is 8 to 18 in., depending on the model. The backgauges...

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JBT Corp. awarded $6+ million equipment order from Atlanta airport

August 20, 2014

JBT Corp., Chicago, has announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded a contract exceeding $6 million to supply gate equipment for the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Concourse T optimization project. The order, placed by the Winter Johnson Group, includes Jetway® passenger...

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Stainless steel handwheels available with or without revolving handle

August 20, 2014

J.W. Winco Inc. offers GN 227.4 A4 stainless steel spoked handwheels in inch and metric sizes, with or without a revolving handle. The RoHS-compliant handwheels offer high mechanical strength and are not affected by shock and knocks. The handwheel body is pressed A4 (AISI 316L) stainless steel,...

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