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Solar Atmospheres expanding in Pennsylvania

January 28, 2016

Hermitage, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres of Western PA has announced it is nearing completion of its construction project to house what it says is the largest commercial vacuum furnace in the world. The 18,000-sq.-ft. building should be fully enclosed by the end of January. Once the 20-ton crane...

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Tech Air completes acquisitions of Ravena Welding Supply, Hereford Welding Supply

January 28, 2016

Tech Air, a Danbury, Conn.-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related welding supplies, has completed the acquisitions of New York-based Ravena Welding Supply and Texas-based Hereford Welding Supply. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management....

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TPS acquires Phoenix Mfg.

January 28, 2016

Turnkey Processing Solutions LLC, Warrenville, Ill., has purchased Phoenix Mfg., an industrial OEM/custom fabrication company that employs 32 people at manufacturing facilities in Cole Camp and Glasgow, Mo. The facilities will continue to operate under the Phoenix Mfg. brand. According to the...

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Bowie, Frey, Rickman, Vigoda, and Dial—let's not forget Dial

January 28, 2016

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Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.

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Engineering Specialties redesigns website

January 28, 2016

Engineering Specialties Inc. (ESI) has launched its redesigned company website at www.esict.com. The company offers custom stamping, machining, and assembly. The website highlights details about the company’s technology and capabilities. New website features include a blog, streamlined...

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3D MakerJet R&D prototypes powderless wire-feed metal 3-D printer

January 28, 2016

3D MakerJet Inc., Orlando, Fla., in partnership with Chinese developer ZBOT/Guangzhou DNSPOWER Design Co., has been working toward powderless wire-feed additive manufacturing. After 1.5 years in R&D, functioning prototypes using metal alloy filaments, including copper, have been reviewed and...

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Two-wheel hand truck lifts 200-lb. loads up to 37 in.

January 28, 2016

The LNB-2 from Lift’n Buddy is a powered, elevating, two-wheel hand truck that offers the vertical lifting capability of a small powered stacker. The adjustable-height platform positions loads at the touch of a button to help eliminate operator bending and stretching during loading,...

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Coldwater-built panel lines help Whirlpool earn Platinum TPM certification

January 27, 2016

Coldwater Machine Co. has announced that Whirlpool’s Findlay, Ohio, plant has achieved Platinum-level certification in total productivity maintenance (TPM) for its Dishwasher Front Panel Line 4 and Line 5, both designed and built by Coldwater. The main focus for achieving this status includes...

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Induction dryer heats steel strip at 722 FPM

January 27, 2016

Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic® has shipped a 1,900-kW, 100,000-Hz induction heating dryer system to a steel strip galvanizing producer for drying coatings including passivation, with and without chrome products, and organics. The induction dryer is designed to heat steel strip 0.02 to 0.10 in. thick...

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Welding gas/shielding gas market to be worth $9.46 billion by 2020

January 27, 2016

"Welding Gas/Shielding Gas Market by End-Use Industry (Metal Manufacturing & fabrication, Construction), Storage, Distribution & Transportation (Cylinder & packaged gas, Merchant liquid), Type (Oxygen), Application (Shielded metal arc welding) & Region - Global Forecast to 2020,” a report...

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Uniweld founder David Pearl Sr. dies

January 27, 2016

David Pearl Sr., founder of Uniweld Products Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Dec. 20, 2015, at age 97. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he founded Uniweld Products Inc. in 1949, a company that continues to manufacture welding and refrigeration equipment. To supply his growing demand for some...

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PVS Metals adds steel leveling machines

January 27, 2016

PVS Metals, a division of Owen Industries Inc. in Carter Lake, Iowa, has completed the installation of what it says is one of the world’s largest steel leveling machines equipped with stretcher/leveler technology. With the leveler working in tandem with a fully automated fiber laser tower,...

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System allows remote monitoring of tube and pipe welding

January 27, 2016

Xiris Automation Inc. offers a new weld monitoring system that allows tube and pipe fabricators to monitor live GTAW, plasma welding, and laser welding processes remotely. The system includes a high-dynamic-range camera that can see simultaneously all features of the torch tip and weld arc, its...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Using 3-D geometry for more than creating 2-D drawings

January 27, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis demonstrates file linking between 3-D CAD and published literature. Some published formats are easier to produce with postprocessing software.

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Industry 4.0 arrives in Düsseldorf and in the manufacturing sector

January 27, 2016

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The term Industry 4.0 has been a frequently used buzzword for several years, but these days it’s more than a buzzword: It’s a reality, and it has begun to make inroads in the tube and pipe industry.

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