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DiStar Industries announces expansion

November 30, 2016

Metal fabricator DiStar Industries has announced plans to expand its 8,000-sq.-ft. facility in Columbus, Ohio. The company currently uses laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and press brake bending to fabricate custom products for a variety of...

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Press brake available up to 600 tons

November 30, 2016

LAG-Rainer S.r.l. offers the G-Top press brake in models from 60 to 600 tons. The 6-axis machine comes in tandem and tridem versions.Features include a G-Flex deflection compensation system, G-CS active crowning system, safety system, touchscreen NC, sliding motorized front supports, 4-axis...

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Wall Colmonoy Aerobraze Engineered Technologies wins USAF contract

November 29, 2016

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies, Oklahoma City, Okla., has won a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract from the U.S. Air Force for the overhaul of the F-16 primary and secondary heat exchangers. The firm has manufactured and overhauled heat exchangers for the Air Force for...

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Asia Pacific remains most lucrative market for welding equipment, says report

November 29, 2016

According to a report published by persistence market research (PMR), the global market for welding equipment is expected to expand at a CAGR of over 7 percent during the forecast period 2016 to 2024. By the end of 2016, the market is estimated to surpass $10.4 billion. The Asia Pacific, the most...

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ArcelorMittal announces plans to open Detroit manufacturing plant

November 29, 2016

ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, a subsidiary of Luxembourg steel producer ArcelorMittal, has announced plans to open a 317,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Detroit. The facility will produce high-strength, laser-welded steel blanks for the auto industry.The $83 million project is expected to...

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Grinding wheel finishes with low vibration

November 29, 2016

Rex-Cut Abrasives offers the Sigma Green Max grinding wheel. Designed for aggressive grinding, it delivers high removal rates with less destructive finishes and reduced wear on operators, according to the manufacturer. Suitable for use on metals such as stainless steel, mild steel, hard face,...

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Prima Power announces cooperation with Cajo Technologies

November 29, 2016

Prima Power, a supplier of laser and sheet metal fabrication machines, has announced its cooperation with Finland-based Cajo Technologies, a producer of laser marking systems for various industrial sectors. “For a while we have been looking for the right partner to cover the needs especially in...

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Commercial Metals names president/COO

November 29, 2016

Metal products manufacturer and recycler Commercial Metals Co., Irving, Texas, has promoted Barbara R. Smith to the position of president/COO, effective Jan. 11. Smith joined the company in May 2011, serving as senior vice president and CFO until her promotion to COO in January 2016. Smith...

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Nucor Steel upgrades automation, drives in North Carolina mill

November 29, 2016

Nucor Steel has selected London-based Primetals Technologies to upgrade the automation and drives system in the finishing end of its carbon plate steel mill in Cofield, N.C. Equipment in the finishing end comprises the side trimmer, cold shear, and plate piler. The project also includes an option...

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Pulsed fiber laser welding system suitable for metal processing

November 29, 2016

Amada Miyachi America Inc. offers the LMF70-HP pulsed fiber laser welding system. The 70-W machine is designed for welding small components and thin metals up to 0.01 in. thick. In addition to welding, the unit can perform engraving, deep engraving, and cutting of metal, as well as high-speed...

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2017 metal fabrication forecast: Voyage into the unknown

November 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Before the election, industry watchers predicted more of the same slow growth the economy has seen for years. After the election, stock markets unexpectedly soared on the backs of companies that may benefit from a Trump presidency. One thing is for sure: The American political sphere heads into the unknown.

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Industry innovations at EuroBLECH 2016 reflect the need for speed

November 29, 2016 | By Robert Colman

At EuroBLECH 2016 the world’s machine tool makers and software developers showcased innovations aimed at reducing the time between part conceptualization and final delivery to the customer.

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Regulator controls laser assist gas delivery from any supply mode

November 29, 2016

CONCOA has introduced a high-pressure, ultrahigh-flow regulator designed to provide steady and reliable control in laser assist gas delivery applications supplied by both liquid and high-pressure sources.Providing primary control in systems requiring delivery pressures up to 750 PSIG and flow rates...

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The 3 challenges of managing welding fumes

November 29, 2016 | By Jeremiah Wann

Welding fumes should be a real concern for fabricating shop owners. By understanding what types of materials they are dealing with, the explosive nature of metal dust, and the proper ventilation system needed to control the fumes, shop owners can keep their employees safe and focused on the job.

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Repeat orders are manna to a job shop

November 29, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Job shop business is often cyclical. There are times of feast and famine. Repeat customers and jobs are the lifeblood of most shops. Finding and keeping them is a high priority.

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