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New plasma class cuts mild steel, stainless, aluminum

March 13, 2017

Hypertherm has introduced a new class of plasma called X-Definition™. It is available for the first time in a 300-amp plasma system called the XPR300™ for high-definition cutting of mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Laboratory testing shows ISO-9013 Range 2 cut quality on thin mild...

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Kloeckner Metals to install new PVD processing equipment

March 13, 2017

Metals distributor and processor Kloeckner Metals will install new physical vapor deposition (PVD) processing equipment at its Cincinnati site that will enable the coloring of stainless steel and certain aluminum materials domestically. The equipment will handle stainless sheets up to 60 in. wide...

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McArthur Sheet Metal Works completes expansion

March 13, 2017

McArthur Sheet Metal Works, a fourth-generation family-owned custom steel fabrication shop, has completed a $1.2 million expansion of its facility in South Sioux City, Neb. The company expects to increase its staff from 10 to 13 as a result of the expansion. The 6,000-sq.-ft. addition, which houses...

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Mitutoyo America announces organizational changes

March 13, 2017

Mitutoyo America Corp. (MAC), a provider of measurement and inspection systems in Aurora, Ill., has promoted Matt Dye to president and Doug Adkins to executive vice president. Shigeyuki Sasaki, who over the past 10 years has served as vice president, executive vice president, and most recently...

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Conveyor offers accuracy for automation applications

March 13, 2017

Dorner has introduced the redesigned 2200 series Precision Move conveyor, designed for movement of product at specific times, distances, and intervals that are critical for components in the manufacturing and packaging of small to medium-sized parts. According to the company, the conveyor offers...

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Roll benders can produce pipes more than 59 ft. long

March 13, 2017

Faccin SpA offers the HAV-2P series of NC pipe mill bending rolls for pipe production. The machines are constructed with sturdy electrowelded structures and fitted with three rolls in thermally treated steel alloys.The rolls are moved independently—the top roll moves vertically, the lower rolls...

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Die Science: Finding the true cause of poor-quality parts

March 13, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

As a professional consultant, I find it both amusing and frustrating how many times dies are accused of being “bad.” Certainly, poor-quality dies exist. In my career I’ve seen dies that are well-engineered, precision tools, and I’ve seen dies that might as well have been made from sawdust...

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Mill/turn control offers probing cycle option for 3-D shapes

March 10, 2017

Heidenhain’s TNC 640 mill/turn control is available with the Cycle 444 3-D probing cycle for inspecting free-form surfaces that pose measurement challenges. The cycle checks one point on the surface of each workpiece. The contact point is determined by a vector that is normal to the 3-D surface....

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MSCI supports aluminum industry’s dumping action against China

March 10, 2017

M. Robert Weidner III, president/CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has reacted to the Aluminum Association’s antidumping and countervailing duty petition regarding imports of certain aluminum foil from China. “The Metals Service Center Institute and its...

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Vollrath acquires CDF Industries' cleaning equipment division

March 10, 2017

Metal stamper and fabricator Vollrath Co. LLC, Sheboygan, Wis., has acquired the cleaning equipment division of CDF Industries, an industrial cleaning equipment design and manufacturer in Quakertown, Pa. The acquisition adds cleaning equipment designs and processes to Vollrath’s portfolio of...

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Global machine tool business set to gather momentum in 2017

March 10, 2017

Adversely affected by numerous international crises, the global economy is currently in a relatively cautious phase. This applies to GDP, industrial production output, capital investment in the major user sectors for machine tools, and thus international machine tool consumption. However, for 2017,...

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Portable GTAW machines introduced

March 10, 2017

EWM AG has developed the Tetrix 230 and Tetrix 300 Comfort 2.0 pulse portable GTAW machines. The compact machines, both available in DC and AC/DC versions, can be connected to a cooling unit and transport cart without any tools. The new Comfort 2.0 control is equipped with an additional display and...

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Die Science: Open wall angles versus vertical walls

March 10, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

All too often designers employ open wall angles simply because they’ve been told that they are easier to form than vertical walls. Although this statement may be true for many part geometries, it is certainly not true for all. Sometimes a draft angle can be desirable; other times it can be...

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Die Science: Maximizing tool steel life

March 9, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What is the best tool steel?”To me, that’s like asking, “How long is a piece of string?”There is no “best” tool steel. To choose the appropriate tool steel for a given application, you need to consider all of the situations and...

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GE Additive expanding Concept Laser headquarters

March 9, 2017

GE Additive has announced the expansion of Concept Laser GmbH of Germany, a producer of additive manufacturing equipment. GE acquired a 75 percent stake of Concept Laser in December 2016. GE has expanded the firm’s Lichtenfels, Germany, headquarters; invested in next-generation additive equipment...

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