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Software’s cutting model increases waterjet machine predictability

October 16, 2014

OMAX® Corp. has released Intelli-MAX® 21 software for its JetMachining® centers. Featuring a fourth-generation cutting model, the new version optimizes tool paths automatically and provides predictability of cutting speeds, taper, and jet lag. The cutting model within the software builds upon...

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Metal Sales outfits 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome in New Orleans

October 16, 2014

Roof and wall panels from Metal Sales™, Louisville, Ky., will be showcased on the 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome demonstration home at the 2014 Greenbuild International Expo in New Orleans, Oct. 22-23. The 1,550-sq.-ft. modular home meets LEED® for Home Platinum requirements and will be available to...

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Still Building America: Calling young metalworkers

October 16, 2014

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I’d like to introduce a new project I’m working on for The FABRICATOR®, “Still Building America.” I will continue to write my normal bimonthly posts about welding in addition to starting a new series focusing on youngish (under 35), skilled tradespeople, manufacturing entrepreneurs,...

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Intelligrated appoints new executive VP/GM for software group

October 16, 2014

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, a North American-based automated material handling systems provider, has appointed Kevin Roach as executive vice president and general manager of its software group. Based in Atlanta, Roach works with senior management to grow the company’s fulfillment...

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Combination punch/right-angle shear made for short component runs

October 16, 2014

Prima Power has introduced the SGe5 Combi punch and right-angle shear. Using servo electric motors for low power consumption and low noise levels, they operate without human intervention from the blank to automated sorting. Suitable for short runs of components, the machine enables the mixing of...

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Cole-Tuve named as exclusive distributor in U.S., Canada for Apollo s.r.l.

October 16, 2014

Cole-Tuve Inc., White Marsh, Md., has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for the U.S. and Canada by Apollo s.r.l., a manufacturer of high-speed CNC tube and pipe punching and drilling machines based in Italy. Apollo manufactures 22 different hydraulic punching machines for punching and...

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Communication protocol added to encoders

October 16, 2014

Heidenhain offers the use of Siemens Drive-CLiQ communication protocol in its ECN/EQN 1300 optical absolute encoders. The Ethernet-based protocol interfaces with Sinamics control systems. It has a speed of 100 Mbit/sec. and a cycle time of 31.25 μs. Motion control system components with the...

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Putting the finish first

October 16, 2014

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R & B Wagner, Milwaukee, has had a primary role in the construction industry for more than 100 years. From its early days as a blacksmith shop, the company has grown to become a designer and manufacturer of handrail components and systems; a contract manufacturer for OEMs; and a first-rate finishing company, providing top-notch polishing services for other fabricators and manufacturers. Manufacturing Operations Manager Kane Behling and President Rick Kettler shared the company’s story with Editor Eric Lundin.

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Caster made for heavy-duty use

October 16, 2014

Caster Concepts has introduced the new 87 series caster. Designed for heavy-duty industrial applications, the maintenance-free caster carries a load evenly over a radially loaded precision ball bearing. A forged steel top-plate stabilizes the bearing, and a precision-machined yoke base helps...

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Improving metal cutting productivity

October 15, 2014

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“Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organization,” by the LENOX® Institute of Technology, identified three areas that fabricators need to focus on to improve efficiency and productivity in sawing operations.

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Ford adds 850 jobs at Rouge Center

October 15, 2014

Ford Motor Co. has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its Ford Rouge Center, which comprises the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping, and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs, which are divided among the three facilities, will support production of the 2015 F-150®. Dearborn Truck...

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Hydraulic drive technology allows energy savings in tube processing

October 15, 2014

A new development from transfluid has improved the efficiency of hydraulic drives for tube processing. According to the company, the technology allows energy savings up to 70 percent. The manufacturer implements the controls on the hydraulic pumps using servomotors. The speed and thus the volume...

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Freedom Machine Tool launches mobile-friendly website

October 15, 2014

Freedom Machine Tool, Colorado Springs, Colo., a manufacturer of industrial-grade, 3-axis CNC routers and a subsidiary brand of Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), has released a responsive, mobile-friendly website delivering instant online quotes at www.freedomcnc.com. The site features newly...

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Electrode welds plates with surface contaminants

October 15, 2014

Select-Arc Inc. has introduced Select 70CRP, a flux-cored carbon steel electrode designed for the welding of structural plate with surface contaminants, such as rust and weldable primers. It welds on these surfaces with minimal porosity and blowholes, delivering smooth arc characteristics, minimal...

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Open your eyes at FABTECH

October 15, 2014

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From an attendee’s perspective, FABTECH is akin to Christmas morning, when all the new toys and possibilities are revealed, complete with a soundtrack. At least that’s how Barnes MetalCrafters’ Nick Martin sees it.

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