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Fabricating long coils rather than short straights

July 11, 2016

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Most fabricators work with standard lengths of straight tube, but this isn’t the only possibility. Many alloys are available in coiled form, can lead to faster processing, better use of floor space, and increased material yields.

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Coil-fed fabricating

July 11, 2016

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Most manufacturers associate coil processing with the metal forming industry. They also likely assume the punching and laser cutting combination machines consume sheet metal. Elleci S.p.A., a metal fabricator in northern Italy, has a new line in place that will require many manufacturers to alter their preconceived notions about coil consumption in a fabricating facility.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design evolution from invention to manufacturing

July 11, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis considers how designs evolve from invention to manufacturing and how various CAD techniques might best be used.

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Robot monitoring system designed to enhance safety

July 11, 2016

ABB Robotics has launched SafeMove2, the latest generation of its safety certified robot monitoring software. According to the company, the software is designed to enable closer collaboration among robots and factory workers by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for a specific...

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Lincoln Electric names VP finance, Americas Welding

July 8, 2016

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Co., a manufacturer of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys, has promoted Daniel E. McMillin Jr. to vice president finance of the Americas Welding segment. He succeeds John...

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Automated guided vehicles get flexible

July 8, 2016

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A camera-based automated guided vehicle may have potential in high-product-mix environments. The vehicle takes pictures of its surroundings, remembers them, and then drives itself along that path.

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Maximize your move

July 8, 2016

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Everyone knows that moving is not easy, especially when you are talking about moving a business. Dennis Donovan, a site selection consultant, provides an overview of the main considerations that a metal fabricator should keep in mind as it looks to make a major move.

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CHS delivers nonmarking coil feed line to lighting/appliance-maker

July 8, 2016

CHS Automation, Roseville, Mich., has built a nonmarking coil feed line designed for running prepainted material for a manufacturer in the appliance and lighting industry. The 18- by 0.080-in. feed line features a double end pulloff coil reel and coil car combination, 10,000-lb.-per-side...

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Electric dust collector generates 8,000-CFM airflow

July 8, 2016

Marco has introduced the Dustmaster® 8,000 CFM electric dust collector. Its 25-HP Baldor® motor and reverse-incline blade fan work together to create an engineered airflow that provides ventilation and collects airborne dust and debris from enclosed work sites. Two 16-in.-ID duct hose inlet...

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Metal fabrication and metrics: Measure what matters

July 8, 2016

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An operation with poor or nonexistent performance metrics is a magnet for lots of confusion and disruption. Poor metrics often have a narrow focus that can negatively affect the whole organization. Conversely, good metrics support the business and its mission.

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The human side of the skilled-labor crisis

July 8, 2016

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In metal fabrication, companies need technical skill, but there’s a humanity to the skill that’s often overlooked. It’s about the relationship between the technician, his machine, and the workpiece.

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Standoff fasteners enable spacing, stacking of multipanel assemblies

July 8, 2016

PEM® self-clinching standoff fasteners from PennEngineering® enable mounting, spacing, and stacking of panels, boards, and components in assemblies. This family of fasteners includes a range of types and styles designed for permanent installation into metal sheets as thin as 0.025 in....

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AEC joins coalition of manufacturers opposed to automatically granting China market economy status

July 8, 2016

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., has joined Manufacturers for Trade Enforcement, a coalition of U.S. industry trade groups opposed to the automatic granting of market economy status for China at the end of 2016. AEC joins The Aluminum Association, American Iron & Steel...

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Rofin expands fiber laser production capacities

July 7, 2016

Rofin has expanded its fiber laser production by adding an assembly line at its factory in Hamburg, Germany. The expansion allows the company to meet increasing demand for low-power fiber lasers. The new assembly line is designed specifically for the production of compact fiber lasers with one...

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Retro Systems receives ISO 9001:AS9100 certification

July 7, 2016

Valley Center, Kan.-based Retro Systems, a manufacturer of CNC plasma, oxyfuel, and waterjet cutting machines, has earned ISO 9001:AS9100C certification. The company has designed and manufactured its OEM line of Hornet cutting machines since...

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