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New coil-applied nonmetallic coating protects press-hardenable steel

June 23, 2015

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Press-hardening high-strength steel is an important component in automotive construction to provide crash-worthiness. Several coating options are available today for use on stamped, press-hardened steel parts. However, none of these options are without limitations or challenges, such as cracking, coating transfer, fumes, weldability problems, and the need for shotblasting. A new coating technique has been developed and shows promise. The coating is a very thin (2- to 3-μm-thick), paint-like, rather than metallic, coating. It consists of a siloxane resin acting as the binder with aluminum flake to act as the sacrificial filler, so it meets the requirements to be inorganic and to contain a sacrificial oxidized material.

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Schuler to acquire majority stake in Chinese press manufacturer

June 23, 2015

Göppingen, Germany-based press manufacturer Schuler AG has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake of at least 51 percent in Chinese machine tool manufacturer Yangzhou Metal Forming Machine Tool Co. Ltd. (Yadon). “China is our fastest-growing sales market and the world’s largest...

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When life hands you lemons, build a sign

June 23, 2015

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After the sign for his auto repair business fell off the building, Dominick Alia tried his hand at fashioning his own sign. One thing led to another, and metal sculpture became a hobby.

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Clamp, enclose, laser-weld

June 23, 2015

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Laser welding works extremely well, as long as you have the right enclosure, keep a clean environment, and make sure you have proper clamping to maintain a consistent gap between your base metals. One laser welding technology tackles all three of these challenges.

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Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 23, 2015

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A system helps resistance welding lines save water as tip changeouts become more frequent. The technology uses negative pressure, similar to placing your thumb on top of a straw and lifting it out of a glass of water.

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How project management drives manufacturing success

June 23, 2015

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Manufacturing is no longer about making millions of this or that for years on end. It instead entails a team of experts who get together to tackle a project—or, in reality, many projects at once. This exemplifies modern metal manufacturing, and at Duggan Manufacturing, it happens every day.

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How basic training in lean manufacturing establishes a common view

June 23, 2015

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To ensure every employee has a common view of what’s ideal versus what needs to be improved, a few hours of basic lean training can go a long way.

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Purging monitor displays welding oxygen readings down to 10 PPM

June 23, 2015

Developed for the process industries, the portable PurgEye® 200 Weld Purge Monitor® from Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® is designed to meet the needs of welding specifications requiring oxygen levels down to 10 PPM. The hand-held, rechargeable, battery-driven monitor is waterproof and...

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RoMan Mfg. appoints COO

June 22, 2015

RoMan Mfg., Grand Rapids, Mich., a manufacturer of water-cooled, high-current, low-voltage welding power sources, has promoted Nelson Sanchez to the newly created post of COO. Sanchez, who joined the company in 2013, previously served as chief financial officer. In his new role, Sanchez oversees...

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum named 2015 Steel Service Center of the Year

June 22, 2015

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has been named the 2015 Service Center of the Year by American Metal Market. Reliance Steel & Aluminum is the largest metals service center company in North America. In 2014 the company achieved record sales of $10.45 billion, with an average order...

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Mate Precision Tooling hires VP of North American sales

June 22, 2015

Mate Precision Tooling, a manufacturer of sheet metal fabrication tooling based in Anoka, Minn., has hired Kevin Jordan as vice president of North American sales. He has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience for both public and private companies. Jordan has held executive leadership...

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Mathey Dearman appoints Equipment Corps as certified service center

June 22, 2015

Mathey Dearman Inc., Tulsa, Okla., a manufacturer of pipe cutting and beveling machines and pipe alignment and re-forming clamps, has partnered with Equipment Corps, Stoney Creek, Ont., to participate in its certified service center program. The program provides factory-quality inspection, repair,...

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Solar Atmospheres corporate president wins Heat Treating Achievement Award

June 22, 2015

Souderton, Pa.-based Solar Atmospheres Inc. has announced that Corporate President Roger Jones has received the 2015 Heat Treating Society (HTS) George H. Bodeen Heat Treating Achievement Award. The award recognizes distinguished and significant contributions to the field of heat treating through...

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Ivy Tech president recognized by national certification organization

June 22, 2015

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) has given the first MSSC Authorized Center (MAC) Award to Thomas J. Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, the statewide community college system in Indiana. The award recognizes U.S. schools that are leaders in assessing individuals...

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Tweet/Garot Mechanical’s operations manager wins Community Champion award

June 22, 2015

Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay, Wis., has announced that Operations Manager Hope Voigt, who serves as chairwoman of the Green Bay-based House of Hope, has been selected as a Molina Healthcare Community Champion. The award honors unsung heroes that work in the community and inspire others...

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