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Grade designations for sheet metals

September 12, 2016 | By Daniel J. Schaeffler

If you are involved in the metal fabricating or forming business, you need sheet metal to get the job done. Do you know the specifics related to what the sheet metal is called? This guide helps fabricators to understand just what they are working with.

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MEC named one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for third time

September 12, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Mayville Eng. Co. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has been named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies as part of the Inc. 5000 list. MEC has been named to the list by achieving 73 percent growth over three years, placing the company at No. 3,977...

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Fiber laser features air-cooled cutting head

September 12, 2016

Salvagnini has introduced the L3-30 fiber laser, now available with a 6-kW resonator to complement its 2-, 3-, and 4-kW product lines. It also comes with a new, air-cooled cutting head with adjustable optics for cutting both thin and thick materials. Air cooling is made possible by the addition of...

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CNH Industrial enters mini-excavator alliance with Hyundai Heavy Industries

September 12, 2016

CNH Industrial, London, has announced an exclusive agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the production and development of mini-excavators. CNH Industrial will have the opportunity to produce mini-excavator models of up to 5 tons at its plants and source OEM models greater than 5 tons. The...

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Bending software updated for better interconnection of workstations

September 12, 2016

Aicon 3D Systems has introduced version 3.1 of the software platform BendingStudio. The new version has made interconnected work at different workstations more efficient. The Data Service module is more transparent; connections to other workstations are visibly displayed. The user sees network...

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Burr Oak Tool forms partnership with Sistemi Meccanici Industriali

September 12, 2016

Burr Oak Tool, a Sturgis, Mich.-based provider of customized production machinery for the heat transfer and tube processing industries, has announced the formation of a partnership with Italy-based Sistemi Meccanici Industriali (SMI). SMI manufactures tube processing machines designed for...

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Cleaning kit restores metalworking surfaces

September 12, 2016

Madison Chemical has introduced the ReStore Kit, a combination of several of its cleaning and surface preparation products that are suitable for metalworking cleaning, surface preparation, and passivation applications. The multiproduct kit comes in one box that contains 1 gal. of AquaBlue™...

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Oil mist collector’s packed-bed filters capture tiny oil droplets

September 12, 2016

RoboVent has introduced RoboVent Clarion™, an oil mist collector that clears oil- and particulate-laden air in demanding manufacturing environments. It uses packed-bed filters that capture tiny oil droplets and let them coalesce into larger droplets. When enough liquid accumulates, it drains off...

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Fiber laser cutting machines handle tube, flat sheet

September 12, 2016

Horn Machine Tools Inc. now offers flat sheet and tube fiber laser cutting machines. Four models are available that can be customized as required. The fully automatic tube laser model FLTA loads the tube into the cutting area and processes the cut parts without assistance from the operator. A...

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Cutting, grinding wheel line expanded

September 9, 2016

Weiler offers products for cleaning, grinding, cutting, deburring, and finishing that help fabricators work better, faster, and safer, the company reports. Its expanded abrasives line includes a tiered offering of cutting and grinding wheels that deliver consistent performance. The Premium Tiger...

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Oberg Industries partners with Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering on additive manufacturing research

September 8, 2016

Oberg Industries, a manufacturer of complex tooling and precision machined or stamped metal components in Freeport, Pa., and the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering have formed a two-year partnership in which Oberg will have full-time employees on-site to manage technical...

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IRMCO offers lubricant testing program

September 8, 2016

IRMCO®, Evanston, Ill., has announced the development of IRMCO iTool™, a lubricant testing process evolved from the cup drawing process originally developed at the Ohio State University Center for Precision Forming by Dr. Taylan Altan. Using blanked materials supplied by the customer, the...

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OMCO adds custom welded tube capability

September 8, 2016

Wickliffe, Ohio-based custom roll former OMCO has announced that it now has custom welded tube manufacturing capability. The company’s new 200-ft.-long mill is highly automated, permitting the manufacture of highly processed standard-shaped tubes and custom profiles to fit specific requirements....

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Hydrostatic pipe machine to test beyond the standard API grades

September 8, 2016

Fives has installed a hydrostatic pipe tester at the Vallourec plant in Düsseldorf-Rath, Germany. Pipe testing machines at tube plants are designed to help reduce delays on the finishing floor during the testing phase. The test hold time is varied to suit the specific standard to which the pipe is...

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Nickel alloy welding consumables market expected to rise to $5.87 billion by 2024

September 8, 2016

Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research has released “Nickel Alloy Welding Consumables Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends, and Forecast 2016 - 2024,” a report that states that the global nickel alloy welding consumables market will exhibit a 6.6 percent CAGR...

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