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Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part I—Hot cracking

July 15, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is the first article of a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can I do to prevent it? A: To ensure that the measures you...

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Self-clinching flush nuts install into stainless steel sheets

July 15, 2014

New PEMSERT® Type F4™ self-clinching flush nuts from PennEngineering® provide load-bearing threads in thin stainless sheets without creating any protrusions on either side. When the nuts are installed permanently into 300 series stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.060 in., both the top and...

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Jet Edge names Jetstream Cutting Solutions as South Africa rep

July 15, 2014

St. Michael, Minn.-based Jet Edge Inc., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjets for cutting, coating removal, and surface preparation, has selected Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC of Johannesburg, South Africa, as its waterjet systems distributor for Southern Africa. Jetstream Cutting...

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Conveyor moves metal scrap of all shapes, thicknesses

July 15, 2014

Prab offers the new Quick Return (QR) horizontal motion conveyor for moving scrap away from a press or other cutting and stamping operations. The redesigned conveyor features a single drive that allows it to fit into existing pits. Its push/pull motion propels material forward without vibration...

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Laser system cuts strip steel, tubing

July 15, 2014

Balliu MTC nv offers a laser system that cuts both strip steel and tube. Producing less and smaller scrap than sheet metal cutting, it allows separate and automatic unloading of scrap and parts. Thus the machine can continue production without supervision. The rounded sides of the strip steel...

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Software simulates tube hydroforming processes

July 15, 2014

AutoForm Eng. GmbH has unveiled its AutoForm Hydro 2014 software for rapid tool design and simulation of tube hydroforming processes. The software allows users to carry out a complete, virtual tryout of the hydroforming process, which involves such steps as bending, preforming, hydroforming,...

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PCI establishes educational fund

July 14, 2014

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Montgomery, Texas, has announced its official establishment of an educational fund designated for awarding scholarships to students who are pursuing studies in fields related to powder coatings. They must be attending an educational institution that offers...

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Burr Oak Tool partners with KSM

July 14, 2014

Sturgis, Mich.-based Burr Oak Tool Inc. has entered a partnership with KSM LLC of Smolensk, Russia, making KSM responsible for sales of coil manufacturing machines, tube processing machines, and replacement parts to CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and Baltic countries. Burr Oak Tool...

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Whirlpool enters into agreements to acquire majority interest in Indesit

July 14, 2014

Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., and Fineldo S.p.A., Milan, Italy, have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit Co. S.p.A. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these...

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U. S. Steel president/CEO applauds U.S. DOC decision on OCTG trade case

July 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based U. S. Steel Corp. president and CEO Mario Longhi issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's final determination in a trade case on OCTG against nine countries including South Korea. The company — the largest integrated producer of tubular products...

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Optomec receives order for print engine from RIT’s Center for Remanufacturing

July 14, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Optomec has announced that its LENS® print engine for metal components has been adopted by the Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R®) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y. The system at C3R will retrofit 3-D metal printing...

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JTEKT Corp. doubles size of South Carolina facility

July 14, 2014

JTEKT Corp., a producer of bearings, automotive steering systems, and all-wheel-drive couplings, has expanded its Koyo-brand bearing manufacturing facility in Richland County, S.C. The 250,000-sq.-ft. expansion, which provides the company with the capacity to manufacture automotive wheel bearing...

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Electron Beam Eng. earns AS9100, ISO 9001:2008 certification

July 14, 2014

Electron Beam Eng. Inc., an electron beam and laser beam welding company in Anaheim, Calif., has earned AS9100 quality management system certification. The certification adds quality assurance expectations for design, development, and production work that apply specifically to the aviation, space,...

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DeWys Mfg. hires inside sales coordinator

July 14, 2014

DeWys Mfg., Marne, Mich., has hired Valerie Klaas as inside sales coordinator. Before joining the company, she attended GVSU and gained inside sales experience in the construction trades. The company provides precision metal fabrication to a variety of clients from office furniture to...

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Boot design encapsulates electrical connection between weld torch, cable

July 14, 2014

Victor Technologies™ has introduced a new boot design on its Victor® Arcair® Angle-Arc series of torch and cable assemblies that encapsulates the electrical connection between the torch and weld cable and eliminates the chance of accidental arcing. The patent-pending, two-piece boot design is...

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