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Technology gives welders remote control of voltage at the weld joint

April 19, 2016

Miller has expanded its ArcReach™ remote control technology to three additional power sources for portable welding applications: the XMT® 350 CC/CV, XMT 450 CC/CV, and Dimension™ 650. The technology allows welding operators to adjust and set voltage at the weld joint without the use of control...

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Press system features in-die laser welding capability

April 19, 2016

Airam Press Co. Ltd. has introduced a pneumatic stamping press system with in-die laser welding capability. After the stamping operation is completed, the press locates, positions, and holds the part in place inside the press for laser welding and cutoff. Fabricators can stamp and weld different...

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Tool enables threading on punching machine

April 19, 2016

Pass Stanztechnik AG has developed the ps:multi-thread®, a threading tool that can be used as a six-station multitool integrated in one rotatable D-station of a Prima Power punching machine. The tool is made with six positions that can be equipped with thread form units with measurements from...

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Software release brings sheet, tube fabricators closer to Industry 4.0

April 18, 2016

Lantek has announced Release 2016 of its Lantek Factory software for producing parts for sheet metal, tubes, and profiles. According to the company, the software’s new functionality takes producers closer to Industry 4.0 for manufacturing. Advanced automatic geometry recognition for multiple...

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HDE Technologies announces schedule of laser cutting/drilling, laser welding courses

April 18, 2016

HDE Technologies Inc., Elk Grove, Calif., has announced dates and locations for its laser cutting and drilling and laser welding courses for the remainder of 2016. “Laser Welding Technology: EQ and PQ ‐ Equipment and Procedure Qualification,” to be held June 6-10 in Minneapolis and Sept....

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Cutting machine can be configured with plasma and/or oxyfuel torch

April 18, 2016

Koike Aronson has introduced the Plate-Fab cutting machine to give small fabricators more production options. It can be configured with one plasma cutting torch and/or one oxyfuel torch. The machine includes a unitized, double-walled downdraft table that isolates sparks and fumes while...

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Sinterite renews ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation

April 18, 2016

Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, has announced the renewal of its ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation through May 2019, allowing the furnace-maker to continue to perform certified calibrations for furnace users. The accreditation is with the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (LAB), based in...

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Magnetic tool levels, aligns steel plates

April 18, 2016

Magswitch Technology has introduced the MagPress for leveling and aligning steel plates or press beam. Offering 1,100 lbs. of hold force, the tool allows the user to remove highs/lows by placing the magnet on low, prying on high, and welding with the other hand. With this method, the user can align...

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National Academy of Engineering presents 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize to WPI

April 18, 2016

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has named Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as the winner of the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The award recognizes the WPI Plan, a project-based engineering curriculum developing leadership,...

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Plater-fabricator partnership thrives on three key strategies

April 18, 2016

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Establishing an effective plating process for demanding applications is one thing; running a successful plating business is something else altogether. The former requires technical know-how; the latter requires soft skills and business acumen. Gatto Industrial Platers has established itself as adept at both of these endeavors.

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Automatic guided cart follows smart tape that can be repositioned

April 18, 2016

Handling Specialty has produced a customized automatic guided cart for a truck-body builder that required specific application details and safety options. The cart uses laser guidance to move along a predetermined path set by smart tape—a series of QR codes printed and laid on the floor. The...

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Tips on designing tubular parts for bending

April 18, 2016

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Designing components, assemblies, and finished products is one thing; designing them for ease of manufacturability is something else altogether. Designers and engineers can use the tips in this article to design bent tubular parts to be as simple, and therefore as economical, as possible.

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Best practices for laser cutting tube, pipe, profiles

April 18, 2016

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Interviews with BLM, Mazak, and TRUMPF reveal tips and tactics for buying, handling, cleaning, cutting tube. Other topics include machine maintenance, software upgrades, and operator training.

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Heartthrob finds a less exhausting way to clean parts

April 18, 2016

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Cleaning the inside of long, bent tubes is a chore, especially when it has to be done outdoors in inclement weather. Nobody knew this better than the staff at Heartthrob Exhaust Accessories, Litchfield, Minn., when they had to use a pressure washer outside during winter months. An ultrasonic cleaning machine brought the process indoors while making it faster and less labor intensive.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: A review of animation tools to improve the work flow for moviemaking

April 18, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating animations. The use of dedicated software is discussed.

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